Archinect - News 2015-11-26T03:56:32-05:00 Hurry if you want to own a piece of Tokyo's iconic modernist Hotel Okura Alexander Walter 2015-11-13T14:32:00-05:00 >2015-11-13T14:51:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those former guests and architectural buffs who lamented the demolition of the iconic Hotel Okura Tokyo, they can soon preserve a piece of it in their homes. Hotel officials plan to sell on the Internet some of the furniture and fixtures used in the guest rooms and restaurants during the main building's 53-year history, with the proceeds going to charity. [...] The 11-story main building, which opened in May 1962 [...], was called &ldquo;a masterpiece of Japan&rsquo;s modernism architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul> Temporary wooden ferris-wheel hotel proposed for the Seine River Justine Testado 2015-10-30T21:18:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T20:04:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French architects [SCAU] are planning to build a 'water wheel hotel' on the banks of the Seine, which resembles the London Eye but with 'room capsules' that would rotate constantly. ...[However,] the wheel hotel is not intended to be a permanent structure. 'It is made of wood and it will only take four days to assemble or dismantle it, so it could be transported by barge and re-erected elsewhere on the river' [said Maxime Barbier of SCAU]</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title='Movie-themed resort in Macau to show off "figure-8" ferris wheel' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Movie-themed resort in Macau to show off "figure-8" ferris wheel</a></p><p><a title="Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon</a></p><p><a title="UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel &lsquo;Nippon Moon&rsquo; for Japan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel &lsquo;Nippon Moon&rsquo; for Japan</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules</a></p><p><a title="London's oligarch-transformation continues with a &quot;sky pool&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></p><p><a title="Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort</a></p> Rainforest in the desert? This new Dubai tower will have one. Oh, and an artificial beach, too. Alexander Walter 2015-10-13T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:40:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai, the city of superlatives, is set to get a new tower on Sheikh Zayed Road that will have an artificial beach and a rainforest-like landscape development on top of the tower's podium. [...] The project consists of two towers, 47 storeys high with a combined five-storey podium and two basement levels, that will house the facilities. [...] Kieferle &amp; Partner is the architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few images of the two-tower development via ZAS Group's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>, the lead consultant on the project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First design of Burj 2020 unveiled, Dubai's shiny, new supertall tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up</a></li></ul> It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:05:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake, starting next week. Over the course of the past 53 years since its opening on May 20, 1962, the Okura, located in Toranomon, has earned an unsurpassed reputation both at home and abroad as a luxury hotel to represent Japan. The hotel said in a statement that it will maintain the Japanese traditional aesthetics and the basics of the architecture style of Hotel Okura.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul><p>And before the wrecking ball ends an era of Japanese 1960s Modernism to make way for the <em>new</em>, shiny, 41-story, $836M Okura Hotel,&nbsp;here a few more impressions of all its glory on the way out.</p><p>Rest in peace, old friend, and say hi to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the ones we've lost</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>All images via <em>Monocle Magazine</em>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> petition site.</p> California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look Alexander Walter 2015-06-11T14:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:13:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, tourists have been coming to Southern California's Coachella Valley, drawn by spectacular mountain vistas, great weather and lush landscapes. Those landscapes have been, for the most part, man-made &mdash; an artificial oasis in a land of desert. [...] As California enters a fourth year of drought and state and local water officials unveil a series of conservation dictates, at least some hotels in the valley &mdash; big and small &mdash; have begun launching water conservation measures.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-06-11T00:15:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hotel Okura, built in 1962 in time for the 1964 Olympics, is slated to be torn down in September to make way for a bigger, fancier Okura, in time for the 2020 Olympics. (The less-good, less-famous southern wing of the old Okura, added in 1973, will be allowed to stay.) [...] There will never be this particular hush again in the middle of Tokyo. You will have to have been there to know what you will soon miss.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></p> Controversy over Hitler's Prora beach resort continues Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:01:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Axel Bering and Michael Jacobi, the main investors behind the Prora project, claim they could not care less about a building once being dedicated to Hitler. [...] He and his partner, Michael Jacobi, both confess that because they had to comply with German regulations, their investment carries some Third Reich architecture qualities. They did, however, add a balcony, but otherwise they see Prora as a nice beach town and a solid investment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist impressions of various sections of the Prora&nbsp;colossus&nbsp;and their new make-up (source: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seebad Prora</a>):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca — and it's worse than you thought Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T19:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T17:38:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Abraj Kudai is to become the world's largest hotel located in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and upon completion, will offer 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers. [...] The Saudi Binladin Group holds the main construction contract, and work on the $3.5 billion hospitality project has already started. [...] The architecture is set to create an iconic landmark that will reflect a contemporary interpretation of a traditional desert fortress.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></li></ul> OMA-designed 'nhow Amsterdam RAI' hotel will be the largest in Benelux Alexander Walter 2015-04-29T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:12:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After years of delays, Amsterdam RAI is getting its own hotel and with its 650 rooms, Nhow RAI will win the title of&nbsp;largest hotel in the Netherlands.&nbsp;The design of the building was chosen from eleven candidates and is designed by Rem Koolhaas from well-known&nbsp;Rotterdam architecture firm OMA. [...] Among the features will be a virtual 3D holographic meeting space for having &ldquo;in person&rdquo; meetings with the holographs of people in another location.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal Justine Testado 2015-04-16T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-18T20:10:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[JetBlue Airways] reportedly wants to get into the hotel business by partnering with New York-based hotel developer MCR Development to turn the landmarked terminal into a 500-room hotel. The deal isn't final&mdash;the parties are in 'advanced negotiations'&mdash;so things could still fall apart...The Port Authority previously chose hotelier Andre Balazs as the developer, but Balazs backed out after realizing how long the project would take. He told the [WSJ] his company had 'more interesting opportunities.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier Andre Balazs to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center</a></p> Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel creates an app to better acquaint the guests with the architecture Archinect 2015-03-17T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:36:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think our hope is that it will make guests connect to the hotel in a different way by understanding the thoughts of the architect and the designer, who wanted to create more of a community than a typical hotel lobby</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vacation resort developers help complete Hitler's vision Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T13:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:51:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built by the Third Reich in the run-up to World War II, the Strength Through Joy resort was a Nazi vision of tourism&rsquo;s future. Happy, healthy Aryans would stay and play at the 10,000-room complex on the Baltic Sea, eating, swimming and even bowling for the F&uuml;hrer. Think Hitler&rsquo;s Cancun. [...] a group of investors in this seaside town is now doing what the Nazis never could: realizing the site&rsquo;s final stage of transformation into a vacation wonderland.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Farewell to the Old Okura Alexander Walter 2014-08-15T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T12:58:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News of the planned destruction of the Hotel Okura building in Tokyo to make way for a larger 38-story glass tower has brought cries of protest in Japan and elsewhere in the world. Monocle, the wide-ranging global magazine, has started a petition to save the old Okura on behalf of &ldquo;all lovers of modern Japanese architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Monocle's <a href="" target="_blank"></a> petition website is still up, but it seems that the fate of Ol' Okura has been sealed.</p> National Park Service calls development plans a threat to Grand Canyon Alexander Walter 2014-07-09T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T09:19:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Looking eastward from the canyon's popular South Rim, visitors could soon see a hive of construction as workers build restaurants, hotels and shops on a distant mesa on the Navajo Indian reservation. The developers also plan a gondola ride from those attractions to whisk tourists to the canyon floor, where they would stroll along an elevated riverside walkway to a restaurant at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Spirit of Space interview Jeanne Gang for film on Chicago's historic Shoreland Hotel renovation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-21T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:55:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a> are known for their emotive, precisely choreographed short films exploring buildings and urban spaces. Their most recent film reports on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang</a>'s renovation of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shoreland Hotel</a>, a historic Chicago high-rise on the border of Lake Michigan. SOS's film looks into the guts of the building through renovation until completion, as Jeanne Gang and David Gwinn (Director of Design for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silliman Group</a>)&nbsp;explain how they sought a balance between contemporary updates and historical mood.</p><p>Watch the film below:</p><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHORELAND</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a> on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p> Colossal Bavarian Castle Set To Open In Dalian, China Alexander Walter 2014-05-21T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:02:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luxury hotel chain Starwood Hotels unveiled the upcoming opening of The Castle Hotel in Dalian, a major seaport city in China&rsquo;s northeastern Liaoning province. This makes it one of the various examples of European-inspired architecture sprouting across China in recent years. Starwood Hotels announced in a press release of the opening of The Castle Hotel later this year, when it is done with its final stages of interior renovation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese secretly copy Austrian town</a></p> Shard becomes London’s ‘eyeful’ tower Alexander Walter 2014-05-12T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:57:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first guests at western Europe&rsquo;s tallest hotel came expecting unforgettable views &ndash; but may have got more than they bargained for. The bedrooms in Shangri-La&rsquo;s luxury hotel, which opened last week in London&rsquo;s 310m-tall Shard building, come with binoculars so guests can survey the city&rsquo;s landmarks through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But thanks to a quirk in the building&rsquo;s design, some rooms also come with potentially revealing views of other guests.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Miniature Model Behind ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Archinect 2014-03-03T00:34:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T00:34:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To get a sense of the kind of hotel they wanted, Mr. Stockhausen did extensive research with Mr. Anderson. This included looking at vintage images at the Library of Congress of hotels and European vacation spots. They also looked through hotel archives and studied the architecture of locales like the Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Graft & penda’s Myrtle Garden Hotel to break ground in Xiangyang, China Justine Testado 2014-02-24T20:49:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T20:49:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scenery at The Myrtle Flower Garden in Xiangyang, China will look quite different once the new hillside Myrtle Garden Hotel is built. Designed by graft lab architects and penda as a commission, the wooden haptic-structured hotel is ready to break ground within the next few weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sneak a peek of the new hotel:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for full details.<br><br>You can also click the thumbnails below for more images</p> Vacation at a Fake Shanty Town With Luxury Amenities Archinect 2013-12-02T16:30:00-05:00 >2013-12-04T14:14:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Are you interested in visiting South Africa? Interested in seeing the real South Africa? Interested in experiencing how the real people live? Interested in tasting the poverty and hardship of life in a shanty town? And&mdash;most importantly&mdash;are you fearful and white? Congratulations! You're a perfect guest for the Shanty Town at Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa, where, for less than $100 a night, you can get the authentic experience of living in a shanty town&mdash;without the bothersome shanty dwellers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Stay in a classic dorm at the Bauhaus, tuition-free Archinect 2013-10-11T15:47:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T19:27:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since October 2013, staying at one of the 1920s-style Bauhaus dorm rooms is even more of an experience: One room was accurately reconstructed with original objects and furniture. The rest of the rooms will be personalized to reflect a former habitant, beginning with Alfred Arndt, the couple Albers and Franz Ehrlich.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK’s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center Archinect 2013-09-09T19:55:00-04:00 >2013-09-17T00:12:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eero Saarinen-designed terminal will be transformed into a hotel and conference center, along with food and beverage offerings, retail space, a spa and fitness center, meeting facilities and a flight museum. &ldquo;It is a great honor to be entrusted with the preservation and revitalization of this masterpiece by my personal architectural hero,&rdquo; said Balazs. He added that he&rsquo;s looking forward to the approval of his final proposal by the PA board, but didn&rsquo;t comment on a specific time frame.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An Interview with Anouska Hempel, Interior Designer of London's La Suite West Hotel Archinect 2013-06-13T15:04:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T23:01:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Anouska Hempel is a London-based hotelier and interior designer. Recently, Archinect correspondent, Jill Johnson, had the opportunity to stay at one of Anouska's recent projects, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Suite West</a>, a boutique hotel in London, and followed up her stay with a brief conversation about the design.</p> <p> <strong>Can you discuss the balance of architecture, interiors and styling in your work?</strong><br> To manage all the work there are many rules. One cannot be considered without the other however we are a design studio so the vision (beauty) comes first which is complimented by the architecture, followed by the interiors and styling.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>The style in your portfolio seems to range from highly decorative to minimal. How do you define your style?</strong><br> Simply, I don&rsquo;t think one can. I truly enjoy and appreciate a broad spectrum, as demonstrated, but if one had to define it in a word, that would most likely be &ldquo;couture&rdquo;. The style can vary but the quality most definitely cannot!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Where did you study design? Whom di...</strong></p> PinkCloud’s Pop-Up Hotel Turns Empty Office Spaces into Temporary Hospitality Spaces Alexander Walter 2013-05-22T17:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T18:04:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The finalists of the 2013 Radical Innovation in Hospitality competition recently gathered during Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas to present their ideas for the next big hotel concept in front of a jury of top industry judges. [...] the Copenhagen-based international architecture collective took home the $10,000 grand prize for its Pop-Up Hotel concept, which utilizes empty Class A office spaces in urban centers, turning them into temporary hospitality spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Polish Scientists and Engineers Put A New Spin On Underwater Living Anna Johnson 2013-02-07T19:43:00-05:00 >2013-02-15T15:23:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and engineers from the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology at Gdansk University in Poland have teamed up with other Polish scientific and R&amp;D institutions to come up with a landmark underwater hotel. The Water Discus Underwater Hotel, as it is called, may not be the first but plans for the Dubai venue call for the biggest site of its kind.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Winner of the 2012 SLEEP European Hotel Design Award: Hotel Valentiner Hof by noa* Alexander Walter 2013-01-07T15:44:00-05:00 >2013-01-08T08:28:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the annual SLEEP European Hotel Design Awards, the project "Hotel Valentiner Hof" in Castelrotto, Italy was recently named the 2012 winner in the category "Conversion And/Or Extension Of An Existing Hotel Building." Architects of the hotel conversion was the young firm noa*, based in Bolzano in Northern Italy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tianjin Hotel Entry by HAO / Holm Architecture Office Alexander Walter 2012-12-11T13:22:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:03:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danish firm HAO / Holm Architecture Office has shared with us its competition entry for a high-end hotel in Tianjin, Northern China.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> North Korea Ryugyong 'Hotel of Doom' may open next year Archinect 2012-11-05T15:30:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:22:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A delegation from the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea, which inspected the building almost 15 years ago, concluded it was beyond repair and its lift shafts crooked. But in 2008 an Egyptian company, Orascom Telecom, which operates a mobile network in North Korea, began equipping the building. Mr Wittwer said the hotel will "partially, probably" open for business next year. But original plans for 3,000 hotel rooms and three revolving restaurants have been greatly scaled back.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sofitel Water Tower To Host Student Architecture Competition Archinect 2012-10-12T14:24:00-04:00 >2012-10-12T14:27:05-04:00 <img src="" width="365" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Sofitel is hosting a competition in which thirteen graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will design both an interior and exterior future concept for a fictional Sofitel property in either Helsinki, Finland, Mozambique, or Lima, Peru&mdash;sites varying from an urban center, to an eco-resort to a traditional beach resort.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Nov. 14, Jean-Paul Viguier, the French architect who designed Chicago's Sofitel, will formally judge each of the SIAC students&rsquo; entries along with the panel of local architects. Winners will be selected for both the best interior and best exterior concepts.</p> Hotels Of The Future: 7 Architectural Stunners On The Horizon Richard Meier & Partners 2012-04-25T11:00:00-04:00 >2012-04-26T15:09:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In looking at these designs, I think back and remember that some people predicted the terrorist attacks of 2001 would end our lust for travel,&rdquo; notes Albrecht, who teaches in the decorative arts masters program at Cooper-Hewitt and is currently working on an exhibition of airports&mdash;another architectural hotspot. &ldquo;But today, some ten years later, one of the ur-building types of tourism and globalization&mdash;the hotel&mdash;is alive and well and remains on the cutting-edge of architectural trends.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>