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So long 2019 and all the crimes we committed with you. With 2020, it’s time for a little rest and rejuvenation—and health-geared hospitality destinations are here to help. From a remote Costa Rican retreat with tent-like structures conscious to a sensitive tropical landscape to a spa that cocoons guests in hanging teepees and a pool promising a “womb-like” experience, here are 10 standout spas and wellness retreats around the globe. We’ve focused mostly on those new to the scene—but you’ll find one established favorite and one yet to come.

1. Kasiiya Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

In remote Costa Rica, Paris-based architecture firm AW² designed custom timber-and-canvas “luxury tents” for wellness retreat Kasiiya Papagayo, opened in March of 2019. Raised off the ground, the tents protect the sensitive landscape of the dry tropical jungle—and can be broken down to disappear without a trace. The master bath in this tented suite provides a soaking opportunity in a custom copper tub, but self-care can also be drawn from strong personalities on the property’s staff. Yamuna, the property’s healer—rumored to have treated Brad Pitt—will quickly pinpoint over tea both the troubles of your soul and how to release them, while fitness expert Bruno teaches strength-building exercises based on animal movements.

2. Hotel Palácio Estoril, Estoril, Portugal

With another James Bond film gearing up for April 2020, what was once the setting for the classic film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” released in 1969, could be just the place for a limber spy—or anyone else eyeing a few days of well-being. Designed by French architect Henry Martinet and built in 1930, the Hotel Palácio Estoril was a playground for royals for decades. Today the property combines historical grandeur—think a doorman smartly dressed in traditional garb—with high-class health facilities. In the 27,000-square-foot Estoril Wellness Center designed by Palmer Grego Arquitectos, two floors are occupied by a Banyan Tree Spa. For one spa massage treatment, staff takes aim with high-powered water jets, hosing the brave off firehose-style. A more subdued water experience is found in the dynamic pool, where jets slowly spin guests around in circles under the twinkle of LED lights recalling the night sky—no crime-fighting required.

3. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, London

Glass above a 60-foot-long pool reveals a lounge’s fire place at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. With a restoration and enlargement completed by New York designer and Hall of Fame member Adam Tihany in the Summer of 2019, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London now includes 13 treatment rooms, a massage suite for two, a traditional mosaic-tiled steam room and warm rain shower, mani-pedi studio, and room dedicated to Chinese medicine consultations and treatments.

4. The Rena Spa at The Midland Manchester, Manchester, England

Spa lounging reaches new heights at The Midland, Manchester, which opened in November after a rebranding conceived by an in-house design team drawn from developers Leonardo Hotels and U.K. and Ireland hotel group Jurys Inn. In the Rena Spa, ceiling-mounted tepees and Eero Aarnio’s retro Ball chair, designed in 1963, are among unique opportunities that tuck guests away from the outside world.

5. Six Senses Thimpu, Bhutan

Perched on a hillside and capturing breathtaking views of a nearby mountain range, the Six Senses Bhutan will be the most recent debut for global hotel brand Six Senses—its fifth property in Bhutan—when it opens in Spring 2020. Packed soil, hemlock wood, bamboo, granite, and natural stone are the dominating materials in a sustainably conscious design crafted by Thailand-based firm Habita Architects and the brand’s in-house design team. In the spa area, shown here, floor-to-ceiling glazing allows an infinity pool to reflect both sky and mountains.
Pendry Hotels & Resorts
Pendry Hotels & Resorts recently announced the first release of Pendry Residences West Hollywood by Montage Hotels & Resorts for purchase. Together with AECOM Capital, the investment adviser of global infrastructure firm AECOM, and Combined Properties, a full-service real estate firm, the Residences are scheduled to open in summer 2020.

Pendry Residences West Hollywood will be comprised of a limited collection of 40 private residences with prices starting from $3 million. It occupies a prime, walkable location on Sunset Boulevard, with spectacular views of nearby hills, downtown LA, and the vibrant cityscape.

The overall development is $500 million and consists of two adjacent buildings: one 12-story, 143,670-sq-ft hotel building with 149-room; and a separate 145,804 sq-ft building that houses the 40 luxury residences. There are also 400 below grade parking spots.

“In the heart of the new Sunset Strip, Pendry Residences West Hollywood promises to be unlike anything else in the city and deliver a new level of fully serviced living in modern Los Angeles,” said Warren Wachsberger, AECOM Capital partner and managing director in a press release.

The project is designed by architecture and interior design firm Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, and executed by Cuningham Group Architects, with interiors by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. AECOM is serving as construction manager on the project through its AECOM Hunt business. Landscaping is by Lifescapes.

The development is located in a dense urban community, surrounded by three mid-rise hotels on Sunset Boulevard and a residential neighborhood on the south side.

“Due to the denseness of the area, the project is constrained by the amount of laydown available for deliveries and the project’s hours of operations are also limited in order to be sensitive to the adjacent residential neighborhood,” says Paul Giorgio, partner and executive vice president, AECOM Capital. “To minimize disruptions to our neighbors, we have used the project’s subterranean parking garage and piazza for staging and worked with the owner to host several outreaches with the community to communicate upcoming major construction milestones and lane closures.”

Giorgio says these outreaches were critical to gaining the city’s approval for the required lane closures for both tower crane dismantlements. “We have a full time delivery manager stationed at the gate to manage incoming deliveries and to not clog up surrounding streets,” adds Giorgio.

Pendry Residences are highlighted by contemporary architecture that cascades on a terraced site along Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive. The residences feature generous floorplans - ranging from 2,900 to 6,000 sq-ft - flowing seamlessly to large private verandas. Select units include landscaped terraces of up to 3,400 sq-ft with private pools, spas, and outdoor kitchens.

The Residences include floor-to-ceiling windows, custom-designed kitchens, white oak floors, Poliform walk-in closets and dressing rooms. Each unit is accessed via a private elevator connecting directly to a private resident’s terrace and secured parking. Owner amenities include a private residents’ lobby, rooftop pool, fitness center, garden deck and boardroom. A residential lounge will feature a stocked bar and wine tasting room with private lockers. Other amenities include a multi-purpose live entertainment venue, screening room, bowling alley, Spa Pendry and a curated art collection.

The project is currently about 70 percent complete, with crews working on exterior framing and window walls, interior framing on the upper floors and finishes on the lower levels. Five of 10 elevators are underway.
A European hotel brand entering the South Florida market broke ground on one of its three forthcoming locations.

And more may be coming.

The Netherlands-based citizenM broke ground on Thursday at the Miami Worldcenter. The 128,000-square-foot hotel at 700 NE Second Ave. will rise up to 12 stories with 351 rooms. It will cost more than $100 million to build, said Craig Kinnon, citizenM project director.

The company will have two other hotels in the Magic City, one at the former Perricone’s restaurant in Brickell and another near the Lincoln Road Mall.

The hotel brand made its U.S. debut in New York in 2014.

“Who’s to say in time we won’t be in Wynwood?” Kinnon said about the possibility of future expansions in Miami.

The multiple spaces in Miami will allow guests to select a spot near the amenities they most want to visit, said Kinnon. “Do I want to go to the beach? Do I want to be near the buzz? Am I coming for business?”

The hotel has three other locations in New York and Boston. It will open another in Seattle in 2020, and break ground on other sites in Chicago and Washington, rounding out its U.S. locations to nine offerings.

The Miami Worldcenter location will be completed in mid-summer 2021, according to the project’s general contractor Suffolk Construction’s Project Executive Alex Suarez.

The other two citizenM projects will also be completed in 2021, said Kinnon.

citizenM is the first of three planned hotels to break ground at the $4 billion mixed-use project Miami Worldcenter spanning 27 acres. A 220-room hotel and 240 condo-hotel Legacy Hotel & Residences is in the pipeline, according to the Next Miami. A 1,700-room Marriott Marquis hotel is also planned.

The former will cater to the luxury market and the latter to the business traveler, said Miami Worldcenter Associates Managing Partner Nitin Motwani.

citizenM will cater to a wide demographic with more affordable pricing, said Motwani. The price range hasn’t been set, according to Kinnon, but prices at other citizenM locations range from the mid-$200s up to the mid-$400s.

Building a city within a city, said Motwani, it’s important to cater to as many demographics as possible.

And more lodges may be coming to Miami Worldcenter.

“Are more hotels in the pipeline? Time will tell,” he said.

Other hospitality brands are also entering or expanding in the market with spots near Downtown Miami, including Virgin Hotels and AC Hotel by Marriott alongside Element by Westin.

“It’s exciting the vibrancy in downtown with the Design District, Wynwood and Edgewater. I’m excited about the different hotel brands coming into Miami,” said Wendy Kallergis, president and CEO of the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association.
CitizenM is due to break ground this week on its Miami Worldcenter hotel designed by Gensler and its long-term collaborator Concrete, which will mix feature-rich rooms with a varied amenities offering for guests.

The 128,000sq ft (11,900sq m), 12-storey hotel will accommodate 351 guestrooms, all with rain showers, motorised blinds and adaptable lighting colours.

Rooms will also feature king-size wall-to-wall beds, widescreen TVs and super-fast Wi-Fi.

Guests will be able to relax at a 10th-floor sundeck and rooftop bar, which will offer views of Biscayne Bay and the downtown Miami skyline.

The hotel will also feature a public art programme and interiors displaying contemporary works, photography and objects by local artists.

As at other CitizenM properties, there will be living room-like common areas, as well as a 1,850sq ft (172sq m) work facility with creative spaces and meeting rooms and a fitness centre with a gym.

Diana Farmer-Gonzalez, principal and co-managing director of Gensler’s Miami office, said: "As a Miamian living and working in the city, I am excited to be working with a brand like citizenM that is redefining the guest experience through smart, efficient rooms and dynamic public spaces that will provide unique environments for travellers, for co-working, business meetings or communal gatherings with colleagues and friends."

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on 21 November.
Lillie Thompson
Australia’s most exceptionally designed hospitality venues were celebrated at the 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards, which were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 12 November.

The jury said, “There was one word that arose over and over during our deliberations: restraint.”

“The principle of restraint marked every single winner, as well as many commendations, though it was expressed in myriad ways.”

In 2019, there was a marked increase in entries from regional locations, which was also reflected in the winners of the awards.

“From a pink-hued bar in a country town with barely over 2,000 people, to a future-focused CBD restaurant, this year’s winners are very geographically diverse, indicating that in Australia, good design transcends location. It’s something that has permeated out to our suburbs and our regional areas, which should be applauded,” said Cassie Hansen, jury chair and editor of Artichoke magazine.

The jury also selected one iconic hospitality venue to enter the Eat Drink Design Awards Hall of Fame. Venues considered for this accolade have achieved a level of cultural significance as well as demonstrating longevity in an industry often categorized as transient.

The 2019 jury comprised Besha Rodell (restaurant critic for the New York Times’ Australia bureau), Nathan Toleman (restauranteur, CEO and founder of the Mulberry Group), Graham Charbonneau (co-founder of Studio Gram), Phillip Schemnitz (architect of Cookie, the 2018 Hall of Fame inductee) and Cassie Hansen (editor of Artichoke magazine).

Find more information on these projects in the full list of winners below.

2019 Eat Drink Design Awards

Best Bar Design

Blacksmith Lake Mulwala – The Stella Collective

Best Restaurant Design
Di Stasio Citta – Hassell

Best Cafe Design
Via Porta – Studio Esteta

Best Installation Design
The Magic Box – Liminal Objects with Van Tuil

Best Retail Design
Piccolina Collingwood – Hecker Guthrie

Best Hotel Design – joint winners
Drifthouse – Multiplicity
The Calile Hotel – Richards and Spence

Best Identity Design
Lagotto – Studio Hi Ho

Hall of Fame
Cumulus Inc – Pascale Gomes-McNabb

See the 14 commended projects across seven categories.

Winners, commended projects and the shortlist are all featured in Artichoke 69, along with a full jury overview. View all the entries and more images at the Eat Drink Design Awards gallery.

The 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards are organized by Architecture Media and supported by major partner Chandon Australia; supporting partners Harbour, Latitude, Ownworld, Roca and Tasmanian Timber and event partners Four Pillars Gin, Jetty Road Brewery and S.Pellegrino.

The Eat Drink Design Awards are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia.
Interior Design Media
With a forward-thinking vision for a university bistro, Toronto-headquartered DesignAgency was born. Two decades after serving steak tartar to students, business is booming for founders Allen Chan, Matt Davis, and Anwar Mekhayech, who can rattle off hostel brand Generator Hostels, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, and culinary brands Nando’s and Momofuku from a high-profile client list. On the books: rollouts for workspace and cultural hub NeueHouse and new Hilton urban hotel brand Motto.

“These days, a designer’s vision needs to be half the business of design and half the art of design,” says Mekhayech. “There are unlimited possibilities when creating a physical space—but process, purpose, and budget lead.” To better hone these three crucial points, DesignAgency is full-service, tackling interior design, architectural concept, strategic branding, and visual communication. Projects around the globe (in addition to offices in Los Angeles and Barcelona, DesignAgency now has full-time designers in Vancouver, London, and Washington, D.C.) are executed by a divide-and-conquer technique—the three partners collaborate on creative, before letting one partner run with it.

Interior Design sat down with the three founders to learn more about that first fateful collaboration, the upcoming NeueHouse rollout, and who is a master at balloon animals.

Interior Design: So, tell us about the student bistro that brought you together.

Anwar Mekhayech: We had no business plan and it was all very organic. I studied engineering and business at the University of Toronto (U of T) but grew up in the family restaurant business. After taking over my parents’ restaurant, I decided to open my own—which I really wanted to design. So, I asked Matt, who has a degree in Landscape Architecture from U of T, to start a design company with me, and he introduced me to Allen, who was studying architecture at Columbia University.

It was all very fast—I graduated in 1997, we formed what was then called Precipice Studios in 1998, and I opened a student bistro at U of T that we designed in 2000. My dad was living in Paris at the time, opening a restaurant there, so the concept became a kind of French-bistro-meets-California-casual-organic—but in 2000, so way before its time. We had DJs playing, and were serving students steak tartar, duck confit, and healthy salads. It was so much fun.

ID: NeueHouse is a big project for you. What exactly does it entail?

AM: We’re renovating the two existing properties and are about to open a third in downtown Los Angeles, NeueHouse Bradbury, which will help explain our design ethos and narrative as we scale the brand to new locations globally. Our design aims for residential and inspiring, balancing private and social, but with a strong emphasis on collaboration and communication. There will be a play of vintage and new pieces across all the projects—and I’m super excited about the art program and the use of plantings.

ID: How do you believe NeueHouse meets current demands in the hospitality market and stands out from the likes of big players like WeWork?

AM: Sophistication and refinement. NeueHouse is more an invited member’s club that centers around working, content, and collaboration than co-working. It has a kind of celebrity following because they started ahead of the curve, in 2012 in New York. So last year, Josh Wyatt entered as CEO, and immediately brought us onboard. We worked with Josh on Generator Hostels and have a great relationship with him. Together we’re adding the food and beverage hospitality angle—the restaurants, bars, and patios because that’s what we are good at—building off the original concept based on bringing likeminded people together by Rockwell Group. We’re also ramping up the amenities where possible, for example spa-like showers and changing rooms for people commuting by bike or spending extended amount of time on site.

NeueHouse has several different types of membership. Netflix, for example, is a tenant in Los Angeles, with their own private studio floors on the upper levels. Actually, DesignAgency’s Los Angeles studio is also in NeueHouse—we moved in just a few months ago.

ID: What have you completed recently?

AM: We developed the design language and ethos for Momofuku spaces and recently
Audemars Piguet
Accommodation options in Switzerland’s Watch Valley have long lagged behind the lavish craftsmanship of the region’s workshops.

In 2021, though, you’ll be able to check into Audemars Piguet’s Hôtel des Horlogers, a stunning 50-room complex designed by wunderkind Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. The resort will feature the architect’s signature playful touch; its roof doubles as a ramp connecting the floors, down which guests can ski before continuing onto the piste.

Audemars tapped Ingels to re-imagine its fusty former namesake, as well as to re-create its archive as a custom museum next door.

The undertaking was more than just a regular gig for Ingels, per Audemars historian Michael Friedman, who worked closely with him at every stage.

“Bjarke can tell you as much about the wristwatch he has on as any collector in the world,” Friedman says. The goal of the museum’s design — creating an airy, light-soaked building among tight constraints — proved arduous. “The challenge was temperature, given our fierce, long winters, then dust and humidity control, as all the watchmakers will be working inside the museum.”

The result is the all-glass La Maison des Fondateurs: an enormous, spiral-shaped building embedded in the landscape, resembling a spaceship emerging from the hills.


Next year, LVMH will debut the Cheval Blanc, its long-planned five-star hotel inside the erstwhile Samaritaine department store.

The group’s first urban outpost for the brand will contend with the just-reopened Hôtel de Crillon as the most luxurious hotel in Paris. Expect lashings of luxe touches that embody l’art de recevoir.

Once you’ve booked a suite, stroll over to the toniest square in the city: the Place Vendôme, built on the order of Louis XIV.

Noteworthy residents include Van Cleef & Arpels, which has a square-side boutique as well as its own watchmaking school, L’École des Arts Joailliers.

At the south end of the square, Breguet’s flagship boutique displays an astonishing archive, showcasing some of the brand’s most beloved pieces, like workshop founder Abraham-Louis Breguet’s first four-minute tourbillon, No. 1176.


The Taschenbergpalais Kempinski is one of Germany’s most luxurious hotels, housed in the rococo palace the former elector of Saxony built for his favorite mistress.

Located in Dresden — the city nicknamed the Florence of the North for its cultural assets — the palace was all but leveled in World War II.

The rubble here was painstakingly renovated into a splurge-worthy hotel in the 1990s, and has recently undergone a major overhaul.

The hotel is the perfect base to explore nearby Glashütte, once the country’s watchmaking hub.

Recently, Glashütte has been revitalized via the arrival of Nomos Glashütte, founded by photographer and timepiece aficionado Roland Schwertner.

The workshops, housed in the former train station, are open to tourists.

Washington, DC

Luxury in Washington, DC, has long been synonymous with generic, if comfortable, hotels — a maxim that Hong Kong-based luxury hotelier Rosewood aimed to shatter when it shuttered its US capital outpost last year.

The major reboot, just completed, includes the sexy rooftop bar Cut Above and a half-dozen townhouse-style suites that will open next year.

While here, visitors will be able to make sorties to the Mall to explore the city’s enviable hoard of history-making jewelry and watches.

At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, look for the Hope Diamond, donated by Harry Winston in 1958 and once worn by Sun King Louis XIV.

At the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, you’ll be able to see the Omega Speedmaster Neil Armstrong wore on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969.
There's more to Ibiza than clubber-oriented resorts – the Spanish island also hosts a growing number of agroturismo hotels in old farmhouses. Here are five that combine a farm-to-fork ethos with contemporary design.

La Granja Ibiza

German interior-design studio Dreimeta converted a 200-year-old farmhouse and a neighbouring cottage to create La Granja, a members-only retreat boasting rooms furnished with a palette of charred wood, oiled ash, stone and slate.

As well as a pool, the hotel includes a restaurant where dishes are made from the 30 varieties of fruit, vegetables and nuts grown on the farm, including beetroot, melon, carrot, fig and almond.

Guests are also offered a range of communal ritualistic activities, from farming to meditation.

Can Sastre

Dutch entrepreneurs Raymond and Bibi van der Hout combine Scandinavian minimalism with Ibiza's rustic Bohemian style in this restored finca, or country estate, surrounded by orange trees, olives trees and farmland.

Can Sastre features just five suites, each featuring simple wooden furniture, patterned textiles, spa-like bathrooms and objects that the owners have collected on their travels.

The kitchen serves up a range of dishes, and exclusively uses produce grown on the island.

Can Martí

This simple finca is over 400 years old, but has been recently refurbished with a focus on sustainable materials and methods. The white-washed villa features eight clean and airy rooms, along with a traditional hammam and a freshwater swimming pool.

Can Martí is surrounded by strawberry fields, olive groves, vineyards and orchards. It grows a range of produce in its organic, permaculture garden, which are served up at breakfast and sold in a small shop onsite.


Atzaró was one of Ibiza's first agroturismo hotels, designed to offer "natural luxury".

Although it used to feature Asian-themed interiors, the hotel's in-house design studio recently gave it an overhaul that is more in keeping with Ibiza style. Terracotta tiled floors and olive wood ceilings are accompanied by locally handmade furniture and commissioned artworks.

To mark the hotel's 15th anniversary this month, it is opening a new eight-acre vegetable garden, featuring walkways lined by hanging squashes and courgettes, fruit trees bearing everything from pomegranates to avocados, and over 50 vegetable and herb varieties. This garden will be entirely organic, maintained using water from a well and electricity from onsite solar panels.

Etosoto Formentera

Not actually on Ibiza, this simple villa retreat is located a short ferry ride away on small neighbouring island of Formentera.

Etosoto's Parisian owners Grégory and Julien Labrousse worked with interior designer Elsa Kikoïne to create the clean and bright interiors, where white surfaces and wooden furniture and complemented by basket lamps and colourful ceramics.

High walls border the property, but arched openings offer framed views out to the wild landscape, which includes olive and fig groves, vineyards and wheat fields. The gardens are planted with fruits and vegetables, and the owners practice sustainable farming to minimise their use of water and energy.
Laurian Ghinitoiu
The Opus in Dubai by Zaha Hadid Architects, a mixed-use building formed of conjoined towers with a irregular void in the middle, is almost ready to open.

Set in the Burj Khalifa district, the Opus will be Dubai's only building which has both the interior and exterior designed by the late Zaha Hadid, who founded Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA).

Hotel interiors for the ME Dubai hotel are currently being fitted out, for the scheduled opening in 2020. The 20-storey development from Omniyat will also house 12 restaurants and a rooftop bar, as well as office spaces.

Two glazed adjacent 100-metre-high towers form a cube shape, with a curving eight-storey void that appears as if it has been carved from its centre.

These towers are connected by a four-storey atrium ground level and an asymmetric sky-bridge that is 38-metres wide and three storeys tall, suspended 71 metres from the ground.

"The design conveys the remarkably inventive quality of ZHA's work," said Mahdi Amjad, CEO of Omniyat.

"[It] expresses a sculptural sensibility that reinvents the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior."

The designs were first unveiled in 2007 by Hadid, who died in 2016. It was originally due to complete in 2018, but was pushed back due to construction delays.

Designs for the Opus' interiors, which were unveiled at the 2014 London Design Festival, include sculptural balconies, angular beds, and a sculpture of dangling glass balls in the lobby.

The Opus will be located near the Burj Khalifa, the 828-metre-high supertall skyscraper designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill that remains unchallenged for the title of the world's tallest building.

ZHA recently completed another hotel with a curving void, the Morpheus in Macau. Three holes punctuate the middle of the Morpheus, which uses an innovative exoskeleton construction so that the hotel interiors remain uncluttered by supporting walls or columns.
Wilderness Safaris
After nearly nine months of renovations, African luxury and sustainable safari operator Wilderness Safaris has reopened Jao Camp in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Powered entirely by solar energy, the eco-tourism destination features five spacious tented suites, a new spa and circular treatment rooms, a new Center of Knowledge museum and gallery and two new exclusive villas with a private vehicle, guide, chef and butler. All parts of the camp embrace the outdoors and landscape, from the use of local handcrafted materials to the framed views of the riverine forests and vast floodplains.

Surrounded by prolific wildlife, the Jao Camp features a main area elevated into the tree canopy. “Underpinning it all is our commitment to the pristine environment around Jao, minimizing our footprint and allowing our guests to experience the Delta in its fullest sense,” the Wilderness Safaris’ website reads. “Innovative insulation ensures comfort, while gauze and glass panels let natural light and the outside in. The suites and villas are cooled with a silent evaporative cooler at a fraction of energy used by conventional air conditioning.”

Jao Camp is also 100 percent solar-powered and draws energy from a new power plant that works on one of the world’s biggest Victron inverter systems and the largest lithium-ion battery bank in southern Africa. During the colder months, the suites are warmed by innovative, self-igniting Calore fireplaces fueled with pellets made from sawdust, a byproduct of working natural wood, without any additives or caking agents.

All of Jao Camp’s contemporary luxury suites come with private plunge pools, lounge and dining areas, en suite bathrooms and outdoor and indoor showers. The nature-inspired color palette and use of handcrafted natural materials, such as rosewood-clad ceilings and floors, help tie the interiors to the outdoors and keep the focus on the Okavango Delta. Moreover, the newly added Center of Knowledge museum and gallery shares information about the area, its history and its denizens.

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio
Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio has designed a concept for a boutique hotel within a cliff edge in Norway that includes a cantilevered glass swimming pool.

Istanbul practice Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio proposed building the hotel on a site 600-metres-high on Preikestolen – a steep cliff and popular tourist spot in the west of Norway that overhangs the Lysefjorden fjord.

It is intended to recreate the thrill of embarking on hiking trails around the cliff, and capture the feeling of "living on and beyond the edge".

"Preikestolen has been one of the most exciting places to me through the years. One day a friend of mine sent me photos of 'the rock' she captured during her Norway trip," explained the studio's founder Hayri Atak.

"Even though I wasn't there, I experienced the adrenaline of being on the edge. Then I dreamed of living on and beyond the edge. Simply, I just wanted carry this experience beyond the edge and the idea of having this experience inspired me," he told Dezeen.

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio's visuals imagine the entrance to the hotel on top of the cliff, which is has a naturally flat surface. This would also double as a giant public viewing platform.

Guests would then be led down inside the hotel where the studio has proposed nine guest suites and shared lounge area, which are all embedded within the rockface.

The rooms are divided over three floors, and open out onto a shared balconies that jut out from the edge to offer uninterrupted views of the fjord and surrounding mountains.

Below, the lounge has a shared balcony that extends out further from those belonging to the guest bedrooms, and has a giant outdoor swimming pool.

Designed for the "more adventurous visitors", the long, narrow pool cantilevers precariously out from the edge of the balcony and is made entirely from glass to immerse swimmers within the landscape and the sheer drop below.

"I think this is equal to swimming in gravity-free environment. The pool was one and only design element of project at the beginning," added Atak.

"The hotel can be considered a part or an extension of the cliff. I thought that experiencing beyond the edge is much more thrilling in a pool rather than a balcony".

Compass Pools also recently proposed a dramatic concept swimming pool named Infinity London. Imagined on top of a tower in London, it would become the world's first 360-degree infinity pool and would be accessed via a submarine-style door.
Lauren Werner
Tucked away in the remote town of Terlingua, the new Willow House uses thoughtfully conceived architecture to underscore the area’s breathtaking natural beauty

The alluring beauty of the Chisos Mountains is nearly indescribable—its rugged arcs giving way to miles of desert terrain. There’s a certain kind of freedom that exists in far West Texas amid the ombré boulders and ocotillo, one that placates a sense of wanderlust. Terlingua, a self-governing, unincorporated town of approximately 300 full-time residents, is like something out of a sci-fi novel or perhaps a spaghetti Western film, with its menagerie of art galleries, motels, and trailer parks amid rolling, bentonite clay–mottled roads. A few miles from Big Bend National Park, it borders the Rio Grande River, with the mountains acting as the only separation between the U.S. and Mexico, yet this old mining town is often seen as the last of the Wild West, a place to run, a place to disconnect, and a place to marvel at the endless landscape.

Late this spring, a new boutique hotel popped up in Terlingua: Willow House. Set on 287 acres at the basin of Big Bend National Park and opposite Willow Mountain, it consists of 12 casitas, all with unobstructed views, refined furnishings, and curated art. For its proprietor, Lauren Werner, the pull of the Chisos Mountains and love for the land is as fervent as her fiery red hair, something that is apparent in the care and effort she has put into every detail on the property.

The California native came to Texas five years ago by way of Dallas’s Southern Methodist University and quickly became inspired by the magic of Big Bend National Park. She fell in love and immediately began looking for land on which to build. “Terlingua is the closest access point to the national park, but there wasn’t anywhere cool to stay that took the landscape into account,” she recalls.

She ended up finding the perfect location, 200-plus acres of an old Terlinguan ranch with flat, buildable land with breathtaking views of the mountains. “I knew when I stepped on that ranch that I wanted every casita to have a view of the mountain range, and every bedroom and patio to perfectly frame that view,” she says, citing Georgia O'Keeffe as an influence when designing the property.

During the initial building stages, it was truly her respect for the land which drove all construction and design decisions. She chose natural concrete as “light-colored buildings pop to the eye,” in an effort to preserve the view for her neighbors. She also “re-homed” the ocotillo and rocks moved during construction.

Another important element for Werner was the weather. West Texas summers are notoriously brutal and often surpass 100 degrees with intense UV exposure, while at other times 70 or 80 mile-per-hour winds and sweeping desert storms are the norm. Thus, the darkly colored concrete casitas have been dutifully insulated and feature slits on the covered patios to allow for comfortable airflow. There are also built-in exterior benches so guests can enjoy a cocktail with friends or head off to sleep under the stars.
Géraldine Bruneel via D.L.2.A
Crystal-blue waters, luxury accommodations and tropical appeal aren’t the only draws of Sundy Praia, São Tomé and Príncipe’s first five‑star resort. The sustainably minded destination is also home to an award-winning restaurant designed by French architect-designer agency D.L.2.A (Didier Lefort Architectes Associés). Crafted in the shape of a large fish, the restaurant features a bamboo structure that was mainly assembled by hand and built in just five weeks.

Located in the Gulf of Guinea off the western coast of Africa, Sundy Praia on the island of Príncipe was created with low-impact luxury in mind. Hidden among tropical almond and banana trees are the resort’s 15 tented villas, each anchored into the ground with retractable screws to reduce impact on the forest. In keeping with this eco-friendly ethos, designer Didier Lefort created a bamboo restaurant that uses local craftsmanship and materials.

Crafted to resemble a large fish with an undulating spine and a wide-open mouth, the building structure comprises a series of bamboo arches of varying dimensions that are fastened by hand with natural ties and only bolted at key areas. Measuring 24 meters from head to tail, the restaurant can accommodate up to 100 people inside and on the terrace.

The undulating size of the restaurant — from its width to its height — creates spaces for different guests. The narrowest end of the restaurant, for instance, is for VIPs who wish to dine quietly, while the large “belly” area accommodates families. The “mouth of the fish” at the entrance is a popular place for couples wanting to dine by candlelight.

The interior of the restaurant is also dressed in locally crafted products, such as the chandeliers braided from bamboo and inspired by fishermen creels and the large curtains that are held together by strings of large seeds. The long buffet tables are designed by the D.L.2.A agency.

Weldon Brewster
Fleet of concrete trucks mobilized for near-record placement

The 18.5-hour construction of the 13,478-cu-yd mat for the $1-billion Grand mixed-use development in Los Angeles ranks as the second largest continuous casting of a foundation in Los Angeles, after the Wilshire Grand’s, which, at 19.5 hours, set a Guinness World Record in 2014.

At 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at a rate of approximately 1,000 cu yds per hour, 140 workers from the Conco Cos. began the job, which required 1,348 truck trips to six batch plants, for the mat, which contains 13,478 cu yd of concrete. The mat will support a 39-story tower.

“Due to precise and complicated logistics, the mat’s coordination started four months prior to the actual pour,” says Barry Widen, vice president of design and construction for developer Related Cos.

The mat is 39,303 sq ft with a thickness that varies from 6 ft to 12 ft. The concrete truck fleet traveled eight times between the site and six batch plants. With seven of eight concrete truck pumps staged on streets, Related coordinated with Los Angeles City Council District 14, and the city’s Dept. of Transportation and Bureau of Engineering’s Major Transit and Transportation Construction Traffic Management Committee (TCTMC) to minimize the impact to traffic, which required complete closures of Olive Street and 2nd Street and directional closures on Grand Avenue and 1st Street.

In February, Related and partner CORE USA broke ground on the project, designed by Gehry Partners and located across the street from Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall. The project is expected to create 10,000 new jobs and $1.3 billion in one-time total economic output for Los Angeles County. The Grand will include 176,000 sq feet of retail and a hotel in 20-story second tower. Related expects the second mat will be cast this month.

AECOM is the Grand’s construction manager and DCI Engineers is the project’s structural engineer.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to clarify that there were 1,348 truck trips required for this concrete placement. The project team has not specified the number of trucks utilized.
Patricia Parinejad
On the banks of Italy’s spectacular Lake Como sits Il Sereno, a five-star hotel that not only offers top-of-the-line luxury, but also boasts sustainable features throughout. Milan-based Patricia Urquiola Studio designed the building with a palette of locally sourced natural materials and an eye-catching Patrick Blanc-designed vertical garden that grows up the side of the building. The designers’ attention to energy-saving elements and eco-friendly materials earned Il Sereno Climate House certification.

Conceived as a contemporary spin on the rationalist-style Casa del Fascio by Giuseppe Terragni, Il Sereno celebrates the historical heritage of the lake and the natural beauty of the surroundings. As such, natural materials were used for construction and include locally sourced stone marble and timber throughout the sustainable hotel. Thorough site analyses informed the placement of the building and the operable facade, which allows for natural ventilation and lighting to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact. The lake is visible from every room in the hotel as well as from the common areas.

“I was inspired by the color of the Lake, and its glistening water, the nature of the dramatic mountains, and the adjacent village of Torno,” says designer and architect Patricia Urquiola in a press statement. “The color palette is the lake. It includes green, light-blue, copper, grey and natural tones. For Il Sereno we used natural materials (stone, wood, wool natural fibers) for a sustainable style and timeless elegance.”

To reinforce the hotel’s connection with nature, the architects wrapped parts of the building in full-height glazing and balconies to create a seamless indoor/outdoor living experience and commissioned renowned green wall designer Patrick Blanc to create three artworks for Il Sereno. The largest vertical garden is mounted to the facade facing the northern lakefront to soften the structure’s appearance, while the other two artworks are found near the entrance on the south side.

Rafael Gamo
In Baja California, the Sea of Cortés coast from Cabo San Lucas to the north is peppered with resort hotels. In style they tend to be either steroidal haciendas or monumental hulks. By contrast, the new Solaz Los Cabos is a refreshing example of Mexican modernismo. No surprise, then, that it is the work of Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, a firm founded in 1937 by pioneering modernist architect Juan Sordo Madaleno and known since for award-winning hotel design.

This one began with thoughtful site planning. “Instead of making the building in back a big wall, we broke it up to bring down the scale and admit more views and breeze,” explains SMA architecture director (and grandson of the founder) Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro. “But though we broke up the project into different pieces, we treated it as a whole and maintained a similar look throughout the property.” The materials palette, which unifies the design and integrates it with the serene setting, is an organic mix of quarry stone, travertine, granite, and huanacaxtle, a tropical hardwood used to clad much of the exterior. All had to be both attractive and able to weather the elements in a complex with many alfresco areas.

Despite its size, the 1,615,000-square-foot resort seems nestled against the oceanfront hillside. Spaced apart and set at angles to each other, the five principal and highest-elevated buildings—six-story volumes that stretch in a broken chain across the top of the property—have an airy, relaxed quality. The low-rise buildings on the slope below—laid out in undulating, wavelike rows—house rooms with private entrance patios (an echo of the courtyards common in Mexican residential architecture) and green roofs landscaped with desert plants, many endemic to Baja. The terraced rows step down the 33-acre site, giving sea views to all accommodations, which include 128 hotel rooms, 147 time-share villas, and 21 full-floor residences, which are in three nine-story towers set to one side. The traditional beachfront-hotel division of rooms—ocean view or garden view—is overturned here: Because of the green roofs, most rooms enjoy both. Diverse and visually striking, the landscaping has been dubbed a “dry jungle.”

The lobby establishes a grand feeling of arrival with a great sweep of high-ceilinged, open-air space that encompasses sea views and reflecting pools. Throughout the property, clean-lined contemporary furniture complements the architecture. The design deploys a couple of timeless ways of beating the heat south of the border: the large hammocks strung up on room terraces and the woven-reed panels that shade them. Plant-lined walkways doubling as breezeways lead to beachfront facilities. Among the latter are two 165-foot infinity pools and a 10,000-square-foot spa. “For longer stays especially, guests today want more options for dining and recreation,” Madaleno de Haro notes. The property harbors a half-dozen eating venues as well as a fitness center, beach club, kid’s activity center, expansive meeting facilities, and the obligatory swim-up bar.

The lobby establishes a grand feeling of arrival with a great sweep of high-ceilinged, open-air space that encompasses sea views and reflecting pools. Throughout the property, clean-lined contemporary furniture complements the architecture. The design deploys a couple of timeless ways of beating the heat south of the border: the large hammocks strung up on room terraces and the woven-reed panels that shade them. Plant-lined walkways doubling as breezeways lead to beachfront facilities. Among the latter are two 165-foot infinity pools and a 10,000-square-foot spa. “For longer stays especially, guests today want more options for dining and recreation,” Madaleno de Haro notes. The property harbors a half-dozen eating venues as well as a fitness center, beach club, kid’s activity center, expansive meeting facilities, and the obligatory swim-up bar.

Michael Weber, courtesy St. Regis Hong Kong
Hong Kong architect André Fu worked to make the hotel feel anchored in Hong Kong with layers of luxe materials and artworks.

Today’s discerning travelers want to experience an authentic sense of place when they stay at a luxury hotel, and the newly opened St. Regis Hong Kong shows that local and global don’t have to be separated.

The interior designer, Hong Kong architect André Fu, recalls his initial impressions of the unusual blend of stately, opulent Beaux Arts interiors and the feel of a private home when he first visited the hotel brand’s iconic New York flagship.

“John Jacob Astor IV opened the St. Regis Hotel in New York City in 1904 as a place to accommodate and entertain his friends and family, and I wanted to recreate its sense of tradition and the gracious atmosphere of a private residence.”

The challenge was to imbue that vision with the art, culture, and character unique to Hong Kong. Fu, a Hong Kong native who studied architecture at Cambridge, was uniquely suited to the task. His projects deliberately avoid obvious East-meets-West tropes, expressing instead the subtle interplay of the city’s many influences with custom furnishings and a mixture of internationally sourced and locally made artworks.

“It was a delicate balancing act. I wanted to avoid stereotypes of both New York and Hong Kong, so instead I focused on portraying their historical silhouettes and architectural details with a nostalgic yet contemporary eye,” he says.

Fu started by creating a grand arrival experience. The almost 60-foot-high charcoal grey stone porte cochère, which features a dramatic vertical waterfall, is a tribute to the scale and grandeur of Manhattan. Meanwhile, glowing vintage-style lanterns and sconces in double-layered glass and brushed bronze are reminiscent of Hong Kong’s 19th-century gas lamps, and 13-foot-high entrance doors inlaid with hand-beaten bronze panels by Solomon and Wu reflect the city’s distinctive silhouette.

In the ground floor lobby, a contemporary marble reception desk faces comfortable armchairs and screens of sculptural brushed bronze, the latter of which evoke traditional Hong Kong window frames. A glossy lacquer frame sweeps across the ceiling above while engraved marble wall panels express the classic vernacular of the St. Regis. Further adding a local flavor is a painting by local artist Chris Huen Sin Kan that depicts Hong Kong street life.

The 4,000-square-foot second floor is a triple-height public space that conjures all the glamour and drama of the New York flagship. However, Fu works to soften its scale with a sensitively layered visual journey: Guests arrive at the intimate lacquer-ceilinged entrance, which is anchored by a rough textured ceramic vase by Hong Kong artist Cao Yuan Hua. There are subsequently three distinct dining spaces with varying levels of formality. One of their defining features is Fu’s tribute to the city’s outline: specifically, a Skyline chandelier composed of his Tac/Tile lighting from Lasvit.

The St. Regis Bar features warm emerald and mustard tones, bronze and oak paneling, and (as is the tradition in all St. Regis properties) a hand-painted mural above the bar inspired by the original paining in New York by Maxwell Parrish. Here, Beijing artist Zhang Gong’s richly colored, whimsical work records local historic hallmarks such as the Star Ferry.

The bar looks out on to a topiary and bamboo landscaped terrace furnished with Fu’s Rock Garden Collection by JANUS et Cie and a slender marble water detail that leads to an eight-foot-tall moon gate—Fu’s contemporary take on traditional Chinese form.

This nuanced blend of old and new, traditional and innovative, and New York and Hong Kong continues in the 129 guest rooms, which use a contemporary monochromatic palette of chalky white, warm mineral grey, and taupe that’s offset by burnt-orange lacquered doors. Beds have a headboard of milk-tea colored lacquer panels inspired by traditional Hong Kong shutters.

“We want a sense of where we are when we travel,” says Fu. “But it is not about combining obvious references or simply adding local art and hoping that these set the scene. I think travelers these days want something more nuanced and intuitive that bridges time and location. That’s what gives a hotel a distinctive character.”
SB Architects
What does it take to be a finalist in the 2019 Radical Innovation competition? How about a 21st-century train with wilderness stops along its route through the American West, the world’s tallest modular hotel, and collapsible modular construction units that are adaptable to a variety of environments?

Those three concepts—Infinite Explorer by San Francisco-based SB Architects, the Volumetric High-Rise Modular Hotel by New York-based Danny Forster & Architecture, and Connectic by New York-based Cooper Carry—were recently announced as the three finalists in the 13th-annual Radical Innovation competition. The award challenges professional designers and hoteliers, along with students in a separate competition, to create compelling innovations in travel and hospitality design.

Infinite Explorer is intended to help travelers connect with remote destinations in the American West utilizing defunct passenger rail lines via one-of-a-kind hospitality experience: a train with cabins designed to open at a variety of stops with newly created outdoor infrastructure, allowing passengers to step from their cabin to enjoy the region’s incredible natural scenery along with adventure and wellness activities and dining.

The second finalist is already in the works: AC by Marriott (to be located at Sixth Avenue between 29th St. and 30th St. in Manhattan) will be the tallest modular hotel in the world when it opens in late 2020. Constructed using the Volumetric High-Rise Modular Hotel model by Danny Forster & Architecture, the $65 million build mixes the efficiency of modular design processes with inventive architectural design. A full 80 percent of the AC hotel’s square footage will be shipped from a factory in Poland—pre-constructed and already decorated with curtains, TV, and wall art.

Connectic by Cooper Carry is the year’s third innovator—a collective of modules that a flexible, adaptable, and reusable. Uses could include a pop-up hotel in a remote area, a temporary event space, and interstitial spaces between buildings or in forgotten pocket parks.

The trio of professional finalists was chosen from among nearly 50 entries from more than 20 countries by a jury of hospitality and design experts. They will compete in a live pitch presentation at the New Museum in New York City this fall, where the audience will vote to determine the grand-prize winner of $10,000; the runner-up will receive $5,000.

In addition, the jury selected a student submission winner: Rooftop Hotel Gardens by Ruslan Mannapov and Airat Zaididullin from Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering (KSUAE) in Russia. They will receive $1,500 and be invited to join the professional finalists at the New Museum event this fall.

Since its founding, Radical Innovation has awarded more than $150,000 to progressive architectural/hospitality innovators.
Bruce Damonte and Angie Silvy via David Baker Architects
This 39-room inn in the popular Wine Country town of Healdsburg boasts sustainable, natural materials and an eco-friendly design that earned it a LEED Gold certification. Glass is used to encase the lobby entry, while the walls and floors are made of textured and smooth concrete. Steel and reclaimed redwood slats are utilized throughout the exterior to create a naturally open feel and provide views of the surrounding trees and foliage.

Artfully-described as “modern organic” by the building’s creators at David Baker Architects, Harmon Guest House is the natural companion to its two sister boutique eco hotels, the swanky Hotel Healdsburg and the trendy h2hotel. As described on the firm’s website, “This contextual new inn slips into the Healdsburg scene as a fresh surprise with an understated California vibe, yet seems as if it’s always naturally been there.”

These organic intentions are apparent from the moment you walk up to the building. The design subconsciously promotes sustainable transportation thanks to the sheltered bus stop bench built into the face of the hotel and a shared fleet of bicycles available for guest use. Even the check-in desk has been crafted from one single, fallen eucalyptus tree. The combination of a vast glass entryway, bare polished concrete and unadorned wooden screens is a reminder to all who enter that the condition of being natural is just as beautiful (if not more) than decoration or embellishment.

The 39 rooms (including six suites) are connected by a centralized courtyard and glass-enclosed bridges. Each room provides a private outdoor space with a balcony or patio. Both the common spaces and individual rooms feature locally sourced art and fixtures.

The presence of the hotel benefits Healdsburg’s own Foss Creek, which is visible from the rear of the inn and accessible via footbridge. A creekside park allows guests to enjoy the restored area between the water and land while the property’s presence spanning the creek aids in the protection of the natural area.

Studio NAB
Waiting for the bus is usually a drag, but what if the experience could instead become an opportunity to be closer to nature? French design practice Studio NAB has reinterpreted the humble bus stop as a hub for biodiversity that offers a “hotel” for birds and insects of all varieties. Built from recycled materials and topped with a vegetated green roof, the proposed Hotel Bus Stop aims to promote the population of native pollinating insects and reconnect people to nature.

Studio NAB designed the Hotel Bus Stop to serve five purposes: to promote the presence of pollinating insects; to bring adults and children closer to nature and promote environmental awareness and education; to showcase architecture constructed from recycled materials such as wood, cardboard and stainless steel; to introduce urban greenery and improve air quality with a vegetated roof and exposed plant wall; and to create “green jobs” for maintenance around the bus stops.

“A broad scientific consensus now recognizes the role of man in the decline of biomass and biodiversity in general and that of insects in particular,” Studio NAB explained in a project statement. “The use of pesticides in intensive agriculture, the destruction of natural habitats, excessive urbanization, global warming and various pollutions are at the origin of this hecatomb. Our hegemony allied to our conscience obliges us today to fulfill a role of ‘guardian’ and to allow the ‘living’ to take its place in order to fight against the erosion of our biodiversity.”

Envisioned for city centers and “eco-neighborhoods,” The Hotel Bus Stop would provide more habitats for pollinating insects that are essential for our food system and gardens, from fruit trees and vegetables to ornamental flowers. Auxiliary insects would also benefit, such as lacewings and earwigs that feed on aphids, a common garden pest. The underside of the bus stop roof would include boxes to encourage nesting by various bird species found throughout the city.

MAD Architects
MAD Architects has unveiled a snowflake-shaped design for Terminal 3 of Harbin Taiping International Airport that draws inspiration from the region’s snowy landscape and boasts greater operational efficiency and energy savings as compared to typical terminal architecture. Located in the capital of China’s Heilongjiang Province, the Harbin Taping International Airport is one of the largest transportation hubs in Northeast Asia. The new Terminal 3 will greatly expand the airport’s capacity and cover an area of 3,300 hectares.

As with almost all of MAD Architects’ work, the Harbin Taiping International Airport’s Terminal 3 design evokes a futuristic feel with sinuous lines and modern materials. The terminal will consist of ancillary airport facilities, including ground transportation hubs, a hotel, retail and parking lots. The ridges on the roof, which mimic snowdrifts and the gentle slopes of China’s Northern plains, serve as skylights that bathe the interior with natural light and warmth. Lush indoor gardens connect the building’s different levels and delineate major zones in the terminal.

“Like a snowflake that has gently fallen onto the earth, it creates an architectural poetry that settles into its locale, while simultaneously expressing itself as a surreal, interstellar space of future air travel,” the architects explained. “While the massiveness of the terminal is inevitable, MAD’s design manages to establish an architectural program that is human-scale and provides a multi-sensory experience that is also efficient and energy saving. The scheme’s snowflake-shaped, five-finger departure corridors greatly shorten the time it takes for passengers to arrive at their gate, while also minimizing congestion and improving the overall efficiency of the airport apron.”

Once complete, Terminal 3 will be seamlessly connected to Harbin City via the Ground Transportation Center hub that offers high-speed rail, municipal subway lines, airport buses and other urban transit together. MAD Architects’ focus on efficiency and energy saving is particularly important, given the forecasts for the new terminal: by 2030, Terminal 3 is expected to cater to 43 million passengers annually, with approximately 320,000 outgoing flights per year.

Hiroyuki Oki
Thatched bamboo roofs shelter a beach hut resort built by Vo Trong Nghia Architects on a small island off the Cat Ba Archipelago on Vietnam's northern coast.

Castaway Island Resort can house around 150 tourists, and sits on a 3000-square-metre strip of private beach sandwiched between a green mountain range and Lan Ha Bay.

A parabolic bamboo roof shelters a restaurant that sits alongside five residential huts and a pavilion on a stretch of sandy beach on the tropical island, which is only accessible by boat.

Vo Trong Nghia Architects' designed the bamboo structures of the Castaway Island Resort to sit lightly on the beach so that they are both environmentally friendly and easy to remove without affecting the landscape.

Thin poles of bamboo, which have been treated by being soaked in mud and smoked, were used to create frame modules.

These were assembled on-site using bamboo dowel nails, and tightened with rope.

Simple huts, largely open to the elements and covered by arched thatched roofs, provide two levels of sleeping accommodation. The facades were built from recycled timber shutters.

Castaway Island Resort's restaurant has been designed as a semi-outdoor space. A simple bar and series of tables sit underneath a large, undulating roof, its structure left exposed to the interior and thatched on the exterior.

"Each of the 13 bamboo-shell units is composed of 80 straight sections of bamboo, creating a wavy ceiling and a rhythmic roofscape," said the architecture studio.

"Despite the construction of the project, the site is left intact, the nature preserved thanks to the environmentally-friendly bamboo structures."

Bamboo is often explored as a highly versatile building material.

In 2017, Chiangmai Life Architects created a similarly undulating bamboo roof for a sports hall in Thailand, and in China's Fujan province students from the University of Hong Kong created a woven bamboo pavilion.

Vo Trong Nghia established his Ho Chi Minh City studio in 2006. The studio has previously built a building at Hanoi university with a checkerboard facade that incorporates trees, and a house with fruit trees growing from its roof in Hanoi.

A cafe designed by the studio in Vietnamese city of Vinh was shortlisted in the Rebirth project category of Dezeen Awards 2018.
Nicolas Koenig
Design firm Yabu Pushelberg has completed a decadent hotel in New York's Times Square featuring lush green walls and a moody dining room with electric blue banquettes.

The Times Square Edition in New York is billed as Times Square's first design hotel and an "elevated" entertainment destination for locals, including multiple restaurants, bars, and a nightclub.

Yabu Pushelberg founders George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg designed the project for legendary hotelier Ian Schrager. The trio first became friends in the heydey of Schrager's infamous Studio 54 nightclub, which was located several blocks away from The Times Square Edition.

The new boutique hotel marks their fifth collaboration and presented an opportunity to evolve the district New Yorkers love to hate. The team describe it as the "ultimate counterpoint to its surroundings".

"We thought, 'Let's go back to where it started. Let's make it a bit European, chic, with simple materials – something unexpected that adds value to Times Square'," Pushelberg told Dezeen.

The 452-room hotel rises 42 storeys from behind a 17,000-square-metre LED billboard that wraps around its bottom half.

Unlike other hotels nearby, the Edition's ground floor entrance is relatively nondescript with a glass curtain and cream limestone doorway. Inside, a long cream bench guides guests to the lobby elevators, with a metallic custom art installation hanging like a bullseye at end of the hall.

"We didn't want it to feel like a big hotel," said Yabu. "Our idea was to break it down into a series of spaces that are intimate and more residential."

Throughout the Edition, Yabu Pushelberg emphasise botanicals and a neutral colour palette. It's a combination that, according to Pushelberg, can appeal to both the uptown and downtown crowds, leveraging influences from Central Park's iconic Tavern on the Green and hip supper clubs below 14th street.

Public spaces also celebrate "the glory days of the 60s and 70s" with black-and-white photographs of "Old New York" by Elliott Erwitt, Helen Levitt and Cornell Capa.

Sitting on the eighth floor, the lobby features lush green walls, cream curtains and wood paneling, and black herringbone floors. The team designed the adjacent Lobby Bar with contrasting ivory tones and a custom onyx bar, with natural light coming in from floor-to-ceiling windows and the Blade Runner Terrace.

"Terraces were unheard of in Times Square," said Pushelberg. "We made them like outdoor rooms with botanical boundaries that hide the cacophony beyond."

The hotel's restaurants have outdoor spaces as well, including 701West, the signature fine dining option. Helmed by Michelin-star chef Jason Atherton, the moody dining room boasts electric blue and chartreuse-coloured velvet banquettes, antique silk rugs and amber mahogany wood panels with white marble mosaic floors.

On the seventh floor is the Paradise Club, the nightclub and performance venue inspired by Studio 54.
Whether you’re visiting the Bahian capital for the rich Afro-Brazilian culture or colorful colonial architecture, you’ll find plenty of excellent places to stay, eat, drink, sightsee, and shop

Salvador, the capital of Brazil‘s northeastern state of Bahia, has long been known only to Brazilians as the cultural epicenter of Brazil. It’s a city where hilly, cobblestoned streets are lined with colorful colonial buildings and centuries-old baroque churches, and capoeira performances awaken the main squares. The streets of Salvador—made famous in 2014 by an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown filmed here—are saturated with history, Afro-Brazilian culture, and a warm electricity that has come to define the state of Bahia. Fortunately for visitors, the city’s renaissance is in full swing with major travel developments, making it easier and more appealing to visit this culturally rich and eccentric city in a largely undiscovered corner of the country. With new direct flights from the U.S. to Salvador, the city has also just welcomed its first luxury hotel, the first in all of Bahia, with the Fasano Salvador, Brazil’s landmark luxury brand. So, before the caipirinhas run out and the Samba quiets down, AD spotlights the best the city has to offer design lovers.

Where to Stay

The newly opened Fasano Salvador sits proudly in the Castro Alves Square in a historic building that formerly housed the headquarters of the weekly newspaper, A Tarde. It features unprecedented views of the Bay of All Saints, which can be taken in from many of the seaview rooms, and from the contemporary rooftop where sunsets over the bay are unbeatable and city views are just as charming. The interiors of the hotel, as with all Fasano properties, are meticulously designed with an elegant yet comfortable and relaxed aesthetic. The modest space is not only anchored in its beachy-chic design, but also in the service provided by the highly professional staff.

For those more inclined to go the boutique hotel route, there are several worthwhile options in Salvador. The charming pousada, or traditional Portuguese hotel, La Villa Bahia, is spread across two adjoining colonial mansions nestled in the heart of Pelourinho, Salvador’s historic city center, with 17 rooms overlooking the neighborhood.

Locals and touristCasa de Tereza is another favorite for a typical Brazilian lunch scene, where Chef Tereza Paim uses international techniques to elevate local dishes. In another effort to honor Paim's Brazilian origins, the space is decorated with plastic art from her local artist friends and houses a store that sells local handicrafts and ingredients.

s alike love Paraíso Tropical, a Bahian restaurant located away from the city center in the Cabula district, for its classic Brazilian fare served in a rustic home. Local fruits (from the restaurant’s own orchard in the back) are prepared as main courses and the tropical moquecas, or Brazilian fish stews, are not to be missed.

For dinner, head to Mistura for some of the best seafood in Salvador. As the brainchild of an Italian and Brazilian husband-and-wife duo, Paolo Alfonsi and Andréa Ribeiro, the restaurant does a dignified job fusing Mediterranean and Bahian cuisine. If you’re looking for a more romantic atmosphere in this traditionally relaxed city, head to Amado.

Set against the soothing backdrop of the marina, Amado serves up a Bahian meal that might include their signature Pescada Amarela or any of their moquecas. Try their Bahian chocolate mousse for desert to see what we mean. If you’re looking for a departure from typical Brazilian food, enjoy Salvador’s best Japanese restaurant, Soho Restaurante. For after-dinner drinks, head to Egeu for some caipiroskas and more sea views to top off the night.

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The vacation rental industry is mired in claims that it harms neighborhoods and housing markets. Can a nonprofit co-op make the tourist trend a community asset?

In recent years, Airbnb and its competitors have been accused of making housing unaffordable, of draining homes from the long-term rental market, and of eviscerating the character of popular neighborhoods through displacement and overexploitation. In an era punctuated by the effects of a housing shortage, it can seem that vacation rentals stand at odds with the solutions cities and residents are searching for.

But does the business of short-stay rentals have to be so ethically fraught? An ambitious project based in Amsterdam says no.

It’s called Fairbnb, and it’s trying to refashion the home-sharing model so that short-stay apartment rentals can enrich the amenities and housing choices of the communities that host them.

“For a long time, the social impact of traveling was rarely taken into consideration—because at first with vacation apartments, people didn’t feel it,” Sito Veracruz, a co-founder of Fairbnb, tells CityLab. “We are now reckoning with the damaging impact of tourism on communities, not just because of the industry’s growth, but because of its huge expansion into residential areas.”

The project, if successful, could provide a sustainable alternative in a sector where, as Fairbnb’s own promotional material notes, “the promise of ‘home-sharing’ has turned into ‘home-stripping.’”

Fairbnb has been building this alternative for three years now. It already has co-op members in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Lithuania, and has spent time consulting with communities in cities across Europe, including Venice, Bologna, and Barcelona.

While it is only just preparing to accept registrations from hosts, its community-building exercises have attracted more than 700 people who are ready to list their homes. As its launch date nears, Fairbnb is now going through a crowdfunding push, mainly to fast-track technology development, such as a mobile counterpart to its upcoming online site.

It comes at a moment when people are hungry for an alternative.

Fairbnb’s model diverges from the standard model in several key ways. Like other home-share sites, it plans to levy a commission on bookings (in Fairbnb’s case, of 15 percent, which is broadly similar to Airbnb). Half of this money would be fed back into the local community where a unit is rented out.

That money would be used to fund projects chosen in consultation with the community itself. These might include non-commercial meeting spaces, community centers, or (if the network can generate enough money) social housing. Fairbnb guests would be able to choose the community project that would benefit from their stay. All of those projects will have applied to, and been vetted by, Fairbnb. Guests may even be able to visit their choice of project during their stay.

Neighborhoods that host listings could thus see home-sharing feed investment directly back into their communities, instead of seeing the profits siphoned off by absentee landlords and a distant corporation.

Fairbnb sees a great appetite for this kind of alternative.

“Three years ago when we started, the need for our concept was something we had to explain a lot,” Veracruz said. “With every passing day, as public opinion changes, we have to explain the “why” of our project less and less.”
Earthship Media
An earthship is an accommodation with low environmental impact. The design of an earthship incorporates natural and recycled materials in the architecture and decor. It is built with conservation of natural resources in mind so that it produces its own water, electricity and food. Most earthships reuse discarded tires, cans and bottles for wall construction, and mud is common for wall plaster and floors. The energy savings through self-heating and cooling properties are remarkable. Most earthships rely on solar and wind energy as well as rain and snow harvesting for water needs.

The Phoenix Earthship is a prime example, located completely off the grid with its own garden. Available as a short-term rental through Airbnb, the Phoenix sleeps up to eight people in the 5,300-square-foot structure near Tres Piedras, New Mexico, so you can try out earthship living. Like most homes, the Phoenix has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen and a living room, and then there’s a jungle — inside.

The architectural and decorative details are incomparable with the building creating its own microclimate. That means plants and animals thrive in a space that is basically a greenhouse surrounded by the dry, sage-brush covered mesa surrounding it. The greenhouse and jungle areas feature a fish pond, birds, turtles, a food garden, banana trees and even a chicken coop that can provide fresh eggs during your stay.

The water process functions as a semi-closed unit, beginning with water runoff collection. After use, gray water feeds into the indoor plants that both drink and filter it, where it is stored and then pumped to the toilets as needed. From the toilet, the water heads to a traditional sewer where overflow is consumed by outdoor plants.

The entire structure looks like it was carved out of a hillside, with rounded walls and alcoves making up each space. Natural glass, clay, wood and rock can be found in every nook and cranny. Dubbed a “work of sustainable art,” the Phoenix Earthship provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the actual nature outside the glass with a fire pit and seating, views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and spaces for unparalleled stargazing.

In contrast to the remote feel and off-grid design, the Phoenix provides solar-powered modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, television and a cozy indoor fireplace with a water fountain feature.
Related Santa Clara, one of the largest projects in the Bay Area, plans to create over 9 million square feet of offices, housing, hotels and retail on 240 acres next to Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Developer Related Cos. intends to start construction next year on the $8 billion project, previously known as CityPlace Santa Clara, which survived dueling lawsuits between Santa Clara and its neighbor, San Jose. The first phase is set to open in 2023.

In a battle over Silicon Valley’s future growth, San Jose sued Santa Clara in 2016 and alleged that the project, which includes 5.4 million square feet of office space and 1,680 housing units, would lead to more housing demand and additional traffic in San Jose.

In response to San Jose’s lawsuit, Santa Clara sued to block Santana Row, a large office project planned in San Jose. The two cities settled both lawsuits last year, allowing both Related Santa Clara and Santana Row to be built in exchange for payments to both cities to fund transit improvements.

The clash underscored Silicon Valley’s growing pains amid the red-hot economy, powered by big tech companies like Google, which plans to build a giant campus in San Jose, and Apple, which leased space in Santa Clara last year. Job growth has far outpaced new housing, with the Bay Area adding 14,900 new homes in 2017 compared to 52,700 jobs, according to government data.

The amount of housing was limited at Related Santa Clara because the site was previously used as landfill and required additional environmental approvals, according to Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor. She said other parts of the city will add more housing, such as the adjacent Tasman East area, where 4,500 units are planned.

The project will replace an underused golf course at 5155 Stars and Stripes Drive, she said. Legal challenges aren’t fully resolved: David’s Restaurant, a tenant on the site, is fighting a city eviction and use of eminent domain.


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Crowds arrive early on opening day of the Golden Gate International Exposition. Feb. 18, 1939.
Stephen Eimer, a Related executive vice president, said the developer was attracted to the site because of its proximity to transit from the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority and Amtrak and Altamont Corridor Express trains. VTA light rail trains will connect to Caltrain stations in Mountain View and San Jose and a soon-to-open BART station in Milpitas. (The project website confusingly notes that BART is coming to the city of Santa Clara in 2025. While technically true, that station is 6 miles from the stadium area and will not offer convenient transit connections.)

The project will generate $17 million in annual taxes and fees and create 25,000 jobs. It includes 170 affordable housing units. An additional 700 hotel rooms are planned.
Dianna Snape
On the east coast of Tasmania, Liminal Architecture has designed a series of sensitive and masterfully crafted accommodation pods that amplify the experience of the distinctive landscape of Freycinet National Park.

For anyone who has ever visited, or seen photos of, Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania, the landscape is all-powerful. The crescent arc of the Wineglass Bay beach, from the lookout above, is one of the most recognized landscape images of the state. The coastline here is remarkable, all granite boulders, dusted in orange lichen or submerged in the ocean, hemmed by the changing colours of the cliffs, with Mount Amos rising behind the tree line. The scale of the landscape is heroic and rich, yet full of beautiful, detailed textures.

For a long time, the area has been served by limited accommodation options – camp sites in the national park; Freycinet Lodge, which was built in the early 1990s; and a more recent (but extremely high-end) Saffire complex that is a large and prominent organic steel-clad form in the landscape.

When the client, the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, purchased the lodge, it took ownership of a tired resort with a “bush hut” aesthetic, painted in peach tones. The organization tasked Tasmanian tourism developer Brett Torossi with delivering a new premium layer of accommodation. Initially, it was assumed that this venture would require an extension to the lease into the adjacent national park. But public consultation, led by Torossi, delivered a strong message that further expansion would not be supported by the community and she concluded that a more appropriate idea was to create new a ccommodation at the front line of the existing cabins.

Torossi decided that the best team to bring the idea to life was Liminal Studio. This group, comprising a number of different disciplines, works on projects around the world from its Hobart base and prides itself on collaborating with other firms. The practice had previously been lauded for a lot of its work and had produced rich interiors, but had little experience in the hotel domain. The result demonstrates what a fresh mind and approach can bring to a much-photographed genre.

The new work, Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions, takes the form of a series of pods that sit gently in front of the previous offering (now some twenty years old, of the park cabin variety) and are accessed through and between these older buildings. They are almost invisible from the waterline, nestled as they are into the landscape, and exude an individuality that defies their number and the size of the resort.

The approach to the pods is quite masterful in its management of expectations and a gently increasing sense of delight. A simple boardwalk between older cabins leads between the trees to a series of angled timber walls, charred black. Each building has a concealed porch, perfect for finding unfamiliar key fobs in a daypack and for concealing services and guest amenities.

This porch is the first of a dramatic sequence of dark and light experiences. On entering the suite, one is amazed to find only sky above, seen through clear glass, with a pristine water view through a full-length window only a few steps away. It is a completely different experience from entering a normal hotel room, fumbling in the darkest recess of a suite before working forward to eventually find natural light and a view of sorts. This wondrous idea is achieved by bifurcating each pod into two parts. On one side of the entry is a cosy, curved bedroom pod. On the other side, guests squeeze through a timber-lined corridor (with concealed toilet and shower) to a living room suite that opens out toward the water.

The place feels like a crazy, fabulous cubbyhouse from a child’s imagination. There isn’t a straight wall in the place, the water side has extravagant floor- to-ceiling curved glass and the furniture is all clearly customized. An exquisitely playful, custom-designed sofa is made of parts that can be moved around into different organic configurations. A simple table nest – designed in collaboration with pakana Aboriginal elder Vicki West – includes a component of woven basket in an otherwise minimal metal form. These pieces complement the room and allow different ways of experiencing the views. They play perfectly into the joy of being shacked up in a room for a few days – one almost hopes for solid rain, if only to fully enjoy the nuance of the spaces and fittings in these pods.

Nestled between the two embracing arms of the pods is a private deck, with an outdoor bath as well as furniture for outdo
Bruce Damonte
The small town of Healdsburg, named after its founder Harmon Heald, might have established itself in California’s verdant Sonoma County nearly 250 years ago, but it feels perfectly in tune with the times. Surrounded by vintners such as VML Winery and Jordan Winery, the town boasts an attractive central square bordered by three-Michelin-star restaurant Single Thread, gourmet bakeries and ice cream shops, and a pair of Piazza Hospitality hotels—Hotel Healdsburg and H2Hotel—designed by David Baker Architects.

Now comes a third: the Harmon Guest House, whose 39 rooms form pods around a glassed-in central courtyard and have patios or balconies facing the town or trees. “The site is narrow,” says DBA associate Brett Randall Jones, “so we made a unique room type, with an open bathroom that guests walk through to enter the main space of the room. The ceiling height, floor-to-ceiling windows, and generous depth make the rooms feel expansive.”

Harmon Guest House’s rooms are furnished with custom pieces and mid-century classics in palettes drawn from the landscape. “The window seats in each room turned out to be the perfect cozy spot for lounging,” says associate/interiors lead Julie de Jesus. “The custom daybed and pillows, the pendant, the windows with slats, and the table and chairs work to create this perfect space within the room.”

And just in case visitors desire more perfect spaces, the town’s only public rooftop bar can be found upstairs, with intoxicating views of nearby Fitch Mountain.
Luis Ferraz
The petite, 12-room Torel 1884 illuminates Renaissance-era Portugal and the Age of Exploration.

A one-time palace dating from the late 19th century is the home of Torel 1884, an intimate, 12-room hotel that also includes 11 apartments located in an adjacent building. With high ceilings, soaring windows, and a traditional skylight piercing the roof, the property combines modern design with storied architecture in the charming coastal city of Porto, Portugal.

Torel 1884 is the latest venture from Portuguese hospitality brand Torel Boutiques, joining a small collection that includes Torel Palace Lisbon, Torel Cliff Surf & Golf Óbidos, and Torel Avantgarde, another Porto retreat, with forthcoming plans to expand.

Local firm NNArquitectura ensured that much of Torel 1884’s original features, including granite, tiles, and cornices, were well preserved. Even door handles from the period were incorporated into public bathrooms and the restaurant Bartolomeu’s own glass doors. The old wooden floor, crafted from Portuguese pine, was salvaged and enlivened with a walnut-colored veneer.

Highlighting such vintage architectural details was pertinent to the hotel’s evocation of 15th- to 17th-century trade routes. For the interiors, Francisca Navio, cofounder and interior designer at the locally based Nano Design, also conjured this past by melding walnut, brass, marble, iron, ceramics, and terracotta with cooling textiles including linen, cotton, silk, and raffia.

"The wallpapers used are materials such as real banana leaves, wood veins, and cane," says Navio, pointing out that the color palette is equally earthy, mixing the likes of neutral sand and saturated ocean blue.

All the guest rooms bear names like "Silk," where bamboo-lined wardrobe doors are among the one-of-a-kind details. Burlap graces "Coffee," an antique settee welcomes relaxation in "Porcelain," and a fringed stool catches the eye in "Tapestry."

To create a harmonious connection between these different spaces, Navio embraced nature as a thread: "Hence walls are olive green, and there are huge plants on all floors."

Like the reception area, which displays a motley gallery wall, public spaces reveal an equally thoughtful design scheme. At the bistro Bartolomeu, the centerpiece is the wine cellar with a stone-clad arched ceiling in what was the palace’s old vault.

Interior Design Media
We all know what April means: rain showers. So, to start the month we're celebrating the drizzles and downpours that occur indoors with a look at the best shower designs in residential and hospitality projects.

1. Mohammed Kabbaj Builds a Brutalist Villa on the Site of his Childhood Home in Casablanca

The four-bedroom house Mohammed Kabbaj designed sits on the exact footprint of the French 1940s bungalow in which he grew up. He made sure to provide each of his children with a large bedroom and en suite bathroom. “Today, kids sometimes stay at home into their late twenties, so you have to design rooms for adults that are suitable for children and not the other way around,” he reasons. His son’s shower, which features a wall sheathed in colorful Brazilian marble, is particularly stunning. “I sometimes sneak in to use it myself.”

2. SABO Project Gives Timeworn Paris Loft a New Lease on Life

Giving older spaces new life drives SABO Project’s founder and principal Alex Delaunay. A 1920s Paris loft was in need of just such attention. Delaunay added a single volume to house the master suite, storage, and a lofted guest bedroom. Cement tiles clad the floor of the master bathroom, which is inside the volume. Read more

3. John Pawson Transforms a 19th-Century Former Hospital Into the Jaffa, a Luxury Hotel in Tel Aviv

What was a French 19th-century hospital is now, thanks to a sensitive restoration and the addition of a new building by Interior Design Hall of Fame member John Pawson, the Jaffa, a luxury property featuring 120 guest rooms and suites, 32 residences, two restaurants, and a spa. Furnishings are characteristically restrained and chic. In the presidential suite, subtly veined Carrara marble envelops the master bathroom.
Noah Surf House
The surf is always up at this gorgeous eco hotel along Portugal’s Silver Coast. Just steps away from the beach, Noah Surf House has everything you need for a rad surf getaway. The boutique hotel, which is partially made out of reclaimed materials, was designed on some serious sustainable principles, boasting solar panels, energy-efficient systems and appliances, a rainwater harvesting system and even an organic garden that provides delicious meals to guests.

Located in the area of Santa Cruz in northwest Portugal, the eco hotel is tucked into a rising hill just a short stroll from the beach. The project is made up of various buildings, but the most popular part of the complex is a restaurant that overlooks the ocean. Guests can enjoy a wonderful meal of organic fruits and veggies grown in the hotel’s garden, which operates on a “closed feeding cycle” with a little help from the hotel’s 12 chickens.

The guests rooms are comprised of various boho-style bungalows, most offering stunning ocean views through private decks. The rooms range in size, offering everything from dorm-style with bunk beds to private luxury bungalows that boast fireplaces and private terraces with outdoor showers.

Although the setting itself is quite impressive, guests can rest assured that they are also staying in a very eco-conscious retreat. The hotel’s construction used quite a bit of reclaimed materials, such as old bricks recovered from industrial coal furnaces to clad the walls. Additionally, the buildings are filled with discarded items that have been given new life as decoration for the hotel. Plumbing pipes are incorporated into lamps, lockers from an old summer camp are available for storage and an old water deposit is now a fireplace in the reception area. The construction of the hotel implemented various sustainable materials as well, such as cork as thermic insulation. The bungalows are also topped with native plants.

For energy, solar panels generate almost enough energy for the all of the hotel’s hot water needs. When there is an abundance of energy, it is used to heat the pool as well as the radiant flooring in the guest rooms in winter. LED lighting throughout the hotel and energy-efficient appliances help reduce the building’s energy use. Noah Surf House also has a rain water collection system that redirects water to a well to be used in toilet flushing, garden watering and linen laundering.

Peter Walker Partners Landscape
The addition is set to open this spring.

With features like an indoor forest, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, treetop walking trails, retail (a retail galleria will feature more than 280 retail and food and beverage outlets and a 130-room hotel), and gathering spaces, the 1.4 million-sf Jewel Changi Airport addition will create a new model for airports as a destination for community activity, entertainment, and shopping.

The core of Jewel is the Forest Valley, a terraced indoor landscape that will feature walking trails and seating areas among more than 200 species of plants. The Forest Valley will also feature the world’s tallest indoor rain-fed waterfall, dubbed The Rain Vortex. The Rain Vortex will shower water down seven stories from a central open oculus in the domed roof. The waterfall will have nightly light shows that integrate sound and projections from 360 degrees around the Vortex.

The steel and glass structure of the roof spans more than 650 feet at its widest point and uses only intermittent supports in the garden, which results in a nearly column-free interior. The roof’s geometry is based on a semi-inverted toroid (think of a donut) with the waterfall at its center.

Canopy Park will be located on the fifth level and include 150,000 sf of attractions within the garden spaces, such as net structures suspended within the trees, a suspended catenary glass-bottomed bridge walk, a planted hedge maze, a topiary walk, horticultural displays, and an event plaza for 1,000 people.

The Jewel is slated to open in spring 2019. Safdie Architects designed the project. BuroHappold Engineering handled the building structure and facades and Mott MacDonald handled MEP duties.
Hospitality design master Adam D. Tihany, who has been charting a course in innovative cruise ship design for the past two decades, has been commissioned by Seabourn to create both the indoor and outdoor spaces on the line’s two new purpose-built luxury expedition ships designed for cruising to remote locales such as Antarctica.

The two 264-passenger vessels will be constructed by T. Mariotti for cruising in diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards. The first, Seabourn Venture, is set to debut in June 2021, and her yet-to-be-named sister will launch in May 2022.

Tihany, who designed the luxury-yacht-inspired interiors of Seabourn’s two most recently launched luxury ships, Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation, will develop a vision for the entire look of the expedition ships. This will include lounges and expedition spaces, all categories of guest suites, multiple dining venues, Spa & Wellness with Dr. Weill, outdoor deck areas, and the Seabourn Square multipurpose area. Tihany will also design a bespoke furniture collection—some pieces featuring a sophisticated yet organic look and constructed of teak, according to early renderings scheduled to be released at a later date—for the two ships.

“We are thrilled to join Seabourn on this exciting next chapter of expedition cruising,” Tihany said in statement announcing the commission. “Drawing on the call of adventure and the spirit of daring exploration from across the ages, the new ship’s design will define ultra-luxury for the contemporary expedition traveler.”

In addition to his design work for Seabourn, Tihany has also contributed to the onboard look of other cruise ships in Carnival Corporation’s brands, most recently Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam, which launched in late 2018.
Interior Design Media
It's the first day of spring—and time to start thinking about spending time outdoors! That's why we've gathered 15 spaces that are perfect for celebrating sunny days.

1. The Department Store by Squire and Partners

At night, the penthouse of Squire's office in London is Upstairs, a members-only bar and restaurant. By day, it’s the staff canteen, the myriad glass doors opening to a landscaped terrace—outfitted with a very modern-day ping-pong table.

2. Rosewood Luang Prabang by Bensley

This glamping hotspot in Laos is the place to unwind while on vacation. Bill Bensley looked to the area’s famed French-Lao architecture for this paradise on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring six hilltop tents with private dining areas and vast balconies within the rainforest.

3. Boulder-Strewn California Home by Sant Architects

The architect’s most significant move was building 14 poured-in-place board-formed concrete walls, their color meshing pleasingly with the surrounding terrain. Both the courtyard and living area survey the Topanga Canyon and the Pacific Ocean.

4. Tied House by Gensler

Inspired in part by Chicago’s motto, Urbs en Horto, meaning city in a garden, Heiser and Gannon left space for an intimate courtyard between the street-front sections of the two buildings. Inviting people to gather, a massive copper outdoor fireplace is already starting to patina. When the weather allows, Tied House’s sliding glass doors stack away, opening the bar area completely to the courtyard.

5. Mar Adentro Hotel and Residences by Taller Aragonés

At this cutting-edge hotel in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, water encircles and unifies contrasting elements: minimal buildings, custom-furnished by Poliform, and a nestlike restaurant pavilion woven from tree branches.
Eva Seelye, Mike Sanders and Matthias Barker
We’ve already featured tiny house entrepreneur Kristie Wolfe‘s incredible projects, such as the Hobbit Hole in Washington and a Hawaiian treehouse, but the innovative builder has outdone herself with her latest project. Sitting high up in the tree canopy overlooking 13 acres of forested landscape in rural Idaho, Wolfe has converted a 1950s fire lookout tower into an incredibly unique Airbnb rental.

Located in Fernwood, Idaho, the tower, built on a soaring 40-foot frame, was originally used as a fire lookout by the Department of National Resources from 1959 until it was sold in 1983. After years being used as a hunting lodge, Wolfe purchased the building as well as the adjacent old woodshed to renovate the property into a gorgeous, rustic Airbnb rental.

Guests to the Crystal Peak Lookout climb up to the one-room, red cabin via a set of stairs. A wide deck wraps around the interior, providing stunning, open-air views of the wilderness. The interior space is a simple, well-organized room that sleeps two in the queen-sized bed with plush bedding. The cabin, which is open year-round, keeps nice and warm during the winter months thanks to a large wood-burning stove. A small kitchenette comes with all of the basics needed to cook your own meals.

In addition to the lovely, light-filled living space, there are two more structures located on the property. The first one is an unassuming pitched-roof outhouse, and the other is an old woodshed that Wolfe transformed into a wood-fired sauna. This tranquil building comes with an outdoor deck and seating around a firepit.

Additionally exciting for those looking for a completely authentic winter wonderland experience is a reconditioned vintage Snowcat that guests can use to explore the amazing snow-covered landscape. Just make sure to watch out for the moose!

Resorts World Casino New York City/Plaza Construction
“We are excited to work with Plaza Construction to bring to life our vision for an unrivaled entertainment and hospitality destination in Southeast Queens,” said Scott Molina, president of Resorts World Casino New York City, in a press release. “This new play, stay, dine and shop development will create good-paying jobs and generate significant revenue for our surrounding community and [for the state]."

The Resorts World line of properties, which includes a $4 billion hotel and casino development currently under construction in Las Vegas, is owned by Malaysian company Genting Group. The Resorts World Las Vegas project initially experienced delays in starting construction, with the first phase originally scheduled to open last year, and recently was involved in a design-focused legal dispute with its neighbor, Wynn Resorts.

Wynn alleged that Genting was using the same design as its Wynn Las Vegas and Encore hotel casinos to capitalize on the Wynn brand. The two eventually settled the dispute after Genting agreed to alter the exterior design of its project. When built out, Resorts World Las Vegas will offer a total of 7,000 hotel rooms, conference space, Chinese-themed attractions and other resort amenities.

Plaza, which is owned by China Construction America, a subsidiary of state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corp., is also the contractor behind the $540 million, Arquitectonica-designed SkyRise Miami entertainment and observation tower, scheduled to start construction this year. The 1,000-foot-tall structure will feature attractions such as an indoor drop-style ride with a 95-mph descent speed and a 908-foot-high “skywalk,” as well as restaurants, event and ballroom space and a conference center. The tower, which is slated to be the tallest building in Florida when complete, is expected to open for business in 2023.
Hotel of stacked wedges on track to open within a year

With roof in place and its set of nine facades closing, the bustling work on what will be the latest commercial jewel in Amsterdam’s developing southern business sector is turning inward: just the 650 guest rooms, restaurant, landscape and a television studio left to kit out.

While project manager Adri Last of Pleijsier Bouw says that should be on schedule for later this year or beginning next, over recent months the builders engaged the most challenging of the project’s engineering works.

When guests finally do enter the new nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel, developed and operated by the NH Hotel Group and designed by Rem Koolhaas’s Office of Metropolitan Architecture, they’ll be walking into the region’s largest hotel, rising 90 meters tall (nearly 300 feet) over 25 floors, featuring three wedge-shaped volumes. Each volume is rotated 60° around a central spindle, with floors cantilevered up to 15 m (50 ft).

“If you build with two rotations, it is going to be more difficult,” Last says. The trickiest part will never be seen: the basement and parking garage are sunk in a small plot underground, pilings at an incline. The piling incline had to match the tunnel wall of an adjoining and newly-built metro subway line, with the outer wall of the basement dug in as close to a meter away from the sleek new tube.

The Nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel will mark the new edge of a sprawling convention center, Amsterdam RAI, which has a 125-year history going back to late-19th century bicycle trade shows (Rijwiel en Automobiel Industrie, or bicycle and auto industry, gave the place its name). Benthem Crouwel Architects designed the most recent addition to the complex, its Elicium addition, opening in 2009 with Arup as structural engineer. It is the sort of exhibition space better navigated by bicycle: the halls are set over a vast square, Europaplein, with 90,000 sq m (22 acres) of meeting space.

The neighborhood and surrounds are developing at a fast clip. This is part of the Zuidas, or south axis, the shiny financial and business district easily spotted on approach to Schiphol airport or on the rail into the city. This area over the last three years added lanes and tunnel to the big ring highway running through it, also opening the north-south metro subway (with a new RAI stop) and expanded its south rail station, following a city development plan. The nhow Amsterdam RAI is flush against the metro line and its intersecting commuter line. It will hold hundreds of guests and conventioneers but it also marks the corner of the “green border,” a large triangular park and public space, Beatrixpark, stretching behind the RAI.

The designers and builders had to contend with a small and tightly-constrained building footprint, a seven-sided polygonal plot, and while the cantilevering and volume rotation is aesthetic—there’s a nod there to the RAI’s well-recognized, wedges-on-a-column entrance marketing pylon—OMA and project architect Michel van de Kar says lifting the building as a whole, using a relatively small part of the space for the ground floor, means at that level the hotel only covers 800 sq m out of the entire 4000 sq m of the plot.

That’s 20% of the footprint, and leaves most of the rest for public space and landscaping. This helps connect the space to the adjoining areas, with pedestrian flow a vital aspect. Every morning the metro and commuter rail stations bring large numbers of people up to the street, and bicycles—this is Amsterdam, after all—whiz constantly through. It also, van de Kar says, set up the design and engineering work that followed. Setting the large volumes over a relatively small plinth liberated the ground floor and landscape around it, but also brought in the cantilevering.

It flows from the one central concrete core through the building and is a feature of most of the floors of the building, says project structural engineer Ste