Visionary designs16 October 2018
LEAF Review: Excellence in Design picks some of the most interesting recent and upcoming hotel openings across the world.
InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland
A quarry is a rather unlikely destination for a luxury hotel, which might explain why Atkins won the international design competition for this project all the way back in 2006. Finally opening later this year, the 336-room project covers 18 storeys, 16 of which are below ground level, and is inspired by the stunning location and surrounding environment of rocky cliffs, waterfalls and rolling hills.
Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia
Nina Maritz Architects
The harsh and desolately beautiful Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia, is the setting for this 20-bed luxury lodge. The design was inspired by the numerous shipwrecks evident along the region’s shoreline. The brief called for minimal environmental impact, as well as offering the possibility for complete removal upon the expiration of the agreed 25-year concession period.
The Jaffa Hotel
Tel Aviv, Israel
John Pawson; Ramy Gill
Under development since 2007, the architects of this project have restored and renovated the School of the Sisterhood of Saint Joseph convent, and its neighbouring 19th-century former French hospital, to create a unique boutique hotel in Tel Aviv’s historic Jaffa neighbourhood. Furnishings include the work of Shiro Kuramata for Cappellini, and French designer Pierre Paulin, as well as pieces by Damien Hirst and Israeli photographer Tal Schochat.
A 30,000m2 luxury resort located on the northern side of Huzhou’s Mogan Mountains, the hotel’s six rooms have been designed thematically around local natural diversity, each one riffing on an element of the landscape: the tea fields, the bamboo forest, water, the mountains or the sky. The building itself is composed of three stacked rectilinear volumes, the internal spaces of which have been arranged to offer different perspectives of the verdant locale.
San José, Chile
Located on the hilly, pastoral main island of the Chiloe archipelago, this hotel was designed and built through what its architects call “a combination of the old Chiloe tradition with contemporary design tools”. Boasting spectacular views across the sea and towards the Andes Mountains, the striking exterior of the building is clad in wooden shingles to reference to the island’s historic wooden churches, which were built by Jesuits missionaries in the 1600s.
Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel
The bay of San Antonio welcomes the island’s first self-proclaimed art hotel, promising “an alternative atmosphere, disco music, art galleries and a tattoo studio”. Hosting a comprehensive arts programme and drawing heavy inspiration from the aesthetics of MiMo – Miami Modern – the property has its own gallery, hosting three exhibitions each high season, and an “Art Library” for guests to peruse throughout their stay.
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon
This new spa building is located within the UNESCO Global Geopark, comprising a series of pools containing geothermal seawater rich in minerals like silica and sulphur. The building sits deep in the lava, allowing natural formations to form the perimeter of the lagoon and the interior walls of the spa. Two wings come together in the hotel lobby, which connects to the new spa and the existing Blue Lagoon buildings.