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Fuzhou Kempinski Hotel in Shenzhen, China by YANG & ASSOCIATES GROUP

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Article source: YANG & ASSOCIATES GROUP

Fuzhou, a historical and cultural city along the southeast coast of China, is also known as “Hometown of Overseas Chinese”, owning the reputation of pivotal gateway on “the silk road via the sea”. The old generations travel overseas to fight for their lives. YANG captured the suitcase elements representing journey and leveraged the image on the reception design. Together with the hanging backdrop Fuzhou Painting, they both secretly reveal the homesickness sentiment of that time. Designers drew inspiration from the influential Fuzhou Shipyard Culture during Qing Dynasty. With “Sails” being the design concept, they created a magnificent wall-hung structure “Sailing” using 366 pieces of hand carved cards. The structure, which is 8.5m in height and 8.2 in width, powerfully represent Fuzhou people’s unity, determination and courage. The card design took the shape of the Fuzhou traditional building tiles, and blends well with the local culture and inherits the local historic feature to keep the memories fresh.

Clubhouse, Image Courtesy © YANG & ASSOCIATES GROUP

  • Architects: YANG & ASSOCIATES GROUP
  • Project: Fuzhou Kempinski Hotel
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Chief Designer Team: Yang Bangsheng, Huang Shengguang, Wu Shangrong
  • Design Feature: Modern Chinese Style, Oriental Quality, Low-Key Luxury
  • Project Design Company: YANG & Associates Group
  • Project Site: Taihe Square Dong Er Huan Fuzhou City
  • Project Floor Area: 32,652sqm

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The Sax in Rotterdam, Netherlands by MVRDV

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Article source: mvrdv

Rotterdam’s harbour basins and quays form an important historical reference for the port city’s heritage, with Wilheminapier firmly established as one of its most popular and spectacular areas. Since 2015, development partners BPD Bouwfonds Property Development, Ontwikkeling B.V. and SYNCHROON Ontwikkelaars in consultation with the municipality of Rotterdam, have been working on the development of residential buildings Philadelphia & Havana.

The Sax is a 51 floor mixed-use tower set to be the latest addition to Rotterdam’s renowned Wilhelminapier port development., Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: The Sax
  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Jacob van Rijs, Frans de Witte with Fedor Bron, Mick van Gemert, Mark van den Ouden, Luca Moscelli, Fouad Addou, Daniele Zonta, Giuseppe Campo Antico, Ronald Kam, Clementine Bory and Yassin Matni.
  • Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco, Davide Calabro, Massimiliano Marzoli, Costanza Cuccato, Kirill Emelianov and Pavlos Ventouris
  • Size and Programme: 82,200 m2 with 450 apartments (sale and rental), a hotel with 150 rooms, parking and commercial units
  • Year: 2017+

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Sangdo Camouflage in Seoul, Republic of Korea by L’eau Design

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Article source: L’eau Design

Camouflage is a word which describes the action of particular creatures that disguise their color or form according to their circumstances for survival.

Some years ago, New York fell into love with vintage style hotels which are created by converting an old factory in an abandoned industrial district thus vividly represent the history of the 20th century industrial era. Those hotels are providing not only beautiful interior spaces demonstrating the passage of time but also new energy and vigor for local communities through innovative intervention on the desolate industrial area.

Image Courtesy © Shin and Kyungsub

  • Architects: L’eau Design
  • Project: Sangdo Camouflage
  • Location: 120, Sangdo-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Photography: Shin and Kyungsub
  • Site area: 714.00§³
  • Building area: 321.49§³
  • Total Floor area: 2,975.58§³
  • Floors: B2, 10F
  • Construction: RC
  • Construction Year : 2017

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Jingshan Boutique Hotel in Hangzhou, China by Continuation Studio

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Article source: Continuation Studio

This is a project that started from engaging with the site. The site is located up on a mountain ridge, next to a reservoir’s dam. There was previously a two-story “San-Ho-Yuan” style dormitory block built back in the 1980s, with a courtyard surrounded by the concave form of the block. There stands an ancient pine in the centre serves as the heart of the courtyard, with its dense canopy covering half of the courtyard and part of the building. Meanwhile, the historical context of the site, to the north of the Jing-Shan Mountain that once gestated the Zen tea ceremony, has prepared it with a deep historical and cultural ambiance. As a result, to preserve the courtyard structure as well as the ancient pine, in order to generate its potential spatial spirit, has been established as our design proposition.

The two-storey floating white box in the north side of the inner yard, Image Courtesy © SHIROMIO Studio

  • Architects: Continuation Studio (Jiu-jiang Fan, Wen-ting Zhai, Shuang-erLyu, Qi Gao, Luan-duo Huang)
  • Project: Jingshan Boutique Hotel
  • Location: Jingshan, Hangzhou, China
  • Photography: SHIROMIO Studio
  • Design Scope: Site Planning/Architecture/ Interior / Landscape
  • Client: Hangzhou Urban Express Newspaper Group
  • Consultants:  Jian-kang Sheng, Yong-gang Hua, Dan Zhu, Jian-bao Huang
  • Area: Approx. 1100㎡
  • Design Time:  2014.11-2015.08
  • Completed Year: 2016.07

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NH GRAND HOTEL KRASNAPOLSKY in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Ramón Esteve Estudio

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Article source: Ramón Esteve Estudio

Located in the Dam square of Amsterdam, with views of the Royal Palace, the Krasnapolsky Grand hotel is located between the most emblematic buildings of the city. Its origin dates back to 1865, already then being the central enclave of the high society of that time.

Image Courtesy © Ramón Esteve Estudio

  • Architects: Ramón Esteve Estudio
  • Project: NH GRAND HOTEL KRASNAPOLSKY
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Design: Ramon Esteve
  • Project Management: D/Dock
  • Collaborators: Silvia Martínez, Isabel Meyer, Tudi Soriano, Estefanía Pérez, María Martí, Víctor Ruiz, Anna Boscà, Laura Álvarez
  • Client: NH Hoteles
  • Studied Surface: 9922 m2
  • Project: 2013
  • Completion Date: 2015

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ekies All senses resort redesign in Greece, Balkans by CTRLZAK Studio

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Article source: CTRLZAK Studio 

TRLZAK studio was asked by ekies All senses resort to give a deeper meaning to the hotel’s identity. Inspired by Chalkidiki’s special ecosystem, where rounded stone volumes and pine trees are in direct contact with the sea, CTRLZAK studio developed creative solutions that underline nature’s presence and invite visitors to reflect on their relationship with it. The typical Mediterranean Pine tree (Pinus Pinea), which is found in the region, was the archetype of the project. Starting from the lower parts of the Pine tree, the roots are translated into various paths leading visitors gradually towards the sea shore and eventually branching inside the sea itself. Going higher up the tree-trunk, one finds the tinder fungus (Fomes fomentarius), an umbrella-shaped fungal species, that inspired us for the new shade coverings of the lounge area. The pine needles themselves become protagonists of the resort functioning as dividers and coverings taking the shape of articulate patterns that evolve in the restaurants, bar and in particular the Treehouse itself. Inside the tree’s branches though, there are also parasitic organisms such as the Pine Processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) whose larvae form silk-like nests and constitute the inspiration for the ‘cocoon’ that wraps around the gourmet restaurant of the Treehouse. A seemingly negative connotation that creates yet a scenic setting hopefully making people reflect on their role within such a context while providing a unique gourmet experience, admiring the sea from within the tree’s embrace. The studio’s intention with the above metaphor and other related elements within the project is to underline, in a symbolic way, the transition of the visitor’s role from parasitic to symbiotic creating a harmonic relationship between humans and nature.

Image Courtesy © CTRLZAK Studio

  • Architects: CTRLZAK Studio
  • Project: ekies All senses resort redesign
  • Location: Greece, Balkans
  • Software used: Rhino, Autocad, Illustrator, Photoshop

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NALU in Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Studio Saxe

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Article source: Studio Saxe

Studio Saxe has completed a boutique hotel and yoga studio set into in tropical landscape of Nosara, Costa Rica. The project is another in a long line of sustainable buildings from the practice that blend contemporary design with local craftsmanship, embracing the natural environment that surrounds and frames the architecture.

The boutique hotel is set in a tropical landscape, Image Courtesy © Studio Saxe

  • Architects: Studio Saxe
  • Project: NALU
  • Location: Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Client: Nalu Nosara
  • Project Architect: Alejandro Gonzalez & Cesar Coto
  • Electromechanical Engineer: Dynamo Studio
  • Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda
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Tangchao Wharf in Shenzhen, China by Weini Design

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Article source: Weini Design

Teochew people are called Oriental Jews for their traits of shrewd, tenacity, and concentration, while the Teochew cuisine is popular at home and abroad for its exquisiteness, daintiness, and neutralization. Taking Teochew culture as design theme, Tangchao Wharf restaurant injects modern elements into the centuries-old tradition of this ethnic group in East Guangdong by blending modern elements into Chinese style design.

Image Courtesy © Ouyang Yun

  • Architects: Weini Design
  • Project: Tangchao Wharf
  • Location: πmallShopping Center, Zhongzhou, Shenzhen, China
  • Photography: Ouyang Yun
  • Chief designer: Ray Cai
  • Project area: 450 ㎡
  • Completion time: 2016,11

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One Suite Hotel in Srebreno, Croatia by 3LHD

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Article source: 3LHD

The One Suite Hotel is situated in Srebreno, half way between Dubrovnik and the Čilipi airport. It is a meeting place for the local residents and a new focal point of Župa Dubrovačka, representing an added value in a lively business and commercial zone of the town, available to everybody, not just hotel guests.

Image Courtesy © Marko Ercegović

  • Architects: 3LHD
  • Project: One Suite Hotel
  • Location: Srebreno, Croatia
  • Photography: Marko Ercegović
  • Project Team: Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Koraljka Brebrić Kleončić, Nives Krsnik Rister, Duje Katić, Vibor Granić, Davor Plavšić, Viktorija Jagodić, Iva Peručić.
  • Project Team Collaborators: Sanja Jasika, Ana Šafar, Marko Piljek (Centura), Ivan Piljek (Centura)
  • Clients’ Project Manager: Željko Jelić, Željan Konsuo (Abakon)
  • Clients’ Representative: Lukša Jakobušić (Brenum)

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M89 HOTEL in Milan, Italy by Piuarch

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Article source: Piuarch

Opposite the building, there is the rhythmic series of brick blocks of the Caproni factory, with their shed roof and industrial archaeology charm: the M89 Hotel – the new four-star destination at number 89 of via Mecenate– faces the factory halls that one hundred years ago hosted one of the leading aviation companies and which are now home to Gucci, after a meticulous renovation and expansion project by Piuarch.

Image Courtesy © Andrea Martiradonna

  • Architects: Piuarch
  • Project: M89 HOTEL
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Photography: Andrea Martiradonna

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