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LIBRARY AND ENTITIES HOTEL in Barcelona, Spain by santamaria . arquitectes

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Article source:  santamaria . arquitectes

The3.773 m²plot, is depressed in relation to the streets that configure it. The remaining part of the block is occupied by the Auditorium-Theatre and School of Music, located in a two storey building built in 2003.

The Cultural Center extension is concentrated in a 3 storey compact volume and it contains a public library on the ground floor, entities hotel in first and second floors, and theatre spaces extension on the second floor.

Image Courtesy © Francesc Rubí

  • Architects: santamaria . arquitectes
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Francesc Rubí
  • Partners: Mireia Palomas, Pilar Toll, Gemma Torras
  • Consultants: JSS Enginyeria i arquitectura (instalaciones), Manuel Arguijo y Asociados (cálculo esctructura)
  • Client: Diputació de Barcelona, Navarcles Town Council
  • Area: 2.072’54 m2
  • Budget: 2.919.482 €
  • Software used:Archicad14

Sohsul Hotel in Seoul, S.Korea by Archigroup ma

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Article source: Archigroup ma

It is a common sense that detailing takes its place at the later phase of process, and this is especially true for an architectural design. However, on the other hand, I think it is possible for detail to be the beginning of the process. The more so, if the process is for interior design. Although Mies van dero Rohe said “God is in the details” to emphasize <precision> and Rem Koolhaas stated “no money, no detail, just pure concept” to put <concept> of the plan before anything, the detail was what connected the beginning and the end of this project. The detail is not limited to properly joining and finishing the materials. It motivates the design, brings harmony to neighboring materials, and sometimes the detail itself grant certain characteristic to the whole space. Every material has its own unique characteristics and it can be revealed through the detail. Properly displayed detail distinguishes itself from the other materials, and that uniqueness became the main material for the design for this project.

Image Courtesy © Sun Namgoong

Image Courtesy © Sun Namgoong

  • Architects: Archigroup ma
  • Project: Sohsul Hotel
  • Location: 53, Banpo-daero 14-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, S.Korea
  • Photography: Sun Namgoong
  • Interior Design: Geunju Yoon, Junghwan Hwang
  • Hotel Features: 52 Rooms(12 Types), Lobby, Restaurant, Multipurpose Room
  • Gross floor area: 3,771.03§³
  • Buildings Scope: B2, 13F
  • Client & Construction: Youngwoo Seo (Bit Sal Co.)
  • Floor finishing: Wood flooring, Marble, Tiles(Italy)
  • Wall finishing: Wood, marble, Tiles(Italy), Made wallpaper, Eco-friendly paints
  • Ceiling finishing: Tiles(Italy), Made wallpaper, Eco-friendly paints


Tobaco Hotel in Lodz, Poland by EC-5

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Article source: EC-5

Tobaco Hotel is located in the centre of Łódź, among historic tenement houses and old factory buildings. The hotel is part of the historic factory building complex. Since 1895, Karol Kretschmer had operated a wool textile factory there. In 1932, the National Cigarette Factory opened on the former textile factory premises. Nowadays, the whole building complex has been modernised and adapted to housing and hotel purposes.

Image Courtesy © MichaÅ‚ Mazurowicz

  • Architects: EC-5
  • Project: Tobaco Hotel
  • Location: Lodz, Poland
  • Photography: MichaÅ‚ Mazurowicz
  • Architecture Project Team: Luiza JodÅ‚owska, Martyna Nowak, Hanna Pietras, Piotr Płóciennik, Dorota SzafraÅ„ska
  • Year: 2013

Ames Hotel in Boston by Rockwell Group

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Article source: Rockwell Group

Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) (“Morgans”) opens Ames in Boston, the latest addition to the company’s collection of Originals.

We are very pleased to be working with Normandy Real Estate Partners on the reinvention of this iconic building and to offer our guests a destination in Boston like no other. We took great pains to preserve the historic elements of the building while adding a spectacular, modern design creating a tension between the two and resulting in a truly special and original experience,” said Marc Gordon, President of Morgans Hotel Group. “Boston is a dynamic, cultural city, relevant both to our company and our guests.

Image Courtesy © Rockwell Group

  • Architects: Rockwell Group
  • Project: Ames Hotel
  • Location: Boston, U.S.A

A mixed-use vertical city in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by OMA

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: OMA

De Rotterdam is conceived as a vertical city: three interconnected mixed-use towers accommodating offices, apartments, a hotel, conference facilities, shops, restaurants, and cafes. The project began in 1997. Construction started at the end of 2009, with completion in 2013.

Image Courtesy © Michel van de Kar

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: A mixed-use vertical city
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Michel van de Kar, Charlie Koolhaas, Ossip van Duivenbode, Philippe Ruault, OMA
  • Status: Commission 1997, groundbreaking December 2009, completion November 2013
  • Clients: De Rotterdam CV, The Hague (Joint venture MAB, The Hague, OVG, Rotterdam)
  • Site: Former harbor waterfront between KPN tower and Cruise Terminal at Kop van Zuid
  • Program: Total 162,000m2: offices 72,000m2; 240 apartments 34,5000m2; hotel (278 rooms), congress, restaurant 19,000m2; retail, F&B 1,000m2; leisure 4,500m2; parking (approx. 650 vehicles) 31,000m2
  • Partners in charge: Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon
  • Associate in charge: Kees van Casteren Team 1997–2001 (50% SD): Christina Beaumont, Stefan Bendiks, Frans Blok, Robert Cheoff, Bert Karel Deuten, Sharon Goren, Juan Guardetti, Jens Holm, Alex de Jong, Adam Kurdahl, Carolien Ligtenberg, Anna Little, Nuno Rosado, Saskia Simon, Johan de Wachter, Barbara Wolff.
  • Team 2007–08 (50% SD – building permit): Chantal Aquilina, Eva Dietrich, Anita Ernödi, Markus Frank, Jonah Gamblin, Clarisa Garcia-Fresco, Alex de Jong, Michel van de Kar, Christoph Michael, Elida Mosquera, Mauro Parravicini, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Raphael Pulido, Louise Sullivan, Olaf Turck, Manuel Villanueva, with: Chun Chiu, Duncan Flemington, Evangelos Kotsioris, Sören Martinussen, Nobuki Ogasahara, Theo Petrides, Benoit Schelstraete, Ian Schopa, Kyo Stockhaus, Joao Viera Costa, Luca Vigliero, Jussi Vuori, Jean-Paul Willemse.
  • Team 2009–13 (construction phase, interiors): Michel van de Kar (associate), Marlies Boterman, Christoph Michael, with: Katrien van Dijk, Nathalie Gozdziak, Sai Shu, Saskia Simon, Tomas Dirrix, Erik de Haan, Jue Qiu, Pal Trodahl.
  • Interiors hotel (2013): Saskia Simon, Marina Cogliani, Clive Hennessey, Yasuhito Hirose, Arminas Sadzevicius.

Creative Flair Clothes The Yard Hotel in Milan, Italy by Inkiostro Bianco

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: Inkiostro Bianco

The Yard – a classy Milanese concept house with an international flavour and just as stone’s throw away from Duomo, Navigli and the Design District – today inaugurates a brand new area completely and skilfully interpreted by Inkiostro Bianco. Inkiostro Bianco specialises in the production of artistic and customizable wallpapers, created using the most advanced and sophisticated digital technologies.

Image Courtesy © sabine schweigert

  • Architects: Inkiostro Bianco
  • Project: Creative Flair Clothes The Yard Hotel
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Photography: sabine schweigert

Qbic Hotel in LONDON, England by Blacksheep

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Article source: Blacksheep 

Blacksheep, the award-winning international design agency, has unveiled its most recent project, the Qbic Hotel London City, which officially opened onthe 12th of November 2013.

Image Courtesy © Blacksheep

  • Architects: Blacksheep
  • Project: Qbic Hotel
  • Location: LONDON, England

Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai, China by Foster + Partners

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

Bund Finance Centre (BFC) is a prominent new mixed-use destination in Shanghai designed jointly by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio. The 420,000-square-metre development of eight buildings includes two 180-metre landmark towers, and combines premium ‘grade A’ offices with a boutique hotel, an arts and cultural centre and a wide variety of luxury retail spaces, all arranged around a generous landscaped public plaza.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Bund Finance Centre
  • Location: Shanghai, China


Friday, December 6th, 2013

Article source: Zyman&Zyman

Zyman&Zyman finishes ahead of three US firms and one Mexican firm to win invitational competition to design the Hotel Royalton Riviera Cancun of the Blue Diamond Group.

This hotel will involve an estimated investment of US$190 million, a constructed area of 130,000 m2, and more than 1,250 rooms in ten towers with a maximum of four stories each. Building work will begin at the end of this year, and is expected to take 13 months.

Image Courtesy © Zyman&Zyman

  • Architects: Zyman&Zyman
  • Location: Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Date: 2013_ design


  • Plotsize 425,547.56 m2
  • Total constructed area: 132,460.82 m2
  • Communal areas: 4,445.68 m2
  • Outdoor unroofed areas (plazas, roadways, gardens): 43,322.38 m2
  • Swimming pools: 8,369.48 m2
  • Open area: 382,805.73 m2
  • Hotel rooms: 1226 rooms (between 47 m2 and 268 m2)

Hotel Akman in Istanbul, Turkey by Plan 9 Architecture

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Article source: Plan 9 Architecture

Renovation project of an old office building to a boutique hotel in Old City of Istanbul…

Image Courtesy © Plan 9 Architecture

  • Architects: Plan 9 Architecture (Murat Ersahin)
  • Project: Hotel Akman
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Software used: Autocad, 3ds Max and Photoshop
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