The Bella Sky Hotel and Conference Center, designed by 3XN Architects, will open next Monday in Copenhagen, becoming one of the largest hotels in Scandinavia. The dramatic twin towers twist and lean as they reach for the sky allowing all of the guests optimal views over the nature park ‘Amager Common’ located nearby. The hotel is in the new Ørestad neighborhood and has 814 rooms and 30 conference rooms. Its triangular patterned facade, which may be a little on the wild side, was designed with a purpose: to minimize solar heat gain and maximize energy efficiency. Read more…
spanish practice EQUIP xavier claramunt has completed ‘hotel arc del teatre’, a multi-storey
accommodation located in barcelona’s historical neighborhood of el raval. a conversion project
of a former theatre, the design preserves the original facade of the building – essentially conserving
the memory of the structure – by wrapping the expansive face with a translucent screen.
drawing from the high dynamism of the site’s streetlife, the project explores ways in which
the transference of energy can be established without losing the boundary of privacy,
exploring the notion of ‘exhibitionist’ architecture. featuring a recessed ground level entry,
a public plaza is generated which extends the street into the building and behind the hotel.
an outdoor area covered in gravel on the south side offers views into a buried courtyard.
finished in a visually graphic treatment, the wrap lends a new identity to the theatre while
maintaining the characteristic outline of the facade underneath. the wrap reflects the changing
light of the day and season and alters its exterior expression through the illumination within.
constructed out of vinyl, views into the units are limited while outward views are established. Read more…
‘hilton pattaya hotel’ by department of architecture
images courtesy of department of architecture
‘hilton pattaya hotel’ by bangkok studio, department of architecture is a
luxury hotel located in pattaya, thailand. designed around abstract notions
of the sea, the hotel features a series of site specific installations that mimic
movements and patterns of the beach and underwater landscapes.
corridors and transition areas are given special focus with sculptural and
rich treatments that looks to engage visitors in the otherwise leftover spaces. Read more…
a day at the pool
images courtesy of marina bay sands
marina bay sands complex consists of three hotel towers connected by the magnificent sands skypark.
designboom‘s editors had the great opportunity to stay and test out the newly opened hotel.
with over 2,500 rooms and suites, it is the biggest hotel in singapore.
the sands skypark with pool is built at the height of 200 meters.
its lush, landscaped gardens are home to 250 trees and 650 plants and offer a total of 12,400 square meters of space –
big enough to fit three football fields. hotel guests have the exclusive use of a 150-meter infinity swimming pool,
the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height. Read more…
Julien de Smedt Architects won the competition to design the hotel back in 2008 and it was finished this summer. The undulating hotel is uniquely built on a pre-existing parking garage — the form of the garage underneath helped determine the final shape of the hotel. Elevating the six floor hotel above the parking garage structure has the advantage of giving more privacy to hotel guests. The space under the hotel at the street level now consists of shops, a restaurant and cafe, and the hotel lobby.
The green roof provides extra insulation and storm water retention for the hotel, and guests can even walk around the roof for fresh air and exercise. Meanwhile, the inner courtyard and garden space draws more light into the interior hotel rooms.
Via Kitsune Noir