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Another Historic NYC Building Bites the Dust

10:00 - 24 February, 2019
Another Historic NYC Building Bites the Dust, © Grand Hyatt
© Grand Hyatt

New York City has gained a reputation for its soaring towers thanks to unprecedented engineering technologies and New York’s air-rights policy, which permits developers to acquire neighboring unused airspace and construct large structures without any type of previous public review. But how are these super tall skyscrapers being accommodated? By replacing older existing structures. This out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new pattern comes as no surprise, as the “concrete jungle” is gradually being axed to make room for an even larger jungle.

World Winners of 2018 Prix Versailles Awards Announced

16:30 - 29 May, 2018

This month the world winners of the Prix Versailles 2018 were announced at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This annual recognition celebrates commercial architecture projects from around the world, promoting successful interactions between culture and economy.

The twelve winning projects—including stores, shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants—were selected from the 70 continental finalist teams from 32 different countries. These works of architecture also show projects that recognize architecture's relationship with heritage.

See all of the selected projects after the break.

Prix Versailles Celebrates 24 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture in Africa, West Asia and Europe

16:00 - 25 May, 2018
Prix Versailles Celebrates 24 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture in Africa, West Asia and Europe, Apple Dubai Mall / Foster + Partners image © Nigel Young; Enigma / RCR Arquitectes - Pau Llimona image © cortesía de RCR Arquitectes/Pau Llimona; Concrete Restaurant / Boozhgan Studio image © Deed Studio. Image
Apple Dubai Mall / Foster + Partners image © Nigel Young; Enigma / RCR Arquitectes - Pau Llimona image © cortesía de RCR Arquitectes/Pau Llimona; Concrete Restaurant / Boozhgan Studio image © Deed Studio. Image

On April, the continental ceremony of the Prix Versailles 2018 took place in the International Center of Conférences d'Alger with the announcement of the selected projects in shops, shopping centers, hotels and restaurants for the "Africa and West Asia" and "Europe" regions.

The 24 new projects are now incorporated into the list of 46 continental winners -from Central America, the South and the Caribbean; North America; Central Asia and the Northeast; and South Asia and the Pacific regions- resulting in 70 projects that will compete in the 2018 Prix Versailles World Final at the UNESCO Headquarters.

See the selected projects after the break.

22 Projects Named Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018

14:00 - 16 April, 2018
22 Projects Named Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, Apple Store Michigan Avenue © Nigel Young - Il Mercato image © Documentación Arquitectónica - Ateliê Wäls image © Daniel Mansur - Japan House São Paulo image © FLAGRANTE - Norton Restaurant Image © Haruo Mikami - Ixi’im Restaurant Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón. Image
Apple Store Michigan Avenue © Nigel Young - Il Mercato image © Documentación Arquitectónica - Ateliê Wäls image © Daniel Mansur - Japan House São Paulo image © FLAGRANTE - Norton Restaurant Image © Haruo Mikami - Ixi’im Restaurant Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón. Image

On Saturday in Santiago, Chile, the Prix Versailles Committee announced the continental winners of its annual awards celebrating built commercial architecture.

Ten winning projects in Central America, the South and the Caribbean and twelve in North America are awarded in four categories: stores, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. In May, built projects in Africa and Asia will be awarded in Algiers and Beijing. The European winners will be announced in Paris.

Check a gallery of the continental winners projects, below.

Continental Winners Central America, the South and the Caribbean:

Winter Has Arrived at Finland's Game of Thrones-Themed Ice Hotel

12:00 - 2 February, 2018
Winter Has Arrived at Finland's Game of Thrones-Themed Ice Hotel, via Lapland Hotels Snowvillage
via Lapland Hotels Snowvillage

For all those Game of Thrones fans looking to go face to face with a White Walker (or snuggle up like Jon and Dany), here’s your chance: Lapland Hotels Snowvillage in northern Finland has opened its very own Game of Thrones-themed ice hotel, complete with ice-carvings of the show’s best settings and sigils.

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New Renderings Show Gehry's Ocean Avenue Tower Shortened to 12 Stories

12:00 - 5 January, 2018
New Renderings Show Gehry's Ocean Avenue Tower Shortened to 12 Stories, © Gehry Partners. Via City of Santa Monica
© Gehry Partners. Via City of Santa Monica

New renderings have been revealed showing an updated design for Frank Gehry’s ‘Ocean Avenue Project’ in Santa Monica, California.

Originally conceived as as 22-story hotel and residential tower, the project has now been shortened to 12 stories (130 feet) to meet restrictions imposed by the city’s Downtown Community Plan, which calls for “aggressively slow growth” and a “lower scale downtown” of mainly 4-5 story tall buildings.

Arquitectonica to Design Hotel in Orlando as New Social Hub For the United States' Fastest Growing Community

16:00 - 12 August, 2017
Arquitectonica to Design Hotel in Orlando as New Social Hub For the United States' Fastest Growing Community , Courtesy of Tavistock Development Company
Courtesy of Tavistock Development Company

Plans have been announced for a new hotel in Orlando’s planned Lake Nona community, which is to be designed by Arquitectonica in one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. The 16 storey Town Center Hotel will be situated at the heart of the community, featuring a motor court entrance, a lobby, a ballroom accommodating 200 guests, as well as a rooftop pool with a lounge and accommodation for private events. The tower will also be within close proximity to the airport, easily accessible by Orlando’s 68 million annual visitors and the “unique property will cater to airport travelers as well as those who intend to make Lake Nona their final destination.”

Prix Versailles Celebrates 12 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture

14:00 - 18 June, 2017
Prix Versailles Celebrates 12 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture , Courtesy of Prix Versailles
Courtesy of Prix Versailles

The international Prix Versailles Committee has announced the recipients of its annual awards celebrating built commercial architecture. The awards were held at the UNESCO World Headquarters, with recipients hailing from 6 regions around the world. Chaired by the Mayor of Versailles François de Mazières, the international jury included architects Manuelle Gautrand, Toyo Ito, Wang Shu, and acclaimed chef Guy Laroche.

The 12 World Titles are awarded in 4 top categories: stores, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. The winners were selected from a diverse range of 70 regional winners already present in the ceremony.

Check out the gallery of the 12 winners below:

Chanel (Temporary Store); Amsterdam, Netherlands / MVRDV. Image © MVRDV Tokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan / Nikken Sekkei. Image © Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partners Inc. Lideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Vilalta Arquitectura. Image © VILALTA Mar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico / Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Image © Joe Fletcher + 118

New Renderings Reveal Herzog & de Meuron’s Nearly Completed Hotel Tower in Manhattan

06:00 - 18 May, 2017
New Renderings Reveal Herzog & de Meuron’s Nearly Completed Hotel Tower in Manhattan, Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company
Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company

New renderings of Herzog & de Meuron’s upcoming luxury hotel have been released, showing the 28-storey tower’s updated interiors at its location at 215 Chrystie Street in Manhattan’s Bowery District. Constructed of raw concrete, the 370 rooms are capped with eleven open-plan luxury residences and is set to open to the public in June.

“To introduce a sense of scale and to further foster the expression of each individual floor, each column is slightly inclined,” explained Jacques Herzog with the announcement of the project back in 2014. “The prominent corner of the building facing Chrystie Street is where the two geometries of the inclined columns meet. Rather than giving one direction priority, the two directions are braided together. The result is a sculptural corner column that becomes the visual anchor for the entire building.”

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Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District

16:00 - 26 March, 2017
Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District, Courtesy of GroupGSA
Courtesy of GroupGSA

With their design approach treating the site as a work of art, GroupGSA’s proposal for a new hotel in Shanghai’s Fengxian District has been awarded 2nd prize in a recent competition. Located in the predominantly undeveloped Nangiao New City and part of the Yangtze River delta in south Shanghai, the Wanda Jinhai Lake Hotel aims to garner new interest in the region through the creation of a new social, cultural, and economic landmark.

At the center of the Jinhai Lake, the new hotel integrates into the site and provides scenic vistas of the surrounding waterscape. “Inspiration stemmed from the concept of Chinese Calligraphy, the stroke of a brush with its ink dripping in the water,” say the architects. “Our site is merely a piece of art and we plan to leave our mark via our architecture which is painted on the site following the lines and the movement of the surrounding context.”

Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA + 22

Floating Sleeping Capsules to Provide Overnight Transport to Dutch-Themed Japanese Amusement Park

16:20 - 8 March, 2017
Floating Sleeping Capsules to Provide Overnight Transport to Dutch-Themed Japanese Amusement Park , The capsules will slowly float 3.75 miles to the island overnight
The capsules will slowly float 3.75 miles to the island overnight

It’s an age old question: How do you transport visitors to your Dutch-themed Amusement Park located four miles off the coast of Japan while also providing them with a place to sleep under the night sky?

Okay, age-old it isn’t – but it was the scenario facing the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Japan, who recently acquired a 420,000 square-foot-island off the coast of the Nagasaki Prefecture. Their proposed solution? A fleet of floating capsules capped with a glass-roofed sleeping chamber that will slowly float overnight to the island housing new adventure-type attractions.

Renzo Piano Designs 36-Story Hotel and Apartment Tower in San Francisco

12:00 - 27 February, 2017
Renzo Piano Designs 36-Story Hotel and Apartment Tower in San Francisco, © Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department
© Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department

Plans for 555 Howard, a mixed-use hotel and residential tower to be located in San Francisco’s Transbay neighborhood, have been revealed by the city’s Planning Department. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop for developer Pacific Eagle, the 36-story tower would house 69 residential units and 255 hotel rooms, as well as a publicly-accessible open-air rooftop terrace. The project represents Piano’s second project in the city, following 2008’s California Academy of Sciences.

© Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department © Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department © Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department © Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy San Francisco Planning Department + 8

Arquitectonica’s Undulating Hotel Tower to Be Nashville’s Lastest Landmark

12:00 - 25 February, 2017
Arquitectonica’s Undulating Hotel Tower to Be Nashville’s Lastest Landmark, © Arquitectonica
© Arquitectonica

Nashville is set to receive its newest and tallest luxury landmark, in the form of the JW Marriott Hotel, designed by esteemed Miami firm Arquitectonica to be completed in 2018. Situated in the center of downtown, the 33-storey undulating tower will offer expansive views of the surrounding cityscape from a height of 386 feet; one of highest points in the city.

© Arquitectonica © Arquitectonica © Arquitectonica © Arquitectonica + 4

SPOL Architects Receives Approval for Oval-Shaped Hotel Near Oslo Airport

08:00 - 18 September, 2016
SPOL Architects Receives Approval for Oval-Shaped Hotel Near Oslo Airport, Courtesy of SPOL Architects
Courtesy of SPOL Architects

SPOL Architects’ First Hotel OSL, a hotel near the newly extended Oslo Airport, has received planning approval after a unanimous vote in the Jessheim City Council. Designed to be a destination in itself, the hotel will be an environmentally friendly oval shape, featuring 300 rooms and a large atrium for sports activities.

Acting as a “meeting place for globe trotters,” the hotel aims to become a shared space for shared experiences for travelers.

Courtesy of SPOL Architects Courtesy of SPOL Architects Courtesy of SPOL Architects Courtesy of SPOL Architects + 9

Why Technology Isn't a One-Step Solution for Future Hotel Design

09:30 - 13 July, 2016
Why Technology Isn't a One-Step Solution for Future Hotel Design, Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel digital wall. Image Courtesy of Renaissance
Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel digital wall. Image Courtesy of Renaissance

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Service With a Smile: Why Hotels of the Future Are High-Touch, Not High-Tech."

Although it opened in 2011, YOTEL New York feels like it belongs in 2084, the same year the science-fiction film Total Recall is set. Quintessentially futuristic, the original cult classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger features robotic police officers, instant manicures, hovering cars, implanted memories, and skin-embedded cellphones. Its protagonist, Douglas Quaid, is a construction worker obsessed with vacationing on Mars.

One could easily imagine Quaid staying at a Martian outpost of YOTEL, a “minimal-service” hotel modeled after Japanese capsule hotels, which provide a large number of extremely small modular guest rooms for travelers willing to forgo all the services of a conventional hotel in exchange for convenient, affordable accommodations. These kinds of automated-service hotels may be a trend into the 2020s, but are they really hotels of the future?

Bespoke Access Design Awards Competition

18:10 - 25 April, 2016
Bespoke Access Design Awards Competition

The Bespoke* Access Awards 2016 is an international design competition, which seeks original ideas to improve access and provide an enhanced experience for hotel guests, particularly for those with disabilities. Peers in the UK House of Lords initiated the competition. It aims to employ good design to re-imagine the welcome that hotels extend to guests with physical disabilities and learning difficulties, with the aim of making the hotel experience more joyful and inclusive. The scope of the competition is wide-ranging. It seeks to reward the most creative and original ideas in architecture, interior design, product design and service design.

Sleeping: Alternative Hotel Design

11:15 - 14 March, 2016
Sleeping: Alternative Hotel Design, Official Cover Non Architecture Competitions
Official Cover Non Architecture Competitions

The aim of the Sleeping competition is to develop design proposals for the hotel typology – a place to sleep. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of hotel. Recently many initiatives, such as Airbnb and Couch-surfing, have been proposing new interpretations of the function of hotels, developing extremely successful business models. With similar creative attitude the participants are urged to create an artefact, merging considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools. The proposal can be a device, a piece of furniture, an interior design project, a pavilion, a building or a urban plan. Scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be arranged by the participants to better suit their project.

WHY Hotel / WEI architects/ELEVATION WORKSHOP

20:00 - 28 December, 2015
WHY Hotel / WEI architects/ELEVATION WORKSHOP, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

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