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Anadu Resort / Studio8

Architecture. Image © Sven Zhang 1F Fireplace With Reclaimed Grey Brick. Image © Sven Zhang 1F Bar and Lighting. Image © Sven Zhang 1F Restaurant (custommade lamps and reclaimed wood table. Image © Sven Zhang + 43

Huzhou, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Studio8
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Lava Homes / Diogo Mega Architects

© Miguel Cardoso © Miguel Cardoso © Miguel Cardoso © Miguel Cardoso + 52

Anji Erlu Resort / The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art

© Aoguan Performance of Architecture © Aoguan Performance of Architecture © Aoguan Performance of Architecture © Aoguan Performance of Architecture + 47

Hotels  · 
Huzhou, China

World's First Underwater Hotel to Open in the Maldives

After years of construction, the world's first underwater hotel has officially opened in the Maldives. The hotel, part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, will allow guests to relax within the waters of the Indian Ocean and is touted by the developers as "an ambitious display of architecture, design, and technology."

Zipeng Bay Resort Residential / Shanghai ZF Architectural Design

© Tang Xuguo © Tang Xuguo © Tang Xuguo © Tang Xuguo + 29

Hotels  · 
Hefei , China

Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort / Achterboschzantman Architecten

© Anna de Leeuw © Anna de Leeuw © Anna de Leeuw © Anna de Leeuw + 49

Hotels  · 
Liyang, China

Tsingpu Baisha Retreat / Tsutsumi & Associates

© Hiromatsu, Yuming Song (Beijing Ruijing Photo) © Hiromatsu, Yuming Song (Beijing Ruijing Photo) © Hiromatsu, Yuming Song (Beijing Ruijing Photo) © Hiromatsu, Yuming Song (Beijing Ruijing Photo) + 66

Renovation  · 
Lijiang, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Tsutsumi & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Fushengyu Hotspring Resort / AIM Architecture

Villa. Image © Dirk Weiblen Long Roof Pool. Image © Dirk Weiblen Spa Indoor Pool. Image © Dirk Weiblen Spa Indoor Pool. Image © Dirk Weiblen + 23

Spa  · 
Mianyang, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project AIM Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Australia's Sunshine Coast Plans for New $900 Million Mixed-Use Development

The Sunshine Coast of Australia’s Yaroomba Beach is about to get a $900 million upgrade. The integrated, mixed-use development will be the first 5-star resort developed on the Sunshine Coast in 30 years. HASSELL has been awarded the work as master planners, architects, and landscape architects for the massive project, focusing on sustainable and ecological goals to ‘touch the ground lightly.'

Courtesy of Sekisui House Courtesy of Sekisui House Courtesy of Sekisui House Courtesy of Sekisui House + 6

Beijing Jinhai Lake International Resort / SYN Architects

© Chen Yanming © Chen Yanming © Chen Yanming © Chen Yanming + 31

Landscape  · 
Beijing, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project SYN Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Call for Entries: New Center of Borovets Architectural Competition

On the occasion of the commemoration of 120 years since the foundation of Borovets, the oldest mountain resort in Bulgaria, the Municipality of Samokov and its partners - the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria, the Union of Architects in Bulgaria and the Union of Urbanists in Bulgaria -announce an international architectural competition for new central part of the resort.

Half House / Atelier Lai

© Hao Chen © Xuguo Tang © Xuguo Tang © Hao Chen + 32

Regional  · 
Huzhou, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Atelier Lai
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

When Architecture and Tourism Meet: La Grande Motte's Pyramids by the Seaside

Given a chance to realize the architect’s dream of creating his own utopian city from a blank slate, French architect Jean Balladur was inspired by lost civilizations of the past. His designs recall the architecture of grand Mayan ruins with some added flair from the 1960s, all in the form of a seaside resort village in southern France, La Grande Motte. Balladur devoted nearly 30 years to his life’s work, which today welcomes over 2 million tourists annually.

"La Grande Pyramide". Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grande_motte_02.jpg'>Wikimedia user Alain Caraco</a> licensed under <a href='http://https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> "Le Temple du Soleil". Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Temple_du_soleil_Grande-Motte_059.jpg'>Wikimedia user Dinkley</a> licensed under <a href='http://https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbaranov/5231503058/'>Flickr user alexbaranov</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> Public domain image <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/modern-architecture-france-beach-620035/'>via Pixabay user Jackmac34</a> + 16

Leonardo DiCaprio, Eco-Tourism, and Blackadore Caye: Has Green Building Jumped the Shark?

In early April 2015, the New York Times reported on Leonardo DiCaprio’s recent purchase of Blackadore Caye, a small island off the coast of Belize that has faced significant environmental degradation and erosion. A patron of several environmental projects, DiCaprio is partnering with Paul Scialla, CEO of the Delos real estate and wellness platform, to create an eco-resort intended to serve as the latest model of cutting-edge, environmentally-responsible tourism development. The development plans include a row of floating guest suites built over the water, 48 private villas (ringing in at $5-15 million), human health and anti-aging wellness programs, and a conservation area. The project is advertised as meeting the ambitious green building standards of the Living Building Challenge and the WELL Building Standard®.

Many Times readers in the comments section sardonically noted that the private jets and the shipment of building materials and daily resources for island development come with large environmental and social price tags that far outweigh the conservation efforts associated with the resort. On the other hand, a few commentators pointed out that the development will employ local labor and save the island from complete degradation. The discussion surrounding the pros and cons of “eco-tourism” development is not a new one, and not one that is easily settled.

But beyond the (important) discussion of the impacts of eco-tourism, the development raises questions about the emergence of alternative green building market standards, which ostensibly aim to transform the building industry by setting measurable targets for the environmental and social effects of the places we live and work.

Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad

© Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Yao Li © Zhao Qiang + 23

Hotels  · 
Lingshui, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project gad
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014

Four Renowned Practices Battle it Out to Design Sydney's Next "Masterpiece"

Four of architecture’s finest has been shortlisted to design what Australian businessman James Packer hopes to be the most iconic building in Sydney since the Opera House. Italian Pritzker Prize-laureate Renzo Piano will compete against Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and London-based Wilkinson Eyre Architects to design a $1 billion, six-star Crown Sydney resort on a 6000 square meter site in the inner-city waterfront precinct of Barangaroo.

"Sydney deserves one of the world's best hotels and with these amazing architects I'm confident we will see the most iconic building constructed here since the Opera House," Packer told The Daily Telegraph. "I want this hotel resort to be instantly recognizable around the world and feature on postcards and memorabilia promoting Sydney. That's how you attract international tourists, create jobs and put Sydney on the map."

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4 Islands in Maldives / OFIS arhitekti

Island 2 - Hadahaa
Island 2 - Hadahaa

Architect: OFIS arhitekti Location: Maldives Islands Project Leaders: Rok Oman, Špela Videčnik Design Year: 2004-2006 Further Development: 2009 Design Team: Nejc Batistic, Martina Lipicer, Marisa Baptista 3d Animations & Realisations: David Lozej, Jaka Zvan, Rok Jereb

Island 4 - Randheli Island 1 - Funamadua Island 3 - Konotta Island 2 - Hadahaa + 93

Monterey Bay Shores Eco Resort

Our green friends at Inhabitat just featured a stunning new development set to break ground this month that will convert a desolate disused sand mine into a thriving environmental preserve and eco-resort. Replete with living walls and a five acre green roof, the development boasts an impressive list of green design elements and is working towards LEED Platinum certification. Now, saying that you’re the “Greenest Eco Resort” is quite a claim, but if the Resort builds out all that they have promised, it really will be the most environmentally friendly resort in the US, and possibly in the world.