When A Brothel Goes Boutique
Antwerp officials are trying to keep their new "tolerance zone" safe and as far away from "Sin City" as they possibly can.
To wit, Frank De Coninck's Villa Tinto -- designed by Quinze&Milan. This place looks more like a designer boutique hotel than a bunny ranch.
Quinze&Milan worked on brothel plans with a cadre of designers including local politicians, law enforcement, and prostitutes. The local officials wanted something "trendy and unique" but also "hygienic, ergonomic, and safe." On the other hand, the hookers wanted red and black neon lights that would illuminate the women inside the display windows but also hide blemishes.
The result was the Villa Tinto where up to fifty working girls can hone their craft. Each girl's biometric data is stored in a security DB and a fingerprint reader serves as a room key. And of course, there is a panic button in every room that alerts the police.
And yes, you can get rooms by the hour.