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Design Competition Proves The Green Life Can Be The Suite Life

October 27, 2009 at 1:02 PM | by | ()

A mock-up of the winning design

Be honest; when you hear the phrase "environmentally friendly," the sensation of scratchy hemp rubbing against your skin and the cloying smell of patchouli come to mind. Before we were familiar with the versatility of a green lifestyle, we thought the same thing. Hotels like Portland's The Nines have taught us otherwise, though, and once you get into the finer points of sustainable design, it's clear that luxury need not be pushed to the back burner.

All of the not-so-small environmental efforts that hotels are making these days—recycling, installing low energy bulbs, et cetera—are done with the hope that we'll live a brighter future. So it's only natural that eco-hospitality look to the next generation of green designers for innovation, not to mention to up their cool quotient. The Sustainable Suite Design Competition was created precisely for this purpose.

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Ground Control To Major Tom: A Cool Tin Can In Poland

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: ul. Kosciuszki 42 61-891, Poznan, Poland
April 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM | by | ()

A candidate for our Geek Hotels 2010 list.

It makes sense that a luxury hotel decked out in electronic art would be located somewhere between Berlin and Krakow. (Or, for that matter, floating round a tin can far above the moon). Blow Up Hall 50 50 opened up last month in Poznan, Poland and it has taken interactive art to inhabitable levels.

Guests figuratively should take their protein pills and put their helmets on before entering the black-walled foyer flanked with a video installation created by Tate museum display artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Think meta-meta: 2,400 CCTV scrambled images of the hotel's guests doing whatever they do in the hotel lobby recorded for art's sake. Thankfully, this does not include footage from inside the guestrooms or bathroom use.

Too bad, though — as the bathrooms are niftily hidden behind closet doors and have disorienting mirrors strategically mounted for bizarre levels of voyeurism. (Actually, we're very glad there aren't cameras in the bathrooms).

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Abu Dhabi Loving Some Hi-Tech Helix Design

April 10, 2009 at 11:21 AM | by | ()

With Abu Dhabi still trying to outdo big bro Dubai, the Gulf city has come up with a high-tech hotel that beats anything we've seen before. The Helix Hotel, whose winning design has just been announced, is not only bizarrely modern but it's also using technology to be environmentally friendly.

The shape is uber-modern, with a helix-shape floor space surrounding an empty core. Apparently this means that from inside the hotel you'll be able to look both up and down to see various public areas, and that includes looking up from underneath to see the rooftop, glass-bottomed swimming pool.

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And Now Introducing The Egg Hotel

March 13, 2009 at 9:46 AM | by | ()

We love it when design and architectural firms go all out in creating fantasy hotel buildings like the Death Star Hotel, a Leaning Tower of Pisa Hotel, and various underwater hotels. Getting them to actually rise up in the air is a whole different story but we can dream can't we?

The latest futuristic hotel to marvel over is what we're calling The Egg Hotel, which looks like a massive silver egg and is designed to be extremely eco-friendly and nearly self-sustainable. The project, officially called Envision, was created by Michael Rosenthal Associates for Hospitality Design’s Radical Innovation. And it is radical alright. From the Inhabitat Blog:

Operating like a living organism, the Envision literally breathes through its wind and atmospheric conversion systems, which allow natural air into the interior of the building without mechanical intervention. Photovoltaic exterior sheathing provides the building’s energy, while indoor gardens at various levels of the structure act as upward extensions of the earth, creating mini-microclimates that filter the air and act as added insulation.

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The Death Star Hotel Not Being Built By Emperor Palpatine

Where: Baku, Azerbaijan
March 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM | by | ()

Maybe this planned hotel will make our Best Geek Hotels in the World list for the year 2020.

Architects are presenting renderings for this unusual-shaped hotel which some are already calling the Death Star Hotel.

Heerim architects are looking to build the Star Wars staple in, of all places, Baku, Azerbaijan. They're hoping to bring this design, called the Hotel Full Moon, and another, the Hotel Crescent, to one of the fastest growing economies and will rightly call the area Full Moon Bay.

According to SkyScraper News, the Death Star hotel will be a 35-story luxury hotel with 382 rooms. The pod-shaped structure on the bottom will be residential apartments called Palace of Wind 1 and 2.

Both hotels will overlook the Caspian Sea but again, these hotels still seem like pipe dreams so no word on when they will actually open, or if they will be destroyed before they are fully operational by a young jedi pilot who use to shoot wamp rats on Tatooine.

In the meantime, satisfy your Star Wars travel geek at Hotel Sidi Driss.

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A More Plausible Underwater Hotel

Where: Songjian, China
January 15, 2007 at 9:50 AM | by | ()

We mentioned this hotel last week in our PM Linkage but we decided that it really deserves a closer look.

The Cool Hunter reported that the Atkin's Architecture Group was the winner of an international design competition with their resort hotel complex that is built within a natural water-filled quarry in Songjiang, China.

[T]he 400 bed resort hotel is uniquely constructed within the natural elements of the quarry. Underwater public areas and guest rooms add to the uniqueness, but the resort also boasts cafes, restaurants and sporting facilities.

The lowest level runs with the aquatic theme by housing a luxurious swimming pool and an extreme sports center for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping which will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water.

We actually think this is a more plausible hotel design than some other underwater hotel designs like Hydropolis. No word on when or if this thing will actually be built.

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