Luxury lakeside hotel promises a return to nature in Italy

October 3, 2017 by  
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Architecture studio noa* mixes alpine and Mediterranean influences in their renovation of a family-run hotel in Italy. Located on a high plateau next to a small natural lake, Hotel Seehof is a luxury hotel that celebrates nature in its use of materials, design, and programming. The nature retreat features an undulating roof that mirrors Natz-Schabs’ mountain scenery while its earth-colored plaster and use of timber references the nearby forests. Hotel Seehof completed its major renovation and expansion earlier this year and now includes 16 new suites as well as a new pool and wellness area. Guests are invited to take a dip in the lake, “Flötscher Weiher,” that serves as the main focal point of the project. Sinuous lines and pathways seamlessly link the hotel grounds, including the oblique green roofs of the spa, to the surrounding forests and fruit orchards. Related: Frank Gehry-designed luxury hotel brings avant-garde design to historic Spain winery “The wooden façade and its rough surface are related to the environment, with a focus on incorporating regional materials. The communication with the lake – important characteristic and name of the hotel – is deliberately staged here,” wrote the architects. The interior design pays homage to Hotel Seehof’s site history. Copper pipes are used extensively throughout the interior as a design element and to reference to the widely used water pipes that were installed for the apple orchards in the 1950s. As with the exterior, a natural materials palette is used for the interior design. + noa* Images by Alex Filz

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Luscious eco-resort design in China inspired by the Silk Road

July 26, 2017 by  
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An existing native village in China is being transformed into a modern eco-resort that offers a variety of activities and spaces. Architects Jean Pierre HEIM and Carolyn HEIM of HEIMdesign approached the redesign of Sasseur eco-tourist village using “One Belt, One Road” development strategy that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among China and the rest of the world. The project will be implemented near the city of Chongqing– starting point of the Silk Road economic belt and the hub of a 21st century maritime Silk Road that connects the Chinese interior with the rest of the world. Taking advantage of the existing topography and incorporating an element of feng shui, the team divided the various buildings and facilities into categories like housing, entertainment, art etc. Related: Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition The design combines traditional and contemporary elements, with references to the silk industry and raw silk production. The silk thread and the cocoon, the Mulberry tree and silk production in Chongqing are the inspirational elements for this project. The main idea was to keep the existing forms of the villages and existing homes and give a modern contemporary makeover. Included are a multi-media center, wellness and spa facilities , art galleries , green homes, a hotel and childcare facilities. + HEIMdesign

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Luxurious bamboo beach bar and restaurant bolsters spa in Vietnam

October 19, 2015 by  
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Lush living plants engulf the green-roofed Pure Spa in Vietnam

July 23, 2015 by  
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Barking Bathhouse is a Temporary Green Spa and Bar for the Olympic Games in London

July 25, 2012 by  
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Olympic mania is bound to create more than a few knotted shoulders, so Create commissioned Something and Son to build a temporary spa for residents and visitors alike. But the London design firm’s Barking Bathhouse is no ordinary spa. Banish all thoughts of an opulent, sterile setting for the rich and famous and imagine instead what it would be like to receive an all-natural treatment in a series of prefabricated industrial pods . Read the rest of Barking Bathhouse is a Temporary Green Spa and Bar for the Olympic Games in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 , Create , eco design , green design , London , natural products , Olympic Games , pods , popup shop , prefabricated design , Something & Son , spa , sustainable design , temporary design

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