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Bathhouse spa with sensory deprivation tank opens in old Williamsburg soda factory

November 30, 2019 Paul Jebara 0

A 1930s soda factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has been transformed into bathhouse with a subterranean spa influenced by Scandinavian saunas, Russian banyas and Turkish hammams. Founders Jason Goodman and Travis Talmadge collaborated with Manhattan firm Verona Carpenter Architects to reinvigorate the space to be a unique venue for social bathing called Bathhouse. The 600-square-metre underground

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Studio Arquitectos creates holiday home-like apartments for Tulum’s permanent residents

November 24, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Aldea Ka’a Tulum by Studio Arquitectos

Mexican firm Studio Arquitectos has created a residential apartment complex in popular Mexican holiday resort Tulum, featuring shared courtyards and traditional Mayan materials. Dismayed by the disproportionate focus on holiday housing by real estate developers, principal architect Eduardo Garcia Figueroa imagined Aldea Ka’a “with a design equal to any other aimed for tourists”. The 873-square-metre

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Waechter Architecture builds ring of cabins on old school campus to create The Society Hotel Bingen

November 17, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Society Hotel Bingen by Waechter Architecture

A converted schoolhouse surrounded by a series of detached cabins forms this boutique hotel in Washington State. Nestled in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the Society Hotel Bingen is sited 100 kilometres from the hotel brand’s debut property in Portland, Oregon. “One of our primary goals was to design a hotel that not only felt

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Props exhibit fills stairwells and bathrooms of Zaha Hadid’s Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati

November 9, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Props Exhibition at Zaha Hadid Contemporary Arts Centre

Artist and architect Lauren Henkin has created a series of sculptures to fill “unintended” installation spaces in the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio designed by late architect Zaha Hadid. Cincinnati’s CAC will unveil Props, an exhibition of eight “site-responsive” sculptures by artist and architect Lauren Henkin, to the public on 22 November 2019. Henkin

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David Rockwell and Joyce Wang team up for first Equinox Hotel in New York

November 2, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Equinox Hudson Yards by Rockwell Group and SOM

Fitness brand Equinox has opened its first hotel at New York’s Hudson Yards, where guests can enjoy views of Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel while bathing in the rooftop pool. The Equinox Hotel in New York City marks the luxury fitness brand’s hospitality debut, with future outposts in Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago currently in development. The flagship

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Tribeca button factory becomes Walker Hotel with “eclectic modernist” design and sub-cellar bar

October 26, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Walker Hotel Tribeca

A former button and ribbon factory in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood has been turned into a boutique hotel featuring an eclectic mix of modern furniture and industrial details. Hospitality firm Bridgeton Holdings completed the Walker Hotel in a renaissance revival building constructed in 1899 to span three street frontages in downtown Manhattan. Its location at

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JHL Design converts abandoned Portland penthouse into moody office space for tech firm

October 19, 2019 Paul Jebara 0

US studio JHL Design emphasised “the interplay of light and shadow” and other classic Japanese principles when turning a vacant penthouse in Portland into a tech firm’s office space. The downtown Portland building was constructed in 1927, though had been empty for many years before the project was initiated. Large glass windows that overlook the

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The Dwell Hotel becomes “Chattanooga’s living room” with retro furnishings from junk shops, eBay and Etsy

October 13, 2019 Paul Jebara 0

First-time hotelier Seija Ojanpera quested after “retro” vintage furnishings from across the United States to complete the first boutique design hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ojanpera’s decade-long career with international NGOs eventually brought her to Chattanooga, a mecca for nonprofits. She ended up purchasing the former Stone Fort Inn in 2015 and turning it into The

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Life House Collins Park nods to Miami’s little-known Quaker origins with “lax minimalism”

October 12, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Life House Collins Park Hotel

Tech-savvy hotel company Life House has designed its newest property in Collins Park as an homage to Miami’s past as a Quaker stronghold. The boutique brand, whose philosophy celebrates neighbourhood identity and heritage, garnered significant buzz after the opening of Life House Little Havana, which debuted a bespoke digital platform for guests to use like

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Modernist Holiday Inn becomes Los Angeles apartment complex

September 28, 2019 Paul Jebara 0

Los Angeles’ Studio Sucio used a “mish-mash” of styles for the apartments it has created inside a 1960s Holiday Inn in Downtown Los Angeles. The team remodelled the modernist building in Downtown LA’s west end, including interiors, exteriors, furnishings and branding, to create The Flat. The project marks Studio Sucio’s first. It was led by

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