It’s hotels that are hitting the headlines this week so HEKKTA investigates what’s new in the world of hospitality, as well as all of the latest news concerning property & architecture.
Sat at the bottom of the Svartisen glacier on Norway’s Almlifjellet mountain, architecture firm Snøhetta have designed a circular, energy-positive hotel which will produce more energy than it consumes. Aesthetically it is beautiful, but Snøhetta adding the extra environmental feature is the kind of architecture and design we should all be striving for! Considering it’s location, architects say it is crucial the hotel protects the precious arctic environment. Big thumbs up from HEKKTA!
A newly completed hotel in Dubai has been named as the world’s tallest standing at 357.8 metres. The Gevora Hotel, which has just opened for business has pipped it’s neighbour, JW Marriott Marquis, to the title. It took four years to construct and reportedly cost 500 million dirhams (£96,757,650) to build and it features an outdoor pool with rooms starting for a competitive £129 a night.
Step into the world of super-luxury for America’s super-rich with this “pi-in-the-sky” hotel designed by Henry Goss Architects and The Boundary (an industry leader in architectural visualisation). The idea behind it was to create stripped back luxury using basic materials of concrete, wood and glass for this haven on a secret site in the middle of Arizona’s Sonoran desert. The hotel houses just 4 couples and will have an extensive supply of staff.
NY architecture firm DFA have proposed an interesting solution to the rising sea level crisis that could seriously affects Manhattan’s banks in the future. They have imagined a series of floating apartments in tower blocks for Manhattan’s Pier 40, which would stay above water as the sea levels rise.
Eurotunnel are “very interested” in Boris Johnson’s proposal of a bridge linking England and France. The French operator of the Channel Tunnel reportedly wrote a letter to Theresa May in support stating it was “ridiculous” that the Channel Tunnel remained the only link between the two countries.
Britain’s price growth property hotspots have been revealed with the Cotswolds, Cambridge and the Orkney Islands having the highest growth. More affluent areas in London have seen price drops such as Kensington & Chelsea and City of London.
Rumours of two spherical music venues being built in London and Las Vegas have been confirmed by the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG). Whilst designs are still in the early stages, MSG state the arenas will, “feature an iconic design, and will be equipped with game-changing technologies that push the limits of connectivity, acoustics, video, and content distribution”. The venues are being designed by stadium experts Populous and the provisional ideas look really amazing. They plan to build the London arena in Stratford, so when it is completed, the HEKKTA team will go straight down to check it out!
Zaha Hadid Architects, AHMM and Es Devlin are among the 39 design teams that have been longlisted to design a public space to replace the roundabout at Old Street in London.