It’s been a busy week in the world of property & architecture, and an especially busy week for hotels with many new, quirky projects in construction around the globe. So HEKKTA has a closer look into new hospitality projects in the pipeline, aswell as rounding up all the biggest headlines.
Engineering firm WSP‘s new in-house design studio and David Ajasa-Adekunle’s architecture practice have created a concept for one of the most extraordinary hotels HEKKTA has ever seen. Set in utter isolation and jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery, the new project called Tetra Hotel is a carbon neutral modular hotel, consisting of a group of concrete pods. The concrete would be made from local materials and fabricated on site, which will allow them to build in very remote areas.
Architect Pierpaolo Lazzarini has imagined a city of floating hotels in a vision he calls Wayaland. The floating buildings will form the shape of pyramids and the entire city will be entirely self-sufficient, giving citizens of this floating city a chance to live entirely separate from society. The design was inspired by Mayan and Egyptian architecture, however the buildings are all about modern luxury and the floating houses will also have the ability to move like a boat. Lazzarini is currently in the process of finding investors as he attempts to achieve the whole concept through crowdfunding.
Twelve Architects are to turn an abandoned 18th century prison in Cornwall into a hotel and tourist attraction. Bodmin Jail is currently infested with bats, so aswell as transforming the prison into an upmarket hotel, they must re-home the bats in a bespoke bat-house! The multimillion pound project will allow guests to have their nights sleep in former prison cells. Not sure how keen we would be, but would be an experience that’s for sure!
A shelter for victims of domestic violence has just been completed by London studio Amos Goldreich Architecture and local office Jacobs Yaniv Architects. The refuge near Tel-Aviv will be part of the charity No To Violence, which aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse in Israel, as well as offering support and temporary accommodation to victims through a network of shelters.
Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly has unveiled his plans for a pair of perpendicular towers in Downtown Miami, connected at the top by a wedge-shaped sky bridge. The classy building fits into Miami’s architecture perfectly and it will be Viñoly’s first in the city.
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to purchase the Stirling Prize-winning pier on England’s south coast, which was redesigned by architecture studio dRMM. The new pier went up for sale after the people behind the pier, the Hastings Pier Charity, recently went into administration.
While London accounted for 60% of £1m-plus sales last year, it was Cheltenham that topped the growth league as some of the biggest proportional increases in sales of £1m-plus homes happened outside London and its commuter belt.
Architects in New York are increasingly turning back to the more historic building materials like stone and brick and are ditching the “default” glass exteriors according to SHoP Architects‘ Gregg Pasquarelli.
Enabling works have begun on the huge £825m scheme to transform the area around Paddington Station. The scheme features a huge Renzo Piano designed office block (pictured below) and the Bakerloo Line Tube station is also set to benefit from the development, undergoing a rebuild as part of a £65m investment in transport and public realm. Demolition experts Erith are undertaking the works and the scheme is being led by developers Sellars Group and Great Western Developments.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ principal Patrik Schumacher believes that unfettered capitalism can solve the housing crisis, such as scrapping height restrictions, space standards and rent controls.
Frank Gehry’s plan for a Berlin skyscraper, which would’ve become the tallest in the city, have been put on hold due to safety fears with subway stations below the site.
Developer Peel Holdings have unveiled their revised plan for the £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme after concerns were raised from Unesco inspectors who had put the Liverpool site on the World Heritage in Danger list due to worries over tall buildings planned for the Central Docks.
Ian Pollitt, assistant project director at Liverpool Waters, said, “For over 10 years we have developed this project from an initial idea into the biggest single regeneration project in the history of Liverpool and one of the biggest of its kind anywhere in the world”.