first_imgThe steel-sculpted link bridge overlooks Abu Dhabi’s official F1 trackInspired, whimsical, ethereal; possibly nothing melds nature and culture in a more evocative statement than architecture. It is mortar’s leap toward immortality. Spice cuts through the concrete jungle to summon such architectural gems that don’t merely qualify as landmarks but contextualise,The steel-sculpted link bridge overlooks Abu Dhabi’s official F1 trackInspired, whimsical, ethereal; possibly nothing melds nature and culture in a more evocative statement than architecture. It is mortar’s leap toward immortality. Spice cuts through the concrete jungle to summon such architectural gems that don’t merely qualify as landmarks but contextualise new metaphors of choreographed comfort and designer aesthetics. Here’s exploring some concept hotels that transcend the quintessential parameters of hospitality and service to imbue imagination with pure panache: from a grid shell studded with 5,800 LED colour changing glass panels that overlook a F-1 race track to a free-spirited design that simulates the feathers worn by Brazilian dancers during the Rio Carnival, these are ‘inhabited sculptures’. Here indulgence is karma and opulence, it’s behoving consort.Thousands of blue LED lights breathe life into the grid-shell of the Yas by nightYas Hotel, Abu DhabiIn the hierarchy of avant-garde and overwhelming constructions, the UAE has managed to establish itself as a status group.This concept hotel, designed by New York City-based Asymptote Architecture, bears testimony to the tall claim. What sets it apart is its 217mt long sweeping curvilinear grid shell. This grid shell is studded with 5,800 pivoted diamondshaped LED colour changing glass panels. The pixelated lighting design, created in collaboration with London’s Arup Lighting, features a smooth flow of colours through its double curved surface and is a veritable visual treat, especially at night. Resembling the shape of an atmospheric veil looming above, the shell fuses two towers and a link bridge. The steel sculpted link bridge even overlooks a Formula 1 race track that snakes its way through the building complex. A luxe altar for sports and style, the hotel is a wondrous exercise in imagery.A deliberate use of glass on the exterior plays out the beauty of Kameha Grand’s surroundingsKameha Grand, BonnSituated on the most strategic trade route of the world wars-Rhineland; the location is its leitmotif. The hotel is surrounded by the Rhine on one side and the picturesque Siebengebirge mountains on the other. In fact, the silhouette cuts into soft curves at the edges, towards the river on one side and the valley on the other. Aiming to embrace its picturesque surroundings, German architect Karl-heinz-Schommer’s design features an exterior skin that has been kept transparent through the extensive use of glass. The 21-mt high dome draws upon the idioms and tone of the open beam roof of Winchester’s Great Hall and the straight hallways are inspired by 19th century English shopping passages. Contemporary art adorning a junior suite bathThe curvy shape and huge glass facade cocoon the quirky interiors conceived by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Interestingly, the building is one of the largest geothermal facilities in Europe and has the capacity to store summer heat for winter and winter breeze for summer. The Kameha is a refreshing getaway from the usual mandated cleverness-it takes the familiar by surprise.Grand Lisboa’s gaming area is studded with crystals and gold leavesGrand Lisboa, MacauWhen Hong Kong based architect Dennis Lau wanted a motif for free-spiritedness, he looked no further than the Rio Carnival. The concept is inspired by the feathers in a Brazilian dancer’s headdress. The structure made of glass, iron and steel arches out 21mt from the waist to the tip of the feather, making each room slightly different in size and shape. The 213mt high tower sits atop a dome inspired by the Lotus, which is Macau’s national flower. Striking enough during the day, the hotel morphs into an ‘Ode to Enchanted Light’ during the night bathed with one million LEDs. The tower’s feathers swathed in daylightWhat’s more, the over-whelming waterfalls, chandeliers, Turkish baths, and the Swarovski studded lobby ensure that the interiors pay as much homage to the cult of excess as the facade. Its bold design may run contrary to the conventional, but courting controversy is the mark of the maverick.The walkway entrance of the Mandarin OrientalMandarin Oriental, BarcelonaNovelty in architecture isn’t merely restricted to fabulous facades; the interior structure and design plays just as vital a role. Carving a niche in a world of couture constructs, Barcelonabased OAB Architects’ design takes material objects and elevates them to the sublime. No mean task. This building opens to a light-drenched foyer set in pristine white-furnished with large windows and skylights-that offers unbroken views of all nine floors of the hotel from the foyer itself. A bird-cage white suspension envelops the lounge area at the MOPossibly the most spectacular design element in the hotel is an enormous, rectangular, metallic grid, suspended over its restaurant’s tables, allowing for greater privacy. Above this structure, a surprising ‘hanging garden’ effect has been created by the addition of a number of plants. Another interesting element is the floating catwalk from the pavement to the main entrance, which literally affords a feeling of walking on air.Divine by designHotels to watch out for in 2011.The pool at Ritz Carlton, the world’s tallest hotel, sits on the 118th floorRitz Carlton, Hong KongIf you thought, taller, bigger, better was the classic American syndrome, check out it’s Asian variant: the Ritz carlton. Perched atop Hong Kong’s tallest building-the International Commerce Centre-the hotel is the world’s highest hotel at 488 mts. Besides the obvious panoramic views of the Victoria harbour, traditional Chinese fittings and art-inspired interiors, the lobby shines vibrant with Palissandro blue marble stretches and orange onyx walls. The rooms are done up in oriental accents played out by flowery patterns in the carpets and vibrant tangerine silk interiors of the closets which resemble Chinese jewel boxes. Another stunner is the diamond ballroom, which is an eye-popping display of sparkling chandeliers and crystals.Missoni, KuwaitOverlooking the Arabian Gulf and set amid Kuwait’s bustling shopping centre, Rosita Missoni’s 18 floor design baby is all set to become the epitome of choreographed couture. Drawing inspiration from the land and sea of Kuwait, she blends gold, beige and turquoise in her signature mosaic urns which embellish the entrance. Everything, from the walls to the furniture and upholstery is bathed in vibrant patterns and bold colours. While the rooms use linens from the designer’s home range, the amenities draw on her signature fragrances. Now that’s what you call haute on call and cool by design.W London, Leicester SquareIf bling is your thing, this is where you need to check in! While the lift lobbies are done up in chic purple, the rooms flaunt random and eclectic lamps, union jack cushions and golden floating beds. Interestingly, the facade of this rectangular shaped soft-curved building turns into a dazzling light show by night. It is mounted with eight cameras which span pictures of adjacent buildings and a custom software which compresses them into a two minute film. The film is then recreated on the exterior through 600 lights diffused through fritted glass. Mirroring the future, we say.Palazzo Versace’s interiors draw on Italian designPalazzo Versace, DubaiOverlooking the waters of Dubai Creek is this classic palatial complex that houses private residences and hotel suites stylised by Versace. The structure evokes Middle Eastern culture through its exterior cornices, stonemasons, sculptures, giant pillars and capitals. The historic palatial interiors are an ideal backdrop for the bespoke mosaic artwork, reminiscent of Italian craftsmanship. The landscaping features grand fountains, lagoons and reflection pools. Classic Italian dandy.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more