Hotel Neri - Barcelona, Spain
Conveniently located in Barcelona’s charming Barri Gotic, Hotel Neri invites guests to discover the city’s past while indulging in modern luxuries. A work of interior designer Cristina Gabás in collaboration with architect Juli Pérez-Català, the luxurious hotel, which is the result of the restoration of two ancient buildings, features 22 uniquely decorated rooms and suites, an exquisite restaurant and lounge bar separated by a 12th century stone wall, and a lovely terrace situated right in the heart of Plaça Sant Felip Neri.
The Truffle, a rock to nest in
With the ocean in sight, The Truffle is an unusual vacation home built within a rock. The inhabitable concrete stone is located in Costa de Morte, Spain and was designed by Ensamble Estudio in collaboration with Ricardo Sanz and Javier Cuesta. Its 25 square-meter minimalist decor has everything you’d need for a peaceful getaway, and includes a raised platform bed, modest bath, and built-in fireplace.
Daan Roosegaarde’s luminous work of art in the Rijksmuseum The Rijksmuseum will be presenting the Lotus Dome by Daan Roosegaarde for the first time in the Netherlands, from 7 February through 5 May 2014.
The Lotus Dome is a ‘living’ Dome consisting of hundreds of ultralight aluminium foils that unfold in response to human behaviour. The high-tech work of art has been travelling the world since it was created in 2012. Having been on display at a number of historical locations abroad, the Lotus Dome will now face a contemporary juxtaposition with the Rijksmuseum’s 18th-century period room.
Mirror Culture: 6,000 CDs floating colorful in the sky
As digital music continues to thrive, CDs are more and more a thing of the past. For the architects of Ignatov Architects, though, the little round discs were the perfect medium for this art project, entitled Mirror Culture. For the interactive installation, the team, along with 128 volunteers, invited residents and visitors of Varna in Bulgaria to help mount more than 6,000 used CDs onto knitted fishing net.
The metallic reflections created a bright and captivating installation that hung over the entrance of the local tourist attraction Sea Garden, the city’s oldest and best known public park. The flexible material blew in the wind and created incredible refractions of moving color. Watch the videos below to see the installation and the changing colors in action.
"It was my fascination with the play of light on fish scales and on liquid surfaces that made me think of a flexible mirror,” project coordinator Borislav Ignatov said. “I realized that the optical discs use the same principles of refraction and separation of light as fish scales and I decided to use them for the purpose.”
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Perched like a stealth bomber on a cliffside, at the foot of a dramatic outcrop of prehistoric boulders, the Black Desert House is a unique minimalist hideaway. Soaring panes of glass frame 70 miles of unspoiled Mojave Desert landscape; an ever-changing panorama of shade, color and light as the sun shifts westward. Articulated around a central courtyard, the 3-bedroom sleeping area opens onto the skewed rectangle of a deep, black-tiled pool. The surrounding terraced patio is sheltered between the house and the towering boulder formation which, after dark, is strikingly illuminated from below.
All Photos © Nikolas Koenig, 2013 THE BLACK DESERT HOUSE
Located 250 metres off the coast of Pemba Island, the Underwater Room forms parts of the Manta Resort, a holiday retreat on the mainland of the island, and comprises a three-storey floating structure with its lowest level positioned four metres beneath the water.
Where Time Hides: Hotel Escondido
A natural jewel nestles between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range that snakes through the Mexican state of Oaxaca. A top-ten surfing and popular fishing destination, the tiny coastal town of Puerto Escondido invites with its laid-back atmosphere and beachside vibe.
Hoteliers Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha, the duo behind Grupo Habita, have transformed a pristine stretch of Oaxacan coastline into a private paradise for beach bums and thrill seekers alike, with the addition of Hotel Escondido.