December 20, 2022
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Overlooking Victoria Harbour, the bar contains 136 illuminated glass vitrines that hold the establishment’s collection of rare spirits.
By Catharine Shaw
It’s never easy when you’re asked to re-invent an icon. Yet Hong Kong architects and interior designers AB Concept didn’t hesitate when commissioned to transform the renowned Blue Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong into ARGO, an all-day dining space and cocktail bar.
The design studio’s cofounder Ed Ng had once frequented the original bar—a sophisticated retreat designed in 2005 by Wilson Associates, often filled with patrons from the nearby financial district. He seized the opportunity to change not only the look but the layout too, shifting the bar to face the window and make the most of the spectacular Victoria Harbour views….Read the full story here
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At AutoCamp, a high-end “glamping” venture in the Southern California desert, utilitarian forms and luxe touches blend with the natural desert landscape.
By Sam Lubell
Most of us have heard of glamping—a.k.a. luxury “glamorous” camping—but few can name a company that actually offers it. Hospitality start-up AutoCamp is hoping to change that, opening locations around the country that immerse visitors in the outdoors while providing comfort and community in the form of upscale Airstream trailers and communal facilities. The Santa Barbara–based outfit has so far opened AutoCamps in the idyllic destinations of Cape Cod, Yosemite National Park, and Russian River (in Sonoma County, California), and has plans for dozens more. The newest: Joshua Tree, California, the fabled home of moon-size boulders, trippy cacti, and rocky blond desert.
For a team that included HKS (architecture), Narrative Design Studio (interiors), and AutoCamp’s own design staff, the first—and perhaps most challenging—task was to incorporate AutoCamp’s campground spirit and rustic-but-not-too-rustic offerings while creating a spot that authentically captured Joshua Tree’s brash, unpretentious ethos. After a few visits to the desert, they zeroed in on a logical centerpiece: Quonset huts, raw, proudly utilitarian, self-supporting curved and corrugated steel structures that dot the sparsely inhabited frontier and embody the area’s vibe. The Quonset’s curved form, adds HKS principal Mark O’Dell, also echoes the natural curves of Joshua Tree’s mountains and boulders….Read the full story here
Behind a curtain of ivy, the new 1 Hotel in Nashville celebrates the natural beauty of local and sustainable resources.
By Anna Elise Anderson
A new hotel opened last week in downtown Nashville, bringing a rooted sense of place—and a literal breath of fresh air—to the concrete and glass metropolis. 1 Hotel Nashville sits behind a conspicuous, 880-foot curtain of living greenery on Demonbreun Street, directly across from the Music City Center and walking distance from the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Frist Art Museum. The hotel’s striking botanical exterior, designed with AgroSci and locally grown by East Nashville farm Optimara, includes a whopping 56,000 draped Hedera helix ivy plants.
Shielding the hotel’s facade from blazing sunlight, the plants form an eye-catching and unexpected oasis in the heart of one of the city’s most heavily trafficked areas. “We saw a space to fill as the first mission-driven luxury hotel in the city,” says Nicholas Farina, the hotel’s general manager. “Nature is our guide in all the things we do—inside and out.” The ivy provides several benefits in addition to curb appeal: it generates fresh oxygen, regulates the building’s temperature, and provides resistance from the impacts of weather, insects, and humans….Read the full story here
5 Buildings that Pushed Sustainable Design Forward in 2022
These schools and office buildings raised the bar for low-carbon design, employing strategies such as mass-timber construction, passive ventilation, and onsite renewable energy generation.
The Royal Park Canvas Hotel Pushes the Limits of Mass Timber
Mitsubishi Jisho Design has introduced a hybrid concrete and timber hotel to downtown Hokkaido.
The PAE Living Building Rises in Portland, Oregon
In a contracting office market, Portland’s PAE Living Building attracts tenants with resilience, mass timber, and indoor-outdoor gathering spots.
Lutron’s Traveling Installation Showed the Power of Lighting Control
Lutron just wrapped a global tour of its Prismatic cube installation with stops across Europe and in The United Arab Emirates. Here’s why.
Architect Hani Rashid Builds a Fantasia of Art and Architecture in the Metaverse
Called Dminti Metaverse, the platform displays digital work by blue-chip artists in an otherworldly setting with the aim of attracting new, more diverse audiences.
The Orange County Museum of Art Embeds Culture in a Changing Suburban Context
Designed by Thom Mayne’s Morphosis, the new art museum boasts radical geometry and public open space, but questions of access persist.
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Studio Terpeluk’s Redwood House Pays Homage to Albert Lanier
The San Francisco–based architecture firm breathes new life into a notable Modernist home.
UCLA’s 1959 Botany Building Is Transformed into a Quiet Gem
CO Architects led an effort to refresh the Paul R. Williams–designed building, bringing in light and adapting the space for modern educational needs.
A Supportive Housing Development Offers Refuge from the Street and Connection to the City
Near Geneva, Switzerland, architecture collective Nomos designed a set of buildings for people with and without mental disabilities as one curvy entity.