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When it comes to cutting-edge design, these slick hotels hit the right note

by Steffen Wrenn (2021-01-08)

When it comes to cutting-edge design, these slick hotels hit the right note.  

They have all been longlisted in the hospitality architecture category in the prestigious .

The list includes a very hip pet retreat for dogs and cats in Portugal, a cave complex in Santorini with dreamy views, a futuristic high-end resort in China and a hotel blending 'Swedish minimalism' with 'Japanese heritage design' in Tokyo's financial district.

Now in its third year, the awards, run by architecture and design website Dezeen, identify 'the world's best architecture, interiors and design', as well as the studios, architects and designers producing 'the most outstanding work'.

A jury, comprising a panel of international architects, designers and academics, will whittle the longlist down to a shortlist, which will be announced in September.

Scroll down to see some of the jaw-dropping properties that are in the running for the grand prize... 

SAINT HOTEL, SANTORINI - DESIGNED BY KAPSIMALIS ARCHITECTS: The Saint Hotel on the Greek island of Santorini features rooms that are set in caves.

Architects took on the task of reconstructing an existing building and adding the extra guest cave rooms

SAINT HOTEL, SANTORINI - INTERIOR:  The hotel is located on the edge of the traditional village of Oia with stunning views of the southern Aegean Sea

KASIIYA PAPAGAYO, COSTA RICA - DESIGNED BY BY AW²:  One of the bedrooms at the Kasiiya Papagayo - a chic boutique hotel in Costa Rica.

The Dezeen jury praised the design of the building, noting how the structure had been 'carefully integrated into the hillside to not disturb the surrounding landscape'

THE CROPLAND LOOP RESORT, CHENGDU, CHINA - DESIGNED BY BÜRO ZIYU ZHUANG: The Cropland Loop Resort is a high-end hotel with 'a large dominant roof' that makes the building 'resemble a Chinese scroll-painting' 

K5 TOKYO - DESIGNED BY CLAESSON KOIVISTO RUNE: Combining 'Swedish minimalism' with 'Japanese heritage design', K5 Tokyo is a boutique hotel in the Japanese capital situated within a former 1920s bank opposite the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The hotel has 20 'generously-sized rooms' that are housed in a four-storey concrete building

K5 TOKYO - COCKTAIL BAR: A peek inside K5 Tokyo's tucked-away cocktail bar, complete with luxury red interiors, bookshelves and classic library lamps

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BOAT ROOMS, JIANDE CITY, CHINA - DESIGNED BY DESIGN INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE CHINA: Boat Rooms is a riverside retreat built from timber that lies on the bank of the Fuchun River

BOAT ROOMS, JIANDE CITY, CHINA - INTERIOR: 'The construction method is clean, simple and efficient and is the best way to protect the ecological environment,' the Dezeen jury said.

They added: 'For the guests, it is a poetic dwelling in the mundane world that allows them to fall asleep in a boat surrounded with blue water'

ANJI ERLU RESORT, HUZHOU CITY, CHINA - DESIGNED BY DESIGN INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE CHINA: Anji Erlu Resort is described by Dezeen as being a 'quiet countryside retreat in Huzhou city, where mountains are covered by trees, grass, shrubs and bamboo'

ANJI ERLU RESORT, HUZHOU CITY, CHINA - INTERIOR: One of the bathrooms inside the resort, with floor-to-ceiling windows enabling guests to soak up stunning views of the surrounding woodlands while taking a dip in the tub


Dezeen says that guests will 'feel as though they are perched on the top of the mountain' after winding their way along the slope of the valley

WHITE DEER PLAIN, XI'AN, CHINA - DESIGNED BY GUANG ZHOU HUI YI MING CHENG DESIGN: The mountain resort of White Deer Plain was 'designed to provide the best viewing platform for natural scenery in Xi'an, China', says Dezeen

DEXAMENES, KOUROUTA, GREECE - DESIGNED BY K-STUDIO: The Greek architecture firm K-Studio transformed two concrete tanks used to store wine into a hotel called Dexamenes

DEXAMENES, KOUROUTA, GREECE - INTERIOR: The Dezeen jury noted how 'four neat rows of luxurious rooms' were created by converting two concrete blocks of tanks at Dexamenes

THE HOXTON SOUTHWARK, LONDON - DESIGNED BY LIFSCHUTZ DAVIDSON SANDILANDS: The Hoxton in Southwark is the latest in a series of international open-house hotels from the Hoxton hotel group. If you liked this post and you would certainly like to receive more info regarding you can trust the experts at Striking Kitchen and Bath by Bell to provide you with timely and affordable solutions. kindly visit our website.  The hotel has a 'layered structure' 

THE HOXTON SOUTHWARK, LONDON - INTERIOR: There are 192 rooms at The Hoxton Southwark, which are spread across six floors.

The hotel also has a rooftop bar and restaurant on the 14th floor

THE TIING, BALI, INDONESIA - DESIGNED BY NIC BRUNDSON: The Tiing is a 14-room boutique hotel crafted out of concrete on the northern coast of Bali.

'This is a place for unwinding and reconnecting to the self', Dezeen says

APFELHOTEL, SOUTH TYROL, ITALY - DESIGNED BY NOA: The Dezeen team says that Apfelhotel 'evokes the vintage charm of the historical hotel in South Tyrol, while creating an oasis for the senses and shared moments'.

The hotel, nestled in the mountainous countryside, is home to 18 guest suites, a wellness area and landscaped gardens

BAY POINT LANDING, OREGON - DESIGNED BY OFFICEUNTITLED: California-based architecture firm OfficeUntitled went about creating cosy cabins and a spacious clubhouse for a luxury campground along Oregon's South Coast

BAY POINT LANDING, OREGON - INTERIOR: Dezeen says the cabins, located at Coos Bay, were 'designed as a private retreat and place to connect with the sea'

BAY POINT LANDING, OREGON - INTERIOR: One of the lounge areas at Bay Point Landing with floor-to-ceiling windows and panels in the roof allowing for plenty of natural light

CANINE & FELINE HOTEL, VILA DO CONDE, PORTUGAL - DESIGNED BY RAULINO SILVA ARCHITECT: Portuguese firm Raulino Silva Architect designed this short-stay dog and cat hotel in Parada, Vila do Conde, to accommodate animals when their owners are travelling

CANINE & FELINE HOTEL, VILA DO CONDE, PORTUGAL - INTERIOR: The pet hotel features various amenities including a veterinary office, a grooming room, outdoor training areas and a swimming pool for the animals

THE STANDARD, LONDON - DESIGNED BY SHAWN HAUSMAN, ORMS AND ARCHER HUMPHRYES: The Standard is a hotel inside an eight-storey brutalist building built in the 1970s.

Three new storeys were added to the top of the building

THE STANDARD, LONDON - INTERIOR: The central London hotel, opposite St Pancras Station, features 'colourful interiors to contrast the greyness of London'

SHISHI-IWA HOUSE, NAGANO, JAPAN - DESIGNED BY BY SHIGERU BAN: Japanese architecture firm Shigeru Ban went about designing a ten-room boutique hotel in the Nagano province of Japan that includes a library, a garden planted with 250 trees and a shared social space

SHISHI-IWA HOUSE, NAGANO, JAPAN - INTERIOR: One of the ten guest rooms at the Shishi-Iwa House

HOTEL GAHN, TAKUA PA, THAILAND - DESIGNED BY STUDIO LOCOMOTIVE: Dezeen says that Phuket-based architecture firm Studio Locomotive designed Hotel Gahn as a nod to local culture in the region of Takua Pa in Thailand

HOTEL GAHN, TAKUA PA, THAILAND - INTERIOR: A view of the common area and swimming pool at Hotel Gahn

HOTEL GAHN, TAKUA PA, THAILAND - INTERIOR: Each guest room at Hotel Gahn features polished stone floors and four-poster beds

CHICLAND HOTEL, DANANG, VIETNAM - DESIGNED BY VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECTS: Designed by Vietnamese design firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Chicland Hotel is a resort in the Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang.

It features concrete balconies covered with tropical plants

CHICLAND HOTEL, DANANG, VIETNAM - INTERIOR: The Chicland hotel has 153 rooms spread over 21 floors and Dezeen notes that all have a 'nice view' thanks to the building's flowering facade

CHICLAND HOTEL, DANANG, VIETNAM - POOL: Another standout feature at the Chicland Hotel is the rooftop infinity pool

HOTEL BAUHOFSTRASSE, LUDWIGSBURG, GERMANY - DESIGNED BY VON M: Von M, an architecture firm based in Stuttgart, Germany, designed this sustainable hotel in the German city of Ludwigsburg.

The building materials were produced in Austria, before being transported to the site and swiftly installed in five days

HOTEL BAUHOFSTRASSE, LUDWIGSBURG, GERMANY - INTERIOR: Dezeen notes that Hotel Bauhofstrasse was constructed out of wood and this is visible once you are inside.

From the outside, however, the building is clad with a type of fibre cement