Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

DESIGN AWARD TO “NEWPORT HOTEL” IN SWEDEN

November 13, 2008

Stenungsbaden Yacht Club

Stenungsbaden Yacht Club’s Villa JC Stevens won the award of best interior design (conference, meeting & banqueting areas) at the European Hotel Design Awards. The hotel from 1963 is owned by Choice Hotels Scandinavia and has been renovated by design firm Stylt Trampoli. The villa has an intimate feel with tasteful design where keywords are Gant, Ralph Lauren and Newport, undoubtedly inspired by the America’s Cup. Not only is Villa JC Stevens named after the very first captain to win the America’s Cup with the the ship America, the cup’s namesake, the 12 rooms are individually designed with the same number victorious ships in mind.

Villa JC Stevens bedroom

Villa JC Stevens interior

Library JC Stevens

Bohuslansskargard

Funny fact: Both owner of Choice Hotels Scandinavia, Petter Anker Stordalen and Creative Director of Stylt Trampoli, Erik Nissen Johansen are Norwegians.

Sources: Stenungsbaden Yacht Club

NEXT YEAR’S TALLEST BUILDING IN EUROPE

October 27, 2008

Megapost featuring interior pictures including apartments designed by Armani.

It might not be as spectacular as the future tallest building in the world, but still pretty impressive considering European standards in skyscrapers. The spire will be 506 meters (1,660 ft) and the roof of East Tower (A) will be at 360 meters (1,182 ft). The Federation Tower will be the crown jewel in the business centre Moscow City, Russia.

The inside of the towers will be just as amazing as the outside. Of course there will be a restaurant, a bar, a club, a spa and spectacular elevators!


The Federation Tower will include four exclusive two-level Armani style apartments. Elegance and functionality are keywords in the Armani Casa design.

FUTURE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD

October 8, 2008

In September Emaar Properties declared that their Burj Dubai’s height is over 688 m (2,257 ft) surpassing the Warsaw Radio Mast in Poland as the tallest man-made structure ever built. About a month later Nakheel Properties announced that they are planning Nakheel Harbour & Tower, with the tower to be over 1 kilometer high. Finally a normal looking coastline of Dubai!

The design is incorporating the four disctricts that were inspired by Islamic cities of the past, such as Tangier’s grand promenade in Morocco, Alexandria’s glorious port in Egypt, Isfahan’s transcendent bridges in Iran, and Alhambra’s majestic gardens in Spain.

ARABIC LOUVRE BY JEAN NOUVEL

October 3, 2008

The new Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will function as a shielding parasol from the scorching sun, as an oasis, when its completed by 2012. The web-patterned dome creates a beautiful play of light as the sunlight filters as through branches and leaves on a tree. Natural light like no one has seen anywhere but in nature. The space will house art from France’s the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay and Versailles. Voilà.

The architect is the famous and of course French, Jean Nouvel. If I was to build a house tomorrow, I definitely would incorporate this kind of lighting either inside or outside the building even though l’m living in Scandinavia. While dreaming, why not install an organic focal point in the ceiling by John Carpner Design AB. The cost of living outside inside? $2.800 (20.000 SEK).

Funny fact: Jean Nouvel is a favorite of architect buff Brad Pitt’s who named a child after him, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.