By Dian Hasan | June 9, 2009
It seems just like yesterday when any “green product” was associated with birkenstock-wearing hippies clad in hemp. Remotely removed from anything fashionable, let alone hip or chic. But with the rising awareness of eco-friendliness, the world’s creative force has taken notice and the cool, hip and chic factors are trickling in – slowly but surely. Here’s a look at some latest green hotels that beg to differ from the traditional perception. Green & Chic can be a good pairing.
WHAT: Cocoon Hotel
WHERE: Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
WHY IT’S GREEN: Generous use of Bamboo in interior design and flooring.
A new dimension, a new concept of space, a new way to enjoy and experience a boutique hotel in the heart of Salvador the Bahia. Cocoon hotel philosophy relay on the joint between minimalism and future and the culture of the marvelous Bahia.
The futuristic materials merge with the tradition and the culture creating a fusion that found a perfect balance between architecture and nature, modern and ethnicity, in between future and tradition.
Cocoon hotel resemble a space ship landed on a bamboo forest whose elements have perfectly integrate with the forest and the environment. A spacious bright and white veranda is hold up by the bamboo walls of the rooms at the first floor give access to those on the second floor. Cocoon hotel will allow you to discover a new dimension and a new way to live the hotel! Each piece in the furnishing of the room and the hotel, such as sofa bed, couches and projected light reflects the concept of the Cocoon hotel: high tech and traditions merge creating a unique environment. The unique 27 rooms creates a more intimate and private atmosphere and they are all equipped with every comfort: silk sheets, silent air condition, frigobar, 2 queen size beds, and PA sound system linked to the lounge. Each bathroom is filled with natural light coming from the oversized glass windows.
WHAT: Adrère Amellal
WHERE: Cairo, Egypt
WHY IT’S GREEN: No telephone, no air-con, natural ventilation taking advantage of desert mountain setting, indigenous natural building materials, furniture sculptured from clay, generous use of candles, organic produce.