Architectural photographer Iwan Baan recently shot the Universe House, designed by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco and built by architect Tatiana Bilbao in Roca Blanca, Mexico.
Tag Archives: Eco Chic
By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010
The Cordillera of the Andes, Easter Island and its mysterious statues, the Vina del Mar, the Chile French Riviera, so many reasons that make Chile a fascinating land. A country where the feeling of freedom is everywhere, through landscapes that vary from one extreme to another depending on the region. In the Atacama Desert on the border of Bolivia and Peru, is a hotel where luxury is synonymous with nature and local customs. Hotel de Larache, 50 rooms and suites, is located in one of the most surprising places on earth.
Nestled in the heart of an oasis of 17 hectares in northern Chile, the Hotel de Larache is a continuity of the architecture of nature. Open to the outside, we feel the omnipresent force of nature: the furniture is in raw wood, tree trunks serve as beams and colors of fabrics echo the plants and land.
As a counterpoint to the rusticity, the hotel offers all the comforts of luxury hotels in major cities: room service, bar, library, baby-sitters, no less than four pools and an art gallery. The tours organized by the hotel are also part of the assets of the hotel to discover on horseback the Atacama Desert, its archaeological discoveries, its fauna and flora.
This is a definite luxe in the rough. Continue reading
By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010
In a natural reserve of Central America, Francis Ford Coppola has created a place that exude more magic than all his Hollywood cinematographic creations. Surrounded by almost 500 square kilometers of pristine jungle, the Blancaneaux Lodge preserves water and energy and uses natural materials for its cabanas.
Francis Ford Coppola is of course internationally known for his movies and particularly for Apocalypse Now, covered with awards. It is by the way because of (or thanks to) this movie that he became an hotelier. He created Blancaneaux Lodge in the jungle of Belize as he was trying to create a paradise in the jungle that resembled the hotel in which his crew stayed in during the shooting of Apocalypse Now in the Philippines.
By Dian Hasan | July 6, 2010
As a traveler, when eco-consciousness influences your travel destination and accommodation decision, you are assured of doing something good, by giving back to either the immediate community or environment. And when eco-consciousness meets good design, the end result is: ABSOLUTE BLISS!
As green-, eco-, and sustainable- related travel grows in popularity, architects and designers are taking notice. Conceiving better edifices that combine all the above, use of natural material, use of local produce, organic amenities, alternative energy, reduced carbon footprint, engaging and empowering local communities, and… the good list goes on.
Such efforts aren’t always easy, they’re not always economically feasible, but when done correctly, the fusion of man, built environment, and nature bring compelling result.
Such is the result of one such effort: the Soneva Kiri Resort in on Kood Island in Thailand. Conceived by Oxford-educated Sonu Shivdasani and his Swedish spouse, Eva, this dynamic Bangkok-based husband and wife team behind Six Senses have had eco-consciousness from the onset. Underlying all hotel concepts from their early days on the drawing board.
The hospitality company’s brand – Soneva – is a fusion of Sonu and Eva, and today the growing portfolio includes two resorts in The Maldives (Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili) and their latest baby, Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Continue reading
By Dian Hasan | June 10, 2010
When you think of Scandinavian Design you tend to think about an urban setting, with the clean and modern cities that celebrate egalitarianism, civic order, and a perfect blend of old and new design & architecture.
There’s of course the great outdoors where all the raw material and inspiration for the wonderful design comes from. One place where both elements come together in perfect sync is the Juvet Landscape Hotel & Spa in Geirangerfjord, Norway.
Juvet comprises an existing quaint farmhouse, a barn, and seven separate cabin structures scattered in a virgin scenery. Each cabin features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, overlooking the craggy Norwegian setting, with a view of either the farm, river, valley, mountains or the ravine.
Another fine example of exciting things to come in the area of eco-oriented hotels. The proposed eco-hotel Hilton Bariloche in Argentina. The marriage of architecture – green architecture, that is – and the environment it’s taking advantage of is what’s interesting to see. How the “Green Movement” is affecting hotels and how they in turn go about to accommodate the growing “Green Lifestyle” of travelers seeking and supporting hotels whose mission are no longer service and profit, but increasingly summed into the 3 main traits of: 1. Profit, 2. People, and 3. Planet. Creating profitable businesses that engage the communities around them and respect (for a lack of a better term) the natural environment they are bestowed of caring for. Hence a hotel animal of a very different kind – one with a agreen one!
By Dian Hasan | September 8, 2009
Amid the vibrant movement to “Go Green” and create a “Green Lifestyle” it’s interesting to ponder about the future and peek into what’s in store. Especially in the world of travel, the hospitality industry is clearly at the forefront, fueled by the desire to accommodate the new “Green Lifestyle”, and Branding themselves accordingly. Knowing full well that discerning travelers are a pesky bunch. Additionally, Tourism is recognized as among the world’s biggest industry, with potentially the broadest economic multiplier effect. Here’s one look at what’s in store in eco-progressive Northern California, as reported by Tree Hugger. Transforming an old mining site into a cool eco retreat. Monterey Bay Shores Eco-Development.
It used to be that adventure travel was the exclusive domain of a few intrepid individuals on a scientific mission to explore the far corners of the world, courtesy of organizations such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, or Jacques Cousteau. And while this still holds true, opportunities for today’s avid traveler abound (just as daring a traveler, I might add!) in seeking adventures that are as simple as the journey of reaching a hotel. Such is the experience that awaits you at Adrere Amellal, a luxe eco-retreat in the Egyptian desert that defies categorization.
By Dian Hasan | August 25, 2009
Bali has firmly placed itself not only as a formidable world class travel destination that garners accolades from respectable travel & lifestyle authorities each year, but also for its unique Bali Design has been adapted by the world of Architecture & Design for its truly distinctive style. Making its mark across fine hotels & resorts across the world, from Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean to South Beach Miami, Milan and The Maldives.
Banyan Tree Corniche Bay was designed by Foster and Partners in London. Located in the tropical island of Mauritius, This luxury resort promises to bring the islands the charm, sophistication and luxury befits such a breathtaking island, and enhance the architectural triumph. The Hotel and Spa is due for completion 2010.