This has not been an easy year for people who like to travel and discover new places, but no-one can stop us from travelling with our imaginations. And here are four of our favourite hotel and restaurant projects among the ones published in 2021.
We start in Taiwan, where CCD or Cheng Chung Design created Hotel Resonance Taipei, the first Hilton Tapestry Collection hotel in the Asia-Pacific region. Located in Happy Village, in Taipei’s Zhongzheng district, the hotel offers a fascinating combination of the brand’s international character with the city’s unique atmosphere and memories, closely linked with the film industry. Celluloid is an essential by-product of camphor trees, as well as the material film is made of, and in its heyday, Taiwan produced 80% of the world’s celluloid: hence the “Film Box” theme, interpreted in the project on a number of levels, from the lobby to the hotel rooms. Appropriately enough, CCD sees hotels as film sets, in which guests write and act out their own stories.
Our second stop is Casablanca, Morocco, where international studio RECS Architects designed Il Ferrarino restaurant: a place for enjoying Italian food which combines the traditions and designs of both countries in an elegant setting where colourful accents are carefully balanced in a delicately reclaimed space. This is not just a project reclaiming an existing space, but one that generates added value for the neighbourhood, as it benefits from the dynamics of a new restaurant bringing new life to the area.
The city of Turin is home to the second project completed in Italy by Spanish creative design studio Masquespacio, directed by Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse. The Turin location of Bun is the latest new addition to the Milanese hamburger chain, whose restaurants use inviting colours to create a cosy atmosphere. Pink and blue, in a space simulating a huge swimming pool, with appropriately designed furnishings, the new restaurant is a fun place to enjoy a quick bite to eat.
We conclude our tour in Seattle, in the United States. The Civic Hotel is located close to the iconic Seattle Space Needle in South Lake Union. What used to be an obsolete motel built in 1962 has been given new life as a boutique hotel following attentive renovation work by local studio Wittman Estes. The architects reimagined the building with modern interiors and outdoor spaces in the spirit of jet travel, optimism and an unusual combination of technology and nature. Inspired by the theme of lightness, speed, flight and connections with nature, the Civic Hotel has a fresh, contemporary look containing elegant references to the original spirit of the mid-twentieth-century original construction, for a truly remarkable visit.