The Best designed European Hotels in 2012
This award selects outstanding hotel projects in the categories Newbuild, Bedrooms & Bathrooms, Café, Bar, Nightclub & Lounge, Conversion of an Existing Building to Hotel Use and Spa and Health & Leisure Facilities.
Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia (Maistra)
Newbuild: Hotel Lone is a stunning piece of architecture created by 3LHD architects on the Istrian coastline in Croatia. It not only makes the most of its location but enhances it also. For a relatively young team of designers (Numen/ForUse, I-GLE, Silvio Vujicic, Ivana Franke, Bruketa&Zinic) and architects inexperienced in hospitality design this was a stand-out winner for the judging panel.
The judges felt this was a bold statement that worked well with the landscape, created many interesting and thoughtful spaces and played with the numerous interactions of plane, light and volume notably in the public areas.
Hotel Valentinerhof, St Valentin, Italy
Conversion And/Or Extension Of An Existing Hotel Building: NOA architects designed Valentinerhof’s substantial extension to an existing traditional hotel in the South Tyrol alpine region of Italy.
This building combines a respect for place and local materials with a true desire to bring a sense of joy and celebration of the rural setting whilst delivering everything that is expected of a contemporary hotel experience. The simple but beautifully executed design particularly impressed the judges.
The Mirror Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
Conversion Of An Existing Non-Hotel Building To Hotel Use – The Mirror Hotel (GCA Architects): Whilst the overall look and feel of this conversion of an old office block in Barcelona is very accomplished it was the spatial planning of such a narrow space that stood out for the judges.
The clever room plans that gave all the front rooms a street view, the dramatic use of the central lift shaft to provide an intriguing vertical link through the whole building.
Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
The European Hotel Design Of The Year Award – Best Of The Best – was given to the Superbude 2 by Dreimeta architects. The hostel’s theme in the public areas with the provocative use of commonplace materials is to provide a multi-functional space that caters for eating, meeting, socialising and celebrating.
More seasoned hotel guests can also find something different and more relaxed, in a place that challenges the preconceptions of what a hotel space can be.
The high-level judging panel included Chair of the judges Simon Ford of InterContinental Hotels Group, Jeremy Blake of Purcell Miller Tritton, Christoph Hoffman of 25Hours Hotel Group and Celia Geyer of Hilton Worldwide.
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