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  • 64 months ago concierge.com »

    What do you get when you cross a 124-year-old water purification plant with the modern aesthetic of Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta? The answer is a ceilingless lobby, a sweeping staircase minus banisters, an aquarium-style pool, and a whole lot of glass, stone, and wood with a few strategic splashes of purple. In other words, La Purificadora in Pueblo, Mexico. The hotel, comprised of 26 rooms named after the letters of the alphabet, is an amalgam of old and new, a trend that goes hand in hand with the industry's move toward historic preservation and "recycling." The building sits on a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the stone exterior dates from the 1800s. Inside, old materials (archeological stone from the original construction, recycled wood for the vaulted ceilings, indigenous onyx, and traditional floor tiles) are employed in a modern way. See-through closets, glass-framed balconies, and central fire pit? La Purificadora Tel: 52 222 309 1920 Doubles from $175

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  • 64 months ago concierge.com »

    Amanyara in Turks & Caicos.

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  • 67 months ago concierge.com »

    Chinese HOMA (Hotel of Modern Art), located in a 1,320-acre park filled with 200 sculptures by over 100 artists from around the globe. The idea behind the park, called Yuzi Paradise, created by Taiwanese entrepreneur Tsao Rhy-Chang, is to merge art and nature. It also caters to an increasingly global art market—and it just so happens that China is one of the hottest art destinations right now. HOMA Libre (oddly, a Relais & Châteaux property), brings art into the living spaces. The 46 rooms are wildly different and imaginative, and each has the distinct feeling that it was curated rather than furnished. Even the hotel's souvenir shop feels like you wandered into a gallery gift store. There's also an organic produce garden, a high-end Asian fusion restaurant, the Woods Cafe in a thicket of pine trees, and a spa with treatments that have names like "balneotherapy". The park's Atelier offers classes in pottery, jewelry-making, and other faculties to spark your artistic side.

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  • 70 months ago concierge.com »

    When the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan—the tiny country of monasteries, pine trees, snow-capped peaks, and babbling rivers—gingerly opened its borders to outsiders, it took a nanosecond for adventure seekers to flood in. The 20 rooms and 9 villas (exteriors by architect Cheong Yew Kwan and interior design by Kathryn Kng, both from Singapore) are impervious to the fads of the other hemisphere. The main house is the former home of a Bhutanese nobleman, and the guest rooms and villas are designed in the indigenous style, with hand-painted Bhutanese wall murals, hand-carved wooden doors and windows, traditional wood-burning Bukhari stoves, and outdoor hot-stone bathtubs, all crafted by local artisans. Landscape architect Trevor Hillier covered the 38 acres of Uma Paro with sloping wildflower meadows, organic gardens, and enough flora to attract more birds than the adjacent blue-pine forest.

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  • 70 months ago concierge.com »

    Built in 1999, British architect Sir Norman Foster's Reichstag dome is one of the most successful fusions of traditional and modern architecture of all time. Shortly after reunification, the Bundestag (German parliament) awarded Foster the symbolic commission of renovating the Reichstag building, the seat of the original parliament that dates back to the Holy Roman Empire. In 1933, the building was partly destroyed in a fire, Foster's challenge was to open the Reichstag to the hearts and minds of the public. He designed a transparent dome to give visitors panoptic views of Berlin's cityscape, as well as a look down into the parliamentary chambers through a central mirrored cone that reflects natural light below. This connection to both the city and its seat of government, as well as the powerful visual impact of the dome itself, has proved a great success, making the Reichstag one of Berlin's prime attractions.

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  • 70 months ago concierge.com »

    In 1997, when Frank Gehry unveiled his very funky curving titanium museum in a backwater city in northern Spain ("Bil-where?"), few would have predicted the impact the building would have on both architecture and tourism. Ten years later, the so-called "Bilbao Effect"—the idea that a mid-tier city can boost tourism by hiring big-name architects to give it a design makeover—has been applied in destinations from Milwaukee and Minneapolis to Newcastle, England, and Abu Dhabi. The results have been mixed, but there's no question that sensational new architecture gets some people excited enough to get on a plane

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  • 70 months ago concierge.com »

    In 2006, the hipper-than-thou New York–based architecture practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro—that's husband-and-wife team Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio plus Charles Renfro—unveiled Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and made a splash in a city not known for its love of contemporary architecture. This place relies on some visual tricks to make an impact: The first-floor gallery, for instance, seems to hang over the surrounding waterfront, and from some angles looks like it's dangerously close to toppling over. A curved steel ribbon runs from the upstairs gallery to the downstairs public space and shoots though the glass lobby, giving the impression that it is the structure's sole support. This building's success has a lot to do with the way it connects to its surroundings, such as the bleacher-style seating and the fantastic window in the auditorium that both face the water.

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  • 82 months ago concierge.com »

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