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Maistra Ltd owns and manages nine hotels and eight resort complexes in Istria

Transforming Istria

In Istria, Croatia, tourism firm Maistra is changing the face of hospitality in the region, with a series of intriguing design-led hotels. As its most ambitious hotel project takes shape, Professor Terry Stevens finds out more
Along with Slovenia, Croatia is my favourite tourism destination in Europe. Since gaining independence in 1995, the country has worked hard to create a fresh approach to tourism and has
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LED lights created the illusion of crystals in this installation in Toyko

Light fantastic

Digital art collective teamLab create jaw dropping installations and are set to open their first museum in Tokyo later this year. Magali Robathan hears their story
Made up of about 500 members that include artists, programmers, architects, designers, CG animators, engineers, and mathematicians, the art collective teamLab uses the latest computer modelling techniques to create installations
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The Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat has 20 guest rooms

Rossana Hu, Founding partner Neri & Hu

Rossana Hu studied at the University of California at Berkeley, where she met Lyndon Neri
Project - Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, China
As architects, we’re often asked why we’d want to work on interior projects, and we sometimes find ourselves apologetic about doing so,” said Rossana Hu, co-founder of Neri and Hu,
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Work is due to start on the Hotel Valle Sagrado in Cuzco, Peru

Veronica Schreibeis

Schreibeis Smith set up Vera Iconica Architecture in 2010
Founder Vera Iconica Architecture
Veronica Schreibeis Smith, CEO and founding principal of Vera Iconica Architecture, has spoken to CLAD about her mission to get wellness architecture on the agenda of the wider architecture community.
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The building, called Sportcampus Zuiderpark

Sportcampus Zuiderpark

Creating a sense of movement was at the heart of the design concept for the building, which is wrapped in a twisting metallic ribbon
Architecture firm FaulknerBrowns have completed a dynamic €50m (US$61m, £44.4m) sports campus in the Hague’s historic Zuiderpark. Open to amateur and elite athletes and community users, the 34,000sq m (366,000sq
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The Trainyard Gym

Body beautiful

With a growing awareness of the link between wellbeing and our surroundings, gym designers are focusing on creating spaces that are inspiring to spend time and exercise in. We check out some good-looking health clubs
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A bronze mesh allows sound energy to reach the hall’s walls, improving the acoustics

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Architecture studio SimpsonHaugh have completed a renovation of one of Belgium’s most important cultural landmarks, the Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp
The Belgian concert venue had its soft launch over a year ago – and has since picked up a nomination for Cultural Building of the Year – but has only
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West 8 helped to design an ‘Art Park’ for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong

Adriaan Geuze

Adriaan Geuze
The masterplan for the Yongsan National Park explores the healing power of nature in a place with a turbulent history. The founder of West 8 talks to Kath Hudson
Conjuring up prestigious national parks and gardens from derelict and contaminated land around the globe, Dutch landscape architecture and urban planning firm West 8 has been involved in a range
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Koen Olthuis. His Blue Habitat project is an arficial coral reef aiming to raise awareness

Water world

Rising sea levels, overcrowded cities and a desire for freedom are leading some architects to build on water. Christopher DeWolf takes a look at a few intriguing projects
When the Arctic Bath opens on the Lule River in Sweden next year, it will offer six cabins, a sauna, spa and restaurant, all of it surrounding an open-air cold
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The Vault Bar is lined with 3,000 safety deposit boxes

Alice Lund

Lund has worked as a designer for Soho House since 2014. She co-led the design of The Ned
Since opening last April, The Ned has been crowned Europe’s best hotel. Soho House designer Alice Lund speaks to Magali Robathan about working on a unique project
The story of the Ned began in 2012, when Soho House owner Nick Jones visited the Grade I listed former Midland Bank building in the City of London. “The property
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The Hyundai Card Music Library in Seoul was designed by Moongyu Choi and Gensler

The role of design

Gensler’s latest research provides hard evidence of the link between good design and our reactions to the spaces we use, says designer and researcher Tom Lindblom
Design officially has a quantifiable impact on human experience. That, at least, is the verdict of global architecture and planning firm Gensler, who have published a new index they claim
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Archaeological relics will be stored and exhibited at the museum

Theoni Xanth, Partner, XZA Architects

Theoni Xanthi Partner XZA Architects
Project - New Cyprus Museum
Architect Theoni Xanthi has told CLAD how her team’s vision for the national archaeology museum in Cyprus was inspired by “the materials that gave birth to Cypriot and Mediterranean culture”. The partner
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V Starr Interiors, Venus Williams’ practice, designed a tennis lounge for the club and one of the hotel’s suites

Fit for anything

Chicago’s Midtown Athletic Club has reopened, following a renovation that sees the iconic tennis centre relaunched as a premium athletic club with a fitness-focused hotel, spaces designed by Venus Williams and a pool that becomes an ice rink during the winter. DMAC’s Dwayne MacEwen talks Magali Robathan through the project
Opened in 1970 by tennis enthusiast Alan Schwartz and his father Kevie Schwartz, Chicago’s Midtown Tennis Club (as it was originally called) quickly built a name for itself within the
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The MACRO contemporary art museum, Rome

Odile Decq

Decq has been recognised for raising the profile of women in architecture
Founder Studio Odile Decq
French architect and urban planner Odile Decq has spoken to CLAD about the role of women in architecture and her concerns about the “narrow” way architecture is being taught. In
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Holl is known for his expressive use of light, demonstrated at Maggie’s Centre, London

Steven Holl

Steven Holl is widely considered to be one of America’s most important and influential architects
The acclaimed architect talks to Kim Megson about designing with light, his friendship with Zaha Hadid and why he wants to see Trump impeached
I’ll tell you what makes me angry,” says Steven Holl, his voice crackling with indignation. “Endless glass condominium towers. They’re everywhere: piled up, repetitive, rent-collecting expressions of nothing. It makes
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Ten Trinity Square 
was designed by Edwin Cooper and originally opened in 1922

Ed Ng

Ed Ng
The interior designer talks to Kim Megson about creating Asian restaurant Mei Ume within a listed building, the joy of F&B design and the art of planning an ‘Instagram moment’
When interior designer Ed Ng and architect Terence Ngan received a brief to design a bespoke Asian restaurant in one of London’s historic architectural landmarks, they jumped on the first
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The Folkestone Quarterhouse opened in 2009

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks
The designer of the award-winning Smile installation talks to Magali Robathan about timber building, protecting the public realm and the unsung role of architects
One of the things we have to address in the profession is a lack of public understanding that architects are on their side,” says Alison Brooks, founder of Alison Brooks
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Johannes Torpe has designed the spa so that the views of the landscape dominate throughout

Myths of monsters and men

Surrealist folk tales and moss-covered lava fields have inspired an Icelandic spa retreat that promises to take guests on a journey to enlightenment. Kim Megson highlights the details
Tales of trolls, elves, monsters and invisible men roaming Iceland’s majestic volcanic landscape have inspired the design of a proposed spa and wellness retreat located next to a geothermal lagoon.
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The Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat has 20 guest rooms
Rossana Hu studied at the University of California at Berkeley, where she met Lyndon Neri
"Interior projects carried out by architects have a depth that’s generally lacking today"

Neri & Hu’s latest project

Decq opened the Confluence Institute architectural school in 2014
Decq has been recognised for raising the profile of women in architecture
"Things have improved, but not enough"

On women in architecture

The Smile represented an opportunity to make experimental design accessible, says Brooks
Alison Brooks
"The profession is changing"

We need to help the public understand that architects are on their side, argues The Smile designer

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DMAC’s Dwayne MacEwen
"The hotel concept came late in the game, but it was an inspired idea"

The newly renovated Chicago Midtown Athletic Club features a boutique hotel, a pool-come-ice rink and spaces designed by Venus Williams

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"We want to create the illusion that guests are entering another world when they arrive at the resort"

An Icelandic spa retreat inspired by surrealist folk tales

Mei Ume is one of two restaurants at the Four Seasons Hotel London. It opened last summer
Ed Ng
"Of all hospitality design, we feel that F&B is the most fun. You can be creative and it’s where you get all the limelight"

When ABConcept’s co-founder got The brief for the Four Seasons’ Mei Ume restaurant, he jumped straight on the plane to London. He tells us why

Olthuis’ Sea Tree is a new concept for high density green space in cities, and would provide a floating habitat for flora and fauna
"You could have cultural events and museums that go from city to city. It’s a new way of thinking"

Rising sea levels and a shortage of land are leading to increased interest in floating buildings. We take a look at some fascinating projects

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Kim Megson
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Empex Watertoys partners with Singapore architecture firm on new splash park
Buds is a new splash park that caters to children aged 12 and under
Lauren Heath-Jones
Empex Watertoys has partnered with Singapore landscape architecture firm Playpoint Singapore Pte to create Buds, an exciting new splash park ...
Parkside opens flagship Chelsea showroom
The showroom is designed to inspire its clients
Lauren Heath-Jones
Parkside, a designer of contemporary porcelain and ceramic tiles, has opened its first showroom in the UK. Located in Chelsea ...
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Hotel Crescent Court opens new spa following multi-million-dollar renovation
Hotel Crescent Court has reopened its spa after a multi-million dollar refurbishment
Lauren Heath-Jones
Hotel Crescent Court, a luxury hotel in Dallas, Texas, has reopened its spa and fitness centre after completing a multi-million-dollar ...
Bright Buildings to create UK's first 'open sky' swimming pool
Bright Buildings will create the retractable roof for the Open Sky pool at Ivybridge Leisure Centre
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Leisure operator Fusion Lifestyle has announced that it will invest millions of pounds over the course of the next three ...
London's new pollution-eating living wall has air purifying power of 275 trees
CityTree is a living wall that reduces particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in the air by 30 per cent
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Dornbracht debuts Rainmoon wellness shower concept at  Salone del Mobile
Rainmoon is a multi-sensory wellness experience designed to revitalise and reinvigorate the user
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Dornbracht, a German-based luxury bathroom specialist, has launched an innovative new shower experience, Rainmoon. Slated as the next generation of ...
Kvorning wins contest to design aquaculture exhibit at Norway's Coastal Museum
The exhibition explores the history of Norway's fish-farming industry dating back to 1970
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Copenhagen-based design studio Kvorning Design and Norwegian advertising agency Vindfang have won a competition, organised by Museums in Sør Trøndelag ...