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Iconic London War Office Building will become UK's first Raffles hotel

The landmark London building where British prime minister Winston Churchill worked during the Second World War is to be transformed into a luxury hotel and residence operated by Raffles; the group’s first property in the UK. The Grade II* listed Old War Office building in Whitehall is located close to 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. It was designed by Scottish architect William Young before his death in 1900 and completed by his son, Clyde Francis,
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Marriott embarks on global independent hotel expansion

Marriott International has revealed ambitious plans to grow the number of independently owned hotels in its portfolio by nearly 50 per cent by 2019. Making the announcement at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York, Marriott said it would actively look to add new hotels to its three collection brands – The Luxury Collection, Autograph Collection Hotels and Tribute Portfolio. As part of the expansion plans, the Luxury Collection brand is scheduled to debut in three new
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Hospitality in Hamburg takes another step with boutique waterfront warehouse hotel

International hospitality firm Entourage Group hopes to speed up Hamburg’s emergence as a serious leisure and hospitality destination with the opening of a new luxury boutique hotel inside a 19th century warehouse on the city’s waterfront. Opening later this year, the 94-room Sir Nikolai has been designed by Dutch practice FG Stijl as a “showcase for artisanal quality and tradition” – with curated art, vintage rugs, unrefined wood and polished marble featuring throughout. The warehouse courtyard has become the glass-covered
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Rosewood Vienna to be housed in historic 18th century building

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will open its fifth property in Europe in 2021, the Rosewood Vienna. Housed in an historic 18th century building that was the former headquarters for Erste Group Bank AG, Rosewood Vienna will be situated in Petersplatz in Vienna’s Old Town. The project’s design will be overseen by BEHF Corporate Architects in Austria and the London-based Alexander Waterworth Interiors firm. Their concept for the hotel's 99 contemporary bedrooms "merge the past and present" through a thoughtful combination
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Pierre-Yves Rochon and Gensler design 'soon-to-be-iconic' Waldorf Astoria for Beverly Hills

Hospitality group Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has opened a “soon-to-be-iconic” hotel at the gateway to Beverly Hills, with interiors designed by the studio of architect and designer Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR). The 12-storey Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills features 170 guestrooms and suites, designed by PYR to interpret Hollywood glamour and the Streamline Moderne style of the 1930s and 40s. Design features range from a triple-height lobby with a contemporary Art Deco design to hand-painted murals, custom crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows,
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Modular Resense spa to debut at upcoming Kempinski Muscat

Global spa management company Resense will manage a 1,540sq m (16,576sq ft) Kempinski Wave Spa, which is designed to envelop guests in natural elements through fresh colours and organic textures. Set to open in October 2017, the 310-bedroom Kempinski Muscat will be nestled within the community of Al Mouj, and encompass six kilometers of coastline. McNally Design International is using earthy woods, weather-worn stone and glass, smooth copper, trickling waters and a lush green moss wall to help create this
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The project demanded that architects and engineers worked in very close partnership

Aiming high

"Heat and oxygen levels are adjusted by sensors in response to the number of people inside and their body temperature"

Designing a climbers’ refuge on Mont Blanc was anything but straightforward, but for Groupe H’s Nikolai Bersenev the challenges were what made the project so memorable
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 The interior design is fun and eclectic, with bold patterns and prints. It features a 1950s style bowling alley

Interview: Tim and Kit Kemp

"This project creates a village feel where everybody feels included"

Kit and Tim Kemp open Ham Yard Hotel
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Mind the gap by Marcus Dillistone & Magdalena Åkerström. This suite was designed to celebrate the London Underground’s 150th anniversary

Icy reception

As the original Icehotel near Kiruna celebrates its 25th birthday, we take a look at some of this year’s stunning rooms
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One of Starck’s guestrooms

Interview: Lenny Kravitz & Philippe Starck

Kravitz and Starck worked on the project

"A cheeky interpretation of luxury hospitality"

Collaborate on the W Las Vegas
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Vasco’s dining room

Joyce Wang

Joyce Wang has built a reputation for her luxury interiors

"A project should make people dream and ponder and intellectually think about the space"

The Hong Kong designer's latest project
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The design of Little Pine was inspired by a “simple mid-century Scandinavian ski house”

Interview: Moby, musician and restaurateur

Moby believes public spaces 
should be designed to make 
people feel happy and comfortable

"Comfort is not always photogenic"

Architects must not forget the people who use their buildings
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Pegasus allows the Six Senses design team to take full control of the design vision for the brand

Interview: Craig Cogut

Craig Cogut founded Pegasus in 1996 and serves as chair and president

"Urban retreats are hard to find. There’s a segment of guests who’d welcome Six Senses hotels in urban locations"

Three years after Pegasus Capital bought Six Senses, how close is the private equity firm to realising its goals for its first spa and hospitality investment? Pegasus’ founder Craig Cogut tells us what’s been achieved and what comes next
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