The European Hotel Design Awards, now in their 16th year, are the leading European awards to focus on achievement in hotel architecture and design.
Here’s a quick rundown of this year’s winners:
Architecture of the Year:
Conversion and/or Extension of an Existing Hotel Building – Ushuaïa Beach Hotel, Ibiza, by Estudio Villa 13
The Ushuaïa Beach Hotel, consists of two adjoining buildings: The Ushuaïa Club and The Ushuaïa Tower. The concept brings the hotel and live music together in the heart of Ibiza’s club scene.
The poolside stage is a unique feature; perfectly suited to the hotel’s location and target clientèle.
Conversion of an Existing Non Hotel Building to Hotel Use – Speicher 7, Mannheim, by Schmucker und Partner
The Speicher 7 Hotel is located on the waterfront of the river Rhine. A disused warehouse and grain silo; the building maintains many of its original features, helping it to integrate into the local landscape, while breathing new life into this neglected area.
Newbuild Hotel – Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London, by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners
The Bulgari brand is known for luxury and glamour, so of course the Bulgari Hotel reflects this. Lavish use of precious marble and silver blend harmoniously in an understated elegance.
Interior Design of the Year:
Lobby, Lounge and Public Areas – The Alpina, Gstaad, by The Gallery HBA London
The Alpina Gstaad takes the alpine styling of a Swiss chalet to a new level with great attention to detail. The hotel’s design makes use of materials and craftsmanship typical to the region, including centuries-old timber crafted by master artisans.
Café or All Day Dining – 25hours Hotel, Zurich West, by Alfredo Häberli Design Development
The 25hours Hotel describe their NENI restaurant as “a café, lounge, bistro and relaxed hangout.” The dining area is supposed to feel “part lounge, part restaurant, part bar, and part living room.” This bold space, with its artistic and graphical styling, matches the sensibilities of its guests.
Restaurant – Plum & Spilt Milk Restaurant at The Great Northern Hotel, London, by Archer Humphryes Architects
The Plum & Spilt Milk takes its name from the livery of the dining cars that adorned the flying Scotsman in the iconic railway age. Head chef Mark Sargeant serves British classics, with British ingredients. The vintage yet modern décor matches this menu, and the nods to luxury rail travel fit well with its views over St Pancras station.
Bar – Cuckoo’s Nest at the Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel – Gothenburg, by Stylt Trampoli AB
Cuckoo’s Nest at the Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel is inspired by science and technology. The bar area has a blackboard design, which on closer inspection is covered with the notes and calculations of Albert Einstein.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms – The Alpina, Gstaad, by The Gallery HBA London
The second award for The Alpina focuses on the subtly luxurious guestrooms, which overlook the glacial mountains and alpine meadows. The bedrooms are beautifully crafted; clad in reclaimed alpine timber with unique carved ceilings. They continue the theme of a modern, luxurious Swiss chalet.
Suite – The Oslo Suite at The Thief, Oslo, by Anemone Wille Väge
The Oslo Suite at The Thief hotel boasts has spectacular views of the neighbouring Tjuvholmen district. These can be enjoyed from the suite’s private roof terrace, which has exclusive furniture designed by Patricia Urquiola and Antonio Citterio.
Spa, Health & Leisure Facilities – Castell dels Hams, Mallorca, by A2arquitectos
The spa at Castell dels Hams has a series of square openings in the green roof to allow natural daylight to flood into the pool, while the treatment rooms offer uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape.