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The Design Diaries — Mårten Claesson

Some things are just meant to be. Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune started an architecture and design firm while still in college and two decades down the road, they haven’t looked back.

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Lisbon’s New Breed of Hotel

When it opens its doors in late spring this year, Hotel Hotel aims to answer the question of what is missing on the Lisbon hospitality scene.

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Japanese and Swedish Aesthetics Meet in Tokyo

Built in 1923 as a branch of the First National Bank of Japan by the renowned Swedish architecture and design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, K5 will straddle the East meets West divide when it opens its doors in Tokyo come February.

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Beyond Bilbao: Build It and They Will Come?

Think of Bilbao today. One of the first things that springs to mind is undoubtedly the Guggenheim Museum, but before Frank Gehry’s titanium-clad edifice graced the banks of the Nervion River in the late 1990s, the city’s shipbuilding industry was running aground and dry-docking the economy in the process.

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The Many Faces of Our Originals

Over the years, we’ve learned that our Originals are individuals who push the very boundaries of hospitality. And they don’t fit neatly into any one category—just like their hotels.

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The Design Diaries — Peter Pichler

Peter Pichler is perhaps best known for his sustainable treehouses in the forest of the Italian Dolomites and their signature sharply pitched roofs.

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Eight Striking Staircases That are a Step Above

We give you eight reasons to take the stairs and get fit, starting with the grand staircase at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in London that’s made even more impressive thanks to a five-meter-tall glass window behind letting in lots of natural light.

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A Monumental Legacy

Prolific Japanese architect Paul Noritaka Tange is helping to transform the built landscape of Asia, carrying on the work of his father, Kenzō Tange, one of the most significant architects of the 20th century.

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Yuta Oka

A nomadic approach to life and work is taking root in Japan. With his company InSitu, Yuta Oka is helping pioneer hotels, co-working, and co-living spaces that speak to a new hyper-mobile generation.

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Akihiro Matsui

How do you increase quality of life within a neighborhood, a district, an entire city? Akihiro Matsui, one of the leading minds behind several pioneering community projects in the Japanese capital, is on a quest to find out.

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Urban Futures

Further brought a group of architects, hoteliers and place-makers from across the Asian continent to Tokyo to explore new ideas about urban living and the cities of tomorrow.

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Five Stunning Historical Conversions

In the ruins of all that was before lies reason. And so, in order to understand the present, we need to look to the past.

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A Surreal Beach House on the Thai Coast

Iniala Beach House stamps out its presence on the quiet Natai Beach in the Phang Nga Province of Thailand.

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Inside August, Antwerp’s New Landmark Hotel

The Flemish city of Antwerp is, quite simply, beautiful. From the point of view of an architecture fan, it has that rare combination of ingredients: centuries of trade wealth translated into bricks, mortar, heritage, and culture.