Backstay Hostel bar

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The lobby bar of Backstay Hostel, in Ghent, Belgium, upholstered with hundreds of wooden typesetting letters, designed by Nele Van Damme & Yannick Baeyen.

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Gervasutti bivouac / LEAPfactory

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The amazing Gervasutti bivouac is a prefabricated high tech climber’s hostel, commissioned by CAI Torino -the Italian Alpine Club on Mt. Blanc, Italy- designed by LEAPfactory.

The hostel is named after the great Italian mountaineer Guisto Gervasutti and looks out over the same mountain range he was the first to conquer – the east face of the Grandes Jorasses – which he scaled in 1942.

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The Gervasutti shelter is solar-powered and equipped with a unit to measure local conditions (self-diagnosis, weather conditions, web-cam, emergency rescue communication) connected with logistic and rescue headquarters. The shelter offers a sanitary module with a biological toilet, wooden bunk beds, living area with kitchenette and a breathtaking view above Freboudze glacier.

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via open buildings

Gray Ox

Hotel Zlatibor in the Serbian city of Užice opened its doors on 24 September 1981. It was designed by a (then) young architect Svetlana Radovic and nicknamed  “Sivonja,” which means “The Gray Ox,” an affectionate reference to its color and shape.  Luxuriously designed with a piano bar and rooms dressed in brown velvet and employing he best chefs, waiters, confectioners and other service personnel the Grey Ox was both a tourist magnet and a symbol of of Yugoslav confidence. During the 90s and in connection with the collapse of Yugoslavia,  the sanctions against Serbia  and consequently the complete lack of maintenance, the building started steadily decaying. Nowadays, the Ox might be old but it still maintains its strength: beautiful and dynamic architecture and the hotel still operating!

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Pictures taken on April 2013 by WWT

Story of hotel Zlatibor VIA 

Booking here

Flattered / Porto

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If you are travelling to Porto, Portugal and feel uncomfortable in hotel chains, the Flattered apartments  is a cool place to stay.

Closely situated to the old town of Porto, offers 5 different apartments for rent, each for 2 or 3p per 110, with  fully equipped kitchen and resonable cost.

The property is managed by Miguel, an animal sciences consultant. Book here.

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Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann Architects

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A high end guest house build into an abandon medieval ex-royal castle in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. Designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects for the Landmark Trust.

Astley is a unified site of great complexity and resonance: moated castle, gateway and vestigial curtain walls, lake, church and the ghost of pleasure gardens all combine in a picturesque landscape of great power.  The Astley Castle can accommodate 8 people. You may book here.

 

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via design boom

previously:

the Million Donkey hotel  
the Waterhouse hotel

Reception cloud

A  sculptural reception desk, part of a complete renovation of the showroom for the furniture brand Prestige Group in Nicosia, Cyprus. Designers Erhan & Mustafa Afsaroglu

via yanko design

panic room

Double bedroom in Au vieux panier hotel @Marseille, France, designed by graffiti artist Tilt.
Photography by BigAddict.
Via weLikeThat.

Pump Room

Floor-to ceiling light installation inside the Pump Room restaurant at Public Hotel, Chicago,  (ex- legendary Ambassador East hotel), designed by Milan’s Dimore Studio’s artists for the famous hotelier Ian Schrager.

via hotel chatter

Seaventures Dive Resort, Malaysia

The unique Seaventures Dive Rig, a former oil-drilling platform “based in the heart of the coral triangle” and “located off the north east coast of Borneo, Malaysia, just 1km from the white sand beaches of Mabul and only 20 mins from Sipadan’s world famous dive site” (?!), now converted into a dive resort.

There are about three million oil rigs and platforms scattered throughout the world’s waters. As underwater oil fields start to dry up a decent percentage of them—no one seems to know the exact figure—have already been abandon or fallen into misuse.

via lost at e minor

London Prism / 37.2 architects

37.2 architects‘ proposal  for the “Room for London” competition- a project on the creation of a temporary hotel room that will sit on top of the Queen Elizabeth hall roof for the Olympic year of 2012.

Golly + Bossy



The main staircase of  Golly+Bossy, a boutique hostel in the Savo building, center of Split, Croatia designed by the architectural Studio Up.. The building (previously a shopping mall)  was transformed by a guerrilla action in 2010 into a hostel, in 100 days

via arch daily

Photos: Robert Leš

they come in peace

The UFO room is the latest room of the Treehotel in Northern Sweden, previously presented here and here.
A total of 24 rooms have been planned for the forest area around Harads, while 5 are already in use. Most of them will be completed in 2012. 
Found here.