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Hotels and restaurants rely on good design to establish brand identity and to make the customer experience as memorable as possible. We look at what's current in the world of hospitality


New beginnings
Previously a 19-storey office block, the 4½-star Four Points by Sheraton on Queen St capitalises on its prime CBD location and panoramic cityscape and harbour views
Hooked in a good way
From New Zealand paintings on the bedheads and a wide use of natural local materials to sustainably line-caught fish in its restaurant, Sudima Christchurch City gives visitors an authentic taste of Ne...
Evocative tones
The interiors of Sudima Christchurch City hotel connect with the Canterbury environment through texture and tone – the painted wall surfaces are Resene
Meals on wheels?
Robotic room service is just one drawcard of the Hotel Monville, which features a soaring lobby with giant pillars along with triple floor windows so passers by can be drawn in by the drama.
Back to the future
The golden age of air travel is back – and in grand style – with the new TWA Hotel at JFK incorporating Eero Saarinen’s fabulously futuristic 1962-designed TWA Flight Center as its spectacular lobby.
Green new = good news
New Zealand Government announced that any new building developed for government office accommodation is required to be measured for a NABERSNZ rating, with a target rating of four stars. NZGBC chief e...
Where eagles dare
And also adventurous travellers, if their destination is one of these pared back extensions at Manshausen Island Resort, Norway – an area noted for the world´s largest population of Sea Eagles.
Luxury meets industrial
Dark tiles, concrete, glass, simple furniture, white walls – not your usual run list for a luxury boutique hotel fit-out? All we can say is, it works!
From real estate place to surprising public space
Promoting large real estate offerings in China, large promotional buildings have their day then – when sales are over – fall into disrepute. Now they're being repurposed as out-there symbolic public b...


Telling stories
With formality no longer flavour of the day, Bates Smart approaches the design of hospitality venues as an art in subtle curation and engagement
But do you get frequent flyer points ...
Is Aprilli Design's Autonomous Travel Suite the future of business travel? It's a new form of hospitality that merges transportation and hotel into one form
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