Vacations & Travel issue 110: Design: Editor’s Picks

This story first appeared in Vacations & Travel magazine, autumn 2019, issue 110

Vacations & Travel editor Katrina Holden rounds up some of her top design picks from around the world…

The Jaffa, Tel Aviv

The first luxury hotel of its kind in Tel Aviv, The Jaffa is located within the walls of a 19th-century complex that once housed Jaffa’s French Hospital. The 120-room hotel is managed by Marriott’s The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. Renowned British architect John Pawson, in collaboration with Ramy Gill, was tasked with bringing their minimalist interpretation to the classic monastery building. We love The Chapel space which was painstakingly restored from its days serving the School of the Sisterhood of St Joseph. Recessed stained-glass windows, arched ceilings, and ornate plasterwork details are offset by modern furniture including Cini Boeri’s Botolo chairs, in what has become one of Tel Aviv’s most exclusive night spots.

The Imprint

Rotterdam architect firm MVRDV has designed The Imprint, a new art-entertainment hub in Seoul, South Korea. It’s part of a larger Paradise City complex of six buildings in total, which provide entertainment and hotel attractions less than a kilometre away from South Korea’s largest airport. The golden spot which marks a nightclub entrance is the project’s most eye-catching element – it can even be viewed by passengers coming in to land at nearby Incheon Airport.

National Museum of Qatar

France’s Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, known for his cutting-edge designs and high-tech materials, is behind the new National Museum of Qatar. Created by a series of interlocking discs, the structure’s daring roof was inspired by the desert rose. Inside, the museum displays archaeological and heritage objects, such as the 1865 Pearl Carpet of Baroda, which is embroidered with 1.5 million Gulf pearls. The innovative space will celebrate the culture, traditions and people of Qatar as well as embracing the future.

V&A Dundee

Scotland now has its first dedicated design museum with the recent opening of V&A Dundee. The three-storey building was designed by renowned award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma &Associates, considered by many as the quintessential Japanese architect of today (also designing the stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics). The structure has no straight external walls; rather, its curved concrete walls hold 2500 pre-cast rough stone panels weighing up to 3000kg each to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. V&A Dundee is an 8000-square-metre building, with 1650 square metres of gallery space.

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