The most beautiful artistic hotels in the world to stay in now
The architecture of the new pavilions is fluid and organic, in harmony with the surrounding forest. The color palette reflects that of the late 19th-century building, which remains the central structure of the Dolder Grand Hotel.
Perched high above Zurich, overlooking the lake and the Alps, surrounded by greenery and reached by a restored railway, the Dolder Grand Hotel is a building designed by Jacques Gross in 1899 in the shape of a castle. The two new wings, designed by Foster+Partners, have doubled their surface area and cut their energy consumption by half. In the sinuous glass structures protected by stencil-cut aluminum, between wood and stone, the spa of more than 4,000 square meters has found its place, and the designer Silvia Cibelli has given it a Japanese atmosphere. The hotel, part of Leading Hotels of the World and featuring a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, reopened in 2008 as a luxury city resort, but also as an art gallery. The collection, sponsored by the Malky-Schwarzenbach family, includes about a hundred works by 90 authors: besides the Swiss Ferdinand Hodler, Urs Fischer and Max Bell, there is Salvador Dali (Transgender women – the seven arts), Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely (the world) Fernando Botero (Bronze Woman layered with fruit), as well as Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Anselm Kiefer, Keith Haring, Duane Hanson, and Takashi Murakami. Most of the works are displayed in public spaces, thus accessible to everyone, and are equipped with a QR code that links to a step-by-step guide.
There is also a drawing gallery designed by Richard Rogers that floats in the void. It is the latest work completed by the architect (2020) and includes many of its design features
the Reason for existence From this area in the heart of Provence, between Aix and the Luberon Park, it will be the center of all the arts. With 28 suites, the villa spa, four restaurants and a cellar, Château La Coste welcomes all specialties. More than forty sculptures and architectures were inserted among pine and oak forests, olive groves, organic vineyards and wildflower meadows, scattered according to the desire of the authors, who chose the place where their works would be placed so that dialogue could be possible, season after season. Season with the environment and with other facilities, from Roy path by Ai Weiwei (drawn with paving stones taken from the port of Marseille, which for centuries was an important gateway to Europe) Flowers of wild time Tatsuo Miyajima (150 intermittent LED lights expressing the cycle of life and the impermanence of time), from Self-Portrait: Cat in a Barrel Written by Tracey Emin A Earth mater By Bron Nouri.
In the Tadao Ando Arts Center’s aquarium, a large spider by Louise Bourgeois, A Mobile stable by Alexander Calder and the embodiment of the mathematical formula for the exponential curve (and the abstract concept of infinity) by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Ando also created the domain gate, chapel, and benches The art of paper cutting and shapingI Four cubes for contemplating our environment And the spruce pavilion that houses them.
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