AMANO’I RESORTVINH HY

Vietnam

At Amano’i, a new resort on the shores of Vietnam’s East Sea, 31 secluded guest pavilions sit in a 100-acre sprawl of forest that hinges on the coast of Nui Chua National Park, a reserve known for dramatic rock formations and beaches that are sometimes home to nesting turtles. Visitors can enjoy two pools: the cliffside pool or the 130-foot-long saltwater Beach Club pool, where they can take a dip in the cobalt blue sea of Vinh Hy Bay.
Known for championing local design vernacular, the Amano’i hotel celebrates traditional Vietnamese architecture in a 20,000-square-foot spa that offers chemical-free treatments using Vietnamese ingredients such as rice and coffee. For sporty types looking beyond manicures, blow-drys and facials, the resort organizes classes in Pilates and yoga and has opened an extensive fitness center.

TEXT BY ALICIA KIRBY

LOCATION

Road to Ba Dien beach, Vinh Hy,

Ninh Hy Ninh Thuan

Vietnam

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LEAPRUS 3912CAUCASUS

Russia

Located 3,912 meters (12,835 feet) above sea level, in the untamed wilderness of Mount Elbrus’s southern glacier, LEAPrus 3912 is an unlikely new holiday destination. The eco-hotel and restaurant, which opened in September and takes its name from its altitude, is an impressive exercise in energy efficiency. The firm tasked with designing the hotel was LEAPfactory, an Italian company that specializes in the kind of zero-impact dwellings required when building on environmentally protected areas in remote locations. “The biggest challenge was to create an eco-hotel in such an extreme place so everything is self-generated by new integrated systems,” says project designer Davide Barreri. For this assignment, the company constructed four prefabricated modules in Italy that were then transported by helicopter to the hotel location and assembled by specialist technicians on-site.
Commissioned by the Russian North Caucasus Mountain Club, the venture is a launchpad for a wider push to promote and develop tourism in the little-known mountain region north of the Russian Caucasus. Unsurprisingly, it will capitalize on the area’s dramatic and unspoiled landscapes.

TEXT BY ALICIA KIRBY

LOCATION

Mount Elbrus,

Caucasus

Russia

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UN HEADQUARTERS DELEGATES’ LOUNGENEW YORK

United States of America

As part of a larger and ongoing renovation of the historic headquarters of the United Nations in New York, Dutch designer Hella Jongerius was recently tasked with reincarnating the existing North Delegates’ Lounge. Working alongside OMA architect Rem Koolhaas, graphic designer Irma Boom and artist Gabriel Lester, Jongerius has reimagined a rectangular space originally designed in the late 1940s by heavyweights Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer and Wallace Harrison.
An official gift from the Netherlands to the United Nations, the room’s Dutch DNA was essential to the project, and the political and cultural significance of the interior was not lost on Jongerius. Aware that real decisions are made here after official meetings, Jongerius devised chairs with wheels for impromptu gatherings, and Sphere Tables (see above right), which offer a degree of privacy for delegates who need space to read top-secret files.

TEXT BY ALICIA KIRBY

LOCATION

New York,

NY 10017

United States of America

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UNIVERSIDAD DE MONTERREYMONTERREY

Mexico

The new Roberto Garza Sada Center of Art, Architecture and Design at the Universidad de Monterrey, in Mexico, is Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s first project in Latin America. Despite opening less than a year ago, the $49 million building has already earned a majestic moniker: it’s known as the gate of creation, a name taken from the effect of walking through the structure’s vast triangular opening.
The six-story building houses studios, lecture rooms and facilities for up to 500 students enrolled in various design-related courses. Geometrically precise and constructed in concrete (Ando’s signature material), the building has been designed to inspire a new generation of architects and designers that pass through its doors. José Martín Gómez Tagle Morales, a university architect involved in the project, says: “It is not simply a complex piece of architecture. Ando wanted it to represent the idea of a space devoted to inspire students to transcend and live in an atmosphere of legacy.”

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LOCATION

Av. Ignacio Morones Prieto 4500 Pte.

Jesus M. Garza, 66238 San Pedro Garza Garcia, NL

The United Mexican States

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GOLDEN AGE CINEMA AND BARSYDNEY

Australia

Thanks to the regeneration of the iconic art deco Paramount House, Sydney’s well-heeled Surry Hills has a hip new hangout. Barrie Barton, strategy and insights director of Right Angle Studio, has spent the past three years turning the former offices of Paramount Pictures into a basement cinema and bar. “Film is a beautiful art form often presented in dreadful environments,” Barton says. “We wanted to create a cinema equal to the beauty of film.” The 60-seat space is an update of Paramount’s original screening room (used during World War II to play newsreels). And its intimate atmosphere and adjacent bar have already struck a chord among locals, who can enjoy a maple pecan old-fashioned in the glow of the Robert Haussmann-designed lights.

TEXT BY ALICIA KIRBY

LOCATION

80 Commonwealth Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Australia

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MERCAT PRINCESABARCELONA

Spain

In recent years the once gritty neighborhood El Born, in Barcelona, has been transformed into the gentrified bohemian enclave that is now home to Mercat Princesa, the city’s first “gastronomic” market. A passion project run by Spanish multimedia artist Justo Almendros, the market is located in a former 14th-century palace. Restored by Almendros himself, the medieval building now hosts 16 international food stalls and seats up to 200 people on chairs and stools designed by the owner.
“We wanted a market that was highly visual,” says manager Sara Guerrero, “so everything has to be cooked and prepared in front of visitors and made to order.” The hip and the hungry have been flocking here for La Planxa’s butifarras, Indonesian food by Mekong by Indochine and faultless patatas bravas from potato specialists Patates. Pop in for cocktails, catch one of the rotating photography shows or even book a private dinner.

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LOCATION

Carrer dels Flassaders, 21

08003 Barcelona

Spain

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BUTTERFLY HOUSEBAHIA

Brazil

Throwing a peanut at a world map to decide where to open your first hotel isn’t a conventional approach, but British hotelier Chloe Gibbs, who did just that, embraces the unorthodox. Armed with a DIY attitude, Gibbs has spent the past six years building an idyllic eco-lodge from scratch in the Brazilian jungle – without cutting down a single tree. “The hotel currently runs off a generator or solar power,” Gibbs says, “but the dream is to take this hotel off the grid completely by running on biofuel from coconut oil.” Located on the Maraú Peninsula in Bahia, the hotel offers eight luxury bungalows clad in intricate Moroccan tiling and Colombian bamboo. Named after the area’s indigenous butterflies, the hotel is a short walk from more than 40 kilometers of pristine sandy beaches. Guests are encouraged to leave 10 percent of their bill to Flap Your Wings, a fund Gibbs set up to help the career development of locals.

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LOCATION

Maraú - BA

Brazil

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ASTERISK WINERYBEIJING

China

Demand for wine in China is growing rapidly and its consumers are acquiring increasingly sophisticated tastes. Catering to this new demand, wineries are popping up across the country. The Asterisk winery, near Beijing, is a breath of fresh air in a landscape of vineyard architecture populated by the look du jour of faux French villas and castles. Designed by Japanese architect Keiichiro Sako, founder of SAKO Architects, Asterisk takes its name from its unusual five-pronged shape, which juts into its grassy surroundings.
Located just outside the city on a man-made island, the 22,000-square-foot, two-story space boasts a wine showroom, a bar and extensive basement wine cellars, as well as an indoor-outdoor restaurant for the city’s new wave of wine connoisseurs. The steel structure is clad in Selangan Batu timber, which lends the building its distinctive brown hue.

TEXT BY ALICIA KIRBY

LOCATION

Chao Yang Qu,

Beijing 100103

China

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BALE MOUNTAIN LODGESOUTH CENTRAL ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia

Despite no previous hotel experience, husband-and-wife team Guy and Yvonne Levene are behind Ethiopia’s unique Bale Mountain Lodge, a picturesque retreat nestled within the undiscovered Bale Mountains National Park. Surrounded by wilderness, the lodge is a cozy 30-bed haven equipped with furniture and fabrics made by artisanal talent in Addis Ababa, 250 miles northwest of the park. But although efforts have resulted in a hotel with the usual trimmings of luxury accommodations, the Levenes’ project is an impressive example of sustainable hospitality. Electricity comes from a hydro plant the couple built themselves, and gas for cooking, heating and laundry will come from biogas created by the hotel’s compostable waste. The duo also hopes to use the hotel to increase conservation efforts in a landscape rich with wildlife and endangered species – some 240 types of birds roam the surrounding area.

TEXT BY ALICIA KIRBY

LOCATION

Harenna Forest, Bale

Ethiopia

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SAINT PIERRESENTOSA ISLAND

Singapore

In February 2013 talented Belgian chef Emmanuel Stroobant disappointed Singapore’s culinary elite by closing down Saint Pierre, a restaurant that quickly became one of the city’s most popular French fine-dining destinations when he first opened it more than a decade ago. Regulars will be pleased to know the eatery is back in evolved form. Bright, airy and slightly more casual, Stroobant’s new Saint Pierre overlooks the picturesque Sentosa Cove marina and features blond wood interiors designed by Terence Chan, founder of Terre, a design studio in Singapore. The menu, thankfully, is just as vibrant as it always was. An eclectic mix of dishes include oven-baked black cod, barley risotto and roasted lobster, and grilled zucchini. For a treat, try the Plat de Cotes Fume, which features beef short rib smoked for 48 hours.

TEXT BY ALEX MOSHAKIS

LOCATION

sentosa island

singapore 098375

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WE HAVE SCOURED THE GLOBE TO BRING YOU THE 10 MOST INTERESTING

OPENINGS IN THE WORLDS OF RETAIL, CULTURE, DESIGN AND HOSPITALITY

  • 02
  • LEAPRUS 3912

  • CAUCASUS
  • Russia
  • 04
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE MONTERREY

  • MONTERREY
  • Mexico
  • 06
  • MERCAT PRINCESA

  • BARCELONA
  • Spain
  • 08
  • ASTERISK WINERY

  • BEIJING
  • China
  • 10
  • SAINT PIERRE

  • SENTOSA ISLAND
  • Singapore
  • 01
  • AMANO’I RESORT

  • VINH HY
  • Vietnam
  • 03
  • UN HEADQUARTERS DELEGATES’ LOUNGE

  • NEW YORK
  • United States
  • 05
  • GOLDEN AGE CINEMA AND BAR

  • SYDNEY
  • Australia
  • 07
  • BUTTERFLY HOUSE

  • BAHIA
  • Brazil
  • 09
  • BALE MOUNTAIN LODGE

  • SOUTH CENTRAL ETHIOPIA
  • Ethiopia