The former World Trade Center in New Orleans has been meticulously revitalized to become the home of the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans. New York- and New Jersey-based Bill Rooney Studio spearheaded the property’s transformation, which translates historic architectural elements through a modern lens. In the lobby, the Chandelier BarContinue Reading

In the Qinhuangdao section of Hebei, China, Aranya theTANG hotel sets a new precedent for modern habitation. The community-oriented property comprises a hexagonal form and a sense of openness that dynamically shifts the traditional hotel configuration through a design by Beijing-based B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio. “In this project, we present newContinue Reading

The world remembers Virgil Abloh’s lasting impact, Fotografiska sets its sights on three new cities, and baby boomers grow old in style. All that and more in this week’s Five on Friday. The world mourns death of visionary designer Virgil Abloh The multi-hyphenate creator Virgil Abloh died on Sunday atContinue Reading

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort has reemerged following a five-month renovation. The Saint Lucia getaway has been refreshed courtesy of Viceroy’s in-house team, which focused on elevate the standard of luxury for the site and the locale. “The overall design is inspired by the breathtaking landscape. The interiors have beenContinue Reading

Ménard Dworkind Architecture & Design has completed Tiramisu, a contemporary Italian-Japanese eatery in Montreal’s Chinatown. Housed across the ground floor of the Hampton Inn by Hilton Montreal Downtown, the posh new restaurant echoes midcentury modernism with an eclectic materiality conceived to stand out. “We were inspired by the shapes, colors,Continue Reading

Fotografiska—the modern photography museum with locations in Stockholm, New York, and Tallinn, Estonia—has announced plans to expand its global presence further with the addition of three outposts. New locations in Berlin and Shanghai are slated to open in late 2022, while a Miami location is anticipated to debut in 2023.Continue Reading

Henning Larsen and Ramboll have revealed renderings of Marmormolen, a mixed-use office structure proposed for development in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen. Spread across eight stories and more than 300,000 square feet, the project, upon completion in 2024, would become one of the largest contemporary timber designs in Denmark. ConstructionContinue Reading

The verve and creative spirit of Los Angeles radiates from the newly opened Apple store at the Grove retail hub in the city’s Mid-City neighborhood. Spread across one level, the buoyant Apple the Grove is the tech giant’s latest outpost designed by Foster + Partners and is crafted to inspireContinue Reading

The Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya has announced the reopening of its newly renovated Hix Bar & Lounge. Redesigned by Mexican studio Room1804 Design, the 3,500-square-foot lobby concept has been relocated and expanded to accommodate a sushi bar and a slew of new furnishings that channel the surrounding naturalContinue Reading

Danish footwear brand Notabene has unveiled a new flagship location in the heart of central Copenhagen. Designed by local studio Norm Architects, the store was conceived as a hub for all aspects of shoe design—housing spaces like a shoeshine bar and a creative lab across the industrial site. “The intentionContinue Reading

LVMH, Louis Vuitton, and Off-White announced yesterday that Virgil Abloh passed away following a private, two-year battle with cancer. He was 41. “We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and greatContinue Reading

MO de Movimiento, a recently opened restaurant in Madrid, takes a new approach to responsible consumption. Locally based designer Lucas Muñoz Muñoz furnished the space with locally sourced and repurposed materials—setting out to reduce the ecological footprint left behind by these materials and their transport by more than 70 percent.Continue Reading

The Julius Meinl family, European titans of retail and dining, has revealed plans to expand their hospitality influence with the launch of a new long-term stay concept. Dubbed the Julius, the brand draws upon the family’s 160-year legacy of quality and service to embody a timeless standard of European hospitalityContinue Reading

Located within the former Albert Hotel in New York’s iconic Greenwich Village, the latest SIMÒ Pizza location serves as a testament to the traditions of Neapolitan pizza and history with a design concept from Büro Koray Duman. The locally based architecture and design studio draws inspiration from both Neapolitan architectureContinue Reading

A lively new Eastern Mediterranean concept has arrived on Manhattan’s West Side. Zou Zou’s, located within the recently unveiled Manhattan West development, features a modern design by AvroKO that pays homage to the architecture and culture of the Levant region. “The design of Zou Zou’s channels the confluence of style—aContinue Reading

Hospitality company Accor has announced the launch of the Emblems Collection, an international portfolio of boutique hotels and upscale resorts. “Emblems Collection adds a fresh and exciting new dimension to Accor’s luxury offerings. A key focus of our growth and development strategy is to add aggressively across our strongest linesContinue Reading

Drift Hotels has inaugurated its maiden outpost, Drift San José del Cabo, in the historic Gallery District of San José del Cabo, Mexico. Housed across a former eight-key inn, the new concept evokes a laidback, industrial Baja chic vibe informed by the city’s lifestyle. The design by locally based studioContinue Reading

Kempinski Hotels is set to introduce the David Kempinski Tel Aviv—its 80th international property and its first property in Israel—in February 2022. Housed within a new skyscraper crafted by Israeli firm Feigin Architects, the luxury concept will overlook the city’s famed Mediterranean Sea promenade only steps away from its urbanContinue Reading

The Galei Kinneret Hotel has debuted on the coast of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. The 123-room luxury concept pulls inspiration from ancient ruins unearthed nearby. Envisioned by London-based Saar Zafrir Design, the property evokes evokes a sophisticated ambiance via a neutral palette and natural materials to furtherContinue Reading

ODA has released new renderings of its revitalization of the historic Book Tower in Detroit. The Italian Renaissance-style building was designed by architect Louis Kamper and completed in 1926, after 10 years of construction. The adaptive reuse project is slated for completion in November 2022 and will reopen as aContinue Reading