Cover Marcel Breur's Pirelli Tyre building in New Haven will be transformed into Hotel Marcel, America's first net-zero hotel (Photo: Pat Krupa/Unsplash)

If you're still in a holiday mood, keep the fire burning by planning a trip to any of these hotly anticipated design-driven hotels. Designed by an enviable panel of some of the world's most visionary architects and interior designers, they'll have you dusting off your passport pronto

It's been a while since we've travelled but going beyond our borders is starting to seem less of a pipe dream. If you're planning to give your passport a workout in 2022, here are five destinations where the design is an event in itself.

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1. The Maybourne Riviera

Conceptualised by the Maybourne Hotel Group (the same brand behind London's Claridge’s, the Connaught, and the Berkeley), The Maybourne Riviera is the company's first new-build property on the Côte d’Azur, which will officially open in Spring 2022.

The exterior was designed by one of France's foremost architects, Jean-Michel Wilmott, whose projects include the historic Hotel Lutetia in Paris and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. The dramatic, modernist building looks as if it was sculpted right into the cliffs above the picturesque Roquebrune-Cap-Martin village and features a cantilevered pool that projects out to sea.

The interiors are no less impressive with the 69 rooms and suites finessed by not less than six A-list designers, namely André Fu, Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, Marcelo Joulia, Pierre Yovanovitch, Pascal Goujon, and Rigby & Rigby, with more than 1,000 works of art and objects specially commissioned from international artists and artisans to complete the look. 

2. Hotel La Palma

Hotel La Palma, Capri's first hotel built in 1822, hosted a collective of notable artists, poets, writers and musicians from all over the world in its heyday. It's set to reclaim its status as the island's social epicentre in April this year with a drastic revamp courtesy of Oetker Collection, the brand behind the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera and the Lanesborough in London.

Its interiors have been entrusted in the capable hands of Maltese-Briton interior designer, Francis Sultana, whose client list includes the super rich and celebrities like Madonna and Annie Lennox. Expect Sultana's signature classic-meets-contemporary style with artful touches since the designer also is artistic director or David Gill Gallery and sits on the board of of the Design Museum, the Serpentine Gallery and PAD London.

3. Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences

Standing almost shoulder-to-shoulder with Boston's iconic John Hancock Tower is The Architectural Team (TAT) 35-storey building designed with curved edges in contrast with Hancock Tower. This all-glass building will house the Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, the brand's first mixed use property in North America and offer panoramic views of Copley Square and the surrounding area.

The project includes 146 residences designed by the Rockwell Group, with the hotel portion by Stonehill Taylor set to open in 2022. Set in the affluent and historic Back Bay area, the designers looked to Boston’s heritage of the famed Emerald Necklace for inspiration. References to the Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of urban parks created by Frederick Law Olmsted, can be seen in the botanical theme with the provision of hanging gardens in the lobby and a  Secret Garden. Colours and materials reference Back Bay’s Victorian brownstones which fringe the Emerald Necklace with an earthy palette and rich woods, copper accents are a nod to Paul Revere’s copper company.

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4. Hotel Marcel

After laying vacant for decades, the landmarked Armstrong Tire/Pirelli building designed by champion of the modern movement and protégé of Bauhaus founder, Marcel Breur will find a second life as Hotel Marcel, America's first all-electric hotel. The mid-century masterpiece located in New Haven has been reimagined as a hotel by development company Becker and Becker. When it opens in April 2022, Hotel Marcel will be the nation's first Passive-House certified and first net-zero energy hotel, not to mention one in about a dozen LEED Platinum certified hotels in the United States.

Interiors were designed by New York based interior design and branding studio, Dutch East Design, who prove that eco-friendliness and beauty are not mutually exclusive with a soothing palette of warm earth tones and rich textures. This deliberately gesture softens the Brutalist architecture which is further enriched by art highlighting female artists with a nod to the Bauhaus movement.

5. Rock House Turks & Caicos

Billed as a next generation luxury resort, Rock House is located in the staggeringly beautiful Turks & Caicos islands. Sister property to the Grace Bay Club and a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Rock Hose is a private escape of 42 homes which blends elegantly into its rugged coastline and elevation, providing unsurpassed views.

The Mediterranean-inspired architecture is by local practice Coast Architects while interiors are by New York based designer Shawn Henderson, whose flair for modernist interiors have garners a tony clientele which includes Sam Rockwell, Octavia Spencer, and Glenn Close. Set to open in Spring 2022, accommodations will range from poolside studios to four-bedroom standalone villas and the largest infinity pool in Turks & Caicos.


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