Hotels Designed by World Famous Architects
by Fitzroy of London
When travelling, it’s easy to just look up a chain hotel (these days, likely a Premier Inn or Marriott), get a cheap rate and call it a day.
They’re familiar, typically a good value, and likely identical to something you’ve stayed in before. Yet, the hotel in its proper form should be a reflection of the location in which you’re staying. It should introduce you to the location’s spirit, culture and hospitality. And, in the best hotels, the design matters as much as the service.
Great architects, ones of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s or Mies van der Rohe‘s caliber, never succumb to corporate stencil designs. Whether it be incorporating the surrounding nature, challenging the way human and building interact, or stretching the physical imagination, each abode has their unique signature. And while you can visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim or attend Jean Nouvel’s Copenhagen Concert Hall while visiting a place, there’s also the opportunity to stay in places designed by the greats. These hotels or houses are the structures dreamed up by notable architects, and they give a whole new reason to travel to lustrous destinations like Ibiza, Spain — or Canaan, Connecticut.
Life Marina, Ibiza, Spain
Architect: Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel is one of the most decorated architects in the modern era, earning the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Wolf Prize in Arts, and the Pritzker Prize. Staying in any building designed by Nouvel would be a eyeful to behold, let alone when you place it in Ibiza, Spain. And the bottle of wine you receive upon arrival undoubtedly sweetens the deal even more.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Architect: Tom Wright
The Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in France, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and the Burj Al Arab in Dubai — each one has become synonymous with the place it was built. But of that group, Tom Wright’s Burj Al Arab is the only one you can stay in. Costing $1 billion to build, the luxury hotel opened in 1999 and has become a symbol in a flourishing region. It is definitely worth paying the premium to stay a night (or two).
Langham Hotel, Chicago, IL
Architect: Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
When it comes to forward-thinking modern architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe can be mentioned in the same breath as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Langham is the first hotel ever to be in a Mies van der Rohe building, the IBM Regional Headquarters. The hotel officially opened in 2013, and due to its world-famous container it was quickly made a Chicago Landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.