With all the LEED certified buildings in the world, hotels still comprise only a small portion of the total. Hotel Arista, for instance, is seeking the first LEED certification for a hotel in Illinois. Designed by Lohan Anderson, this 144,000 square foot building is part of the CityGate Centre lifestyle development in Naperville, which also is undergoing LEED certification. The 144 room hotel features luxury amenities wrapped up in the style of classic modernism and some of the following green features:
This is the first citizenM hotel near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Designed by Dutch design firm Concrete Architectural Associates, the hotel is made with prefabricated pods (or rooms) built in citizenM's own production facility. The rooms have been prefabricated not only to reduce construction waste and save time, but they're also built this way to provide a consistent room experience to guests. So when guests walk into a room, not only do they get a tightly designed and constructed space, but they get one that's full of geeky tech.
With an idea like this, you're going to win some prizes. Morris Architects took home first prize, as well as $10,000, in the second annual Radical Innovation in Hospitality Awards, which was sponsored by the John Hardy Group and Hospitality Design magazine. Some of the other entries were also unique, but this Oil Rig Hotel and Spa is particularly innovative. To understand the innovation behind the adaptive reuse, a background understanding of oil rigs is necessary.
This new, luxury inn and spa just opened last week in Yountville, California, a small town in Napa County named after one of the first guys to establish a vineyard in the area. The 62-unit boutique getaway includes a spa with four treatment rooms, rooptop infinity pool, fine dining restaurant, and meeting spaces. Designed by WATG, the inn also features unique indoor/outdoor features such as private courtyards for guests and private outdoor showers.
This is the design for a new place to stay called h2hotel in Healdsburg, California. Healdsburg is a small town of something like eleven thousand people. It’s smack dab in the heart of Sonoma County, a place where wine enthusiasts and travelers go for rest and respite. Environmentalism is quite common in northern California, so its natural that h2hotel would be designed to include a plentiful array of green amenities. And starting in 2010, transients and guests of all kinds will have the opportunity to stay in one of thirty-six rooms in the four-floor h2hotel.
Time Equities, Inc. just broke ground on 50 West Street, Manhattan’s newest green condo and hotel skyscraper. Designed by influential architect Helmut Jahn, the $600 million, 580,000 sf mixed-use eco-tower is shooting for LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2011. As a result, the 65-story tower will incorporate a host of green features and measures, including a green roof, water-efficient fixtures, automated blinds and energy control systems, recycling of demolition materials, use of sustainable and rapidly renewable materials, and an energy-efficient glass facade to filter in daylight and filter out UV rays.