Hotel design for the cultured traveler
Hotels the world over are now a vibrant part of the Zeitgeist. Architects and designers are creating new environments that are much more than the sum of their parts; more than just a place to stay. This has been true in Miami, and especially on South Beach, for nearly twenty years now. When the Delano opened, it paved the way for the movement that continues, and, as seen here, is part of the look in the Caribbean as well. Often, hotel lobbies resemble European “piazzas” — grand public spaces meant for gathering, and these are the spaces where design can entertain and enchant, shock, and delight and influence cultural trends — all while being a venue to restore travelers. Huge art installations might hang from soaring spaces, guest rooms feature modern technology and bathrooms are so sleek and elegant that we want similar versions in our homes. The group of architects and designers at the Designer Previews Miami set the bar for this important architectural and cultural genre.