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2013 issue 4

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From France’s highest building to the world’s largest indoor arena

Lodge opens on Mont Blanc

Project: Refuge de Goûter
Design: Groupe H
Location: Mont Blanc, France

Designed for mountaineers ascending Mont Blanc, the Refuge de Goûter provides shelter for weary climbers a staggering 3,800m above sea level.

The alpine lodge has been designed by Swiss architecture firm Groupe H. The high altitude presented challenges to the construction – work could only be carried out from spring to autumn and often had to be halted due to bad weather. The stainless steel-clad building has been designed to resist fierce mountain winds.


l The building features triple glazed windows, solar panels and environmentally friendly toilets

l The lodge is the last shelter before Mont Blanc’s summit
Argentine artist creates mindbending installation

Project: Dalston House
Design: Leandro Erlich
Location: London, UK

Argentine artist Leandro Erlich designed this amazing looking installation in Hackney over the summer, creating the illusion of people scaling the walls of a Victorian terraced house.
Dalston House was commissioned by the Barbican and features the façade of a house similar to one that would have previously stood on the Hackney street. The façade lay on the floor, with mirrors positioned above it, giving the impression that visitors were climbing the building or hanging from windowsills.

The installation is part of the Beyond Barbican season, which sees the cultural centre run events and installations at a range of other venues across London. Dalson House ran until 4 August.


Argentine artist Leandro Erlich designed this amazing looking installation in Hackney

Argentine artist Leandro Erlich designed this amazing looking installation in Hackney
Luxury safari camp opens in the Kenyan wilderness

Project: Mahali Mzuri
Design: Real Studios
Location: Kenya

A safari camp featuring 12 tented suites, a bar and dining tent and a spa and pool has opened in Kenya.

The camp, which is owned by holiday brand Virgin Limited Edition, sits in the Motorogi Conservancy wilderness. The 12 tents sit on a raised deck, and have curved steel frames, wrapped in terracotta canvas.

The design was by Real Studios’ Yvonne Golds, who worked closely with local craftsmen and designers to create vibrant, colourful spaces that celebrate the region’s traditional prints and materials. The suites feature bamboo light fittings, basket-woven lampshades, bespoke wooden furniture and fabrics from Tanzania and Kenya.


The tents blend in with the landscape

The lodge provides stunning views of the Masai Mara’s wildlife
Art’otel teams up with Dutch artist

Project: Art’otel Amsterdam
Design: Joep Van Lieshout
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Art’otel Amsterdam has announced its collaboration with Dutch multidisciplinary art practice Atelier Van Lieshout.

Art’otel Amsterdam is the first in the brand – which blends a distinctive architectural style with art-inspired interiors – to open in the Netherlands. It features 107 rooms, with a choice of Art Rooms and Masterpiece Suites.

Art’otel, owned by PPHE Hotel Group, has hotels across Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands. Each hotel is a homage to a signature artist, incorporating their art and style into every aspect of the hotel.
Art’otel Amsterdam will feature works from Atelier Van Lieshout – owned by Joep van Lieshout – on the theme of life. These will include a fertility lamp and a skull chair.


The hotel will feature works by Joep Van Lieshout
World’s largest arena taking shape

Project: Manila Arena
Design: Populous Melbourne
Location: Manila, Philippines

The Manila Arena in the Philippines is currently under construction. Upon completion, it will claim the title of largest indoor arena in the world.

Designed by Populous, the 50,000-seat arena has been commissioned by Iglesia Ni Cristo (The Church of Christ). The aim is for it to be unveiled in time for the church’s centennial celebration in 2014. The projected cost is US$175m (£113m). The masterplan will see the inclusion of shopping centres, a hospital and residential developments. The arena can be reconfigured to accommodate church ceremonies, boxing, tennis, concerts or indoor gymnastics.


l It will host church ceremonies, boxing, tennis and concerts

Originally published in Leisure Management 2013 issue 4

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