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Photos: The Hotel World's Most Striking Architecture

Architects around the world are experimenting with elaborate shapes and awe-inspiring construction—and luckily for travelers they are using them to design hotels. Here are 11 new hotels with some seriously amazing architecture.

By , Friday, Mar 9, 2012, 2:28 PM

Source Article: Photos: The Hotel World's Most Striking Architecture

YAS Viceroy Hotel

The two towers of the Yas Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi are connected by a 700-foot curvilinear skin of steel and 5,800 diomand-shaped glass panels illuminated by an LED system at night.

(Courtesy YAS Viceroy Hotel)

pool at YAS Viceroy Hotel

The rooftop pool at the Yas Viceroy Hotel is found under the undulating veil of steel and glass.

(Courtesy YAS Viceroy Hotel)

room at YAS Viceroy Hotel

The 499-room Yas Viceroy Hotel was the first to be built straddling a Formula 1 racetrack.

(Courtesy YAS Viceroy Hotel)

overview of Axis Viana Hotel

The exterior of the Axis Viana Hotel in Viana do Castelo, Portugal is made up of reflective aluminum, black glass, and green stone.

(Courtesy Axis Viana Hotel)

room at Axis Viana Hotel

The Axis Viana Hotel has 88 rooms that incorporate materials like wood, stone, and leather.

(Courtesy Axis Viana Hotel)

sideview of Axis Viana Hotel

The cantilever design of the Axis Viana Hotel changes the shape of the building depending upon your vantage point.

(Courtesy Axis Viana Hotel)

pool at Axis Viana Hotel

The Axis Viana Hotel has a shimmering outdoor pool and views of the Lima River and Mount St. Luzia.

(Courtesy Axis Viana Hotel)

Southern Ocean Lodge overview

Architect Max Pritchard designed Southern Ocean Lodge to blend into the dramatic surroundings of Australia's Kangaroo Island.

(Courtesy Southern Ocean Lodge)

room at the Southern Ocean Lodge

The 21 stark-white suites at Southern Ocean Lodge have floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of the Southern Ocean.

(Courtesy Southern Ocean Lodge)

Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge was constructed from lightweight materials like timber framing and iron cladding that could handle the challenge of building on precarious soil conditions.

(Courtesy Southern Ocean Lodge)

overview of Marina Bay Sands

The trio of 55-story towers that make up Singapore's Marina Bay Sands include hotel rooms, a museum, a casino, a convention center, and a waterfront promenade.

(Courtesy Timothy Hursley / Marina Bay Sands)

room at Marina Bay Sands

There are an incredible 2,561 hotel rooms at the Marina Bay Sands.

(Courtesy Marina Bay Sands)

Marina Bay Sands

Moshe Safdie, the architect of the Marina Bay Sands, has said one of the challenges was to "address the issue of megascale and invent an urban landscape that would work on the human scale." His solution was to design the complex around two central axes to give a sense of orientation.

(Courtesy Timothy Hursley / Marina Bay Sands)

Sky Park

The three towers of Marina Bay Sands are connected by the two-and-a-half-acre SkyPark, which has gardens, an observatory, and a 492-foot swimming pool.

(Courtesy Marina Bay Sands)

Bella Sky Comwell at night

The two towers of the Bella Sky Comwell in Copenhagen each incline at a slightly different angle, which the architects sweetly say looks as if the towers are drawn to each other, "yet seem a little shy."

(Claus Starup)

room at the Bella Sky Comwell

There are 200 different room shapes at the 812-room Bella Sky Comwell, including some where there are no 90-degree angles.

(Claus Starup)

detail of Bella Sky Comwell

The geometric angles of the Bella Sky Comwell's exterior gives it a filigreed look.

(Claus Starup)

Miura Hotel overview

The distinctive Miura Hotel in Celadná, Czech Republic, is made of concrete, sheet metal, Corian, stone, and violet glass.

(Courtesy Miura Hotel)

sculpture

The impressive art collection at the Miura Hotel includes a 30-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture of a man pushing against the building, created by Czech artist David Černý.

(Courtesy Miura Hotel)

room at the Miura Hotel

The Miura Hotel's alignment gives all 44 rooms views of the surrounding Beskydy Mountains.

(Courtesy Miura Hotel)

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel in Abu Dhabi is part of a $1 billion residential and retail complex.

(Courtesy Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel)

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

The curved design of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel posed a challenge to the architects, since each floor slab is a different shape.

(Courtesy Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel)

room at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

The 382 rooms at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel are as striking as the building itself.

(Courtesy Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel)

Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront overview

The most striking features of the Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront Hotel is the conference center, with an exterior made up of 13 miles of semi-transparent stainless-steel rods.

(Courtesy Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront)

Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront

The reflective rods at the Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront Hotel reflect the sky and water, and architect Hans Forsmark describes them as "a reminiscence of the Nordic Light."

(Courtesy Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront)

room at Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront

Some of the 414 rooms at the Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront Hotel have views of the city's harbor.

(Courtesy Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront)

Hotel Americano

New York's Hôtel Americano looks like a massive metal sculpture, perfect for its location in the gallery-filled Chelsea neighborhood.

(Jim Franco)

Hotel Americano

The floors of the Hôtel Americano are connected by catwalks and wrapped in stainless-steel mesh.

(Jim Franco)

bar at Hotel Americano

The bar at Hôtel Americano has picture-perfect views of New York landmarks like the Empire State Building.

(Jim Franco)

Hotel Consolacion

The Hotel Consolación, in the rural mountain town of Teruel, Spain, is made up of 10 freestanding, wood-clad modernist cubes.

(Jaime Font Furest)

Hotel Consolacion

The sleek cubes at the Hotel Consolación create a beautiful juxtaposition with the groves of olive and almond trees that surround them.

(Jaime Font Furest)

room at the Hotel Consolacion

Besides the modern cubes, the Hotel Consolación includes a 14th-century hermitage that serves as a communal area for guests.

(Jaime Font Furest)

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

The undulating concrete balconies at Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua were designed to resemble the swirls and ripples of nearby Lake Michigan.

(Courtesy Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel)

detail Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

One of the challenges of constructing the building that houses the Radison Blu Aqua was that each floor plate is a different shape, meaning a different concrete pour was required for each of the 82 stories.

(Courtesy Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel)

room at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Much of the building is designated for private residences, but the 334-room Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel allows you to spend the night in this new icon.

(Courtesy Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel)

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