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Top 5 stories of the week: Cakes, ribbon cutting and hotel design launching at sea

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Here are the top 5 stories of the week, as selected by Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs.

This week we collated all the ingredients for a great series of stories. We’ve had architectural cakes, new builds, significant anniversaries, drawing-board renderings of new hotels, showroom openings and even a sprinkling of an exclusive Q&A from the managing director of bathroom specialist Duravit.

It’s been a busy week, so here’s a breakdown of the major stories.

1) Winning design unveiled from WATG’s Great Architectural bake-off

The winning design, by Benoy - replicating The Barbican Centre

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Leading architects gathered last weekend for the final of WATG’s Great Architectural bake-off. Judges included Great British Bake-Off competitor; Jane Duncan OBE, the 75th RIBA president; Bethan Ryder, Digital Editor at Wallpaper*; Peter Murray.

2) Will hotel designs and Cruise ship design marry at sea? 

Under the Arch sculpture

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In an exclusive feature, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn investigates why so many hotel designers are stretching their services to also include cruise ship design.

3) The luxury hotel experience: how to design an ultra-modern bathroom

Modern bathroom

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Regardless of their location, the world’s finest hotel bathrooms are designed to evoke a sensory experience. Tegan Denwood  investigates how hoteliers can simply create an ultra-modern bathroom that lives up to the growing consumer demands of guests checking in…

4) Soho House to open in Amsterdam this Summer

Rendering of Soho House Amsterdam

The 79-key Soho House Amsterdam will open in the city’s The Bungehuis building in July 2018…

5) Seven minutes with Managing Director of Duravit

Martin Carroll

As Duravit opens its new Clerkenwell showroom, the editor of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn, went behind the scenes to ask the Managing Director of Duravit, Martin Carroll, ‘why here’, ‘why now’ and ‘what’s next’…

Rendering of Soho House Amsterdam

Soho House to open in Amsterdam this Summer

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The 79-key Soho House Amsterdam will open in the city’s The Bungehuis building in July 2018…

Following the coverted launch of White City Soho House, the hotel group Soho House has announced that it will open a 79-key property in Amsterdam’s The Bungehuis building this Summer.

Soho House Amsterdam will also include the brand’s much-loved signature rooftop pool, a floor of club space and a Cecconi’s restaurant and Cowshed spa on the ground floor. In addition, in true Amsterdam fashion, the property will also include 75 bike racks and a small workshop for repairs.

Originally built in the 1930s as a trading office, and later served as a university building in 70s, The Bungehuis is a six-storey ‘National’ monument which is characterised by varius expressive details such as bay windows on each side and Art Deco detailing throughout. Inside, the building features rustic architectural accents in bronze, stained glass, milk glass and tropical timber as well as glazed tiles of the ‘Porceleyne Fles’ in Delft.

On the 5th Floor, the main members’ area overlooks the canal, with bold fabrics, antique furniture mixed with specially designed pieces, geometric rugs and a high-gloss black floor.

The public area has comfortable seating and a big open fire, with the adjacent Library, which has its own bar and small workspace area.

On the other side, House Kitchen will serve food and drinks throughout the day, with a big open kitchen and deli counter. It will be fabricated in pinks and Hague blues, with banquette seating, lounge chairs and vintage tables and lamps.

Rendering of guest room

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A DJ booth next door will contain performances and members’ events on evenings and weekends and has its own lounge and bar, with green cork flooring and acoustic soundproofing in the walls.

The House Gym will be located on the fourth floor, overlooking the canal with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, HIIT and yoga studios. The ceilings are painted in a high-gloss canal green, mirroring the view outside, and reflecting the resin cross pattern, the Amsterdam city symbol.

The Screening Room on the same floor will feature velvet armchairs, footstalls and vintage lamps on individual side tables. A small pre-screening bar has high gloss lacquered and velvet clad walls, mirrored tables, dark fabric sofas and armchairs, and a ribbed timber bar serving drinks and snacks.

The 79 guestrooms are spread across three floors, all ranging in size from Tiny to Extra-Large. Each of the rooms house antique pieces mixed with specially designed furniture and rugs. The bed throws and fabrics are inspired by the original windows in the grand Bungehuis staircase, with tables, poufs and sofas designed by Soho House.

The Ground Floor of Soho House Amsterdam will be open to the public, with Cecconi – a modern day classic Italian restaurant, a Cowshed spa and private hire rooms.

Soho House, which launched its first private members’ club to the world in 1995,  is now 12 properties large. The group’s plan remains strong to continues to have a major focus on expanding its program to find unique locations, bringing film, media and creative industries together under one roof. With Amsterdam launching and Barcelona to come, that plan is most certainly in motion.

Image credit: Soho House Amsterdam

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Luxury property group Soho House marks out Manchester site

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Private members club – and favourite with London’s celebrity scene – Soho House is planning to open its first hotel in northern England with a Manchester property, according to reports.

The group has sites across Europe, North America and in the south of England and would look to move into the Old Granada Studios as part of the ongoing £1.2 billion regeneration of the Quay Street site by Allied London.

According to reports in the Manchester Evening News, the project will take up the space currently occupied by Granada TV’s Studio 4 (famously where The Beatles made their first TV appearance in 1962) and will boast 150 bedrooms as well as the city’s first rooftop swimming pool.

Group founder Nick Jones, husband of Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young, has previously been vocal about his desire to open a northern hotel in Manchester or Leeds.