Elephant Hotel: The Prime Example of Novelty Architecture in 1880s

Novelty architecture, also called programmatic or mimetic architecture, is a type of architecture in which buildings and other structures are given unusual shapes for purposes such as advertising or to copy other famous buildings without any intention of being authentic.

h/t: vintag.es

Their size and novelty means that they often serve as landmarks. They are distinct from architectural follies, in that novelty architecture is essentially usable buildings in eccentric form whereas follies are non-usable, ornamental buildings often in eccentric form.

Utility buildings and “novelty structures” are the red headed step-children of architecture – Like the Elephant Hotel, a 10 room hotel built in 1885. Intended to be one of a menagerie of buildings in the Margate City project in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/elephant-hotel-the-prime-example-of-novelty-architecture-in-1880s/

Beyound The Postmodern Kitch: World’s First Gold-Plated Hotel Opened In Vietnam

Manan Vatsyayana/AFP Photo The newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world’s first gold-plated hotel, opened in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. It even has a gold-plated infinity pool on the roof. The 400-room, 25-storey property will operate under the American Wyndham Hotels brand. Prices start at $300 a night for rooms, or there are apartments to rent costing from $6400 per square metre.


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/07/beyound-the-postmodern-kitch-world-s-first-gold-plated-hotel-opened-in-vietnam/

Rare Vintage Photos Of The Timberline Lodge, Stanley Kubrick’s Film Inspiration For “The Shining”, In 1921

Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining featured a very creepy hotel that was haunted. The actual hotel used for the film was represented by Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood in Oregon and was named the fictional ‘Overlook Hotel’. Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood in Clackamas County, Oregon, about 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon. Constructed from 1936 to 1938 by the...


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/05/rare-vintage-photos-of-the-timberline-lodge-stanley-kubrick-s-film-inspiration-for-the-shining-in-1921/

Estonian Architect Made This Tiny Hotel, That Can Be A Personal Emergency Shelter

According to Tõnis Orgg: “It’s for single adventurers or couples. It’s my own design and I built it with my own hands! Thanks to the friends who helped out. This tiny house is located in the center of Võru city. The house has everything necessary to accommodate couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. Come and experience a fully equipped home on just four square meters.


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/02/estonian-architect-made-this-tiny-hotel-that-can-be-a-personal-emergency-shelter/

McDonald’s Turns Billboards Into Bee Hotels

Without pollination from bees, 1/3 of the food we eat would be threatened. It is estimated that 30% of Sweden’s wild bees are threatened. A big problem is that they lack places to live. Therefore, some of McDonald’s restaurants have started producing billboards that double as bee hotels. The boards are permanent wood installations with drilled holes in the copy (“Always open”.


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/09/mcdonalds-turns-billboards-into-bee-hotels/

Urban Explorer Visits Abandoned Japanese Love Motel Of Naughty Attractions

Dutch explorer Bob Thissen has explored hundreds of abandoned places all over the world, including many love motels. In July 2019, Bob found what he claims is the biggest and most high-end love motel he has ever seen, on Honshu island, Japan. More: Bob Thissen, Facebook, Flickr h/t: albawaba The motel, whose precise location Bob did not reveal for fear of vandalism, is a maze of rooms containing...


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/09/urban-explorer-visits-abandoned-japanese-love-motel-of-naughty-attractions/

Turkish Interior Architect Hayri Atak Proposes Cantilevering Glass Pool Over Norwegian Fjord

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio has designed a concept for a boutique hotel within a cliff edge in Norway that includes a cantilevered glass swimming pool. More: Hayri Atak, Instagram, Facebook h/t: dezeen Istanbul practice Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio proposed building the hotel on a site 600-metres-high on Preikestolen – a steep cliff and popular tourist spot in the west of...


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/08/turkish-interior-architect-hayri-atak-proposes-cantilevering-glass-pool-over-norwegian-fjord/

Probably, You Should Stay Inside This Big Idaho Potato

An incredible potato-shaped hotel is now available for rent in Boise, Idaho. Idaho state also has its own commission on the starchy: The “Idaho Potato Commission”, and boasted potatoes on its license plates. The famous six-ton ​​potato first spent seven years on the road behind a truck-trailer, scouring 48 US states to promote Idaho starch. Kristie Wolfe, tiny house specialist, then decided to add...


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/05/probably-you-should-stay-inside-this-big-idaho-potato/

The Sky Swimming Pool At This Hotel Has A Window In It

Photo by Alex Filz When noa* (network of architecture), were asked to re-design Hotel Hubertus that sits at the foot of a ski and hiking area in Valdaora, Italy, they included a new 82 foot (25m) swimming pool. The pool sits almost 40 feet (12m) above the ground and is located between the two accommodation wings of the hotel. The infinity edge pool allows guests to have uninterrupted views of the...


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/02/the-sky-swimming-pool-at-this-hotel-has-a-window-in-it/

Tundra Lodge Rolling Hotel: Sleep Among Polar Bears In The Middle Of The Arctic

Staying in this rolling hotel is known to be the ultimate polar-bear tour. You leave the hotel each day for excursions with a biologist. And you won’t just get to see the animals, you’ll get to understand them: their behaviour as well as the problems they face with climate change. You’ll stay at a moving hotel, the Tundra Lodge, so you can spend every minute possible with the polar bears.


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/01/tundra-lodge-rolling-hotel-sleep-among-polar-bears-in-the-middle-of-the-arctic/