Remodern's 2020 dream getaways for design lovers
If you, like us, have an ever-growing list of overseas destinations that satisfy your love of travel and design, then grab your pen because that list is about to get longer. These stunning architect-designed homes and hotels in some of the world’s most beautiful locations deserve a place on your wish list. The architecture and design will inspire you, and the settings are perfect for some rest and relaxation.
Puerto Escondido is a laidback surf town on the southwest coast of Mexico. Looking out to the pristine white beach, Casa Orgullosa blends concrete and timber in a refined brutalist, Mexican aesthetic. Venezuelan architect Alberto Calleja designed the holiday house, which has a strong connection to nature. Set amidst the forested landscape, the mirror-image structures are built with raw and natural local materials and traditional craftsmanship techniques.
The Kumaon by Zowa Architects is a luxury hotel perched atop a mountain in Uttarakhan in northern India. The hotel is a contemporary interpretation of the local vernacular, constructed with bamboo, stone, pinewood and ash brick, and built by handymen, artisans and stonemasons from adjoining villages and communities. The rooftop is perfect for a taking in the breathtaking sunset and spotting leopards that roam the valley below.
Set against an arid landscape of olive groves, Villa Cardo is a luxury villa inspired by the dazzling white town of Ostuni nearby. Architect Andrew Trotter took cues from the traditional cubic houses found across Puglia to design the peaceful retreat. Platforms and staircases connect the bold white forms, and arches create calm and comfortable interior spaces.
Mexican architect Alberto Kalach tapped into the natural environment of Valle de Bravo to design Casa Los Ailes, which comprises six three-story houses offering views of the surrounding mountains. Kalach used brick, wood, concrete and glass together through playful and dynamic geometric shapes and silhouettes.
Unité d’Habitation is Le Corbusier’s influential Brutalist building that reimagined high-density living in the post-war era. Le Corbusier designed the breton brut structure like an ocean liner, with balconies deep-set windows and splashes of colour. You can experience Unité d’Habitation for yourself with a stay in one of the apartments. And while it has been painted, much of the interior appears to remain and you’ll certainly get a feel for the original layout, functionality and proportions.
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