A shortlist has then been compiled by a judging panel of industry experts, such as founder partner of AvroKO, William Harris, managing director of Swire Hotels, Toby Smith, and curatorial director of BAR Studio, Rowena Hockin. Check the Best Hospitality Project in Asia for Resort’s category
Mason, Pattaya, Thailand
An iconic beachfront property on the quiet Na Jomtien beach, Mason is a natural extension of the rock hill it sits on—one with unparalleled views of the world famous Pattaya Bay.
Designed by award-winning Bangkok-based VaSLab Architecture, this resort in Thailand’s coastal city of Pattaya is rich in metaphorical associations. There are no elaborate carvings or heavy teak columns here. Instead, surfaces are skewed and sliced to perform an energetic, contemporary spatial dance.
Shishi-Iwa House, Karuizawa, Japan
One of the best hospitality project in Asia to be shortlisted is Shishi-Iwa House, a boutique hotel designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. It has just 10 rooms, which are nestled amongst the forested woodlands of Karuizawa in Japan. The Hotel concept is a kind of spiritual and physical retreat based on the relationship between human beings, nature and architecture.
Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand, Rishikesh, India
Also on the shortlist is the Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, a modern hotel that’s set against the dense rainforests of Malaysia. Contemporary and yet endowed with rustic materials and provincial flourishes, the resort is an architectural tribute to the Garhwal region and the outer Himalayas. The interiors interpret the vernacular highlights of the region and are infused liberally with local materials found in the nearby villages.
This 12.5-acre luxury resort with its eco-friendly habitat is designed to not intrude on its premises. It creates a series of alternating spatial experiences that compound its organic feel.
Six Senses, Buthan
Six Senses Bhutan presented a unique and challenging project in terms of size and location. The challenge was to adapt each hotel to its physical surroundings and also attain individuality for each hotel concept. For example, the model shown depicts the concept for Punakha. Here rice fields are a predominant geographical feature and are incorporated into the design.
The traditional Bhutanese house is an outstanding example of sustainable architecture. Building materials consist of timber, stone, and earth—all of which are abundantly available locally and can be sustainably harvested.
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Shortlist of The Best Hospitality Project in Asia | 2020