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Yountville resort Bardessono stays ultra-eco while ramping up the luxury

WATG Blog (Design)·21 June 2018
When Bardessono, the ultra-high-end hotel and spa in Yountville, first opened its doors in 2009, it announced itself as “the greenest hotel in America.” But scan Bardessono’s home page now, and the slideshow of images casts a luxurious spell, with phrases like “one indulgence at a time” enticing you to book a stay in the lap of Napa Valley luxury.


WATG Blog (Design)·18 June 2018
This weekend saw Benoy crowned grand winners at WATG’s Great Architectural Bake-Off held at Guildhall Yard in The City of London with the ‘Barbicake’, an entirely edible version of the Barbican, made from a scrumptious mix of chocolate fudge, wafer, blueberry swirl, ginger and Nutella.


WATG Blog (Design)·14 June 2018
The annual Great Architectural Bake Off, organised by hospitality design agency WATG, is always a highlight of the London Festival of Architecture. Leading practices including Zaha Hadid Architects, Squire & Partners, Make Architects and Wilkinson Eyre will be creating edible works of architecture this Saturday in Guildhall Yard, with results determined by a judging panel that includes architectural writer Peter Murray and The Great British Bake Off star Tom Hetherington. The event is open to the public.

Rosewood Baha Mar

WATG Blog (Design)·13 June 2018
The design for the brand-new Rosewood Baha Mar creates a luxurious yet intimate atmosphere that invites guests to feel immediately relaxed, as though they’ve arrived at their private beachfront vacation home.


WATG Blog (Design)·13 June 2018
The Great Architectural Bake-Off returns to London for its fourth year on Saturday 16 June, with some of the world’s best architects turning their hands to bakes rather than buildings.

Hospitality trends driving innovation in workspaces

WATG Blog (Design)· 7 June 2018
A new generation of workspaces drawing on influences from the world of hospitality are becoming a rising trend, according to new research released today by global architecture firm WATG.

The New Hotel Top 20

WATG Blog (Design)·24 May 2018
To compile our annual list of the best new hotels in the world, Hemispheres went everywhere, from the beaches of Tulum to the glaciers of Alaska to the palaces of India. We have a tough job, we know, but we managed to narrow it down to our 20 favorites, and no matter what kind of traveler you are, we’re sure you’ll find a must-stay destination. Bon voyage.

Interiors inspiration: Inside the new Orient Express Grand Suites

WATG Blog (Design)·18 May 2018
Any superyacht interior designer will tell you that one of the biggest challenges they face is creating an ultra-luxurious environment in cabins and saloons that are often far smaller than the bedrooms and homes their clients have on land. This issue was also one face by design firm Wimberly Interiors when it was tasked with outfitting the new high-end grand Suites on board the Venice Simplon-Orient Express.

Question Time: How do the evolving needs of the hospitality industry and its patrons affect the architecture industry?

WATG Blog (Design)·17 May 2018
Our industry experts provide a compelling insight into the topical issues of the day. Nic Jacobs, WATG – One of the most important changes we’ve seen in the last few years is the increased appetite for localization. Hotels have always strived to be contextual within their design


WATG Blog (Design)·16 May 2018
London's architects may win competitions around the world, but this one really takes the biscuit.

Viceroy at Ombria Resort unveils first design phase

WATG Blog (Design)·15 May 2018
Ombria Resort has unveiled the design ethos behind its first phase with WATG’s Wimberly Interiors at the design helm… With an initial investment of €100 million, Ombria Resort’s first development phase in the Algarve will welcome the arrival of a new five-star Viceroy hotel. The overall design aesthetic has been developed in partnership with WATG who are responsible for the landscape architecture, WATG’s interior design firm Wimberly Interiors, and Portuguese architects Promontorio. ‘Carved by Nature’ vision draws inspiration from the features, forms, material and themes of the authentic Barrocal sub-region of the Algarve.

The World's Most Glamorous New Hotel Suites Are . . . on a Train

WATG Blog (Design)·27 April 2018
AD gets a first look at the the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’s jaw-dropping, just-debuted accommodations. If there’s any mode of transportation capable of bringing back the golden age of travel, it’s the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Long before TSA Precheck, train travel was the most efficient mode of transportation in Europe, and the Orient Express ferried affluent passengers on routes connecting Istanbul, London, and cities in between starting in 1883. And though it’s certainly not the fastest way to get around today, it’s by far the best way to take in the scenery.

Trendspotting in Milan

WATG Blog (Design)·27 April 2018
From a design perspective, the annual Salone del Mobile (Milan Design Week) is the Oscars of interior design, it celebrates innovation, creativity and sets the scene for emerging trends. This year’s event focussed on the latest innovations in sustainability, from micro-living, vegan furniture, ‘guiltless plastic’, to revitalising traditional design techniques.

A robot can build this $300,000 home in four months

WATG Blog (Design)·18 April 2018
Constructing a home by hand can be both expensive and time-consuming, especially when the home features a custom design. Some homebuilders have chosen to automate part of the construction process instead. A new architectural startup called Branch Technology uses 3D-printing robots that can construct parts for homes.

Magnificent beachfront tropical resort at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali

WATG Blog (Design)·13 April 2018
Your one-stop vacation on redefining luxury living; architects and design firm WATG has incorporated The Ritz-Carlton Bali hotel with an island inspiration and cutting edge style to create the ultimate beach resort experience for you. Set over 12.7 hectares on Bali’s south east coast, the acclaimed luxury beachfront resort sweeps dramatically from a towering limestone cliff down to the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean. The thoughtful, highly integrated design with respect for the environment and local Balinese culture makes its a memorable tropical resort experience for all.

4 train journeys that are smarter than a 5-star hotel

WATG Blog (Design)·10 April 2018
The golden age of riding the rails is back The Orient Express has just unveiled three grand suites on the classic journey from London to Venice. The train’s first ever ensuite cabins (no more loo-sharing with Poirot) are named after its most famous destinations. Rachel Johnson (no, not that one), of Wimberly Interiors, is the brains behind the designs, and she has attributed a style to each one – elegance for Paris, grandeur for Venice and opulence for Istanbul. All three will be resplendent with the train’s art-deco signature style, as well as original polished-brass hardware, pedigree Lalique and Murano glass all over the place. Sell a kidney now for a reservation.

On the road with Muriel Muirden

WATG Blog (Design)· 3 April 2018
Muriel Muirden travels worldwide in her role as Executive VP and Chairwoman of design firm WATG. Hong Kong, the unspoilt beauty of the Scottish Highlands, the wildlife in the Serengeti… I’ve had a fabulous career and am privileged to have travelled to amazing places and spent time with inspiring people.

Curvaceous 3D-Printed House Advances Toward Construction

WATG Blog (Design)·22 March 2018
The urban studio of architecture firm WATG and 3D-fabrication company Branch Technology have completed structural testing for what they say will be the world’s first “freeform” printed house. Completion of this validation process, performed in accordance with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards, moves the 1,000-square foot demonstration project one step closer to reality. The design and fabrication team, which includes structural consultants Thornton Tomasetti and mechanical engineers Integral, expects to complete construction on a site at Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee by early 2019.

Behind the Scenes

WATG Blog (Design)·12 March 2018
Christine McGinnis talks technology, change and east meets west. Christine McGinnis is a force to be reckoned with. Heading up the WATG Asia Pacific design studio, she has worked on a plethora of projects throughout the region. She spoke us ahead of the Asia ceremony to discuss blurred lines, frontrunners in the industry and the hidden must-stay hotel in Siem Reap.

Case Study innovation finds modern echo in 3D-printed house

WATG Blog (Design)·27 February 2018
A geometrically complex, factory fabricated home is planned for a site in Tennessee A hybrid 3D-printed house inspired by a kit of parts approach to construction pioneered in 1940s Los Angeles is due to break ground in Tennessee this spring. Curve Appeal is a geometrically complex, open plan family home, designed by US-based architect WATG. The studio won a competition to design the first home to be built using the ‘Freeform’ printing process developed by large scale 3D printing specialist Branch Technology.

Country Spotlight: Going Off Piste in South Korea

WATG Blog (Design)·13 February 2018
From staggeringly beautiful islands to the vibrant culture, bustling cities, and ‘Korean Wave’ phenomenon, South Korea is a destination on the rise. South Korea attracts travellers from across the globe, domestic travel represented 70% of total tourists in 2017, and international tourist arrivals have doubled in the past decade. China currently dominates the international market, accounting for 36% of visitors in 2017, due, in large part to China’s unstoppable enthusiasm and love for Korean culture.

The World's First Freeform 3D-Printed House Enters Development Phase

WATG Blog (Design)·31 January 2018
WATG Urban’s first prize design for The Freeform Home Design Challenge in 2016 is now moving one step closer to becoming a reality. Since winning the competition, WATG‘s Chicago office has been developing the winning design, dubbed Curve Appeal, alongside Branch Technology. Curve Appeal is now undergoing the “wall section testing, research and development phase” with an anticipated goal of breaking ground later this year. This revolutionary project could change the way we construct complex, freeform structures.

A house with curve appeal

WATG Blog (Design)·24 January 2018
The wall section testing, research and development phase of WATG’s 3D printed house is currently underway. In 2016, the WATG Urban design team were awarded first prize in The Freeform Home Design Challenge; a competition commissioned by Branch Technology to design the world’s first freeform 3D printed house, which explores how 3D printing technology can improve our built environment and lives today.

Bellagio and the Bund: A Little Bit of Vegas Opens in Shanghai

WATG Blog (Design)·10 January 2018
Bellagio’s first ever hotel outside of North America officially opened at the start of the year, bringing a little bit of that garish Vegas chic to the historic Bund in China’s most dynamic city. Bellagio Shanghai – part of The Leading Hotels of the World family – finally opened their highly-anticipated hotel at the start of the month to create a sister hotel to their famous Bellagio Towers in Las Vegas.

The best new luxury hotels of 2017

WATG Blog (Design)·18 December 2017
The hottest luxury hotel openings of 2017. Be the first to explore my selection of the best new luxury hotels, 60 in total, that opened their doors in 2017. Some of these hotel are managed by world’s most exclusive hotel brands. Amongst the list are four WATG projects:

Bellagio's first ever hotel outside North America reveals spectacular design

WATG Blog (Design)·18 December 2017
Bellagio Shanghai is the sibling hotel to the renowned Bellagio Towers in Las Vegas and Bellagio’s first ever hotel outside North America. WATG, one of the world’s leading hospitality design firm, and Wimberly Interiors, the interior design studio of WATG, worked alongside the Bellagio brand to raise the bar of hotel design in Shanghai, China’s most vibrant city, known as ‘The Paris of the East,’ and ‘the New York of the West’.


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