In Helsinki, they are hiring professional sleepers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 9 April 2013

What do you mean, you work so hard, you have no time to sleep? In Helsinki a hotel is now hiring professional sleepers to test out its beds. That’s it, we’ve found our dream job.

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Hotello: A portable room you can trolley around in a trunk

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 8 April 2013

Architect Antonio Scarponi and artist Roberto de Luca recently collaborated to design Hotello, a portable 4-sqm office or hotel room that can be easily packed into a trunk — and just as easily unpacked to occupy any abandoned urban space. The movable room looks rather minimalistic, with a metal structure and a sound-absorbent curtain. Does […]

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THE HELLO TOMORROW SERIES: No cold feet at this boutique hotel

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 March 2013

Luxury boutique hotel Eccleston Square Hotel claims to be London’s most high tech hotel, and it’s easy to see why. While the rooms are gorgeous enough, they are also fitted out with 46” high-definition 3D plasma TVs, surround sound systems, iPod docking stations, VoIP phones and your very own iPad to tinker with. For those of us who hate cold bathroom floors, the marble bathrooms come with under-floor heating. If that doesn’t spoil its guests, we don’t know what will.

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World’s first cake hotel now open in Soho

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Friday 29 March 2013

Tate & Lyle Sugars has opened the world’s first hotel using entirely cake as its building material. Fittingly called Tasting House and curated by Miss Cakehead, 14 cake artists took over 2,000 hours to bake and 900 hours to decorate the three-storey edible hotel. In the eight tasting rooms you’ll find “vanilla sponge cushions, windows […]

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THE HELLO TOMORROW SERIES: The biggest architectural wave in the world?

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 22 March 2013

If someone had told us ten years ago that they could freeze a wave, we would have laughed them off. Okay, we stopped laughing. Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which looks like a breaking wave that has stopped in its tracks — yes, all 26 levels of it — comes close.

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Take a blood bath in Koh Samui. Well, not really, but kind of

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 19 March 2013

Blame us for watching too many samurai films, but the idea of taking a dip in a scarlet-red swimming pool makes us excited. At The Library, a beach-facing boutique hotel in Koh Samui owned by Kasemtham Sornsong and designed by Tirawan Songsawat, you actually can. And it’s not like you’re going to find yourself in […]

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High-tech capsule hotel with sci-fi pods

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 18 March 2013

Think capsule hotels, and it’s hard not to think about it as a bit of a squeeze. Which makes the Wink Hostel extra surprising. It’s a modern capsule hotel fitted with high-tech smart card technology — and when you enter the room, your sleeping pod actually glows and basks in lovely neon light to welcome […]

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This hotel in Belgium will pop up in random locales

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 12 February 2013

Haha, only in Belgium will you find the Sleeping Around hotel with, well, not a roving eye, but is roving nevertheless. Made from recycled shipping containers, the four-room hotel constantly pops up at new locations, aided by cranes that lift them onto a truck bed and transport them to the next ground of call. The […]

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Amazing abandoned igloo hotel in Alaska

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 29 January 2013

Developed in the 1970s, the massive four-storey Igloo City Hotel in Alaska has changed owners several times. The surreal piece of architecture remains to be fully constructed to this day, but we suspect no one from Cantwell, the nearest town 20 miles away, is complaining.

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China’s new toilet seat hotel

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 11 December 2012

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, which opens in Jan 2013, has an unusual design that’s seen it being compared — rather unkindly — to a toilet seat. Which puts it in similar company with another building in Suzhou, which has been dubbed a pair of underpants. People can be mean.

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Check in at the Batman Hotel in Taiwan

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By Mareike Muller in Cool Travel on Tuesday 27 November 2012

It´s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s, well, Batman! At least at The Edén Hotel in Taiwan. So you don´t have to travel all the way to Gotham City to find a fully equipped Batman headquarters. In the Batman Suite, you can enjoy all the tiny gimmicks and features you´re so familiar with since you were a child sitting in front of the TV.

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The ruins of the Nakagusuku hotel in Okinawa

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By ONEQ in Cool Travel on Friday 23 November 2012

Strange hotel ruins are located at the Nakagusuku castle in Okinawa. The ruins stand calmly with the sea in view. The hotel was under construction for a long time, and many people in Okinawa think that it is haunted. The old ruins are very dangerous, but it is still a beautiful site.

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Ten Days in Hell: illustrations by Brian Jerome

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By Brian Jerome in New Illustration on Monday 19 November 2012

April 6, 2010, I survived a death defying five story fall through Philadelphia’s Divine Lorraine Hotel. I spent the next ten days in ICU Psychosis in Hahnemann Hospital. During this time I had hallucinations of dead babies, riots, terrorism, hell, and 4Loko. I talked to inanimate objects, perceiving them to simply be French tourists. Six months after my recovery, I made a series illustrating my hellish voyage into my own mind. This experience has continued into my personal and illustrative work dealing with perception, memory, and mental deterioration that can strike any of us at anytime.

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The Mirrorcube Tree House-hotel in Sweden

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By Cheyenne Tulsa in Architecture on Tuesday 13 November 2012

From the country that’s home to some of the ‘worlds weirdest hotels’ comes the latest in luxury tourist attractions: The Mirrorcube. Located 60 kilometres south of the Arctic circle, in Harads, Sweden, this stunning hide-out, designed by Tham & Videgard architects, is made of light-weight aluminum which is hung around the base of a single tree.

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Hotel: a sculptural work made from scavenged signage

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By Troy Mattison Hicks in New Art on Wednesday 25 April 2012

Tom Fruinis a Brooklyn artist who just completed HOTEL, a new sculptural work made from colorful scavenged signage collected from all corners of the city over the past two decades and fronted by four-stroke red neon. The signs are made with hand-printed fruit and pizza, air conditioner repair advertisements, warnings, and phone numbers, all found in demolished pizzerias in DUMBO and in old warehouses on the Bowery. It’s a 50 foot tall marquee on the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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