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Wellness By Design: Clodagh Harnesses the Senses to Heal

NEW YORK—Good design can support well-being. Interior designer Clodagh harnesses the five senses—sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch—to create moments of healing and tranquility in the design of hotels around the world.

“To me, wellness means that everything in design addresses the mind, body and spirit. From years of design and studying, we have a pretty good idea of what helps people to be well,” said Clodagh. “In hotels, it’s supremely important to focus on well-being as travel can be exhausting; our job is to make their destination—whether it is a pool, lounge or guestroom—a joy to be in.”

Clodagh and her creative team champion a design philosophy of life-enhancing minimalism. There is also an emphasis on building a space for guests to experience. Upon entering the East Miami in the Brickell City Centre in Miami, there are green hedges around the outer deck and the area mimics the feeling of being in the front yard of a residence. It’s a presentation that is at once striking and welcoming.

“We have seven beautiful chandeliers from a Haitian artisan outside the front door. It’s a huge, covered canopy made of wood. You have the green grounding it and incredible crystals hanging off the chandelier, which references the past and future,” said Clodagh.

Another tenet of good design is the ability to appeal to all people in different ways. For Clodagh and her design team, every step of the guest’s journey has to be special. To integrate wellness into the aesthetics, healing arts are employed.

“To do that, we have this giant toolbox of consultants and, in the more spiritual sense, we tap into the teachings of bio-geometry, Feng Shui, color chromatherapy, and scour images that date back to ancient Egyptians for inspiration,” she said. “We work with texture and smoothness. You can’t have light without shadow.”

It’s not all spiritual or introspective; there are moments of fun and whimsy in the hospitality designs Clodagh brings forth.

“We’ll use tumbled limestone for a wall, so it looks ancient. And, we like to provide people with selfie moments. It’s the best way to get the word out for the hotel, so it’s helping everybody,” she said.

When leaving a property she’s designed, Clodgah hopes guests will take with them a feeling a joy and respite.

“It’s nice to create a design that evokes our curated, very carefully minimal but comfortable ethos,” she said. “We always say it’s nice if someone says when they walk into the lobby and go ‘ahhh’ or as they enter the guestroom a deep sigh of relief comes after a long journey.”

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This New Hotel Is Designed To Harness Energy From The Ocean

BY DESIRÉE KAPLAN

 

Hotels everywhere are taking steps to become leaders in sustainable architecture and design. From properties at the base of fjords in the northernmost parts of the world to resorts in tropical islands nestled among coral reefs, travel destinations are beginning to look to their local environment to harness renewable clean energy.

One architect, Margot Krasojevi?, has become known for her unique concepts which push the boundaries of ordinary and conventional designs. Her most recent work, the Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel, is designed to directly benefit from wind and ocean power.

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The hotel is structured to harness the tides to create electricity. Using eco-friendly materials, the building will be constructed using two interlocking steel frames clad in aluminum which will give the hotel structural integrity while allowing it to also sway a bit with the outside natural elements. Beneath the building, there will be water turbines that will efficiently harness the tidal movements to generate energy. The hotel was created for Yalong Bay in Hainan, an island in South China, because of the windy conditions and large waves which are ideal to work in harmony with the hotel’s semi-submerged design and structure.

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The building is designed to capture so much electricity that the hotel will be able to sell the surplus to the local grid and benefit the surrounding community. As a result, the hotel will not only offer a destination for travelers to unwind, but it will also be a self-sufficient building that can double as a sort of power plant for clean renewable energy. 

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Although renewable energy is the focal point of the unique design, the experience for visitors will also be one of a kind. The hotel’s entrance will lead to a partially submerged viewing chamber and 30 private bedrooms where guests can feel as though they are in a semi-submerged submarine as they watch the waves crash again the windows.

 

According to Krasojevi?, the inspiration for this design came from observing rock-pools and tidal power. The hotel’s close connection to the ocean tides is meant to capture the experience of surfing. By marrying interior design with practical sustainable technology, the luxury hotel hopes their plan will serve as a model for sustainable hotels everywhere.

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Krasojevi? has worked on many other seemingly impossible projects. The architect, who has architecture design studios in London and Beijing, has previously created practical buildings designs to adapt to the changing environment such as the Hydro-electric Tidal House in Cape Town, the water purifying footbridge in Amsterdam, and the Suspended Hotel Campsite in Provence. 

Her firm’s ideology can be seen through the uniques projects as they support the notion that architects should always strive to harness renewable energy through building designs. Krasojevi? believes that as the world’s climate changes, architecture should also adapt their craft and respond to the changing environment. 

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In an email interview with Green Matters, Krasojevi? shared, “The main interest in this approach to architecture is to question the relevance of building typologies when facing environmental issues, sustainability and renewable energy as one one of the main design criteria.” She continued, “Buildings should `work’ by embracing renewable energy instead of programmatically catering to redundant typologies alone. To inhabit architecture is to be responsible for the environment.”

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