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Luxury hotels should look outside the industry for design inspiration

Sydney’s planned Cockle Bay Park

Perhaps no-one would want to stay in a hotel that was a copy of Sydney’s Opera House, but they do already make reservations, in Las Vegas, for luxury hotels that include copies of the Eiffel Tower and San Marco.

There are amazing shapes already in hotel architecture – the sail shape of Burj Al Arab, Dubai, for instance.  Think what New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has done in Bangkok (Rosewood), Dubai (Atlantis), Hong Kong (Landmark Mandarin Oriental), Las Vegas (Mandarin Oriental) and Shanghai (Park Hyatt).

Now, the question is, when will Henning Larsen get into the hotel sector?  The Copenhagen-based firm, started in 1959 by Henning Larsen, has notched up such triumphs as Copenhagen Opera House and, in Reykjavik, the equally-stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre.  In Trømso, it is working on Norway’s Arctic Museum, above, and it has just won the bid for a massive development at Sydney’s planned Cockle Bay Park, which includes vertical gardens and a highly-raised park.  The gal cannot wait for this firm to enter the luxury hotel space.