Having been stripped back to their bare architectural bones, these designer restoration hotels have their roots in heritage, modernism and heart. Often discovered in an often ruinous state, these salvaged beauties are a testament to the owners' dreams and vision - turning them into a unique genre of cool design dens.
It takes a curatorial eye and a great deal of patience, money and passion for turning a derelict building into your dream hotel. Yet rather than trying to "re-create history", which frankly never really works, these icons have bravely opted for the purest, modernist interior notes. The "look" always comes with a statement of clear design, form, function and calculated simplicity with sleek interior combos of old & modern that are a dramatic and added wow factor of creative discipline.