Enrich launches Hotel Booking Platform ·

Enrich launches Hotel Booking Platform

Members of Malaysia Airlines’ Frequent Flyer Programme can now earn and redeem Enrich Miles for their hotel stays

Enrich, the frequent flyer programme of Malaysia Airlines continues to enhance its world of rewards with the launch of Enrich Hotels, a convenient platform to book your next hotel stay.

With an extensive selection of over 400,000 hotel properties worldwide ranging from boutique hotels to international resorts that suit all needs and preferences, Enrich members can choose how they want to get rewarded. They can earn up to 15,000 Enrich Miles for every night of their stay or redeem for free or discounted room stays from as low as 1,000 Enrich Miles.

Lau Yin May, Malaysia Airlines’ Group Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer, said: “We want to create more avenues to maximise Enrich members’ travel and lifestyle experience. With Enrich Hotels, our members can earn Miles for hotel bookings and use their Miles for free flights on Malaysia Airlines or for another free night stay. Self-booking has become increasingly popular and Enrich Hotels is a compelling, relevant product as it differentiates itself by providing Miles rewards to drive usage and loyalty among our frequent flyers.”

The booking platform offers great deals and promotions to get travellers on vacation faster. From today until 31 December 2019, Enrich members who have made successful bookings at Enrich Hotels will automatically be in the running for the contest to win 10,000 Enrich Miles. Non-members can sign-up for free vie the Malaysia Airlines website.

Earn and redeem Enrich Miles today with Enrich Hotels at enrichhotels.com. For more details, visit https://www.malaysiaairlines.com

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Lufthansa fills important airline leadership positions ·

Lufthansa fills important airline leadership positions

Jens Bischof will become CEO of Eurowings
Dieter Vranckx will take over from Christina Foerster as the new CEO of Brussels Airlines
Patrick Staudacher, Boston Consulting Group, will join Lufthansa Group and take over the reoriented position of Lufthansa Airline CFO

The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has appointed new CEOs for Eurowings and Brussels Airlines. Jens Bischof will take over as chairman of Eurowings on 1 March 2020. As of 1 January 2020, Dieter Vranckx will be CEO of Brussels Airlines.

Jens Bischof, currently CEO of SunExpress, is taking over the leadership of Germany’s second-largest airline and the third-largest point-to-point airline in Europe. Eurowings will welcome more than 38 million passengers on board this year. The airline currently employs 8,000 people and has an annual sales volume of more than four billion euros. The airline is expected to return to profitability in 2021.

Jens Bischof (54) began his career with the group in 1990, holding several leadership positions during this time. He managed the passenger business of Lufthansa in North and South America and was responsible for the global sales organization as Member of the Executive Board at Lufthansa Passage and Chief Commercial Officer. In the past three years as CEO of SunExpress, he has successfully realigned the company, significantly expanded it and successfully positioned it economically.

Dieter Vranckx will take over as CEO of Brussels Airlines effective 1 January 2020, succeeding Christina Foerster. The Belgian native has been Chief Financial Officer and deputy CEO of the airline’s Management Board since 1 May 2018.

Dieter Vranckx (46) has held several senior positions at Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 2001. Prior to serving as CFO of Brussels Airlines between 2016 and 2018, he was responsible for the group’s sales and for the marketing activities for the Lufthansa Group airlines in the Asia-Pacific region, operating out of Singapore. Before that, among other things, he was Vice President at Swiss WorldCargo with responsibility for Asia and Africa.

Patrick Staudacher will join Lufthansa Group on 1 May 2020. He will take over the reoriented position of CFO & Head of Business Development for the Lufthansa core brand. The appointment also takes place with a view towards the planned legal independence of the Lufthansa airline. Patrick Staudacher (43) has been with Boston Consulting Group since 2008. Most recently, he was a senior partner there and an expert for the areas airlines, aerospace and post-merger integration.

“With the quick decision for the new management of Eurowings and Brussels Airlines as well as the realignment of the CFO position at the Lufthansa airline, we are systematically continuing our modernization course. With Jens Bischof, we have appointed an outstanding CEO for Eurowings. He will continue to lead the airline with a high level of autonomy, complete the turnaround that has begun, and position the airline as a strong and popular brand for passengers and employees. Going forward, Brussels Airlines in Belgium will have a first-class and very experienced airline manager in Dieter Vranckx who will continue to push forward on the course that has been charted. We are also pleased to welcome Patrick Staudacher to the executive team, who will provide new impulses for the leadership and development of the Lufthansa airline,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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Emirates touches down in Mexico City ·

Emirates touches down in Mexico City

Emirates celebrated the inaugural flight of its new daily service from Dubai to Mexico City via Barcelona. The Emirates Boeing 777-200LR touched down in Mexico City on 9th December, marking the airline’s first passenger flight to Mexico.

Emirates flight EK255, with a group of VIP guests and media on board, was welcomed by Mexico International Airport with a water cannon salute.

Salem Obaidalla, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Americas said: “We are excited to start a new chapter in Emirates’ history, offering a seamless connection between Dubai, Barcelona and Mexico City. We expect this service to generate high demand and enhance business, culture and leisure connections as well as boost tourism and commerce between these markets.”

“Emirates’ arrival in Mexico City via Barcelona yesterday is the culmination of a lot of planning and hard work. We would like to thank the authorities and our partners in both Spain and Mexico for their support of the new route and look forward to provide our unique product and award-winning service to travellers,” he added.

The aircraft deployed on the route is Emirates’ newly refurbished two-class Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 layout, and 264 seats in Economy Class. While the Business Class seats are in the same design and shape of Emirates’ latest lie-flat seats, they are now two inches wider for a more comfortable journey.

In addition, the new Business Class cabin features a social area – unique to the Boeing 777-200LR fleet. The mini lounge area features snacks such as crisps, sandwiches and fruit, as well as beverages for customers to help themselves to during the flight. Economy Class seats onboard the 777-200LR have also been refreshed to the latest colour palette of soft greys and blues. The ergonomically designed seats come with full leather headrests that have flexible side panels and can also be adjusted vertically for optimum support.

Customers in all classes can enjoy up to 4,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on ice with 600 movies, over 200 hours of TV, and thousands of music tracks every month. The aircraft is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Live TV across all classes.

The new 777 flight also offers up to 14 tonnes of cargo, opening up access to more global markets for Mexican exports such as avocados, berries, and other fresh produce. Emirates SkyCargo has been flying freighters to/from Mexico City since 2014 already and since April 2018 has carried over 33,000 tonnes of cargo on the route.

Mexico City is the largest city of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. Mexico’s capital is one of the most important cultural and financial centres in the Americas, accounting for nearly a third of the nation’s GDP. Located in the Valley of Mexico at an altitude of 2,240 metres, the city is famous for its historic centre known as Zocalo, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mexico City is also an important trade and industrial city, specifically in the automotive, medical supplies and pharmaceutical industries.

Dubai is also increasing in popularity with Mexican travellers with many attractive offerings including world-class shopping, eclectic architecture, and iconic landmarks including the world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa and one of the world’s largest malls – The Dubai Mall. Travelers enjoy visiting the city for its year-round sunshine, stunning beaches and fine dining options including Michelin star restaurants.

Nationals of Mexico, Spain and the UAE do not require visas to travel to any of the three countries and Emirates’ new daily service will allow travel between these destinations in style and comfort. Emirates flight EK 255 departs Dubai at 03:30 local time, arriving in Barcelona at 08:00 before departing again at 09:55 and arriving into Mexico City at 16:15 on the same day. The return flight EK256 departs Mexico City at 19:40 local time, arriving in Barcelona the next day at 13:25. EK256 departs once again from Barcelona at 15:10 bound for Dubai where it arrives at 00:45 the following day, facilitating convenient onward connections to numerous destinations in India, South East Asia and the Middle East.

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Seven Seas Splendor to permanently feature fine Art Collection ·

Seven Seas Splendor to permanently feature fine Art Collection

 Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line, today unveiled details of the breathtaking US$5 million art collection to be permanently displayed aboard Seven Seas SplendorTM. Taking nearly two years to curate and commission, the 300-piece collection is sourced from artists and galleries from around the world and will debut when the new ship launches in February 2020.

“Artwork featured on Seven Seas Splendor is one of the most discerningly curated collections of museum-quality 20th and 21st century art on the seas,” said Frank Del Rio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., who personally commissioned artwork for the ship. “We created a contemporary fine art collection that transforms each space with thoughtfulness, color and inspired creativity to perfect the ambience of luxury. This is truly a cohesive collection our guests will appreciate, with each piece impeccably displayed in public areas and in guest suites throughout this magnificent ship.”

The collection features works from more than 200 artists across dozens of mediums, including:

·         Pablo Picasso (Lithograph and Print). Two Picasso works are on display in Prime 7 and in the Regent Suite.

·         Eduardo Arranz-Bravo (Oil on Canvas). Arranz-Bravo’s works are on display in Prime 7 and in the Atrium.

·         Juan Roberto Diago (Mixed Media on Canvas). Diago’s works are on display in Coffee Connection.

·         Roberto Matta (Oil on Canvas). Matta’s Ouvrez c’est Nous is on display in the Atrium.

·         Wifredo Lam (Gouache, pastel and charcoal on paper load on canvas). Lam’s work is on display in the Regent Suite.

·        Duncan McClellan (Glass). Two hand-blown glass sculptures capture the focus of conversation in the Observation Lounge with fiery colors and sleek curves.

·         Joan Miró (Aquatint and Carborundum, Lithographs). Miró’s works are on display in Prime 7.

·        Alexander Krishonov (Bronze Sculpture). Krishonov’s bronze sculpture is on display in Serene Spa & WellnessTM.

Reflecting an extensive and diverse collection featuring modern and classic artists, the works are presented in all areas of Seven Seas Splendor, from restaurants and lounges to hallways and restrooms, complementing the ship’s elegant interior design. Great thought was given to the positioning of the pieces, beyond how they would appear in the space.

For example, there is historical significance of Joan Miró’s The Bullfighter Move on display next to Eduardo Arranz-Bravo’s Bull in Prime 7, the ship’s premier steakhouse. Miró’s and Arranz-Bravo’s work showed at the same prestigious Sala Gaspar Gallery in Spain in 1969, the same year The Bullfighter Move was created. Miró, age 76 at the time, was well-established internationally as one of Spain’s masters. He became more familiar with the talent of 28-year old Arranz-Bravo’s works through this showing, and championed Arranz-Bravo as an emerging artist and helped him rise to worldwide acclaim. Now, their work will be forever displayed next to each other on Seven Seas Splendor.

“We are proud to partner with the array of contemporary artists whose pieces are featured and share their amazing talent with our guests to enjoy,” Del Rio said. “By including their art in the Seven Seas Splendor collection, my hope is more people will become familiar with these wonderful international artists, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure to personally meet along the journey of curating this collection.”

An installation that will become an iconic sculpture aboard Seven Seas Splendor is the dramatic mythical dragon rising from under the floor and swirling through the large space up through the ceiling to greet guests in front of Pacific Rim, the ship’s exquisite Pan-Asian restaurant. Holding a supernatural pearl, the cast bronze dragon is an embodiment of good luck in Asian culture. Guests walk through the winding, life-size dragon to enter Pacific Rim.

Dramatic chandeliers, which were commissioned and are also works of art, add to the sophisticated décor. They reflect light in a beautiful balance between drawing attention to their marvellous designs and filling the room with warmth and clarity. These fixtures include:

Atrium Grand Chandelier. The Lasvit Glass art fixture features five rings with 358 clear Bohemian crystal hand-blown glass rods. It took five craftsmen three weeks to carefully install.

Grand Chandelier in Compass Rose Restaurant. With 870 illuminated glass panels, this nearly 2800-kilogram chandelier is comprised of stainless steel and hand-blown glass and took three craftsmen 10 days to meticulously install.

In total, there are 216 exquisitely designed crystal chandeliers in restaurants, lounges and in other public spaces on Seven Seas Splendor, with another 119 crystal chandeliers inside the spacious suites and 218 chandeliers illuminating the ship’s corridors.

About Seven Seas Splendor

Currently being built in Ancona, Italy, Seven Seas Splendor will offer her 750 guests the most luxurious accommodation as she sails to the world’s iconic destinations and less-familiar hidden gems.

The all-suite, all-balcony ship is a work of art, from bow to stern, perfecting uncompromised luxury with elegance, comfort and personalised guest service. More than 4,275 square-metres of Italian marble will adorn Seven Seas Splendor – over an acre of marble – and her 375 suites include nearly 4,820 square-metres of balcony space – among the largest balconies at sea. The beautifully appointed suites range from the 28 square-metre Veranda Suite to the lavish 412 square-metre Regent Suite.

The Regent Suite sets the tone for Seven Seas Splendor’s 14 other astonishing suite categories in offering the most luxurious accommodation at sea. It features the ultimate comfort of a US$200,000 Hästens Vividus custom handmade mattress, an in-suite spa retreat featuring a personal sauna, steam room and treatment area with unlimited spa treatments, unobstructed 270-degree views over Seven Seas Splendor’s bow from the 120 square-metre wraparound veranda, and a glass-enclosed solarium sitting area on top of the bridge for a Captain’s view to see the world’s most beautiful destinations. Guests in the Regent Suite also enjoy a dedicated personal butler to manage all the details of the guests’ experience, and a personal car with driver and guide in every port.

Seven Seas Splendor will feature a multi-million-dollar art collection, a Culinary Arts Kitchen with 18 stations for hands-on gourmet cooking demonstrations presented by master chef instructors, and Serene Spa & WellnessTM, a new globally inspired spa brand created for Seven Seas Splendor offering exclusive treatments that integrate techniques and ingredients from destinations around the world to soothe both the body and mind.

The ship’s exquisite restaurants include Compass Rose, the largest speciality restaurant at sea; Pacific Rim, a dramatic Pan-Asian restaurant with a mythical dragon greeting guests; Prime 7, an intimate and elegant steakhouse; Chartreuse, featuring classic French fare with a modern twist; and Sette Mari at La Veranda, serving guests authentic Italian specialities and featuring stunning, over-water alcove seating that jets out over the ocean for an even closer connection to the sea, surrounded on three sides by inspiring, magnificent views.

During her inaugural 2020 season, Seven Seas Splendor will sail the Caribbean and Mediterranean, helmed by 30-year veteran Captain Serena Melani.

About Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers an unrivalled experience to luxury travellers. The cruise line’s modern four-ship fleet — Seven Seas Explorer®, Seven Seas Mariner®, Seven Seas Navigator® and Seven Seas Voyager® — sails to more than 450 iconic and immersive destinations around the world and reflects US$150 million in stunning refurbishments over the past three years. Regent will add Seven Seas Splendor™ in 2020 as the fleet’s fifth ship and then grow by a sixth ship in 2023. Every luxury is included in Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyages, such as all-suite accommodation, the largest collection of unlimited shore excursions, unlimited internet access, highly personalised service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, pre-paid gratuities, transfer between hotel and ship and one-night, pre-cruise hotel packages for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and higher. To learn more, please visit www.RSSC.com, call 1300 455 200 (AU) or 0800 625 692 (NZ) or contact your preferred travel agent to enquire about specific Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyages.

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The local wisdom of health and wellness ·

The local wisdom of health and wellness

Local wisdom holds a highly respected place in communities of all sizes throughout Thailand, employing knowledge and traditions that are faithfully passed on from generation to generation. It’s applied in various areas of everyday life, including health and wellness. Particular locations or attractions are often renowned for a certain expertise or wisdom; such as, the following in each of the kingdom’s five regions.

Central Region – Abhaibhubejhr Day Spa and Museum in Prachin Buri
Prachin Buri province is known for its herbal plants and traditional Thai medicines, and is often referred to as Thailand’s herbal city. A lot about medical local wisdom can be learned here and an interesting place to start is the Abhaibhubejhr Thai Herbal Medicine Museum which – much as its name suggests – is dedicated to preserving and showcasing traditional Thai medicine knowledge.

This building of Baroque architectural style in Prachin Buri town was once used as a reception hall for King Rama VI and other members of the Royal Family. It now houses Thai herbal medicine textbooks, folk medicine items and old medicine-making equipment.

There’s also a traditional Thai drugstore, which emanates a historical ambience with its old medical cabinets, drug counter, herbs cabinet and glass jars used for macerating herbs. Visitors can purchase the Abhaibhubejhr brand of processed herbal medicine.

After having explored the Museum, visitors can make their way to the Abhaibhubejhr Day Spa. This was created as part of a social enterprise and provides spa services and treatments. Visitors may, for example, like to try the ‘Pao Ya’ abdominal fire therapy, which is a traditional treatment that helps decrease indigestion and allergies.

The Northeast – Buddhist Meditation Retreats
Those interested in doing a Buddhist meditation retreat may choose to do so at a temple in Northeast Thailand. Many of the monasteries in the Northeast fall under the Thai forest tradition, in which monastics aim to live as closely to how the Buddha lived as possible. Hallmarks of this tradition include living in the forest, using the human body as a meditation subject and maintaining mindfulness in all activities.

A multi-day retreat typically involves rising at 05.00 Hrs., not eating after noon, staying in basic accommodation, wearing non-revealing white clothes and following the Eight Precepts or in some cases only the Five Moral Precepts and possibly performing daily chores. There is usually a mix of seated and walking meditation along with listening to Dhamma talks and meeting with instructors.

For those concerned about possible communication issues, Wat Pah Nanachat in Ubon Ratchathani is a forest temple that uses English as the primary language. The day starts particularly early though – at 03.00 Hrs. – and men who stay longer than a week are expected to shave their heads and eyebrows.

The South – Ranong Hot Springs
Ranong’s hot springs have long been reputed for their medicinal properties and this, together with their rustic outdoor appeal, see them continue to draw both foreign and Thai visitors. The springs, of which the closest are a convenient 2 kilometres from Ranong town in Raksawarin Park, are probably the most popular attraction in the surrounding area.

Set in the pleasant park landscape, there are three natural springs offering differing water temperature from a soothing 40 degrees Celsius up to a rather hot 65 degrees Celsius. The springs were remodelled in recent years and this prompted the opening of several small boutique hotels nearby, which cater to visitors seeking a hot springs dip in the spirit of health and wellness.

A bit further out of town is the Pornrang Hot Springs, a quieter spot situated just inside the Ngao Waterfall National Park. There’s a river running close by the hot springs which present the opportunity to take a dip in this cool water and then go over to the spring to warm up.

The East – Chong Chang Tune Live Ecomuseum in Trat
These days the different types of massage available are as varied as the multitude of herbs and oils that can be used in the treatments. Thus, it takes something quite out-of-the-ordinary to stand a particular massage apart from the rest.

Sitting encompassed in a chicken coop with just your head poking out of the top for an herbal steam bath in a tropical Thai countryside setting surely must qualify. This is an exotic treatment that can be enjoyed at Chong Chang Tune Live Ecomuseum, located in Bo Rai district around 50 minutes by car from Trat town.

The rather unique treatment is a highlight of the ‘living museum’ experience that’s on offer to visitors by the local Chong community incorporating local wisdom. The herbs used in the chicken coop steam bath, for example, are gathered from the village’s surrounding countryside. And following the steam bath, there’s a white fragrant mud body scrub in the nearby river.

 The North – Ban Rai Kong Khing in Chiang Mai
‘Yam Khang’ is a traditional Lanna-style massage technique that’s been passed down through the generations. Also known as Thai traditional fire therapy, it involves the masseuse (normally men) using the soles of their feet – which they have dipped in healing herbs and oils and heated in a precise way – on the pressure points of the body. The treatment is aimed at relieving muscles, tendons and bone pain and also numbness.

You won’t, however, find the Yam Khang massage widely available. It’s considered somewhat of a sacred practice and only certain places will offer this.

Ban Rai Kong Khing in Hang Dong district around a 30-minute drive from Chiang Mai city is one place you can experience Yam Khang. A community-based tourism initiative, the village has been recognised with awards for its approach to sustainable development and as an outstanding Lanna cultural experience.

There are some 700 families involved in the initiative, and visitors to the village will notice how it indeed feels like a community. Everybody pitches in, some working as guides, some cooking and others tending to livestock and various other roles. This paves the way for a number of activities that can be enjoyed at Ban Rai Kong Khing in addition to the Yam Khang massage; such as, learning to cook local dishes, making handicrafts and exploring the area on bicycle.

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Silly passenger mistake behind missing luggage

Lost luggage is a nightmare, and often the blame is pointed squarely at the airline.

But sometimes it’s our own fault.

A travel expert has revealed the silly mistake travellers make that is behind many suitcases getting lost and being sent to the wrong destination after checking in.

It seems many of us are in the bad habit of not removing old luggage tags from our bags – the tags that are printed and attracted to our bags at the check-in counter.

On a post in Reddit, the expert explained: “Not a secret, just common sense: the reason some bags miss their flight or get misrouted is because passengers don’t remove old tags.

“It confuses handlers as well as the conveyor belt scanners. I see it happen all the time.”

Old tags on suitcases could confuse baggage handlers.Source:Supplied

The bag tags, which are printed with a barcode, are used for identification and tracking and are meant to ensure the bag reaches its intended destination.

According to Sita, which monitors global baggage handling, 24.8 million bags went missing in 2018 — although that’s out of a massive 4.3 billion bags handled globally.

And it’s a big improvement on the 46.9 million that got lost in 2007, the BBC reported in June.

Problems with flights transferred or delayed have been blamed for many of those missing bags, while others have been attributed to passengers or handlers picking up the wrong one.

It was one of many reasons luggage went missing.Source:istock

But there are some tips to help ensure your bag arrives at the intended destination efficiently and safely.

As well as removing old bag tags, take a photo of your bag before checking it in. If it is one of the millions that go missing every year, it will be easier for staff to find it if they know what they’re looking for.

Savvy travellers also recommend plastering your suitcase with a “fragile” sticker to not only ensure it’s handled with more care but put on top of the pile, which means you should get it first when it comes out of the plane.

Travellers are also advised to never put their home address on their suitcase, as it merely tells potential burglars you’ve gone away and left that home empty.

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Experience a ‘Night at the Museum’ in Richmond, Virginia

Warm. Cozy. Inviting.

Words regularly used to describe hotels.

Words never used to describe Edward Hopper paintings.

Hopper (1882–1967) painted isolation. He painted cold, hard surfaces. He painted loneliness. He did so with a silent, aching, insightful mastery.

All of these attributes are on display in his most famous painting, an image you are surely familiar with, Nighthawks. Nighthawks is the street-level café scene viewed from the outside-in looking at a dapperly dressed mid-century couple, a man with his back to the viewer and an employee behind the counter, all disconnected—lost in their individual thoughts—despite their physical proximity.

The image has been endlessly parodied with the likes of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and characters from “The Simpsons” occupying the café stools.

Despite the inhospitality of Hopper’s painting, he was a prolific painter of hospitality scenes—hotel and motel rooms, lobbies and exteriors and the restaurants, entertainment and services offered there. That is the focus at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia through February 3rd during its exhibition, Edward Hopper and the American Hotel.

“His hospitality services pictures are visual meditations on the look, character, and psychology—our experiences—of these lodgings,” Dr. Leo G. Mazow, VMFA’s Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art and curator of Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, said. “Hopper’s works are prompts for deep consideration of these common, yet emotionally charged, spaces.”

As frequent travelers, especially, these images should elicit meaningful reactions and memories from us as we so regularly inhabit these spaces.

The VMFA takes its presentation of Hopper beyond a traditional look at one of America’s greatest painters by offering guests a chance to spend a night in one of his hotel paintings. Literally. The Hopper Hotel Experience puts visitors “inside” his Western Motel painting of the Western Motel in El Paso, Texas with the museum painstakingly recreating every detail from the picture.

The museum’s design team looked to Hopper’s paintings and period sources such as magazines and advertisements, converting those patterns and objects into three-dimensions. Local and in-house designers, upholsterers and carpenters fabricated the accommodation.

The museum’s production shop crafted the bed from scratch.

A local painter, with an assistant, painted the illusionist backdrop of mesas, sky and the green Buick.

The room was arranged on an angle to suggest the trapezoids of the painting which also has the motel room on an angle.

A real-life “Night at the Museum” experience.

If partaking in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity appeals to you, you’re not alone. All of the museum’s more economical Hopper Hotel Experience A and B packages were booked within 48 hours of introduction and all packages sold out within a week and a half. The popularity of the experience has surprised museum officials with guests having booked from as far away as Italy.

Unfortunately at this time, there are no plans to add additional guest nights. You won’t have any luck trying to stay in the original Western Motel in El Paso either. It has closed.

Where can you come up close with Hopper?

Nighthawks is on permanent view at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York holds the largest collection of his work and always has a fine selection displayed.

But to put yourself “inside” a Hopper painting, consider a visit to Maine. In contrast to his later-career city scenes and interiors which created his legend, Hopper’s early work prominently featured the wind-swept cliffs, lighthouses and seascapes found along the Northeastern seaboard, particularly Maine. While hinting at what was to come, these early paintings lack the uncanny isolation and sparseness of his mature work.

Hopper created almost 100 paintings, drawings, watercolors and prints during the nine summers he spent in Maine during the 1910s and 1920s.

Capt. Upton’s House, the lighthouse keeper’s residence at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth. The Dories, Ogunquit, small fishing boats bobbing on the water in the tiny seaside village of Ogunquit. Pemaquid Light depicting Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol.

Each location remains similar to how Hopper viewed them almost 100 years ago, allowing you to occupy the space, to inhabit the paintings.

Hopper wasn’t the only prominent American artist drawn to Maine’s natural beauty. Andrew Wyeth, Robert Henri and Winslow Homer are, but a few of the others who spent extensive time there working. Work which can be seen along the Maine Art Museum Trail.

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The 'Little Women' Trip You’ll Want to Take in Massachusetts



a small house surrounded by trees with Squire's Castle in the background: The “Little Women” Trip You’ll Want to Take in Massachusetts

The new Little Women movie, which will be released on December 25, 2019, was adapted and directed by Greta Gerwig and offers a fresh take in aiming for authenticity. It was shot in Boston, Concord, and surrounding small towns; locations include a schoolroom that Bronson Alcott, Louisa’s father, taught in. Other locales include the Thayer estate in Lancaster (it’s on the market if you have about $3 million to spend and need 47 bedrooms).

You may associate Concord with the Minutemen, but it’s also the home of some revolutionary American authors, Alcott among them. Best known for Little Women—what would today be called a young adult novel with crossover appeal to grown-ups—she wrote other pioneering books featuring women in strong roles, including the semi-autobiographical novel Work: A Story of Experience (1873).

a body of water: Walden Pond inspired writing by the Alcott’s family friend and neighbor Henry David Thoreau.

Celebrating Little Women in Concord

In support of the new movie, Concord is hosting Little Women Week, December 15 through 22, with daily 90-minute guided walking tours ($15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors). At the Barrow Bookstore, view a first edition of the novel illustrated by her youngest sister, May (Amy in the book). Activities for children include a tea (December 15), plus a bookbinding workshop (December 17) at the Concord Free Public Library. And starting December 14, the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard (the town, not the university) will offer a series of events and programs related to Little Women, primarily on weekends, through February 23. (The Alcotts moved often before settling in Concord; Fruitlands was Louisa’s home when she was 10.)

Throughout the year, at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, you can see the desk Alcott used in the home where she wrote the book. Now a museum that hosts tours and events, it’s full of furnishings owned by the Alcotts, who lived there 20 years; visiting it is like stepping into the novel.

An unconventional family, the Alcotts were vegetarians (Orchard House was named for the property’s apple trees). Abigail Alcott, the inspiration for Marmee, was active in abolition and women’s rights. Her husband, Bronson, was a teacher and leader of a progressive group known as “Transcendentalists,” who believed people could know God better through nature. Fellow Concord residents, writers, and friends of the Alcotts, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, embodied this philosophy in their writing.

a house with bushes in front of a brick building with The Wayside in the background: The Wayside was home to a number of important literary families in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Near the family home is Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where many of the Alcotts are buried, as well as Emerson, Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Yes, the author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables was also a Concord resident.

Other Literary Stops in Concord

So while indulging in all things Alcott, you can also visit the Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark in Concord, to see where, at different times, both Emerson and Hawthorne lived (note: it’s closed December 24 through 26 and has a limited schedule in winter). Hawthorne and his family also lived for many years in a house they called the Wayside; the Alcotts lived there from 1845 to 1852, just before the Hawthornes. And children’s author Harriett Lothrop (pen name Margaret Sidney), known for the popular Five Little Peppers series, later resided there. The first literary site that the National Park Service acquired, the Wayside is also a site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom; the Alcotts helped a runaway slave when they lived in the house. (Although the Wayside is closed for winter, tours are available December 21 as part of Concord’s Little Women Week.)

a small house in a forest: Visitors can check out a replica of Thoreau’s shack by Walden Pond.

A visit to Concord should also include Walden Pond, where Thoreau lived for two years in a basic cabin. He wrote about his experiment in simplicity there in Walden, or, Life in the Woods, published in 1854. Today, you can see a replica of his humble home. If you’re there in spring, you may also want to see the considerably larger house where his friend Emerson, essayist and poet, lived for nearly half a century (it reopens for the season in April 2020). “The shot heard round the world” comes from his “Concord Hymn,” about the battle there that launched the fighting in the American Revolution.

Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum is among the other area locales that appear in the new movie, as does the ballroom of the Fairmont Copley Plaza in nearby Boston. The Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour highlights where other noteworthy movies were filmed, such as The Departed and Good Will Hunting; no doubt Little Women will soon join the tour. 

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Tourist attractions that smashed world records in 2019



Slide 1 of 14: 
  Every year, new nail-biting rides that push visitors to the
  limit open at theme parks around the world - and 2019 did not
  disappoint.
  
  In Malaysia, the world's longest waterslide opened, while
  visitors in the US got to try out the world's tallest adventure
  ropes course and roller coasters with record-breaking inversions.
  
  Among other records, an exhibit at the Guggenheim had the
  most visitors ever in the museum's 80-year history, and
  Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser erupted more times than it ever
  has before.
  
  
    
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    stories.
    
  
  It was a strong end to the decade for tourist attractions around
  the world.
  Mega records were broken by nail-biting rides at theme parks,
  stunning natural events at national parks, and huge numbers of
  visitors at museums throughout 2019.
  Keep scrolling to see the rides, experiences, and exhibits that
  smashed records this year.
Slide 2 of 14: 
  Stretching a mind-boggling 3,645 feet long, the ride at Penang's
  ESCAPE theme park broke the world record for the 
  longest tube water slide, which was previously held by Action
  Park in Vernon, New Jersey.
  The slide, which opened in September, is a permanent structure
  that carries visitors down a 230-feet decline through the park's
  jungle terrain. The ride takes four minutes to complete. By
  comparison, Action Park's water slide is 1,970 feet and takes a
  comparably paltry 90 seconds.
  Breaking a world record 
  was never the park's goal.
  "I'm always baffled by how rides are made so short and quick. I
  wanted to build rides that last a good few minutes," Sim Choo
  Kheng (pictured), CEO of ESCAPE operator Sim Leisure Group, said
  in a statement.
Slide 3 of 14: 
  The 2,789.11-square-meter (or 30,021-square-foot) snow maze beat a 2015 record
  by more than 1,000 square meters, according to CBC.
  The record was set by A Maze in Corn, Inc (Canada) in St.
  Adolphe, Manitoba.
Slide 4 of 14: 
  When The Steel Curtain at Kennywood opened in Pittsburgh,
  Pennsylvania, in July, it set the record for the tallest inversion
  in the world - 197 feet above the ground.
  The 4,000-foot-long steel structure broke some other, more local
  records, too. At 220 feet, The Steel Curtain is the tallest
  roller coaster in Pennsylvania, and its nine inversions are the
  most in North America.
  "It's a lot of thrills, a lot of power, a lot of fun," said
  Steelers' defensive end Cam Heyward when he braved the ride ahead
  of its opening. "If you're looking for a good time, this is the
  gut punch you need!"

Slide 5 of 14: 
  In April, the Guggenheim Museum announced its exhibit, "Hilma af Klint: Paintings
  for the Future," was by far the most visited exhibit in its
  80-year history.
  A record-breaking 600,000 people went to see the artwork between
  October 2018 and April 2019, and there was a 34 percent jump in
  Guggenheim memberships.
  It was perhaps prompted by the Swedish artist's decree that the
  paintings should not be publicly displayed until 20 years after
  her death - because she believed 
  people in the future would better understand her work. She
  passed away in 1944 but the Guggenheim's exhibit was the first
  major show in the US devoted solely to her work.
  The Guggenheim wasn't the only gallery that set records for
  visitors in 2019. Among others, a Bosch show at Museum Slager in
  the Netherlands 
  sparked the most visitors in the gallery's history, and the
  Springfield Art Museum in Missouri broke visitor records 
  for the third year in a row.
Slide 6 of 14: 
  The Yukon Striker holds daredevils at the top of the ride for 3
  seconds 
  before dropping them 245 feet into an underground tunnel. The
  roller coaster's track measures 3,625 feet. 
  If that's not enough terror for you, it's also the world's
  fastest dive roller coaster, capable of reaching top speeds of 80
  miles per hour.
Slide 7 of 14: 
  The singer partnered with the Country Music Hall of Fame and
  Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, to 
  achieve the title on October 22.
  The display included 1,500 coloring pages that were submitted by
  people from 30 states. Together, the pages weighed 500 pounds.
  The rainbow-shaped art piece was part of the "Kacey Musgraves:
  All of the Colors" exhibition.
Slide 8 of 14: 
  In September, the US Geologic Survey said the geyser at
  Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming had erupted 34 times, the
  most eruptions ever recorded in a single year.
  The eruptions last anywhere from three to 40 minutes.
  It broke 2018's record of 32 eruptions. Before that, the highest
  number was 29 in 1964.
Slide 9 of 14: 
  The 75-foot-tall, 696-foot-long slide is the 
  tallest and longest of its kind in the world. It measures
  about eight stories tall.
  The space-themed ride, which opened at Schlitterbahn Waterpark
  Galveston Island 
  in June, is 85% enclosed and takes visitors on twists and
  turns through multi-colored fiberglass tubes.

Slide 10 of 14: 
  Iowa's state fair in Des Moines - which had musical guests
  including Luke Bryan and Dan + Shay - welcomed
  1,170,375 people, breaking its all-time record by 40,115
  people.
  In Minnesota, a record 2.1 million visitors enjoyed the state
  fair, while Illinois' state fair set a revenue record by making
  
  $6.5 million.
Slide 11 of 14: 
  Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the
  Western Hemisphere, opened at the American Dream complex in East
  Rutherford, New Jersey, in October.
  Among its rides was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shellraiser,
  which is now the world's steepest roller coaster at an angle of
  121.5 degrees.
  The Legends of the Hidden Temple Challenge became the world's
  tallest adventure ropes course, while the Shredder became the
  world's tallest and longest free-spinning coaster.
Slide 12 of 14: 
  At the 2019 Sand Sculptures Festival in Binz, Germany, a
  magnificent, 57.94-foot-high sandcastle - with staircases and
  turrets - broke the record for the world's tallest.
  Twelve sculptors and eight technicians worked eight hours a day
  for 3.5 weeks to build the sandcastle using 11,000 tons of sand,
  according to 
  Guinness World Records.
  Every year, tourists travel to the seaside town to see the epic
  sandcastle designs. This year, they were able to see the
  record-breaking design between June and November.
Slide 13 of 14: 
  The Maxx Force at Six Flags Great America near Chicago is North
  America's fastest coaster, according
  to Six Flags. The park says it's also the fastest inversion
  (more than 60 mph) and tallest double inversion (at 175 feet
  high) of any roller coaster in the world.
Slide 14 of 14: 
  Viking Cruises' "Ultimate World Cruise" left London on August 31,
  2019, and it is anticipated to return to London next year after
  completing a 245-day trip. 
  As Forbes notes, many other around-the-world cruises
  typically range between 90-120 days long.
  During the epic global trip, its 930 passengers will travel to 51
  countries across six continents, making visits to 111 ports and
  stopping overnight in 23 cities. Fares started at $92,990 per
  person.
  Viking hopes to set a record for the "longest continuous
  passenger cruise" with the journey. When the ship returns, it
  will be met by an official from Guinness World Records, who will
  verify the achievement.
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It was a strong end to the decade for tourist attractions around
the world.

Mega records were broken by nail-biting rides at theme parks,
stunning natural events at national parks, and huge numbers of
visitors at museums throughout 2019.

Keep scrolling to see the rides, experiences, and exhibits that
smashed records this year.

The world’s longest waterslide — measuring 3,645 feet — opened in Malaysia this year.

Stretching a mind-boggling 3,645 feet long, the ride at Penang’s
ESCAPE theme park broke the world record for the
longest tube water slide, which was previously held by Action
Park in Vernon, New Jersey.

The slide, which opened in September, is a permanent structure
that carries visitors down a 230-feet decline through the park’s
jungle terrain. The ride takes four minutes to complete. By
comparison, Action Park’s water slide is 1,970 feet and takes a
comparably paltry 90 seconds.

Breaking a world record
was never the park’s goal.

“I’m always baffled by how rides are made so short and quick. I
wanted to build rides that last a good few minutes,” Sim Choo
Kheng (pictured), CEO of ESCAPE operator Sim Leisure Group, said
in a statement.

The world’s largest snow maze was visited by huge crowds in Canada in February.

The 2,789.11-square-meter (or 30,021-square-foot) snow maze beat a 2015 record
by more than 1,000 square meters, according to CBC.

The record was set by A Maze in Corn, Inc (Canada) in St.
Adolphe, Manitoba.

The new, 220-foot-tall Steel Curtain roller coaster in Pennsylvania set three records.

When The Steel Curtain at Kennywood opened in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, in July, it set the record for the tallest inversion
in the world – 197 feet above the ground.

The 4,000-foot-long steel structure broke some other, more local
records, too. At 220 feet, The Steel Curtain is the tallest
roller coaster in Pennsylvania, and its nine inversions are the
most in North America.

“It’s a lot of thrills, a lot of power, a lot of fun,” said
Steelers’ defensive end Cam Heyward when he braved the ride ahead
of its opening. “If you’re looking for a good time, this is the
gut punch you need!”

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City had its most visitors ever after opening its Hilma Af Klint show.

In April, the Guggenheim Museum announced its exhibit, “Hilma af Klint: Paintings
for the Future,” was by far the most visited exhibit in its
80-year history.

A record-breaking 600,000 people went to see the artwork between
October 2018 and April 2019, and there was a 34 percent jump in
Guggenheim memberships.

It was perhaps prompted by the Swedish artist’s decree that the
paintings should not be publicly displayed until 20 years after
her death – because she believed
people in the future would better understand her work. She
passed away in 1944 but the Guggenheim’s exhibit was the first
major show in the US devoted solely to her work.

The Guggenheim wasn’t the only gallery that set records for
visitors in 2019. Among others, a Bosch show at Museum Slager in
the Netherlands
sparked the most visitors in the gallery’s history, and the
Springfield Art Museum in Missouri broke visitor records
for the third year in a row.

The Yukon Striker at Canada’s Wonderland became the world’s fastest, tallest, and longest diver roller coaster when it opened in May.

The Yukon Striker holds daredevils at the top of the ride for 3
seconds
before dropping them 245 feet into an underground tunnel. The
roller coaster’s track measures 3,625 feet.

If that’s not enough terror for you, it’s also the world’s
fastest dive roller coaster, capable of reaching top speeds of 80
miles per hour.

Kacey Musgraves helped create a record-setting display of coloring pages at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in October.

The singer partnered with the Country Music Hall of Fame and
Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, to
achieve the title on October 22.

The display included 1,500 coloring pages that were submitted by
people from 30 states. Together, the pages weighed 500 pounds.

The rainbow-shaped art piece was part of the “Kacey Musgraves:
All of the Colors” exhibition.

Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser — the world’s tallest active geyser — broke a record for number of yearly eruptions.

In September, the US Geologic Survey said the geyser at
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming had erupted 34 times, the
most eruptions ever recorded in a single year.

The eruptions last anywhere from three to 40 minutes.

It broke 2018’s record of 32 eruptions. Before that, the highest
number was 29 in 1964.

Infinity Racers, a gigantic slide for head-first mat racing at Texas’ Schlitterbahn Waterpark, is the tallest of its kind in the world.

The 75-foot-tall, 696-foot-long slide is the
tallest and longest of its kind in the world. It measures
about eight stories tall.

The space-themed ride, which opened at Schlitterbahn Waterpark
Galveston Island
in June, is 85% enclosed and takes visitors on twists and
turns through multi-colored fiberglass tubes.

State fairs across the US smashed attendance records with millions of visitors in 2019.

Iowa’s state fair in Des Moines – which had musical guests
including Luke Bryan and Dan + Shay – welcomed
1,170,375 people, breaking its all-time record by 40,115
people.

In Minnesota, a record 2.1 million visitors enjoyed the state
fair, while Illinois’ state fair set a revenue record by making

$6.5 million.

New Jersey’s Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere, debuted three record-breaking tourist attractions in 2019.

Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the
Western Hemisphere, opened at the American Dream complex in East
Rutherford, New Jersey, in October.

Among its rides was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shellraiser,
which is now the world’s steepest roller coaster at an angle of
121.5 degrees.

The Legends of the Hidden Temple Challenge became the world’s
tallest adventure ropes course, while the Shredder became the
world’s tallest and longest free-spinning coaster.

Tourists flocked to see the world’s tallest sandcastle at an annual festival in Germany.

At the 2019 Sand Sculptures Festival in Binz, Germany, a
magnificent, 57.94-foot-high sandcastle – with staircases and
turrets – broke the record for the world’s tallest.

Twelve sculptors and eight technicians worked eight hours a day
for 3.5 weeks to build the sandcastle using 11,000 tons of sand,
according to
Guinness World Records.

Every year, tourists travel to the seaside town to see the epic
sandcastle designs. This year, they were able to see the
record-breaking design between June and November.

Six Flags’ Maxx Force, which reaches 78 miles per hour in under two seconds, broke three terrifying records when it opened in July.

The Maxx Force at Six Flags Great America near Chicago is North
America’s fastest coaster, according
to Six Flags. The park says it’s also the fastest inversion
(more than 60 mph) and tallest double inversion (at 175 feet
high) of any roller coaster in the world.

In 2019, the world’s longest cruise journey set sail from London … and it’s still going.

Viking Cruises’ “Ultimate World Cruise” left London on August 31,
2019, and it is anticipated to return to London next year after
completing a 245-day trip.
As Forbes notes, many other around-the-world cruises
typically range between 90-120 days long.

During the epic global trip, its 930 passengers will travel to 51
countries across six continents, making visits to 111 ports and
stopping overnight in 23 cities. Fares started at $92,990 per
person.

Viking hopes to set a record for the “longest continuous
passenger cruise” with the journey. When the ship returns, it
will be met by an official from Guinness World Records, who will
verify the achievement. 

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26 of the most beautiful buildings in the world, according to architects



Slide 1 of 27: 
  The World Architecture
  Festival is the world's largest international architectural
  event.
  
  During the festival, a panel of expert judges recognizes the
  best architecture
  of the year through the World Architecture Awards.
  
  Hundreds of designs were
  shortlisted during the 12th annual World Architecture Festival in
  December, but less than 30 completed buildings won an overall or
  category award.
  
  This year's winners include a library in the Netherlands, a
  nursery in Japan, and an airport terminal in the Philippines.
  
  
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Slide 2 of 27: 
  According to a World Architecture Festival (WAF) press release
  provided to Insider, the LocHal Public Library sits in a former
  train station. The space was going to be demolished until it was
  remodeled as a library and community center by Civic Architects, in
  collaboration with Braaksma & Roos
  Architectenbureau. 
  The judges thought the building was outstanding because it
  "created a physical facility in which a variety of users can meet
  for multiple purposes," as the WAF press release stated.
Slide 3 of 27: 
  The Lab, designed by J.C.
  Architecture, is a refurbished Japanese colonial house, and
  it combines a historical structure with the needs of modern
  dwellers. J.C. Architecture built the house with children in
  mind, creating space for them to run throughout the indoor area. 
  The judges selected the Lab because "the house is unusually in
  tune with the differing and sometimes contradictory needs of a
  young family," according to the same WAF press release. "Every
  space can be negotiated and adapted, encouraging the house to be
  an incubator for a positive difference in the family unit."
Slide 4 of 27: 
  Studio Link-Arc created
  Lokadhatu, a play area for children.
  The WAF judges liked Lokadhatu both because of its creativity and
  interplay with the surrounding environment.

Slide 5 of 27: 
  This apartment complex, built by Archimatika, features 180
  apartments and spans over 90 acres. The buildings stand out
  because of their pastel hues.
Slide 6 of 27: 
  Designed by GG-loop, the
  apartment complex Freebooter is a steel building wrapped in
  timber panels. 
  The timber regulates the amount of sunlight that reaches the
  structure.
Slide 7 of 27: 
  SUP Atelier designed
  Swirling Cloud for a garden festival. The building is made of
  bamboo, allowing for the curved structure.
Slide 8 of 27: 
  Original Design
  Studio created the Demonstration Section, a bridge alongside
  the Yangpu River. 
  The judges favored the site because it "reconnects the city with
  the waterfront by reusing the material language of this historic
  site in an innovative way with excellent details," as the WAF
  press release stated.
Slide 9 of 27: 
  Designed by Hopkins
  Architects, the Smith Campus Center melded the indoors and
  outdoors through glass windows and ceiling tiles.
  The judges said the building is "a seamless mixture of public and
  private spaces that sensitively enhance an iconic development."

Slide 10 of 27: 
  The Iredale Pedersen
  Hook architects collaborated with Advanced Timber Concepts
  Studio to design the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre,
  which is made with real timber. 
  The panel of judges "were impressed with the efficient and
  durable timber detailing, which delivers comfort and
  affordability for present and future users," as stated in the WAF
  press release.
Slide 11 of 27: 
  The Condition Lab at the
  School of Architecture CUHK and the 
  UAL Studio at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  GZU designed the Gabou Book House together as a community
  center for the 2,500 people who live in the area. 
  "Gaobu Book House is totally intertwined with the community; a
  project that goes well beyond the actual building and
  demonstrates excellence of process," the judges said of the
  building.
Slide 12 of 27: 
  Designed by Heatherwick
  Studios, the judges liked the Vessel because its open concept
  design encourages human interaction and spontaneity.
Slide 13 of 27: 
  TERRIOR designed the
  Castle Cove House, an angular and monochromatic domestic
  dwelling.
  The judges appreciated that "with the diversity and complexity of
  space, there is a visual shattering of the boundaries between
  inside and out."
Slide 14 of 27: 
  Nextoffice designed Cedrus
  Residential, an apartment complex in Tehran that uses layered
  balconies and an open floor plan to create a dynamic space.
  "This is a wonderful, holistic, and intellectually challenging
  project of worldwide merit," the judges said of the complex.

Slide 15 of 27: 
  Designed by Allford Hall
  Monaghan Morris, the Bower is an office space that also
  features shopping, dining, and studios.
Slide 16 of 27: 
  FCHA designed Vanke
  Liuxiandong Design Community, a multifunctional office complex
  that incorporated greenery into its design. 
  The judges thought FCHA made a "highly sustainable and
  transformed corporate environment that welcomes the public."
Slide 17 of 27: 
  Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour
  + Partners, the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience
  was "masterfully embedded in the landscape through an undulating
  timber roof with grass cover," as noted by the WAF judges.
Slide 18 of 27: 
  Hibinosekkei and Youji no Shiro collaborated on the YM
  Nursery, and encouraging children's curiosity towards nature was
  an integral part of the design process.
  In the press release, the judges said the building "demonstrates
  huge sensitivity to the experience of young children, from the
  layout of the building as an open pavilion, to the use of
  materials such as wood, stone, fire, and water."
Slide 19 of 27: 
  The Turó de la Peira's Sports Center was designed by Anna Noguera and Javier Fernandez after they won an
  architecture contest in Barcelona for the commission. It is both
  an urban block and sports center, complete with a swimming pool
  and sports courts.
  The judges gave the award to the space because of its
  "outstanding use of resources with a sustainable ethos."
Slide 20 of 27: 
  Created by Integrated Design
  Associates, Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International
  Airport is an expansion project. The judges commended its simple
  design that made use of locally sourced materials in an
  aesthetically pleasing way.
Slide 21 of 27: 
  The Bayalpata Regional Hospital was created by Sharon Davis Design as the
  only hospital to serve the over 250,000 people living in the
  area.
  The campus takes up 7.5 acres and offers almost any kind of
  medical service you can think of.
Slide 22 of 27: 
  Designed by Nikken
  Sekkei, the Kokugakuin University Learning Center sits
  between a shrine and a residential neighborhood, tasking it with
  the job of merging these two vastly different spaces. 
  The judges awarded the center because it "solves complex urban
  challenges in a way that looks effortless."
Slide 23 of 27: 
  Architecture Workshop designed
  the Lindis Lodge, a luxury space located in New Zealand's
  Southern Alps. 
  The lodge features five bedrooms, and it was made to combat the
  drastic changes in temperature the area experiences throughout
  the year.
Slide 24 of 27: 
  Serie and Multiply Architects worked
  together to make Oasis Terraces, a mixed-use public housing
  space. The building features residences, shopping, and community
  services in one convenient location.
  The judges thought the building "displays a very successful
  integration of disparate programs into a coherent composition,
  which appears very adaptable to alternative uses."
Slide 25 of 27: 
  Designed by CEBRA,
  Qasr Al Hosn: Al Musallah combines the old and the new, as the
  oldest structure in Abu Dhabi is part of the complex, alongside a
  new cultural center, according to the WAF press release.
  Both buildings are given equal importance in the layout, creating
  a cohesive space.
  "CEBRA has enhanced this heritage site and in doing so, created
  great architecture," according to the judges.
Slide 26 of 27: 
  Designed by Heatherwick
  Studios, Coal Drops Yard's two buildings were previously part
  of a coal plant. Heatherwick transformed it into a shopping
  center, linking the two buildings with a bridge.
  "Through a simple gesture, the project becomes a landmark for
  King's Cross while respecting the site's heritage," said the
  judges.
Slide 27 of 27: 
  Powerhouse
  Company designed Villa B, a high-end residential space that
  is as practical as it is beautiful.
  The judges appreciated that Villa B was "engineered to meet
  quality expectations beyond luxury."
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    according to architects

The LocHal Public Library in the Netherlands was named 2019’s World Building of the Year.

According to a World Architecture Festival (WAF) press release
provided to Insider, the LocHal Public Library sits in a former
train station. The space was going to be demolished until it was
remodeled as a library and community center by Civic Architects, in
collaboration with Braaksma & Roos
Architectenbureau.

The judges thought the building was outstanding because it
“created a physical facility in which a variety of users can meet
for multiple purposes,” as the WAF press release stated.

The JCA Living Lab, located in Taipei City, Taiwan, won Interior of the Year at the 2019 World Architecture Awards.

The Lab, designed by J.C.
Architecture, is a refurbished Japanese colonial house, and
it combines a historical structure with the needs of modern
dwellers. J.C. Architecture built the house with children in
mind, creating space for them to run throughout the indoor area.

The judges selected the Lab because “the house is unusually in
tune with the differing and sometimes contradictory needs of a
young family,” according to the same WAF press release. “Every
space can be negotiated and adapted, encouraging the house to be
an incubator for a positive difference in the family unit.”

Lokadhatu (The World), a pavilion for children in Zhangzhou, China, was named Small Project of the Year.

Studio Link-Arc created
Lokadhatu, a play area for children.

The WAF judges liked Lokadhatu both because of its creativity and
interplay with the surrounding environment.

Located in Kiev, Ukraine, Comfort Town won the award for Use of Color.

This apartment complex, built by Archimatika, features 180
apartments and spans over 90 acres. The buildings stand out
because of their pastel hues.

The Freebooter, located in Amsterdam, won the 2019 Amsterdam Prize.

Designed by GG-loop, the
apartment complex Freebooter is a steel building wrapped in
timber panels.

The timber regulates the amount of sunlight that reaches the
structure.

China’s Swirling Cloud took home the Engineering Prize for 2019.

SUP Atelier designed
Swirling Cloud for a garden festival. The building is made of
bamboo, allowing for the curved structure.

Landscape of the Year 2019 went to the Demonstration Section of Yangpu Riverside Public Space, which is located in Shanghai, China.

Original Design
Studio created the Demonstration Section, a bridge alongside
the Yangpu River.

The judges favored the site because it “reconnects the city with
the waterfront by reusing the material language of this historic
site in an innovative way with excellent details,” as the WAF
press release stated.

The Smith Campus Center at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, took home the prize for Best Use of Natural Light.

Designed by Hopkins
Architects, the Smith Campus Center melded the indoors and
outdoors through glass windows and ceiling tiles.

The judges said the building is “a seamless mixture of public and
private spaces that sensitively enhance an iconic development.”

The judges gave the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre, located in Pingelly, Australia, the award for Best Use of Certified Timber.

The Iredale Pedersen
Hook architects collaborated with Advanced Timber Concepts
Studio to design the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre,
which is made with real timber.

The panel of judges “were impressed with the efficient and
durable timber detailing, which delivers comfort and
affordability for present and future users,” as stated in the WAF
press release.

The Gaobu Book House, located in Guangdong, China, won the Civic and Community category.

The Condition Lab at the
School of Architecture CUHK and the
UAL Studio at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning
GZU designed the Gabou Book House together as a community
center for the 2,500 people who live in the area.

“Gaobu Book House is totally intertwined with the community; a
project that goes well beyond the actual building and
demonstrates excellence of process,” the judges said of the
building.

New York City’s Vessel took the top prize in the Display category for its open design.

Designed by Heatherwick
Studios, the judges liked the Vessel because its open concept
design encourages human interaction and spontaneity.

The Castle Cove House, located in Sydney, Australia, was named the best house.

TERRIOR designed the
Castle Cove House, an angular and monochromatic domestic
dwelling.

The judges appreciated that “with the diversity and complexity of
space, there is a visual shattering of the boundaries between
inside and out.”

Likewise, Cedrus Residential, located in Tehran, Iran, took home the top prize in the Completed Building Housing category.

Nextoffice designed Cedrus
Residential, an apartment complex in Tehran that uses layered
balconies and an open floor plan to create a dynamic space.

“This is a wonderful, holistic, and intellectually challenging
project of worldwide merit,” the judges said of the complex.

The Bower in London, England, won the New and Old award.

Designed by Allford Hall
Monaghan Morris, the Bower is an office space that also
features shopping, dining, and studios.

Located in Shenzhen, China, the Vanke Liuxiandong Design Community was named the best office.

FCHA designed Vanke
Liuxiandong Design Community, a multifunctional office complex
that incorporated greenery into its design.

The judges thought FCHA made a “highly sustainable and
transformed corporate environment that welcomes the public.”

The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience in Speyside, Scotland, won the Production, Energy, and Recycling category.

Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour
+ Partners, the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience
was “masterfully embedded in the landscape through an undulating
timber roof with grass cover,” as noted by the WAF judges.

The YM Nursery in Yonago, Tottori, Japan, earned the top prize in the School category.

Hibinosekkei and Youji no Shiro collaborated on the YM
Nursery, and encouraging children’s curiosity towards nature was
an integral part of the design process.

In the press release, the judges said the building “demonstrates
huge sensitivity to the experience of young children, from the
layout of the building as an open pavilion, to the use of
materials such as wood, stone, fire, and water.”

Located in Barcelona, Spain, the Turó de la Peira’s Sports Center was named the winner of the Sports category.

The Turó de la Peira’s Sports Center was designed by Anna Noguera and Javier Fernandez after they won an
architecture contest in Barcelona for the commission. It is both
an urban block and sports center, complete with a swimming pool
and sports courts.

The judges gave the award to the space because of its
“outstanding use of resources with a sustainable ethos.”

Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport in Manila, Philippines, won the Transport category because it showed that everyday architecture can be outstanding.

Created by Integrated Design
Associates, Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International
Airport is an expansion project. The judges commended its simple
design that made use of locally sourced materials in an
aesthetically pleasing way.

The Health category winner was the Bayalpata Regional Hospital in Acham, Nepal.

The Bayalpata Regional Hospital was created by Sharon Davis Design as the
only hospital to serve the over 250,000 people living in the
area.

The campus takes up 7.5 acres and offers almost any kind of
medical service you can think of.

The Kokugakuin University Learning Center in Tokyo, Japan, won the Higher Education and Research award.

Designed by Nikken
Sekkei, the Kokugakuin University Learning Center sits
between a shrine and a residential neighborhood, tasking it with
the job of merging these two vastly different spaces.

The judges awarded the center because it “solves complex urban
challenges in a way that looks effortless.”

The Lindis Lodge in Ahuriri Valley, New Zealand, was the favorite in the Hotel and Leisure category.

Architecture Workshop designed
the Lindis Lodge, a luxury space located in New Zealand’s
Southern Alps.

The lodge features five bedrooms, and it was made to combat the
drastic changes in temperature the area experiences throughout
the year.

Located in Punggol, Singapore, Oasis Terraces placed first in the Mixed-Use category.

Serie and Multiply Architects worked
together to make Oasis Terraces, a mixed-use public housing
space. The building features residences, shopping, and community
services in one convenient location.

The judges thought the building “displays a very successful
integration of disparate programs into a coherent composition,
which appears very adaptable to alternative uses.”

The top building in the Religion category for 2019 was Qasr Al Hosn: Al Musallah, which is located in Abu Dhabi.

Designed by CEBRA,
Qasr Al Hosn: Al Musallah combines the old and the new, as the
oldest structure in Abu Dhabi is part of the complex, alongside a
new cultural center, according to the WAF press release.

Both buildings are given equal importance in the layout, creating
a cohesive space.

“CEBRA has enhanced this heritage site and in doing so, created
great architecture,” according to the judges.

Coal Drops Yard in London won the Shopping category for 2019.

Designed by Heatherwick
Studios, Coal Drops Yard’s two buildings were previously part
of a coal plant. Heatherwick transformed it into a shopping
center, linking the two buildings with a bridge.

“Through a simple gesture, the project becomes a landmark for
King’s Cross while respecting the site’s heritage,” said the
judges.

Villa B in Munich, Germany, took the top spot in the Villa category.

Powerhouse
Company designed Villa B, a high-end residential space that
is as practical as it is beautiful.

The judges appreciated that Villa B was “engineered to meet
quality expectations beyond luxury.” 

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