When planning a trip to Germany, Berlin might be at the top of your list, perhaps Munich and Frankfurt, too. It would be a mistake, however, to overlook Hamburg, the country’s second most populated city with its fair share of architectural marvels. Most notable for the time being is the Elbphilharmonie concert hall conceived by Herzog & de Meuron, positioned above a warehouse overlooking the harbour.
Keep an eye out in the next few years for another landmark project: David Chipperfield Architects is set to enrich the landscape with a skyscraper planned to be Hamburg’s tallest building yet.
With marvelous buildings such as the I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art and OMA’s Qatar National Library, Qatar is certainly no stranger to stunning feats of architecture. Doha’s wow factor only heightens this year with the opening of the National Museum of Qatar — a 430,000sqft structure that’s defined by drama, but not by gimmickry.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the all-white complex inspired by a mineral formation dubbed the “desert rose” was this year’s most anticipated arrival in the Middle East. And on the horizon is the Zaha Hadid-designed Al Wakrah Stadium, the grounds for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022.
San Antonio, Texas
Given its rich colonial history, it’s about time this Texan city received some of the design spotlight. Creating plenty of buzz in 2019 is Ruby City, a 14,000sqft contemporary art centre envisioned by the late philanthropist Linda Pace back in 2007. Planned to open in October, the museum will house the substantial Pace art collection, and is being brought to fruition by Sir David Adjaye OBE.
In the meantime, head to Hotel Emma, the brewery-turned-hotel designed by New York-based duo Roman & Williams — the same firm behind other hip and upscale American hotel brands such as the Ace Hotel, Freehand, and the Standard.
A weekend in Tulum might include bathing in the sun, revelling in the ivory sand and clear aqua waters, and feasting on tacos and chilaquiles. As the number of stylish jetsetters flying in swells, so do Tulum’s host of trendy hotels, swiftly transforming the hospitality scene in this beach town.
The accommodation of choice for those in the know is Hotel Esencia on Riviera Maya, widely regarded the most desirable beach on this side of Mexico. Formerly an Italian duchess’ hideaway, it’s outfitted with terracotta floors, glazed tiles, bespoke furniture, and rattan accents that evoke laidback luxury.