• Client:
  • Undisclosed
  • Location:
  • JeJu, Korea
  • Status:
  • Design Development 2011


Hotel rooms around the world look like each other. The basic layout of a hotel room has evolved into an optimum that is difficult to reinvent. However the opportunity presents itself to create atmospheres within this framework that consider functionality and efficiency but then radically reinterpret them into new forms of a hotel experience.

The hotel rooms are organised into zones of activity such as sleeping, bathing, reading, working, communicating etc, and these zones are then interpreted as islands. They are then ‘LAVAfied’ into curvilinear, elegant, inbuilt structures of multifunctional nature. The careful selection of materials and surfaces, and the effects of light produce a unique and enlightening atmosphere, in tune with the overall theme of volcano and ocean. Each room features a unique art selection and wall frescoes by artists of the geographic location the room points towards, such as Korea, Japan and China. At the same time the rooms capture the spirit of the place and the breathtaking 360 degrees of views to the ocean and surrounding volcanic mountains, now UNESCO world heritage listed.

The curved building shape allows for varied designs and flexible room sizes creating different typologies. The interior design philosophy is based on voronoi patterns, strata layers and soft shapes. Features include generous roof terraces and full height glazing, external sun shading by roof overhang, solar powered intelligent louvres. Furniture is curvaceous with soft forms flowing into each other creating a nurturing space.

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Design: Toko / Development: Damien Aistrope