1. UNESCO and Architects Union declare these as World’s best-designed hotels, restaurants and shopping malls

UNESCO and Architects Union declare these as World’s best-designed hotels, restaurants and shopping malls

Results of the prestigious Prix Versailles award for best-designed hotels, restaurants and shops are finally out. The award is jointly handed out by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects for design.

By: | Published: May 30, 2017 4:09 PM
A luxury resort called Chable situated in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula has won the most prestigious best-designed hotel award. (Image: Facebook page)

Results of the prestigious Prix Versailles award are finally out. The award is jointly handed out by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects for design. The 2016 Prix Versailles award ceremony was held at the UNESCO headquarters on May 12 this year, with panellists and ambassadors from many different countries in attendance. The US, followed by China, received the most number of continental awards in terms of winning projects and architects. A luxury resort called Chable situated in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula has won the most prestigious best-designed hotel award. The unique Chable hotel is located around a cenote or underwater freshwater lake.

This Prix Versailles award was inaugurated at UNESCO in 2015. It singles out the architects and owners of shops and stores, hotels and restaurants that are found to be particularly remarkable, from a perspective of their exterior architecture and their interior design. It takes into accounts buildings from six super regions: Africa and West Asia – Central America, the South and the Caribbean – North America – Central Asia and the Northeast – South Asia and the Pacific – Europe. In addition to the three existing categories – Shops and Stores, Hotels and Restaurants, a fourth one opened up this year, Shopping Malls.

Organisers have said of the award have said, “Commercial developments, which have long been disparaged, can on the contrary serve as a showcase and a driver of quality of life and sustainability, both now and in the future.” They added, “Because they touch on every actor involved in social life, commercial buildings can be the starting point or the catalyst for a better mix of economics and culture in our cities and our societies.”

Here is a list of all the awards:

Hotels
1. Chable – Yucatan Peninsula, Chochola, Mexico
created by- Jorge Borja / Paulina Morán

2. Special prize Interior – Spedition, Thun, Switzerland
created by- Stylt Trampoli

3. Special prize Exterior- Mar Adentro, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
created by- Miguel Ángel Aragonés

Restaurants
1. Illusion, Doha, Qatar
created by- David Rockwell, Rockwell Group

Illusion, Doha, Qatar (Image: Website)

2. Special prize Interior- Shukufuku Japanese Bento, Melbourne, Australia
created by- Rptecture Architects

3. Special prize Exterior- The Dancing Pavilion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
created by- Estudio Guto Requena

Shops and Stores

1. Dior Miami, Miami, FL, the United States
created by- BarbaritoBancel architects

Dior Miami, Miami, FL, United States (Image: Website)

2. Special prize Interior- Hangzhou Zhongshuge, Hangzhou, China
created by- X+Living

3. Special prize Exterior- Chanel (temporary store), Amsterdam, the Netherlands
created by- MVRDV

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