The best-designed hotels vying for Dezeen's architecture prize

From a cave complex in Santorini to a very hip PET RESORT in Portugal: The incredible hotels vying for a prestigious architecture prize

  • The Dezeen Awards identify the ‘most outstanding work’ in architecture, interiors and design 
  • One category honours incredible architecture by focusing on hospitality buildings, including stunning hotels
  • Longlisted in this category is a chic hotel in Costa Rica, a former bank in Tokyo and a futuristic Chinese resort

When it comes to cutting-edge design, these slick hotels hit the right note.  

They have all been longlisted in the hospitality architecture category at the prestigious Dezeen Awards 2020.

The list includes a very hip pet retreat for dogs and cats in Portugal, a cave complex in Santorini with dreamy views, a futuristic high-end resort in China and a hotel blending ‘Swedish minimalism’ with ‘Japanese heritage design’ in Tokyo’s financial district.

Now in its third year, the awards, run by architecture and design website Dezeen, identify ‘the world’s best architecture, interiors and design’, as well as the studios, architects and designers producing ‘the most outstanding work’.

A jury comprising a panel of international architects, designers and academics will whittle the longlist down to a shortlist, which will be announced in September.

Scroll down to see some of the jaw-dropping properties that are in the running for the grand prize... 

SAINT HOTEL, SANTORINI – DESIGNED BY KAPSIMALIS ARCHITECTS: The Saint Hotel on the Greek island of Santorini features rooms that are set in caves. Architects took on the task of reconstructing an existing building and adding the extra guest cave rooms

SAINT HOTEL, SANTORINI – INTERIOR:  The hotel is located on the edge of the traditional village of Oia with stunning views of the southern Aegean Sea

KASIIYA PAPAGAYO, COSTA RICA – DESIGNED BY BY AW²:  One of the bedrooms at the Kasiiya Papagayo – a chic boutique hotel in Costa Rica. The Dezeen jury praised the design of the building, noting how the structure had been ‘carefully integrated into the hillside to not disturb the surrounding landscape’

THE CROPLAND LOOP RESORT, CHENGDU, CHINA – DESIGNED BY BÜRO ZIYU ZHUANG: The Cropland Loop Resort is a high-end hotel with ‘a large dominant roof’ that makes the building ‘resemble a Chinese scroll-painting’ 

K5 TOKYO – DESIGNED BY CLAESSON KOIVISTO RUNE: Combining ‘Swedish minimalism’ with ‘Japanese heritage design’, K5 Tokyo is a boutique hotel in the Japanese capital situated within a former 1920s bank opposite the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The hotel has 20 ‘generously-sized rooms’ that are housed in a four-storey concrete building

K5 TOKYO – COCKTAIL BAR: A peek inside K5 Tokyo’s tucked-away cocktail bar, complete with luxury red interiors, bookshelves and classic library lamps

Saint Hotel, Santorini, Greece. Designed by Kapsimalis Architects

Kasiiya Papagayo, Costa Rica. Designed by by AW²

The Cropland Loop Resort, Chengdu, China. Designed by Büro Ziyu Zhuang

Delas Frères Winery, Rhône Valley, France. Designed by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect

Lahofer Winery, Moravia, Czech Republic. Designed by Chybik + Kristof

K5 Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. Designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Boat Rooms, Jiande city, China. Designed by Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China

Anji Erlu Resort, Huzhou city, China. Designed by Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China

Park-Yilan Ju, Hangzhou, China. Designed by Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China

White Deer Plain, Xi’an, China. Designed by Guang Zhou Hui Yi Ming Cheng Design

Dexamenes, Kourouta, Greece. Designed by K-Studio

The Hoxton Southwark, London. Designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands 

Garden Hotpot Restaurant, Chengdu, China. Designed by Muda Architects

Duke of York Restaurant, London. Designed by Nex

The Tiing, Bali, Indonesia. Designed by Nic Brundson

Suan Sampran Eco-Cultural Destination, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Designed by NitaProw

Apfelhotel, South Tyrol, Italy. Designed by by Noa

Bay Point Landing, Oregon, U.S. Designed by OfficeUntitled

Canine & Feline Hotel, Vila do Conde, Portugal. Designed by Raulino Silva Architect 

The Standard, London. Designed by Shawn Hausman, ORMS and Archer Humphryes

Shishi-Iwa House, Japan. Designed by Shigeru Ban 

Hotel Gahn, Takua Pa, Thailand. Designed by Studio Locomotive

The Club at The Trees, Mumbai, India. Designed by Studio Lotus and GPL Vikhroli

Chicland Hotel, Danang, Vietnam. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Hotel Bauhofstrasse, Ludwigsburg, Germany. Designed by VON M   

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