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 Our selection of the four most unusual  hotels in the world  Our selection of the four most unusual  hotels in the world
Traveling is complex during this time. However, this is still possible. One way to feel better by taking a break because getting away from it all is good for our balance. The travel and hospitality world does everything to make travelers feel really safe. One night at the hotel is the opportunity to live an exceptional experience that is an integral part of the trip! If you like unique hotels, we offer you our selection of 4 of the most unusual hotels in the world! 1. Ma’in Hot Springs, Jordan Near the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea is Ma’in Hot Springs, an easily accessible rejuvenating resort set in spectacular Middle Eastern terrain and very much alive. Luxury hotel in the heart of nature in Jordan, in a secluded setting of mountains and waterfalls. The venue has a spa, located under one of the natural thermal waterfalls that land in the main pool. An ideal relaxing stay 2. Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile In Chile, in the north of Patagonia, a unique hotel of its kind is housed in the heart of a forest. It was built in the air of a mountain in the shape of a cone, it was thought of as the hobbit village in the "Lord of the Rings" saga. To access the Montaña Magica Lodge, you have to cross a rope suspension bridge. For lovers of thrills and a change of scenery, this hotel must be earned! Thanks to its remote location and difficult to access, it is very little visited and far from mass tourism. We never tire of admiring the mountains of the Huilo Huilo nature reserve. But at Montaña Magica Lodge, you can also and above all enjoy unique facilities, such as hot tubs carved out of ancient tree trunks and offering a view of the entire reserve. It is therefore natural that this charming hotel follows an ecological framework and positions itself as an eco-friendly establishment. Thus, the water used is naturally heated by the volcanoes of the reserve. Ideal for resting away from it all! 3. Tree hotel, Sweden Nestled in Swedish Lapland in the small village of Harads, about sixty kilometers from the Arctic Circle, the Treehotel is surrounded by forests and expanses of water. Hotel rooms which are cabins perched in the trees at a height varying between 4 and 6 meters in height, in the middle of the forest and with guaranteed breathtaking views! The hotel is unusual. Far from the classic rooms, it consists of extravagant cabins hidden in the trees. From the Bird's Nest, designed as a circular bird's nest perched on top of a trunk, to the UFO, a true replica of an UFO. The change of scenery is guaranteed. 4.Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland The Kakslauttanen Hotel, located in Arctic Finland, offers many glass igloos where you can admire the Northern Lights in the arctic night. The hotel also offers its guests traditional log cabins or ice igloos, comparing a night in the heat of a sleeping bag to one in an ice cave. During the winter, the resort offers dog sledding or snowmobile trips, ice skating or ice fishing. It is also possible to go hunting for the Northern Lights when they are not showing above the igloo. During autumn and summer it is possible to go fishing, visit the national park by bike or on foot on a hike. The hotel spa treatments can be enjoyed all year round, thanks to the steam baths and hot tubs located throughout the grounds. Spend a dream night in a glass igloo to contemplate the Northern Lights in Lapland!
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Focus on the largest house in the world Focus on the largest house in the world
In Los Angeles, The One estate breaks records, with a living area of more than 9,700 square meters and an estimated price of $350 million. Take a guided tour of a house that's making a splash in the real estate market. It took nearly a decade of design and development work to finally get the house that was touted as "the most expensive house in the world" ready for its close-up. Situated on a 2-hectare parcel of land in Los Angeles's chic Bel Air enclave, the interiors of the aptly named The One, with over 9,700 square metres of living space, have remained a well-kept secret until now. Surrounded by gullies on three sides of the house and a jogging track, the estate seems to float above the city. Built in eight years and requiring more than 600 works, the house was designed by architect Paul McClean, who was contacted by Nile Niami, a film producer and land developer. The main entrance of the house, with its 8-meter high ceilings, leads to numerous common areas offering a 360-degree panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains. The entrance has a water feature with a sculpture and a bridge. The use of black, white and grey throughout the house was a request from Nile Niami who wanted a neutral palette so as not to overshadow the landscape and the panoramas. The house has 42 bathrooms, 21 bedrooms, a 500 m2 master suite, a 30-car garage with two turntables, a bowling alley, a spa, a 30-seat cinema, a "philanthropic wing" (with a capacity of 200 people) for charity galas, floating capsules overlooking Los Angeles, a 900 m2 sky observation platform and five swimming pools. Kathryn Rotondi, the founder of KFR Design, helped decorate the premises by creating distinctive spaces that blend together despite the impressive size of the house. "I was guided by the "Wow" elements of the hotel business," explains the decorator, who has turned to major luxury hotel brands such as Aman, Bvlgari and Baccarat. The colour palette, soft textures and lighting of the house are in turn an ode to the Tom Ford boutique on Rodeo Drive, dear to the hearts of Nile Niami and Paul McClean. The collaboration between Creative Art Partners and Art Angeles has enabled the property to showcase an impressive collection of artwork, including an installation by Stephen Wilson and a black and silver panel by Niclas Castello. An important collection of custom furniture comes from the Showroom publisher. Due to recent city regulations, a house of this magnitude will no longer be built in Los Angeles, which means that The One will remain truly unique. The time has now come to find the ideal buyer. California agencies The Beverly Hills Estates and Compass are already working on their listings in search of the right buyer. text: ADmagazine photo: Douglas Friedman
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Agency of Paris
Le Corbusier's vision Le Corbusier's vision
Posted on 07/01/21 Le Corbusier's vision
From the Frugès Modern Districts to the cités radieuses, Le Corbusier has long worked on the theme of collective housing. By applying his research on the Modulor to his concept of housing units, freeing up many common spaces and seeking new constructive solutions, the architect wanted to strengthen the links between the inhabitants and create the conditions for a harmonious life. At the price of a global intellectual synthesis that he pursued for three decades, Le Corbusier endeavoured to think about the world born of the massacres of the First World War, the Russian Revolution of October 1917, the coming of technical innovations, the awareness of an irreversible demographic expansion and urban growth. The latter would condemn cities of medieval structure, which had become insalubrious, to expand to the point of disarray to accommodate families trying to survive. Urban renewal through Haussmann-style breakthroughs, the beautification of public space, the construction of collective networks seem too slow and garden cities too sparse to halt the deterioration of living conditions and resolve the question raised by Le Corbusier as early as 1920: how can the contemporary city be organized so that man can regain his dignity and establish the indispensable social and cultural cohesion that will prevent the return of conflict? Facilitating the dissemination of new social relationships Imbued with the socialist ideas of the October Revolution, urban planners and architects in northern Europe are developing urban organizations and buildings that will facilitate the spread of the new social relationships they want to see. In France, Le Corbusier responded by combining humanism, hygiene, technical progress and an awareness of the impact of speed on the contemporary city. He complemented this new world view by seeking constructive ways of rapidly building such cities and studying the space favourable to the development of the lives of working class families. For thirty-five years, from 1922, when he exhibited in Paris the project for a contemporary city of three million inhabitants, to 1955, when the Maison Radieuse de Rezé-lès-Nantes was inaugurated, he focused all his attention on this issue. He constantly strives to resolve these issues, to have his proposals recognized by disseminating them through speech and writing, by alternating provocations and demonstrations, by trying to mobilize political leaders in many countries while fighting his countless and ferocious detractors. It seeks to redefine in a harmonious and coherent way the living space of mankind. For more information: https://www.connaissancedesarts.com/monuments-patrimoine/la-ville-moderne-selon-le-corbusier-une-architecture-a-taille-humaine-11146380/ Photo credit: ©Pxhere/Vincent Desjardins
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Vincent Fournier's new book on Brazil Vincent Fournier's new book on Brazil
The artist photographer Vincent Fournier celebrates in "Brasília, une capsule temporelle", a new book published by Noeve, the beauty of this utopian city that never ceases to fascinate. "My interest in the city of Brasília comes from a mixture of fascination and nostalgia for the stories and representations of the Future. Indeed, Oscar Niemeyer's city, the Brazilian capital built in four years in the middle of a desert, embodies the vision of the future of the 1960s. The pilot plan designed in 1957 by urban planner Lucio Costa coincided with the beginning of the space age and the first artificial satellite of the Earth: Sputnik. It is therefore the golden age of the "space age", and the city of Brasília, with its air of a flying saucer that would have landed in the middle of nowhere, shows nostalgia and the dream of a future frozen in time", details the photographic artist used in his work to explore the different mythologies of the future. In order to account for this state, Vincent Fournier confides that he used the concrete capital as a set in which the inhabitants were staged. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, this utopian city with the air of an open-air museum is distinguished by its architectural pearls that have become emblematic. From the sculptural staircase of the Palais de l'Itamaraty to the white dome housing the national museum... these places, all fluid, radical and excessive, reveal their photogenic beauty throughout the pages of this book. Brasília, a time capsule, text in English, French and Japanese, 154 pages, 44,90 € or 69 € (signed edition and limited to 100 copies), Noeve editions, www.noeve.com Credit: https://www.admagazine.fr/ Photo credit : Vincent Fournier
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Frank Lloyd Wright's unbuilt "Oasis"... Frank Lloyd Wright's unbuilt "Oasis"...
Perhaps one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest buildings is the one he never built: the Arizona State Capitol, an unbuilt oasis of democracy in the Sonoran Desert. For the pleasure of the eyes, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has called upon the Spanish architect David Romero, who uses advanced 3D representation techniques, to transform Wright's drawings into striking "photorealistic" renderings, images so detailed that they appear to be contemporary photography. Combined with a report by journalist Rebecca Rhoades, Quarterly magazine tells the captivating story of the Arizona Capitol that never saw the light of day. In April 1957, the entire city of Phoenix was engaged in a battle over the future design of the State Capitol. At the center of the dispute was Wright himself, whose proposal dominated the conversation and divided neighbors and family members for much of the year. For the architect, it was a gift to the people of his adopted state, but after months of public protest, his visionary plans never saw the light of day. Government officials denounced the design as "too ornate" and "too expensive", even though it was estimated to cost $5 million, $3 million less than the originally proposed skyscraper. One legislator even went so far as to say that the Oasis looked like an "oriental brothel". Eventually, Wright lost his bid and America's most famous architect continued to design other projects for his adopted Arizona winter home, including the Grady Gammage Auditorium on the Arizona State University campus. Ironically, the auditorium, built posthumously after Wright's death in 1959, now attracts more visitors than the Capitol.
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Agency of Paris
 Five gift ideas for fans of architecture and design  Five gift ideas for fans of architecture and design
A few days before Christmas and with the reopening of shops, the race for gifts is officially open! Discover our Ateliers Lofts et Associés selection of five gifts for fans of design and architecture. It's the same thing every year, we have trouble choosing what to give to our loved ones! We therefore decided to make a selection of gifts for you with a fairly wide range of prices and different styles of gifts. The Book "The 1001 Wonders of Architecture you must have seen in your life A book that offers a real architectural journey through the ages and the world. Temples, cathedrals, museums, palaces, castles, hotels, airports, private houses, constructions of stone, marble, wood, steel, concrete: 1001 architectural discoveries across 100 different countries, the works of the greatest contemporary architects . Why give a book for Christmas? It is an invitation to take a fresh look at our environment. So why not fall for it! Price: € 19.90 https://www.amazon.fr/1001-merveilles-larchitecture-quil-avoir/dp/2081223627 2. The Phantom speaker by Devialet The brand designs and markets a whole range of high-end connected speakers created in 2007 by Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel, engineer, Quentin Sannié, entrepreneur, and Emmanuel Nardin, Designer. To decorate as much as to equip our home, the Devialet speaker is a decorative object in its own right. We adopt it for the made in France but especially the original aestheticism of the product. The Phantom speaker from Devialet is considered the best wireless speaker in the world, it is nothing less than a gem of music. This is the gift for design and music lovers! Price: 299 euros. https://www.devialet.com/fr-fr/phantom-speaker/phantom-premier/ 3. The “Hualos Calado” vase by Margaux Keller Margaux Keller is a young designer and interior architect who is among those who think about the conceptualization of an object in the broad sense of the term or of a space: emotion. Elegance, poetry and offset are his three watchwords. Margaux Keller Collections offers a series of limited edition objects made locally by craftsmen with exceptional know-how. The "Hualos Calado" vase, inspired by Ancient Greece, will bring a trendy touch to your decoration. This vase is a "must have" to harmoniously decorate your interior! Price: 380 € https://www.margauxkellercollections.com/products/hualoscalado 4. Gae Aulenti's pipistrello lamp This lamp, created in 1965 by designer and architect Gae Aulenti, has become a cult object, a design icon, both simple and refined. He imagines a modular lamp that adapts to its environment, it can be a table or floor lamp. The Pipistrello lamp is considered a flagship object of industrial design. We love its pleasant lighting and sculptural shape which make it a timeless piece, which finds its place in all rooms of the house. Price: around 1000 euros https://www.madeindesign.com/prod-lampe-de-table-pipistrello-h-66-a-86-cm-martinelli-luce-ref620-bl.html 5. The “Theodore” looped wool armchair by Humbert & Poyet Classic in our winter wardrobe, this material is breaking into our interiors. This is the decoration trend for 2020! This material goes well with all styles of decoration and exudes nature and lightness ... The Humbert & Poyet brand is an example of this with their armchair called "Theodore", their first collection of decorative objects paying homage to the Art Deco style. A perfect idea that combines trend, rarity and comfort. Price: between 7000 and 9000 € Link: https://theinvisiblecollection.com/fr/product/humbert-et-poyet-fauteuil-theodore/
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Resumption of home visits Resumption of home visits
Posted on 01/12/20 Resumption of home visits
We are finally back at Ateliers Lofts et Associés, happy to be able to meet you again! Confined since October 29, real estate agencies have been banned from physical visits. However, virtual tours were encouraged, which allowed the French to pre-select properties they were considering buying or renting, which was not usually enough to trigger the act of purchase. Indeed, it is difficult to project yourself without going into the field, especially when you judge the environment, the sound level, the brightness than by interposed screens. It is a real relief for real estate agencies to be able to reopen, as well as for visits that have been able to resume since November 28, however with a strict health protocol to ensure the safety of staff and customers. On the other hand, people over 65 and women at the end of pregnancy are excluded from the easing. What are the protocol details for making a visit? Before the visit: Once the appointment is fixed, the professional will provide the client with a "voucher for visit", justifying the trip of the individual. The real estate agent must have the occupant's consent before the visit if the property is occupied. He must also ensure that no occupant of the accommodation is showing symptoms of Covid-19. During the visit: Limit the number of visitors with one visit per half-day for the same property, a maximum duration of 30 minutes per visit, a reduced number of participants with only the real estate agent accompanied by the candidate for purchase or rental. Respect for barrier gestures and social distancing rules. The accommodation must be ventilated before and after each visit for at least 15 minutes. After the visit: Send the necessary information and essential documents so that you do not have to distribute them during the visit. Our Ateliers Lofts et Associés team is at your disposal to offer you a tour of our exceptional properties, we are putting in place all the essential health measures to protect you as much as possible. See you soon !
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Agency of Paris
 Review of the Parisian real estate market  Review of the Parisian real estate market
After the turmoil of deconfinement, the Parisian market is reconfiguring itself, only luxury and small stores are resisting. Prices still high could start to fall. What was the effect of the confinement on the Parisian market? How is the market evolving in the various Parisian districts? After a first confinement in which the real estate market was spared, the second, however, has been in the process of reconfiguration since the start of the school year after a rebound between May 11 and the summer vacation. The causes: Prices are still too high, loan refusals keep increasing, the anxieties generated by the crisis, the desire for a different way of life because of the first confinement with outdoor spaces or rooms allowing telecommuting. V, VI, VIII A serene place The 5th arrondissement remains the most accessible of the beautiful districts of the left bank. Family apartments are still very rare for sale, unlike studios which are highly sought after by investors. Neighboring VI remains the most expensive in the capital, and it is one of the markets that has withstood the crises the best. Buyers are paying attention because there are more and more goods for sale since the start of the school year. For the 7th arrondissement, activity is buoyant, however, there are decreases of 5 to 10% in the event of overly ambitious prices or urgent sales. VIII, XVI, XVII Quality above all In the Haussmann neighborhoods, we have observed annual increases of 7 to 8% since July, however since the start of the school year this has stabilized. The large family apartments in the Ternes district and the Monceau plain are favored, however the prices drop at the slightest defect. In the 16th arrondissement, buyers are waiting for you with quality goods at market prices. Overall, the demand is for properties ranging from 500,000 to 800,000 euros for wealth investors, up to 1.5 million for families looking for accommodation of 70 to 100m2 with 2 or 3 bedrooms. In the 17th arrondissement, prices are becoming more uniform, the most popular goods are those that benefit from an outdoor space, balcony or terrace, which causes prices to increase. IX, XVIII The end of the ascent After a constant increase in recent years, with the Covid crisis, these are the most affected neighborhoods. The 9th arrondissement recorded the lowest increase in Paris in July according to notaries. On the other hand, prices in the 18th arrondissement have also calmed down. Sales have slowed since the end of September due to an influx of offers and weakening demand, but this Parisian location is still popular with young families and young couples. X, XI, XII The Cosmopolitan district in slowdown In the 10th arrondissement, the annual price increase was 7% in July according to the notaries but the market has changed. More and more rushed sellers are accepting price cuts. Despite the dynamics of the XI, there are fewer and fewer buyers, in the current climate and uncertainty young people helped by their parents and investors no longer dare to embark on an acquisition. Prices have fallen on average by 5%. The XII was up 10.2% annually in July, the market has tightened and supply is increasing. The bulk of the traditional market has usually fallen back very energetic, customers have become wait-and-see. XIII, XIV, XV Price stabilization For the 13th and 14th arrondissements of Paris, which represent the cheapest districts on the left bank, prices stabilize except for small areas which sell out quickly. On the contrary, the market is tighter for surfaces over 80 m2. In the 15th arrondissement, prices calmed down with a drop in activity in the fall, but the market recovered well in October, especially at the high end. The Pasteur, Motte Picquet, Commerce and Emile Zola districts are still the most sought after. XIX, XX A serene corner The 19th century is the cheapest district in Paris, the market has become more fluid since the start of the school year, and there are more and more offers there. The price of small surfaces or apartments with balconies, terrace overlooking the balcony remain unchanged. In the twentieth arrondissement, the rise in prices calmed down after an increase of nearly 17% in three years. This bohemian and popular district attracts creative, artistic and independent professions. You now know more about the current state of the Parisian market. Do not hesitate to consult our site to discover all our properties!
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Agency of Paris