NL Architects—leader of the Dutch architecture world—has designed a jaw-dropping luxury hotel in the shape of an enormous amethyst cathedral geode.
Appropriately named The Amethyst Hotel, the design was proposed as part of a luxury hotel chain that will have multiple locations around the world, the first one being on the man-made island of Ocean Flower, China. Based on the original hotel layouts of John Portman, the hotel's design was inspired by the semiprecious stone for its striking beauty and vibrant color, in addition to its universal association with properties such as the ability to heal illness and bring good fortune.
These quartz buildings are cut in half to reveal a purple crystalline surface. The hotel rooms are clustered in the center of the tall tower and will be faced with geometric, crystal-like glass tinted purple. This arrangement allows every room to enjoy panoramic views and an abundance of natural light, while invoking the healing qualities of amethyst.
Contrasting with the vibrant purple crystalline windows, the interior features a minimalist design of cool and gray tones. Each room connects to a circulatory corridor that spans the width of the hotel. At night, the hotel’s central crystallized void lights up to create a vibrant glowing effect.
Ocean Flower, China is a suitable choice for the site of the first hotel, as the amethyst holds an important place in the Chinese art of feng shui. The chunky crystalline room windows are not only meant to reinforce the symbolic aesthetic of the hotel, but to present a contrast with the smooth exterior. The cathedral-like appearance of the building is meant to evoke feelings of grandeur and a welcoming sense of hospitality.