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Best place to stay in the world? EPR's Shoreditch Ace among AR BnB finalists

The Ace Hotel in London, a hostel in Tokyo and a Norwegian retreat have been shortlisted for the AR BnB award - a new accolade celebrating the most innovative and creative places to stay around the globe

The 258-room hipster hotel in Shoreditch, London, designed by EPR Architects with Universal Design Studio, is joined on the international shortlist by a bunk-bed hostel in Tokyo by Tomoro Aida/Aida Atelier and a mini retreat in Norway by Lund Hagem.

The award was launched this year to seek out the most inventive examples of holiday and guest accommodation built in the last five years – from large-scale hotels, resort and spa projects to small-scale BnBs, cabins, summer houses, timeshares and caravans. 

The jury included James Soane of Project Orange, Yeoryia Manolopoulou of AY Architects and Alexandre Theriot of Bruther who said they were looking for projects that ‘responded to the changing nature of short-term accommodation and its powerful effect on the nature of places and cities.’ Criteria included architecture that induced a haptic or unique spatial experience.

Soane commented: ‘Architecture can amplify a sense of place with the gift of temporary accommodation.’

Each finalist has been visited by an independent writer and photographer, who have reported their findings back to the jury to inform their final decision.

The winner will be announced later this week. 

All three finalists are featured in the upcoming September edition of The Architectural Review.

The Finalists:

  • Ace Hotel, Shoreditch by EPR Architects / Universal Design Studio
  • Knaphullet in Norway by Lund Hagem (Svein Lund, Kjetil Lønning Ulsen)
  • Unplan in Tokyo by Tomoro Aida / Aida Atelier

Competition brief:

AR BnB sought most creative holiday and guest accommodation in the world – from hotels and BnBs to cabins, spas, summer houses, timeshares and caravans etc. Perfection not required – the judges were looking for future-leading, scaleable, ingenious and inventive ideas that push the type forward.

 

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