This series investigates the historical, theoretical and practical aspects of interiors. The volumes in the Interior Architecture series can be used as handbooks for the practitioner and as a critical introduction to the history of material culture and architecture.
Hotels occupy a particular place in popular imagination. As a place of exclusive sociability and bohemian misery, a site of crime and murder and as a hiding place for illicit liaison, the hotel has embodied the dynamism of the metropolis since the eighteenth century.
This book explores the architectural significance of hotels throughout history and how their material construction has reflected and facilitated the social and cultural practices for which they are renowned. Contemporary developments in the planning and design of hotels are addressed through a series of interviews and case studies.
Illustrated throughout, this book is an innovative and important contribution to architectural and interior design theory literature.
About the Author
Tom Avermaete is Associate Professor of Architecture at the TU Delft (Netherlands), with a special research interest in the post-war public realm and the architecture of the city in Western and non-Western contexts. Tom is the author of Another Modern: The Post-War Architecture and Urbanism of Candilis-Josic-Woods (2005) and is an editor of OASE Architectural Journal. He is also an initiator of the research and exhibition project In the Desert of Modernity: Colonial Planning and After (Berlin, 2008; Casablanca, 2009; Marseille, 2013).
Anne Massey is Professor of Design at Middlesex University, UK. Anne has published widely on the subject of interior design and she is also co-editor of the academic journal, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, launched by Berg in 2010. Anne has contributed to various media, including broadcasts on BBC Radio 4, and appearances on TV including BBC4’s Glamour’s Golden Age and Channel 4’s Titanic: The Mission.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Hotel Lobbies: Anonymous Domesticity and Public Discretion 1. Beyond the Lobby: Setting the Stage for Modernity – The Cosmos of the Hotel 2. Learning from Los Angeles: Hollywood Hotel Lobbies 3. The Architectonics of the Hotel Lobby: The Norms and Forms of a Public-Private Figure 4. The Hotel Lobby and Local/Global Journeys 5. Shifting Spaces 6. Tracing Tacks: Illusion and Reality at Work in the Lobby Case Studies 1. Hotel Ritz 2. Strand Palace Hotel 3. Imperial Hotel 4. Hotel Gooiland 5. Hotel Le Corbusier 6. Watergate Hotel 7. Hilton Hotel 8. SAS Hotel 9. KdF Prora 10. Hyatt Regency Hotel 11. Viru Hotel 12. Hotel des Thermes 13. Hotel Lakolk 14. Gramercy Park Hotel 15. Hotel Paramount 16. Hotel Il Palazzo 17. Hotel Seaterminal 18. Cube Hotels