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Top 5 Incredible Eco-Hotels and Hostels of the World

Top 5 Incredible Eco-Hotels and Hostels of the World

As summer hits its stride many might be opting for the stay-cation this year, but for those adventurous green travelers headed out into the world to do some eco-exploring, we've rounded up our top picks

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Alsop Architecture’s Luxury Hotel Aims for BREEAM Excellent

Alsop Architecture’s Luxury Hotel Aims for BREEAM Excellent

A proposal for a £250m luxury hotel in London is aiming to bring commerce, tourism, and a BREEAM "Excellent" rating to the north banks of the River Thames. Alsop Architects has collaborated again with

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Foster + Partners Unveil 5 Star Hotel for Heathrow

Foster + Partners Unveil 5 Star Hotel for Heathrow

Recently approved by the Mayor of London, a new design-forward, energy-efficient 5-star hotel will be built very close to the Heathrow Airport. It will be the only one of its kind in the area. Foster +

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Tanzanian Hotel Inspired by Rock Formations

Tanzanian Hotel Inspired by Rock Formations

Not many people would be envious of you if you were living in a cave -- but they might be a little envious if you stayed in this hotel, located in Tanzania and designed by WOW Architects. The hotel is

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Abu Dhabi’s Spiraling Helix Hotel

Abu Dhabi’s Spiraling Helix Hotel

The Helix Hotel in Abu Dhabi's Zayed Bay doesn't have floors like we're used to - instead it spirals in sections of a corkscrew from top to bottom with no clear breaks, flowing from retail to residential,

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PREFAB FRIDAY: CitizenM Hotels

PREFAB FRIDAY: CitizenM Hotels

Prefabricated design welcomes the weary traveler at CitizenM Hotels, where luxury accommodations are available at economical prices thanks to the streamlined production of the modular units that make up

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Giant Eco-Egg Skyscraper: A Conceptual Luxury Hotel

Giant Eco-Egg Skyscraper: A Conceptual Luxury Hotel

From the unseen, unsung files of design competitions past comes the Envision Green Hotel designed by Richard Moreta Architecture (founded by a partner of GMZ-Design) with interiors by Miami-based MRA

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Incredible Hotel Made From Salvaged Wine Casks

Incredible Hotel Made From Salvaged Wine Casks

Ever fallen asleep alongside a good glass of French wine? How about inside a cask of good French wine? The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel in the Netherlands salvaged four wine casks from Switzerland and

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The Floating Aerohotel: A Modern Aquatecture Marvel

The Floating Aerohotel: A Modern Aquatecture Marvel

As fears of global warming induced population displacement are steadily realized, the allure of waterborne aquatecture becomes more and more enticing. Designed by Alexander Asadov, this incredible

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TRAVELODGE HOTEL MADE FROM SHIPPING CONTAINERS

TRAVELODGE HOTEL MADE FROM SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Travelodge recently opened a hotel in Uxbridge, England that is constructed entirely from prefabricated shipping containers. The completed design uses eighty-six containers of various sizes that were

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Eco-Luxury Hotel for the Bahamas’ Star Island

Eco-Luxury Hotel for the Bahamas’ Star Island

Next year, eco-luxe travel will get a new destination with the opening of a new five-star resort for Star Island in the Bahamas. In and among diving, playing tennis and drinking a cocktail or two,

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CELEBUTECTURE: Brad Pitt to design 5-star Eco Hotel in Dubai

CELEBUTECTURE: Brad Pitt to design 5-star Eco Hotel in Dubai

Brad Pitt is once again trading the silver screen for green building, as he recently announced a collaboration with LA-based architecture firm GRAFT to design a 5-star "green resort" in Dubai. We're not

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China’s First Carbon Neutral Hotel Hits Shanghai

China’s First Carbon Neutral Hotel Hits Shanghai

Environmentally conscious visitors to Shanghai who are looking for the luxury experience can stay carbon-free and enjoy green living on the go at URBN Hotels. Designed to attract ‘urban world

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Death Star Lunar Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan

Death Star Lunar Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan

Why wonder if we’ll ever live on the moon when it’s being built right here on Earth? Heerim Architects are planning to bring Star Wars chic to the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, defining the look with

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THE SONGJIANG SUSTAINABLE HOTEL IN CHINA

THE SONGJIANG SUSTAINABLE HOTEL IN CHINA

Near Shanghai, the Songjiang district has become a popular weekend destination for many tourists with its natural beauty and sprawling landscapes. And now the Songjiang Hotel might just become the newest

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DASPARKHOTEL MADE FROM RECYCLED PIPES

DASPARKHOTEL MADE FROM RECYCLED PIPES

While the idea of sleeping in a pipe might not immediately connote luxury in your mind, this hotel design turns concrete pipes into quite the comfortable space for your next overnight stay. Almost like

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Hotel Everland

PREFAB FRIDAY: Hotel Everland

If the Plaza is a little too ritzy for your taste, perhaps the futuristic prefab one-room Hotel Everland is more your cup of tea. Designed by Swiss design duo artist-duo L/B (Sabina Lang and Daniel

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HOTEL FOX

HOTEL FOX

Everyone is drawing on the walls at Hotel Fox?at least everyone who is someone in the world of urban art, graphic design and illustration. Situated in the heart of Copenhagen, the sixty-one rooms have

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Fly through Ecuador’s cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

Fly through Ecuador’s cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

The Mashpi Lodge in Quito, Ecuador is a hideaway in the clouds. Tucked inside the 3,200 acre orchid-filled Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, is a glass-walled lodge. Guests to the lodge can now

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HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

Located south of the University near Center City and University City, the Pennovation Center will provide a space for entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry partners to collaborate and transform

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MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV has been granted approval to renovate a 1970s complex in Paris and transform it into a mixed-use development that "reintroduces the lost human scale." This colorful version of the Ilôt Vandamme

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INFOGRAPHIC: The world’s most fascinating unbuilt buildings

INFOGRAPHIC: The world’s most fascinating unbuilt buildings

There are countless buildings around the world that we all recognize and love, from the Empire State Building to the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, and the Burj Khalifa. But what about all of the

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6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

Sleep in a Dreamy Tree house in Atlanta Secluded Intown Treehouse offers fairytale-like accommodation for grownups in one of their three rustic cabins in Atlanta. They are entirely made from reclaimed

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World’s largest monocoque roof is taking form atop China’s Suzhou Center

World’s largest monocoque roof is taking form atop China’s Suzhou Center

  Benoy architectural and design firm has unveiled its design for the Suzhou Center in Suzhou, China. Scheduled for completion in 2017, this unique structure will feature the world's largest

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Would you want to stay the night in this fiery dragon-inspired bed and breakfast?

Would you want to stay the night in this fiery dragon-inspired bed and breakfast?

The design comes from South Korean architecture firm Moon Hoon. The dragon-inspired structure is located in Jeju, an island just south of the Korean mainland, which is largely a vacation

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6 stunning saunas that let steam lovers revel in nature

6 stunning saunas that let steam lovers revel in nature

Partisans Grotto Sauna, Canada Curving along 800 square feet of ancient rock on Sans Souci Island off Toronto, the private Grotto Sauna by PARTISANS was inspired by the natural caves and waterways of the

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night, next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot -- or in the parking lot of a Walmart -- or wherever we may be at the moment, and I

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a sustainable landmark that houses 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame that also serves as a silent, motionless wind

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DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

Photo © Third Floor Design Studio So, you're trapped indoors because it's -90 degrees outside, and you're going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives so many people up

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Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large portion of said space,

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