I am fascinated by the design of the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The hotel designed by among others Phillipe Starke is a fascinating break in style and trends for the outdoor spaces of hospitality properties and hotels.
Take the front entrance. It is welcoming and inviting, but in the way that a garage sale of holds visual appeal and draws you in with the invitation to come take a closer look at the details. Unlike typical grand hotel entrances which are wide and open, this entrance is a cluttered mix of pots and mis-matched furniture and odd objects surrounding a comparably narrow entrance.
image from eater LA
Up on the roof top, the pool deck is also very interesting. The ‘framed views’ of LA are exciting. I enjoy the mix of oversized frames that line the balcony and literally ‘frame the view’ but it again ads to the cluttered and somewhat messy effect. Couple the frames with the human sized pots and the Phillipe Starke influence can certainly be seen. What I find interesting though is the proximity of the lounges to the water. There seems to be almost no room to move. I can’t help but wonder if this is purely as a function of fitting the most into a small space or if this will be a trend in pool design. (that is pool furniture that begins to overlap the edge of the pool and blur the lines between the deck and the water).
The apple serving pig in the water is an interesting touch that I like for many reasons.
image from exile kiss
image from Sophie Donelson
What do you think of this design? I certainly can take some ideas and inspiration, like the frames… and maybe the pig. What is your favorite part of this design?