Hotel design needs to reconnect with art, says architect

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The president of the PIDA (Premio Internazionale Ischia di architettura) award for hotels and spas, Giovannangelo de Angelis, said it was important for hotels to regain its relationship with art.

The fourth edition of the Ischia International Prize for Architecture awards the best designs of hotels and spas in the world, and the winner of the competition will have their designs showcased at INDEX 2011 in Dubai.

“An important challenge for hotel design is to recover the relationship between architecture and design and art,” said de Angelis.

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“In the past, architects, designers, painters and sculptors used to work together. Now we see new and nice looking objects, but we only have design materials,” he added.

“We have lost art [in hotel design]. We need to recover this relationship,” he said.

An artist hotel is needed, said de Angelis, because art gives people another version of the world. He said an artist’s perspective of design is an important element, more so because such a view is not seen very much anymore.

The jury for the PIDA award includes international architects and interior designers, including Farida Kamber, president, the Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID) and Linda Nubani, managing director, Dubai-based Mazari Consultants.

In UAE, PIDA is partnering with APID to present the winning entry at INDEX during the event which takes place October 22-25, 2011.

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