chris bell

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Little Boxes - the Tactile World

In the Architect category,  I decided to look at Michael Graves. Born in 1934 in Indianapolis, he grew up with a passion for painting and drawing. He has designed the Swan and Dolphin Resort, at Walt Disney in Florida and also the St. Coletta School in Washington.
The St. Coletta School has a philosophy that all children are special, and now they have a very special building to learn in. One of my favourite pieces by Graves is the Hotel Michael. Named after the man himself, this is a 470 room luxury hotel and even has its very own gift shop selling only work from michael graves. His famous teapots can be seen on the walls in the image below.
The ESPA Spa and Beach Hotel was is situated in Singapore, offering a luxury getaway from the ordinary. With the setting this makes me think of sailing down a river through the forest and coming across a tribe settlement, not exactly what i'd expect from a place like Singapore.

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