5 Refreshed Historic Properties That Honor Tradition
Historic properties in vacation spots from Portugal to Italy get a new lease on life with redesigns that honor tradition—and subvert it, too.
Casa Hoyos by AG Studio
Site: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
A meticulously restored colonial-era villa was reinvented as a property that celebrates the best of Mexican design and regional artisanal crafts. Interior highlights include sunshine-bright glazed ceramics, mirror-tiled planters, woven tapestries, crisp black steelwork, and contours galore. Best seat in the house to take in the colorful modernist surrounds: the lounge’s cocooning Calaca armchairs by Comite de Proyectos.
Sophia Hotel by Balbek Bureau
Site: Kyiv, Ukraine
A century’s worth of paint layers stripped from the 1881 edifice revealed elegant yellow brickwork and period architectural details—characteristics the minimalist-modern interior scheme quietly harmonizes with via restrained neutral tones (offset with occasional pops of red), warm timber and brass accents, and contemporary Ukrainian artworks.
Habita79 by Giuliano Dell’uva; Gianluca Marangi
Site: Pompeii, Italy
Built in the 1940’s for travelers trekking to the archeological site, this newly revamped MGallery hotel captures Pompeii’s energy of discovery while reinterpreting its ahead-of-its-time interior architecture; note the iron-base concrete columns, stucco wall panels (channeling grooves found on Pompeiian houses), and slabs of the same marble used to sculpt Roman fountains. More avant-garde are the Gio Ponti chairs, Luciano Romano photographs, and reproductions of 18th-century Giustiniani vases that likewise quote antiquity.
The Georgian by BLVD Hospitality; Fettle
Site: Santa Monica, California
And, scene: After a sensitive renovation, a storied coastal property from 1933 marries Old Hollywood charm, global élan, and SoCal cool via such cinematic mise-en-scène as custom art deco chandeliers, original decorative reliefs, exaggerated furniture profiles, and exuberant stone flooring. Did we mention the transporting Pacific Ocean views?
The Largo by Space Copenhagen
Site: Porto, Portugal
Following a three-year restoration by architect Frederico Valsassina, five interconnected structures dating from the 15th through 19th centuries received a sensitive but thorough interior overhaul—one that maintained existing features—during its conversion into a hotel for Danish hospitality group Annassurra. Against the subdued tones of this stripped-back setting, replete with conserved elements like a five story–deep courtyard flanked by stone walls, Space Copenhagen juxtaposed stylized modern interpretations of Renaissance-era gestures including ceiling ornamentation and voluptuous headboards.
Time Travel in King Tai, a Brooklyn Bar With Art Deco Accents
Palmer Thompson-Moss and his team at Salle helmed the design and recent refresh of King Tai, a cocktail bar in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Rottet Studio Updates the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Rottet Studio revamps the Four Seasons hotel in Chicago, complete with a shimmering installation of gold-tinted aluminum.
Fettle and BLVD Hospitality Update Historic Georgian Hotel
Fettle and BLVD Hospitality collaborate on Santa Monica’s Georgian Hotel, crafting glamorous interiors for the landmark Art Deco building.
Headquarters Reboot: Standard Architecture x Nadel
Nadel’s headquarters reboot included multiple skylights, outdoor lounges, and a plan to bridge the bi-level interiors, thanks to Standard Architecture.
Houston’s Brava Tower Blends Newspaper History with Modern Luxury
Brava, a rental tower by MaRS and Munoz + Albin, makes headlines with nods to its site’s newspaper history, underscored by contemporary art and amenities.
This Home Sits on an Exclusive São Paolo Golf Course
Sited on an exclusive golf course near São Paolo, lush greens and local stone distinguish an expansive ground-up home by Studio Arthur Casas.