W Hotels announces its first Japanese resort

W Hotels, part of Marriott International, in collaboration with Japanese housing developer Sekisui House, is to open its first hotel in Osaka in 2021. Situated on Mido-Suji Boulevard, the

city’s main thoroughfare, the building’s façade will be designed by Osaka-based architect Tadao Ando. The 27 floor new- build hotel will offer 337 guest rooms, including 35 Suites, two WOW Suites and one EWOW Suite (the brand’s version of the Presidential Suite); as well as a range of dining and cocktail concepts including the WOO Bar and also a second bar located on the expansive WET Deck (pool). Other facilities will include a fitness centre, spa and an event space measuring 400sq m designed around natural light.

NAUSICAA to open new extension in May

NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer, opens its new extension this May. The centre, whose mission is to make

people more aware of the need to manage the oceans in a sustainable way, has installed a new 10,000 m3


where visitors can experience 'a voyage on the high seas’, with nearly 60,000 creatures living along the 15,000sq m of exhibition space, and 22,000 creatures

being added to the species that are already in place. The gardens have also been landscaped

as part of the project with the exhibition 'Mankind and Shores’ being the first point of call, where visitors can explore issues surrounding the management of coastal regions. The education programme has also been updated, with a focus on coral reef sustainability and protection, in association with the Blue Society.

First UK Canopy by Hilton Hotel to open in Aldgate

Canopy by Hilton, the new lifestyle hotel brand of Hilton, is set to open its first UK branch in the City of London early this year. Part refurbishment, part new

construction, the £76m hotel development forms part of The Minories development in Aldgate. Interior designers ACME were commissioned to design the rooms of the new hotel. Inspired by the local art and culture of Aldgate, such as Freedom Press, the Anarchist Publisher founded in 1886, and Whitechapel Art Gallery, AMCE aims to evoke the history in and around Aldgate that dates back to Roman settlements, through materials, patterns, bespoke furniture and fabrics, while remaining true to the late modernist origins of the existing concrete frame, which will be exposed where possible. “The original 1977 building with its

complex facade and waffle slab has been a great stage to work within. Each of the new fixtures and fittings for the guest room


have been developed using local discreet Aldgate and Whitechapel references, creating a guest experience rooted in the history of context of East London,” said Friedrich Ludewig, director of ACME.

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