Design showcase: Top five bird’s eye views

by | 14 Jul 2021 | Design

We take a look at five outstanding examples of top-down photography within the luxury hotel sector in the latest instalment of our ongoing collaboration with TOPHOTELDESIGN.

Today, we dive into new perspectives of design; the aerial point of view.

Viewing the world’s top hotels from above

This used to be a privilege reserved for helicopter passengers, a lucky bird or the architect’s eye when looking at the blueprint, but nowadays guests are getting their hands on low-cost drones that can show them just the same.

We chose five magnificent projects that surpassed our expectations and were expertly photographed.

This unique perspective shows the essence of the designers’ process in a different scale. We zoom out and notice the few elements that distinguish their interior space; the dominant shapes and lines; the landscape design; the dialogue between the constructions and nature; the flows, routes and circuits of the guests; and the overall feel of the experience.

Just as there are different ways to start a drawing, there are multiple ways to outline a design concept. It can start from a curve, textures, a particular detail, a big shape that divides into smaller ones, the colours of the landscape or the materials, etc. Those are the things that are noticeable when we look at the projects from above or with distance.

Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi

The Maldives
by SCSY Studio

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The Maldives
by Highness
Supplied by Forest Group

Como Uma Canggu

by Atelier Ikebuchi and One Degree North

L’Escale Resort Marina & Spa

The Seychelles
by Winch Design and Landmark Studios
Supplied by Kaldewei

Imagery: © Elsa Young

Lux* North Male Atoll

The Maldives
by Miaja Design Group and Hannan Yoosuf Architects

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