Design showcase: Top five promenade concepts

by | 11 May 2022 | Design

In collaboration with TOPHOTELDESIGN we highlight five hotel designs integrating promenades.

Stand-out hotels using promenades to transform space take us from a sophisticated Milan property to a mountain lodge in Peru.

Curating the spatial experience

In 1929 the Villa Savoye, designed by Le Corbusier, was completed. This project not only materialised his five principles of architecture but also portrayed his way of perceiving space itself. The promenade isn’t just a path a person moves along; it refers to a much deeper concept embedded in his unique perspective on space and time.

When designing a building, we imagine the space seen from above and from the sides. What about time then? How can an architect represent time in their sketches?

Just like Picasso condensed space and time in his cubist paintings, Le Corbusier designed in a similar way. What is the person’s point of view? What is the sequence of travelled spaces the visitor goes through? The perspective of someone moving through a specific space and time.

If we compare Le Corbusier’s process to that of another profession, it would be that of a cameraman or movie director, rather than a typical sculptor.

Today we have selected five projects that allow visitors to explore space in a similar way, transforming the whole experience into something that flows in a dynamic yet effortless way.

Click on the links below and explore the projects in further detail in TOPHOTELDESIGN.

Hotel Melia Milano

Milan, Italy
by Alvaro Sans Arquitectura Hotelera
Supplied by Duravit & TECE



Tola, Nicaragua
by Carlos Ayala


Alila Yangshuo

Guilin City, China
by Vector Architects – Beijing & Horizontal Design – Shenzhen
Supplied by Duravit & Hansgrohe


Explora Valle Sagrado

Valle Sagrado, Peru
by Jose Cruz Ovalle


Mondrian Doha

Doha, Qatar
by South West Architecture & Marcel Wanders studio
Supplied by Hansgrohe, LAUFEN, Geesa by CORAM & PRECIOSA LIGHTING

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