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Hotel Lone

3LHD

Europa | Rovigno

Venetians established a string of fortified ports along the Adriatic coast to protect their trade routes to Byzantium; today, those harbors are full of gleaming pleasure boats. The sleek white decks of a luxury yacht inspired 3LHD’s design for the Lone, Croatia’s first design hotel, located in a forest preserve near the Istrian town of Rovinj. The Y-plan building recalls the 1950s in its tapered planes: a vision for the dawn of the jet age that Eero Saarinen would have applauded. But, for all its exuberance of form, it’s as rigorous in its organization as the rational cellular blocks of the post-war years that are scattered along the Dalmatian coast. That decade marked the end of a golden age of travel when grand hotels were built for a privileged few. Now, tour groups shuffle from their buses into vast caravanseries as formulaic and uninspiring as shopping malls. Luxury is equated with...

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