The Design/ Welcome to Amethyst Nights

What an inspiration. Purple amethyst crystals formed inside rocks provided the core idea behind this ambitious hotel design, proposed by Dutch studio NL Architects for an island off the south coast of China. This “slightly insane project”, the Amethyst Hotel is conceived as the first in a chain of gem-inspired hotels where guest rooms are housed behind the faceted glass that makes up its fantasy crystals.

The violet-coloured quartz stone has been the subject of numerous myths through history – in Greece it was believed to prevent drunkenness, while medieval soldiers used it for protection during battle, and others thought it could strengthen the immune system or prevent nightmares reports Dezeen.

Architects Kamiel Klaasse and Pieter Bannenberg believe a design modelled on the “seductive gemstone” will benefit from the associations with these alleged “healing powers”.

“The Amethyst Hotel has the potential to become a performative symbol – a symbol with actual powers associated with it,” they said. “The project could be understood as a mutation of Portman’s innovative hotel typology of hotel rooms lining a sensational void,” said the architects.

Developer and architect John Portman is afterall credited for the widespread popularity of hotels with grand atriums , for brands including Hyatt and Marriott. “Amethyst Hotel is, in a way, a Marriott Marquis hotel sliced in the centre, exposing its magnificent interior,” they added.

The first gem of leisure is proposed for a manmade island known as Ocean Flower, which is under development in the sea north of Hainan, southern China.

The vision is to eventually build more around the world, each with slightly different shapes. If this is not stunning enough, nothing will.

Images via The Daily Mail