New styles, new destinations – on the road with Costas Voyatzis

Style blogger Costas Voyatzis spends his year traveling the world. In this column, he turns the spotlight on new places, exhibitions and buildings that are worth a visit. This time around: minimalist luxury in Switzerland, a hidden oasis in the big city, and Iris van Herpen’s avant-garde fashion.

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Breathtaking vista: Angama Mara Safari Lodge, Kenya

Angama Mara, a consummately designed safari lodge, is perched on a hill in Kenya that affords a breathtaking view of the Masai Mara Reserve. The architecture and furnishings combine local traditions with colonial style and the clear lines of modern European design. If the view triggers a bout of wanderlust, you might want to watch Out of Africa as part of your travel preparations: the 1985 film, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, was filmed in this part of the continent.

Simple luxury: AFGH Architects use premium materials to lend subtle accents. Near Zurich, Switzerland

From the outside, these two extensive structures near Zurich look like raw building carcasses. But behind the concrete facade, the designers of AFGH Architects have created an impressively minimalist yet luxurious interior, with premium materials adding subtle accents. The highlight is in the basement: a wellness area that includes a large marble swimming pool.

Savoring solitude: the illustrated book Remote Places to Stay

These days, more than ever, ensuring a successful career demands an extensive network of friends and colleagues – but that makes it all the more important to occasionally head to quiet places where you can tune out and allow your thoughts free rein. The book Remote Places to Stay, by Belgian travel blog Classe Touriste, describes a selection of just such places, where you can escape the everyday and chill out.

Heights of design: the Messner Mountain Museum in South Tyrol, Italy

The peak of Kronplatz in South Tyrol has recently become home to the Messner Mountain Museum – founded by the world-famous mountaineer, adventurer and author Reinhold Messner. The building was designed by Zaha Hadid in the signature futuristic style of the late avant-garde architect. After learning about the wondrous world of mountains inside the museum, visitors can step out onto a large platform and enjoy a scenic view of the surroundings.

Hidden oasis: the Hutong Tea House in Beijing, China

A traditional courtyard in Beijing has been stylishly transformed into a contemporary teahouse by architects from the Arch Studio. Exquisite woodwork and a small bamboo garden are the only décor in an otherwise refreshingly minimalist space. This oasis in the middle of the city is accessed through a hidden entrance.

Fashion, art and technology: “Transforming Fashion,” an exhibition by Iris van Herpen in Atlanta, Georgia

Iris van Herpen ranks as one of the most talented and original fashion designers of her generation; her artistic designs have been causing a stir in fashion circles for many years. What makes her clothing so unique is, above all, the innovative fusion of organic shapes and 3D printing technologies. Running until May 15, a comprehensive exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta presents 45 of the Dutch designer’s creations, which seem to blur the boundaries between fashion, art and technology.