Naturally occurring amethysts are formed by iron and silica-rich liquids that seep into gas-filled cavities in lava. Unnaturally occurring amethysts, it seems, are formed by Dutch architects to vaguely resemble a Marriott Hotel.
NL Architects recently presented their design for The Amethyst Hotel to the Evergrande Group, one of the largest real estate developers in Mainland China. If approved, the hotel would be built atop a man-made island off the coast of Hainan in the South China Sea. It will be the first in a series of luxury, gemstone-inspired hotels.
The hotel was designed to look like a geode cut in half, revealing its crystalline treasure. Guest suites would be built around an atrium, filling the central cavity. This will ensure that many of the rooms are outfitted with the geometric, violet panes of glass that embody the amethyst. The rear of the hotel is reminiscent of a colossal boulder, rising out of the man-made landscape — known as Ocean Flower, currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2020.
The architect’s website provides some insight as to why a gemstone is a suitable framework for a luxury hotel. “Amethyst has the capacity to purify any space of negative vibrations. It calms and cools excessive emotions, and eases the transition to a more meditative state by clearing the unnecessary mind clutter.”
NL Architects has worked on several proposals for resorts in southern China, known for its tropical climate and soft sand beaches. It remains to be seen, however, if this amethyst oddity will be given the go ahead.