Marya Spence

Surface Treatment

Despite a nod to 1970s craft, Sam Buxton’s knotted interior for a new London bar echoes his high-tech approach to products.

Energy

Proximity Hotel Greensboro, North Carolina Proximity is one of the greenest hotels in the country, incorporating more than 70 sustainable practices. Although certification is still pending, the hotel’s developer and CEO, Dennis Quaintance, is confident that the 147-room building will achieve LEED Platinum after less than a year of operation. “We currently have 54 points, and it takes 52 to…

Siting

ADRÉRE AMELLAL Siwa, Egypt The sustainable thinking behind this lodge may be as ancient as the 12,000-year-old desert community where it’s located. To build it, the hotel’s founder, Mounir Neamatalla, restored and extended century-old homes using the traditional building material kershef—a mixture of rock salt and mud—which he studied under the guidance of the region’s oldest master builders. A natural…