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Pennod 8

Bydd Aled a Leah yn ymweld a gwesty'r Faena yn Buenos Aires, y 'Rough Luxe' yn Llundain, a'r Duomo yn Rimini yn yr Eidal. Aled and Leah visit hotels in Buenos Aires, Rimini & Lo...


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-Tonight, a London hotel

-that's both Rough and Luxe.

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-Cutting edge 21st-century design

-at the DuoMo...

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-..and innovative Philippe Starck

-design in Buenos Aires.

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-Welcome to 04Wal Gwestai'r Byd.

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-A sedate north London Georgian street

-opposite Kings Cross station.

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-It's an area

-with a chequered history.

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-Rough Luxe Hotel

-stands in the middle of that area.

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-Rough refers to the surroundings.

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-Luxe refers to the luxury

-you'll find within its walls.

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-The area is a little bit of rough

-in a luxurious London...

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-..and the hotel is a bit of luxury

-in rough surroundings.

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-Small is beautiful in this case,

-as we'll see.

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-People at home must be intrigued

-by this strange combination.

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-What inspired the design?

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-The concept is to redefine luxury.

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-To offer an enriching experience

-not offered by mass-market hotels.

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-Here, the designer has worked

-almost as an archaeologist.

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-The building has been stripped back

-to its very essence.

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-During the refurbishment process,

-layers of wallpaper were discovered.

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-That's a strong element

-of the Rough Luxe philosophy.

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-They have amassed

-a quirky collection.

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-The owl sits on a branch

-that shoots from the lamp.

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-This rabbit clings onto the table.

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-These items make you smile

-and most hotels lack humour.

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-You don't expect to see such things

-in a luxury hotel.

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-That collection of butterflies

-has great charm.

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-Rabih Hage came up with

-a very detailed design...

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-..though it appears

-to have come together naturally.

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-This is a bedroom.

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-If you're wondering why anyone

-should pay to stay in a hotel...

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-..where there's no wallpaper,

-you may have missed the point.

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-By exposing the walls, you reveal

-this building's past lives.

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-Different periods appear,

-almost like ghosts, from the walls.

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-The green, blue and red

-remind me of a Monet painting.

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-Against the raw background,

-you have prints by Aki Kuroda.

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-They're very modern

-and not to everyone's taste...

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-..but they provide

-the room's luxurious element.

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-New prints contrast

-with the old backdrop.

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-Above the sofa,

-which doubles as a bed...

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-..there hangs

-an undeniably rough chandelier...

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-..compared to those in the picture!

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-This room is on the top floor.

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-There's a strong

-design structure here.

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-There are no raw elements to it.

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-It's more ordinary, in a way...

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-..and yet, the idea of exposing

-the walls is used in the bathroom.

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-The most amazing thing about it

-is the fantastic copper bath.

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-The picture opposite the bed

-is a stroke of genius.

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-It gives you a feeling of depth.

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-It's a constant theme in this hotel.

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-It's a Massimo Listri piece.

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-You're drawn into it, aren't you?

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-This is the breakfast room,

-in the cellar.

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-Guests sit around this square table

-to eat their breakfast.

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-The table is a patchwork

-of different planks of wood.

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-The timber came from

-one of Brighton's piers.

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-Probably the one that burnt down.

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-The wind, the sun and the seawater

-has added interest to the surface.

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-This creates an ambience

-in the room...

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-..as does the collection of chairs.

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-Every generation

-has brought something to the table.

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-Behind me, a picture has been pasted

-onto the wall.

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-There are cupboards behind it,

-which is clever.

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-There's a picture of a church cupola

-on the ceiling.

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-It all creates an illusion

-of space and luxury.

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-Designs such as this

-make striking a balance difficult.

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-Is it a success?

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-It's a magical design.

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-It's very charming.

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-It certainly challenges you

-to think outside the box.

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-It offers a different perspective

-on luxury.

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-It's no bad thing because we often

-feel uncomfortable about luxury.

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-It's certainly a new way

-of looking at luxury.

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-The aim is to convince people

-that the exposed walls...

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-..are every bit as valuable

-as that picture.

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-We have travelled

-along Italy's Adriatic coast.

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-Along Italy's backbone, in a way,

-to the DuoMo hotel in Rimini.

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-It's an ultra-modern interior

-inside an ancient building...

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-..or an old building, at least.

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-It was designed by Ron Arad,

-which explains the red doors.

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-What a strange experience!

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-It's like being invited

-inside the walls of Jericho!

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-The doors

-are like giant pinball flippers.

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-The pillars

-add to that pinball machine feel.

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-There's an amazing sight

-in front of me.

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-I've been around the block

-a few times...

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-..but I can honestly say

-I've never seen anything like this!

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-It certainly redefines

-the reception desk.

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-Yes, and it fills the room.

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-It's a stainless steel ring...

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-..set with a desk

-rather than precious stones.

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-The round shape has softened

-the barrier between hotel and guest.

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-It almost looks like a smile.

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-Yes, this gigantic reception desk

-shatters your concept of gravity!

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-It stands

-at a seemingly impossible angle.

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-I've only moved from the front door

-to the reception desk...

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-..and my jaw has hit the floor

-several times!

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-That's what you expect

-from a Ron Arad design.

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-He uses a lot of steel in his work.

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-He also uses bulbous shapes.

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-Ron Arad was born in Tel Aviv

-in 1951.

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-He's a trained architect

-who's also a furniture designer.

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-In 2009, he exhibited his work

-at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

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-If you want home comforts,

-the DuoMo isn't the place for you.

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-You won't find any here.

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-This hotel's concept

-is all about new experiences.

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-It looks like a futuristic

-sci-fi film set!

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-It looks like a spaceship

-that hops from planet to planet.

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-This lobby also feels futuristic.

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-Like the reception desk,

-it reverses design expectations.

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-They have created a room

-in the corridors.

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-The futuristic tone is evident -

-it's quite an alien experience.

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-Having said that, it's comfortable.

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-Sculpture, architecture

-and furniture all seem to blend.

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-This is oversized,

-like the reception desk.

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-It goes from floor to ceiling.

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-The lights are inserted

-flush with the walls...

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-..maintaining the clean lines.

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-Everything is sleek

-and design-led...

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-..but the numbers look

-as if they were painted by a child!

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-The graphics are also

-the designer's work.

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-This is his handwriting.

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-It looks a bit rough, doesn't it?

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-Yes, it contrasts

-with the sleek walls.

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-Yes, but the metallic paint

-carries echoes of its surroundings.

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-We've already seen a red room

-and this must be the purple floor.

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-This is a three-storey hotel.

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-Each floor has a different colour,

-working with a monochrome palette.

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-There's a purple floor, a red floor

-and a lime floor.

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-You can see Ron Arad's hand

-in every detail of the interior.

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-If the hotel had a signature,

-I think it's this pod.

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-The idea of the egg within the box.

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-Yes, Ron Arad's background

-is in industrial design.

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-That's evident here.

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-Everything is packaged here.

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-It's engineered

-and all integral to the design.

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-It wasn't decorated, it was created.

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-There's a bathroom within the pod.

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-It's separate from the main bedroom.

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-Just when I thought that this hotel

-had yielded all its surprises...

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-..I come across

-one more amazing nugget.

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-This room is it.

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-It's a bar, a nightclub

-and a dining room in one.

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-The bar top defines the room.

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-From one angle, it looks like liquid

-flowing from corner to corner.

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-From another angle, it looks

-like a Henry Moore sculpture.

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-Tying the design together

-is this glorious bronze.

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-It's like a ribbon,

-flowing to the far end...

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-..up the wall, along the ceiling

-and out of the hotel.

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-In order to set a hotel

-in its context in Wales...

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-..designers tend to use

-local materials.

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-Ron Arad has made no effort

-to do that here.

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-No, nothing here reflects Rimini

-or Italy in general.

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-This hotel immerses you

-in Ron Arad's imagination.

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-He has a really active imagination!

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-The Faena hotel, in the redeveloped

-Puerto Madero area of Buenos Aires.

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-The building looks like a typical

-northern England cotton mill.

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-In fact, it is built

-from Manchester bricks.

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-It was actually a granary

-rather than a cotton mill...

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-..built when Argentina was one

-of the world's economic powerhouses.

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-Look at some of its features.

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-The classical structure,

-the windows...

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-..and this F, the personal motif

-of the owner, Alan Faena.

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-This is the entrance,

-which is quite intriguing.

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-How can such a large building

-have such a narrow door?

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-There's a touch

-of Alice In Wonderland about it.

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-The carpet of red tiles...

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-..the wonderful brass poles

-and the large flowerpots.

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-You can sense something special

-lies within.

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-Converting an industrial building

-into a luxury hotel isn't easy.

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-That's why they employed

-Philippe Starck...

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-..to create this masterpiece.

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-The corn motifs on the mirrors

-recall the building's original use.

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-They're also cruciform,

-and there are religious overtones...

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-..in the red stained glass

-and the underlit benches.

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-The lobby

-is known as The Cathedral.

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-There are religious touches

-dotted around the whole building.

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-The really striking thing

-about the lobby is its length.

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-It seems almost endless.

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-You're a fan

-of Philippe Starck's work.

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-Has he created

-something special here?

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-As you enter the hotel, you see

-a temple of beauty and adventure.

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-It conveys the Belle Epoque -

-the Beautiful Era.

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-The gold and red...

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-..and the long corridor

-are a part of that.

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-It's a theatrical experience

-and you're the star.

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-Is it also essentially Argentinian?

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-As you'd expect

-in a Philippe Starck design...

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-..there's real wit here.

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-The gnome table is witty...

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-..as are the swan-shaped chairs.

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-The colours are Argentinian.

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-Starck worked with Alan Faena,

-who comes from Argentina.

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-The full name of the hotel

-is Faena Hotel and Universe.

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-What is the Universe element?

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-It reflects the confidence

-of the hotel's owner, Alan Faena.

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-Off the long corridor...

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-..are a series of rooms

-conveying aspects of Buenos Aires...

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-..both its business side

-and its creative, artistic side.

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-They're separate worlds.

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-The darkness of The Cathedral

-becomes bright white in the bistro.

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-It has the glorious plaster ceilings

-and magnificent chandeliers...

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-..that were favoured by the city's

-early 20th century cake shops.

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-There are imperial touches

-on the furniture.

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-The sofas against the wall

-look like pumped-up dining chairs!

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-That in itself would offer

-a rich dining experience...

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-..but the unicorn heads

-take the design to another level!

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-The red eyes are the cherries

-on the icing on the cake!

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-This is the only suite in the hotel

-not designed by Philippe Starck.

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-Alan Faena himself designed it.

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-He uses this suite

-when he stays here.

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-There are two 40-inch TVs here,

-one on either side!

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-You can do that in a room this big.

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-It's symmetrical.

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-There are Chesterfields

-on both sides of the room.

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-The design of the chandelier

-is echoed in the carpet.

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-They're similar shapes.

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-What about the kitchen?

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-Could anyone use that hob?

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-The tabletop is made of marble.

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-Those wonderful, curved legs

-contrast with the style...

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-..yet it's in harmony

-with the romantic dining area.

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-The bedroom is more contemporary.

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-Yes, it's a simpler,

-less ornate design.

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-The cherrywood panels are stunning.

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-There are echoes of the main room

-in the chandelier...

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-..and the chairs' swan design

-is reflected in the bath taps.

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-The dining area

-is more romantic than the bedroom!

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-He must love food!

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-Another planet in Faena's universe

-is the El Mercado restaurant.

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-It's like walking

-into someone's home.

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-Rather than family photographs

-on the walls...

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-..we see pictures

-of famous Argentinians.

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-Yes, there's a more

-eclectic collection in this room.

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-It mimics the atmosphere

-of rural taverns around the city...

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-..but with an European influence.

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-This is the result.

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-The chairs feel French.

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-The ceiling is covered

-in original aluminium panels.

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-The pendant lights

-add an industrial edge.

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-Display cabinets

-cover the structure of the building.

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-The cabinets are full of ornaments.

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-Yes, they're from San Telmo,

-an area noted for bric-a-brac.

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-We're on the roof of the Faena,

-looking out over Buenos Aires.

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-Is the hotel essentially Argentinian?

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-Is the hotel essentially Argentinian?

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-Yes, very much so.

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-This radical design

-uses a new visual language.

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-It offers a glimpse of the future

-while paying homage to the past.

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-It's a design

-steeped in Argentinian culture.

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-S4C subtitles by Eirlys A Jones

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Bydd Aled a Leah yn ymweld a gwesty'r Faena yn Buenos Aires, y 'Rough Luxe' yn Llundain, a'r Duomo yn Rimini yn yr Eidal. Aled and Leah visit hotels in Buenos Aires, Rimini & London in 2009.