ANNA Stay becomes World Hotel Building of the Year


ANNA Stay becomes World Hotel Building of the Year

The versatile wooden cabin, ANNA Stay, from the Dutch designer Caspar Schols, has won the World Hotel Building of the Year 2022 Award at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Lisbon. The WAF is the largest architectural event in the world, and ANNA Stay is being praised for its sustainable design allowing guests to reconnect with themselves and nature. With hand-movable walls and windows, ANNA Stay opens new horizons of lodging in nature.


Equipped with two protective sliding shells, ANNA Stay allows you to open up and become part of your surroundings. An inner shell is made of double glass, with an outer shell made of wood. By adjusting the two shells, ANNA changes and adapts to weather, moods, or occasions, making it possible to connect to a reality in which we naturally belong.

In wintertime, the insulated wooden shell of ANNA keeps the warmth inside like a thick winter coat. In spring or autumn, the glass keeps the rain outside, and welcomes sun inside to warm up the space. If it becomes too warm, guests can either slide and close the wooden layer to keep the coolness inside, or slide the glass layer open to allow a cool breeze to enter. In all seasons, living and sleeping under the glass, or outdoors with protective layers, is within reach. Like any organism, ANNA responds to the environment and moves with the rhythm of nature to allow you to be part of it, rather than just being a spectator. That sets the stage to experience the beauty of a fierce rain shower from under the glass roof, to wake up among the birds in the early morning, or to be mesmerized by the starry night sky directly above your bed.

Photo credit: Jorrit 't Hoen

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