Design & architecture: Radisson Blu towers around the world

What comes to mind when you think of Radisson Blu hotels? For many, it's design. And that goes as much for the interiors of our hotels as the exteriors. In fact, many of our hotels are global examples of some of the finest and unique pieces of architectural design. So let's shine a light on some of our most iconic Radisson Blu towers all around the globe, veritable architectural gems that provide some of the most stunning views you can find.

Aqua Tower, Chicago

Chicago, a city adored by architecture lovers, boasts one of the most famous skylines in the world. Since 2010 the so-called Aqua Tower is part of it, a beautiful 250-meter tall building with an iconic design that’s been inspired by the characteristics of terrestrial topography: the tower was imagined as a vertical landscape made up of hills, valleys, and pools. Radisson Blu Aqua Tower occupies 18 floors of the award-winning skyscraper, which also hosts one of the city’s largest green roofs. A standout feature are its gorgeous wave-like balconies floating all around the building.

Psst! Interested in architecture photography? Discover these stunning photos of Chicago by Angie McMonigal.

Tour Part-Dieu, Lyon

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon occupies the top ten floors of the Tour Part-Dieu, a true Lyon landmark of 164 meters. Most locals though know it under the name “Le Crayon” (“The Pencil”) referring to its pencil-like look, achieved through a cylindrical shape topped by a 23-metre high pyramid. If you book a room at Radisson Hotel Blu Lyon, gorgeous panoramic views over the city are guaranteed: every single room, the bar, the restaurant, and even the meeting rooms offer breathtaking outlooks over Lyon, sometimes even all the way to the Alps. Check out the hotel's 24H live camera!

 

Radisson Royal, Moscow

Moscow’s Radisson Royal Hotel, widely known under its original name Hotel Ukrainia, is not only an eye-catching architectural beauty, but also a cultural and historical landmark. It was commissioned by Stalin as part of his “Seven Sisters” skyscraper project, and inaugurated in 1957. With 198 meters it is also the highest hotel in Europe. On top of the building there is an observation deck offering stunning views over the Russian capital. Fun facts: the building was featured on a Russian stamp, and appeared in the movie “The Russia House” with Sean Connery. Plus, it’s a fascinating destination for all art aficionados, as it hosts more than 1000 artworks by major Russian artists.

Oslo Plaza

With 37 floors and a height of 117 meters, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Oslo, built in 1989, is the highest building in the whole of Norway. It is covered with 16,000 square meters of mirror glass: that’s more than two football fields! To admire the gorgeous views over the city, stop by the 34 Restaurant & Bar, located on the 34th floor of the iconic building. And by the way, already the journey to get there is quite an experience: guests can travel up with an external glass elevator.

 

Holloway Circus Tower, Birmingham

Radisson Blu Hotel Birmingham is located in the tallest occupied building of the entire city. It was built in 2006, is 130 meters high, and scored 8th place in the 2006 Emporis Skyscraper Awards. Holloway Circus also hosted the very first vertical race in the city: the participating runners had to race up the 658 steps of the tower (39 floors!). The winner made it to the top in exactly 5 minutes and 19 seconds, in case you want to try to beat the record.

Now that we've shown you some beautiful heights, why not go down a little bit lower and discover our most pristine pools?

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