Tampa "about to blow up" as a vacation spot, says Version accommodations founder Ian Schrager

American entrepreneur Ian Schrager’s hospitality group The Version has opened the primary five-star resort in Tampa, Florida, which features a “jungle” foyer and a celebration room with 350 disco balls.

The Tampa Version, which began taking bookings in October 2022, is housed in a brand new 26-storey constructing that features 172 rooms and 38 personal residences.

A focus within the foyer of The Tampa Version is a snaking marble staircase

It kinds a part of the Water Road growth, an enormous city mixed-use enlargement challenge simply south of Downtown and a few blocks from the waterfront.

“[Tampa] has established its time is now, and I believe it is about to blow up on the scene,” stated Schrager, the hospitality mastermind who co-founded the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54, and can be behind the Public accommodations chain.

Custom travertine pool table with yellow top in the lobby
Between the tropical vegetation, the tall foyer includes a customized travertine pool desk

“It is bought a very good high quality of life and a terrific meals scene,” he continued.

“It is a metropolis within the solar, however it’s not a vacation-only spot, it is an actual dwelling respiration metropolis and that is what I believe is so particular about it.”

Bright yellow carpet and seating in the lobby
Vibrant yellow carpet and seating distinction the greenery

Schrager’s group at ISC Design Studio designed the brand new Version property, together with Morris Adjmi Architects, Nichols Architects, Bonetti Kozerski Architects, and Roman and Williams.

The white and glass constructing options artwork deco-influenced curves, which wrap the resort on the bigger decrease flooring and the residences within the tower portion above.

Lobby bar surrounded by plants
A scalloped walnut bar serves Mediterranean-influenced cocktails and lightweight bites

The resort’s foyer options 20-foot ceilings and full-height glazing alongside the entrance facade.

A big stainless-steel lilac orb greets friends as they enter the travertine-clad area, which is full of tropical vegetation.

Lilac Restaurant
The Lilac restaurant options vibrant inexperienced seating that matches the tiles lining the semi-open kitchen

“I put the landscaping within the foyer,” Schrager advised Dezeen. “I needed to have a jungle, and I saved saying ‘extra, extra’ vegetation. At evening they’re lit from beneath and also you get the shadows of the leaves on the ceiling. It is nearly all inexperienced.”

Among the many greenery are areas of lounge seating and a customized travertine pool desk with a vibrant yellow high.

The Punch Room features walnut panelling and jewel-toned sofas
Leisure areas on the second ground embrace the Punch Room, adorned with walnut panelling and jewel-toned sofas

The identical color is repeated within the carpet and seat upholstery within the bar space, which is organized round a scalloped walnut counter from which Mediterranean-influenced cocktails and small plates are served.

“Utilizing actually vibrant colours – the yellows and blues and greens – or placing vegetation within the foyer, weren’t additive,” stated Schrager. “These issues will shock you.”

Arts Club room with 350 disco balls on the ceiling
A celebration room with 350 disco balls on the ceiling kinds a part of the Arts Membership

The restaurant, Lilac, options vibrant inexperienced seating that matches the tiles lining the semi-open kitchen, which presents a Mediterranean menu from chef John Fraser.

On the different finish of the foyer, a white marble staircase gives a focus because it snakes as much as a number of extra leisure areas.

All-black room at the Arts Club
The Arts Membership additionally contains a completely black room with lounge seating

These embrace the Punch Room, a comfortable walnut-panelled area with chartreuse sofas, and royal blue velvet banquettes and curtains.

The Arts Membership, supposed for late-night occasions, includes a collection of rooms – one is totally black, whereas 350 disco balls cowl your complete ceiling in one other.

Bedroom with understated decor
The visitor bedrooms are designed to look understated, with a concentrate on supplies

The spa can be situated on the second ground, whereas one other bar and restaurant may be discovered on the ninth, which opens onto a roof terrace the place friends also can get pleasure from an out of doors pool, solar loungers and cabanas.

Visitor rooms and suites have an understated aesthetic, with explicit consideration paid to lighting and supplies, together with marble loos, walnut panelling and white oak furnishings.

“The design is straightforward and pure,” stated Schrager. “There is not something superfluous or gratuitous, nor a wasted gesture.”

“Leonardo da Vinci stated ‘simplicity is the last word sophistication’. It is purported to be restful and peaceable,” he added.

Azure restaurant on the ninth floor
A bar and restaurant on the ninth ground, named Azure, opens onto a roof terrace

The Version now has 15 places world wide, with West Hollywood, Tokyo and Madrid – which was longlisted for the Dezeen Awards 2022.

“I am promoting a visceral emotional expertise, and it is laborious to drag that off,” Schrager stated of the Version as a model. “As a result of you may’t take it out of a model ebook or a rule ebook. It is bought to be balanced between refinement and being uncooked and edgy, so it might probably all come collectively in some mystical method.”

Pool terrace with flower-covered cabanas
The roof terrace features a swimming pool, loungers and cabanas for friends to loosen up in

The Tampa Version is a serious draw for the $3.5 billion Water Road growth challenge, which encompasses 9 million sq. ft and can type a brand new neighbourhood in a beforehand uncared for nook of the town.

Tampa, as with different Floridian city centres, has seen a increase in curiosity from vacationers and new residents over the previous few years, and subsequently a necessity has grown for extra houses, accommodations and eating places.

The images is by Nikolas Koenig.