In a city where, architecturally, you are competing with signature buildings it is no mean feat to construct a new hotel that instantly grabs the attention. The Unique does just that. It looks like a giant slice of watermelon and is an instant draw with its gravity-defying, upturned moon-shape structure.
Ruh Ohtake’s cunning design means that the floors get consistently wider the higher they go. The spacey green copper that adorns the façade of the zero-carbon building is set off by the surrounding mini dark glass sculptures and ochre-coloured cubes that function as a desert urban artwork/garden planted with agaves and palms.
Hotel guests arrive at a sky-high wooden doorway, the lobby is a vast, underused, cathedral-high space housing the adjacent bar with big comfortable sofas and day beds to lounge on.
The real action is up top at the Skye Bar and restaurant surrounding the pool. The scene up there rocks and the Sao Paulo 360-degree skyline competes with that of Manhattan, providing a perfect backdrop for partying. The restaurant serves a delicious mix of Brazilian, French, Italian and Japanese fusion fare.