Hotel restorations are nothing new but designer John Pawson has released plans to convert Tel Aviv's School of the Sisterhood of St. Joseph and19th century French Hospital into a new hotel and apartment complex for the W brand.
The 19th century French convent and hospital will be extended to include a new six-storey wing which will have a private entrance. Pawson wants to incorporate modern architecture while "preserving the site's powerful atmosphere" and making the historic building relevant again.
The hotel bar is sure to be an attraction and will be built in the existing chapel. Stained glass windows in the rooms will be preserved, adding a touch of tradition in the modern bar. The 12th Century ruins will be used to frame the lobby while a restaurant will be built in convent's vaulted basement.