HOSPITALITYDESIGN: Moxy Sophia Antipolis Opens Its Doors in the South of France

Moxy Hotels has introduced its latest outpost in Sophia Antipolis, France—commonly dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe. Spread across nearly 56,000 square feet, the 179-room Moxy Sophia Antipolis was crafted by French architecture firm AW² to embody accessibility for burgeoning start-up companies and entrepreneurs looking to stake their claim in the region.

“Moxy Sophia Antipolis has been designed to reflect the area’s innovative and tech-focused culture whilst also blending into the surrounding mountainous, forest landscape, merging the natural with the modern through a green and blue aluminum geometric façade,” says AW² founders and partners Reda Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux.

The LEED Gold-certified property welcomes visitors via a base on the ground floor wrapped in concrete and glass, which reinforces the hotel’s lush landscape grounds and terraces. Aluminum cladding that adorns the façade establishes different shades and reflections throughout the day, while geometrically arranged windows radiate green and blue tones inspired by the locale.

After sunset, an external lighting system adds further depth to the façade as well with a playful constellation of light and reflection. Public spaces evoke a modern minimalism conceived to promote interaction. Networking booths, coworking spaces, meeting rooms, and outdoor spaces are also designed to incite collaboration. Crafted by Amsterdam-based APTO Architects, the hotel’s interiors are animated by nautical-themed graffiti that instill a sense of place.

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