Moshe Safdie’s new creation is now open. Safdie designed Columbus Center in New York

According to Jerusalem law, all new construction in the city must involve the use of Jerusalem stone, a light-colored local limestone, various forms of which have provided the principal building blocks of older buildings, walls and alleys since ancient times. Mamilla Hotel, a new luxury property set to open this month, is no exception to the law. The architect, Moshe Safdie, who also designed Columbus Center in New York, used Jerusalem stone to honor the local aesthetic and yet create a modern hotel with a sleek, minimalist look (Piero Lissoni, who designed the Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal in Venice, provided the interior architecture). – From NY Times