From the Wires
BD Reveals 12 Innovative Hotel Room Designs of the Future
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 15, 2012 02:02 AM
LONDON, November 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
British architects have potential to transform hotel sector
12 architects have been shortlisted in a competition to design the budget hotel room of the future.
The competition, organised by the UK's leading architecture newspaper BD and Bdonline.co.uk, invited designers to develop a scheme that would make a tiny space (14sq m) feel generous and luxurious.
With budget accommodation accounting for over a third of the new hotels being built in the UK, the competition was a chance to shine a light on the lack of design innovation in these buildings.
The shortlisted designs range from colourful capsule pods that can travel around the country to minimalist square boxes with interactive screens instead of windows.
One predicts the needs of visitors by collecting information at check in and via social media, while another uses low-tech stage-set technology from the theatre to hide a sunken bath under a sliding bed.
"This is a sector that's in desperate need of reinvention. Most budget hotel rooms are boring and purely functional spaces," said BD editor-in-chief and competition judge Amanda Baillieu.
"The shortlisted entries are all very different but they share the same ambition - to create a really memorable experience."
The shortlisted designs can all be seen on Bdonline.co.uk:
Images of the shortlisted designs are available to download from: http://bit.ly/SnL7kN
About BD Small
BD Small is the first budget hotel room competition of its kind, organised by architect's newspaper BD and Bdonline and sponsored by Kaldewei.
The judging panel was chaired by BD editor in chief Amanda Baillieu and included Matthew Bell, manager of CitizenM Hotels, architect Peter Clash of Clash Associates and Tina Norden, associate director at the world-famous design practice Conran & Partners.
The winner will be revealed at the Sleep hotel conference in London on November 22nd and featured in BD and Bdonline.
Over 30 entries were received.
About BD and Bdonline
BD is the architects' favourite for all the latest news, building reviews and comment. Together with Bdonline it has a weekly reach of over 25,000 readers.
BD was named IBP Weekly Magazine of the Year 2011 and BDonline's editor was named BSME Business Web Editor of the Year.
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