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Why Technology Isn't a One-Step Solution for Future Hotel Design

09:30 - 13 July, 2016
Why Technology Isn't a One-Step Solution for Future Hotel Design, Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel digital wall. Image Courtesy of Renaissance
Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel digital wall. Image Courtesy of Renaissance

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Service With a Smile: Why Hotels of the Future Are High-Touch, Not High-Tech."

Although it opened in 2011, YOTEL New York feels like it belongs in 2084, the same year the science-fiction film Total Recall is set. Quintessentially futuristic, the original cult classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger features robotic police officers, instant manicures, hovering cars, implanted memories, and skin-embedded cellphones. Its protagonist, Douglas Quaid, is a construction worker obsessed with vacationing on Mars.

One could easily imagine Quaid staying at a Martian outpost of YOTEL, a “minimal-service” hotel modeled after Japanese capsule hotels, which provide a large number of extremely small modular guest rooms for travelers willing to forgo all the services of a conventional hotel in exchange for convenient, affordable accommodations. These kinds of automated-service hotels may be a trend into the 2020s, but are they really hotels of the future?

Barin Ski Resort / RYRA Studio

16:00 - 31 May, 2016
© Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

© Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shemshak, Iran
  • Architects in charge

    RYRA Studio - Abbas Riahi Fard , Farinaz Razavi Nikoo
  • Design Architects

    Ashkan Bagheri Aghdam, Navid Nasrollahzadeh
  • Area

    12000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

GRAFT Begins Construction on Lakeside Hotel and Spa in Germany

06:00 - 4 December, 2015
GRAFT Begins Construction on Lakeside Hotel and Spa in Germany, Courtesy of GRAFT
Courtesy of GRAFT

GRAFT has begun construction on its new project, Hotel Bostalsee, a four-star hotel and spa situated lakeside in Saarland, Germany.

Based on the idea of integrating the building with its natural surroundings, the Hotel’s figure has been developed from the local topography, as well as the junction and relationship between the woods and the water.

Event: The Restaurant Design Show

02:30 - 5 September, 2015
Event: The Restaurant Design Show

The Restaurant Design Show is the UK’s largest event specifically aimed at restaurant, bar and café interior designers. This brand new show will attract food and drink establishment owners, architects, designers, and other industry professionals from across the country, and caters for individuals either looking for start-up inspiration, to reinvent their establishment, or interior design professionals. We are looking for the best-known names, thought leaders and industry experts, to offer advice on contemporary design trends, customer service secrets, design tips and techniques, and much more.

Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems

05:30 - 27 August, 2015

The news last year that the Hotel Okura, often described as one of Tokyo´s "Modernist gems," was to be demolished was met with widespread disappointment across the board. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been considered a significant architectural landmark in the Japanese capital. With only a week to go until the hotel checks out its last guest, Monocle—having been granted exclusive access—have shared with us a film to capture "the gracious ways of this much-loved building."

NYT Style Magazine Explores the Cultural Reasons Behind the Demolition of Japan's Hotel Okura

06:00 - 13 August, 2015
NYT Style Magazine Explores the Cultural Reasons Behind the Demolition of Japan's Hotel Okura, © Flickr CC User no_typographic_man
© Flickr CC User no_typographic_man

About a year ago, it was announced that Hotel Okura, one of Tokyo’s best-known modernist landmarks, was headed for demolition. With the impending demolition date of the hotel, deemed a “beautiful orphan child,” set for this September, an article from T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s upcoming Women’s Fashion issue looks at Japan's "ambivalent — and unsentimental — relationship with its Modernist architecture."

Snoozebox Launches Competition to Design a Pop-up Hotel Room

16:00 - 9 August, 2015
Snoozebox Launches Competition to Design a Pop-up Hotel Room, via The Sleep Event
via The Sleep Event

Sleep, an international hotel design event, is working with Snoozebox to host a competition to design a new portable hotel room. Snoozebox has produced unique, and award-winning portable hotels for major events and festivals worldwide. This competition is an opportunity for designers to lend their ideas, and make a mark in the international hotel design industry. The winning team will work with Snoozebox and contractors to fully realize their idea in time for an exhibition at Sleep in November.

"Hang Out" In These Extraordinary Peruvian Sky Pods

12:39 - 14 July, 2015
"Hang Out" In These Extraordinary Peruvian Sky Pods, via Huffington Post
via Huffington Post

Adventure seekers have yet another reason to visit the Peruvian Andes; Peru-based tour company Natura Vive is now offering a luxurious night's stay 400-feet above the Inca Empire in these glass sky pods. Visitors can access the "Skylodge" by scrabbling up the mountainside. After staying the night, and indulging in some fine dining on top their 192-square-feet room, visitors return Peru's famed Sacred Valley via a series of (terrifying) zip lines. 

Two Moon / Moon Hoon

22:00 - 23 June, 2015
Two Moon / Moon Hoon, © Nam Goongsun
© Nam Goongsun

© Nam Goongsun © Nam Goongsun © Nam Goongsun © Nam Goongsun +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    47 Jungsan-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Jang Dukhyun, Park jungwook
  • Area

    598.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Botanica Khao Yai / Vin Varavarn Architects

19:00 - 23 June, 2015
Botanica Khao Yai / Vin Varavarn Architects, © Spaceshift Studio
© Spaceshift Studio

© Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio +54

Coffee Bar Kearny / jones | haydu

17:00 - 23 June, 2015
Coffee Bar Kearny / jones | haydu, © Art Gray
© Art Gray

© Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Cafeina Café / mode:lina architekci

15:00 - 18 June, 2015
Cafeina Café / mode:lina architekci, © Marcin Ratajczak
© Marcin Ratajczak

© Marcin Ratajczak © Marcin Ratajczak © Marcin Ratajczak © Marcin Ratajczak +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Skórzewo, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak
  • Design Team

    Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak, Justyna Wasiluk, Kinga Kin
  • Area

    92.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Generator Paris / DesignAgency

02:00 - 16 June, 2015
Generator Paris / DesignAgency, © Nikolas Koenig
© Nikolas Koenig

© Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig +24

  • Designers

  • Location

    11 Place du Colonel Fabien, 75010 Paris, France
  • Area

    9328.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

YOC Restaurant / GENETO

22:00 - 12 June, 2015
YOC Restaurant  / GENETO, © Yasutake Kondo
© Yasutake Kondo

© Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    429.0 sqm
  • Photographs

River Cottage HQ / Satellite Architects

09:00 - 12 June, 2015
River Cottage HQ / Satellite Architects, © Alex Campbell
© Alex Campbell

© Alex Campbell © Alex Campbell © Alex Campbell © Alex Campbell +16

Hotel Indigo / Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects

03:00 - 11 June, 2015
Hotel Indigo / Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects, © Phillip Spears
© Phillip Spears

© Phillip Spears © Phillip Spears © Phillip Spears © Phillip Spears +16

Lantern Hotel / ZLGdesign

20:00 - 10 June, 2015
Lantern Hotel / ZLGdesign, © Staek Photography
© Staek Photography

© Staek Photography © Staek Photography © Staek Photography © Staek Photography +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuala Lumpur, Kampung Attap, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Design Team

    ZLGdesign
  • Architect of Record

    Mastor Bin Surat
  • Project Principal/ Lead

    Susanne Zeidler + Huat Lim
  • Area

    2850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Hotel Indigo Helsinki / Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto

03:00 - 9 June, 2015
Hotel Indigo Helsinki / Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bulevardi 26, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Sami Horto
  • Design Team

    Teemu Asikainen, Mikko Tuomisto, Hanna Jalassola (Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto Oy)
  • Area

    7730.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs