30 January 2018
Integrating ideas from outside the hospitality sector, such as break-out work areas and hot desk space, is changing the shape of hotel design, says ISG’s hospitality lead.
Steven McGee, divisional director for ISG’s hospitality business, provided insight into modern hotel design for a recent feature published in the Institute of Hospitality’s magazine, Hospitality Quarterly.
“As the trend for collaborative and remote working continues to gain momentum, we are experiencing demand from our customers to re-create these conditions within the communal spaces of the hotel,” he said.
“Emerging as hubs for productivity, hotels are favouring a mix of work space for their guests to use, from individual desks to open collaboration zones, making fast and robust digital infrastructure an absolute prerequisite.”
Change of use is a trend that’s emerging in the hospitality sector, a trend that sees structures from office blocks to historic buildings transformed into hotels.
The complexities involved in changing a building’s use requires a radical shift in how and when technology is deployed within a build or refurbishment process, says Steven.
“The role of the Master System Architect is gaining greater prominence, providing the interface between the client, the design and delivery partners, interrogating the client brief at a granular level to understand the true rationale behind every project.
“This is how truly smart buildings will evolve – through the adoption of a common technological ecosystem, which will enable the operation, maintenance and future proofing of 21st century hotels.”
Follow the link to read the full article, Furniture, fittings and design, which can be found at instituteofhospitality.org. Please note the article may only be available for registered users.