Imagining the New Normal of Post Pandemic Hotel Design
Unquestionably the hospitality sector has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotel occupancies have plummeted the world over and swathes of hotels closed. As the frost slowly begins to thaw how will hotels adjust to the demands of a new, ultra-hygiene conscious traveller? How can hotel design help to win back the trust of guests?
Safety will become the new loyalty, from automation to the introduction of new, anti-bacterial materials and coatings. Find out how hotel design will re-ignite this different sort of loyalty. Hotels are social gathering places – how can this be rationalised in an era of physical distancing? What is the future of the co-working lobby? The communal dining table? Or the chef’s table in the kitchen? How will a bar keep its atmosphere when it can only ever be half full? Will guest rooms of the future be designed for a more private guest? What are the quick wins that can accelerate hotel re-openings? How do existing hotels adapt? And what changes should we expect to see in hotels yet to be constructed? How will these new endeavours chime with the increasing consumer-led demand for sustainable and environmentally respectful solutions?
These questions and more will be answered by two titans of design whose work spans the globe – Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston and Chad Oppenheim of Oppenheim Architecture. Join us!
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