Temporary existence

Hotel architecture as a mirror of
societal change

Trends in society often find reflection in hotel architecture. Globalization has for years left its mark of standardization in the interiors of large hotel chains in particular, but now the focus is returning to aspects that are more personal, authentic and defined by local culture.

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Globalization driven by new communications technology, sheer unlimited mobility and the development of even the remotest regions have brought with them lasting societal changes in recent years. Information is accessible virtually anywhere in the world via the Internet. Skype, Facebook, Twitter, etc., enable real-time communication from continent to continent.

But the way we communicate and how we travel are not the only things that have changed: the interiors of hotels were also swept up by the globalization wave. The result was an "international" style with very little national flair and hardly a discernible difference between Beijing and Paris or Buenos Aires and Bangkok. The development is reflected particularly conspicuously by the furnishings of larger hotels.

Concept Hotels: uniqueness as a concept
Hotel concepts are the mirror of societal trends. After years of striving towards global uniformity, the focus is shifting in a different direction: towards authenticity and individualization. The hotel industry is returning to cultural characteristics, to the specific interests of guests and their personal needs and wants. Many hotels have recognized that the times are changing. The development has given rise to numerous so-called concept hotels; they are one of a kind and that is exactly why they attract their guests. Their concept is based on addressing the personal lifestyle of their guests. The desire for uniqueness has led to sheer endless possibilities – sleeping in the belly of a scrapped jumbo jet, the cave hotel in the desert, or the tree-top room with every amenity: guests staying at the Treehotel in Sweden sleep in comfortable "tree houses" high up in the branches in rooms that are small but skillfully designed thanks not least to sliding solutions.

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Destination Hotel
In contrast to earlier times, when tourism lived largely off the natural beauty or cultural characteristics of a region, today it is frequently the hotel itself that is the destination: guests are attracted less by the location and its specific surroundings, but rather by the hotel together with its specific program and unique design. Designing and redeveloping hotels with skill and intelligence holds great potential; hence the interesting reciprocity between architecture and tourism.

The workplace is where WLAN is
The changes in our habits in recent years have led to the boundaries between work and leisure becoming less defined. The workplace is where the laptop is. In this context, hotels are taking on not only the function of an extended living zone but also of an extended office workplace. Intelligent room concepts that fulfill the nomad's desire for global network connections combined with peace and regeneration are in demand.

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Flexible room structures enable personalized usage: while the guest on a business trip might want to enjoy a culinary treat at the restaurant, the long-term resident may prefer to prepare a snack himself – ideally in a kitchen that elegantly disappears behind a sliding wall after use.

The challenge of restricted space
Whether concept hotel, low-budget accommodation, business hotel or luxury resort – one of the greatest challenges facing the architect is the lack of space. Sliding doors and walls are often the solution. Firstly, they enable multi-functional rooms with customized designs; secondly, they need less space than conventional hinged doors. The YOTEL airport hotels at Heathrow and Gatwick in London and at Schiphol in Amsterdam are primary examples. The rooms in the form of cabins allow the guest to enjoy maximum comfort in a small room at an appropriate price.

Sliding or folding/sliding doors allow us to make rooms larger or smaller, to create or remove doorways between the bathroom and the living/sleeping quarters or between the kitchen and the living room, all with a single hand movement. Flexible room concepts also create added value for the users of event locations: conference rooms can adapt their size to the number of participants and can also double up as banquet halls.
Haus am See

The future belongs to innovative hotels. Hotels with the courage to embrace uniqueness in architecture, design and service. After all, one thing is becoming ever more important as society rushes ever faster forwards: and that is to arrive.

You can find hotel architecture and stylish solutions with Hawa sliding hardware here:
Hotel Valbella Inn
Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

Rosenalp, Gesundheitsresort & Spa-Hotel
InterContinental Berchtesgaden
Ketschauer Hof
Haus am See

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Plantet with finesse in the landscape

he reserved language of shape of the five-star superior hotel also finds reflection in the facade: the sliding hardware system HAWA-Frontslide 60/A fits in elegantly.

InterContinental Berchtesgaden

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