Lodging around Glasgow
The research undertaken for this project of both conservative and radical approaches serves as guidance for future design. For example, the importance of adaptability and flexibility was highlighted, prioritising the interests and habits of the hotel guests. This finding is justifiable due to the nature of hotel rooms being inhabited by various people from different backgrounds with different needs, and there is no one size fits all solution. Besides private hotel rooms, shared meeting rooms/ function spaces will also require adaptability by means of open plans and mobile furniture to accommodate different groups of users.
Mobile room parking lot is proposed at various locations throughout Glasgow city centre Acting as charging points, the parking lots are spaced apart from one another for a comfortable rest area whilst guests wait for the mobile rooms to be charged.
The adopted design strategies presented in the design chapter are mainly speculative to address a potential issue in the future, technology permitting. This approach should encourage future designers to be imaginative. In the 60s, Archigram was bold and creative in proposing “A Walking City”. Even though that project was just a concept and never materialised, it is still an inspiration for many designers. I believe that somehow, the walking city idea will be materialised in the near future through technological advancement. Influence on Building Owner/ Management – Guidance on the future project brief
Building owners are inspired by “Lodging Around Glasgow” and will be encouraged to push their designers for creative designs in the future. Creativity and quality of design should always prevail over cost competition in selecting a designer, and this project will have the influence. Influence on Public – Awareness on Sustainability
By travelling in electric-powered mobile rooms, the carbon footprint can be reduced in comparison to travelling in petrol vehicles. Besides raising the awareness of travelling sustainably, this project will also highlight the importance of designing to re-use spaces, especially in Glasgow city centre which has high density.
Drones carrying mobile rooms around Glasgow. The drones integrate AI technology that will recognise the travel behaviour of guests so a recommendation will be made to suit their preferences and behaviour during their next stay in Ibis. Internal curtains can be pulled over, or glazing can be frosted upon activation for privacy.
Mobile rooms acting as caravans. Guests having a trip to a beach nearby and travel back to the hotel at night to rest in the host building with better thermal insulation.