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Weekly briefing: Hygiene in hospitality & debut hotel openings

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Weekly briefing: Hygiene in hospitality & debut hotel openings

Howdy! Editor Hamish Kilburn here to round off your week with my top headline picks, including debut hotel openings from JW Marriott, W Hotels, Hyatt Hotels as well as the latest episode of DESIGN POD. Get comfy and start scrolling… 

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So it seems this week’s theme on the pages of Hotel Designs is hotel development, which gives me a rather warm and cosy feeling on the editorial desk as the stories published this week reflect light at the end of the tunnel as we emerge once more from yet another forced hibernation. Specifically, the emphasis seems to be on new hotels sheltered under lifestyle brands that are polishing their worktops to be ready for when the international travel floodgates open and a new era of modern travellers land with new expectations for one-off experiences that are so far removed from being locked up and forced to adhere to social distancing measures.

And with this new hospitality era that we are on the cusk of entering comes a new perspective, which is what we want to celebrate and amplify across our online platform. With that in mind, here are our top stories from the last few days.

The latest episode of DESIGN POD has dropped

In the third episode of DESIGN POD, editor Hamish Kilburn and co-host Harriet Forde welcome technology guru Jason Bradburyas their special guests to discuss tech’s role in design and architecture. In association with Bathroom Brands Group, the episode explored where Bradbury saw technology being injected in tomorrow’s hotel experience, delved into the new possibilities of CAD software, questioning the current conventional process of design and architecture in residential and hospitality and explained the concept of ‘the democratisation of everything’ when discussing the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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W Rome on track for Q3 opening

Render of W Rome

Image credit: W Hotels

For many hotel projects, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in unavoidable delays. Not for the W Rome, which we first heard about in 2017 and is impressively on track to open as the W Hotels brand’s debut property in Italy in Q3 this year.

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Virtual roundtable: Tomorrow’s perception of clean

To cut through the noise and with the aim to identify meaningful solutions, Hotel Designs’ next virtual roundtable, in association with Geberit, tackles the hygiene debate to ultimately understand tomorrow’s perception of clean.

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Inside out – are your outdoor spaces ready for the post-pandemic world?

Image credit: Art Story/Elegant Clutter

When you consider art for bars or art for restaurants, the first thing that springs to many people’s mind is the interior spaces, but with the demand for outdoor spaces following the pandemic set to rise what are the possibilities of outdoor art? Elegant Clutter’s in house art consultancy Art Story discuss how art can still tell a story when the party moves outside.

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Case study: Fires in Public areas – The Southern Ocean Lodge

Image of luxury public area with fire in the middle of room over looking an incredible sea view

Image credit: Focus

If you have ever wondered where architects source those dramatic sculptural fireplaces, look no further; Focus is the design manufacturer for these outstanding statement centrepieces. Just look at The Southern Ocean Lodge as a case study behind how architectural fireplaces can completely transform an interior design space.

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JW Marriott to open debut hotel in Spain

Image of luxury hotel with marble table and light

Image credit: JW Marriott

Marriott International has signed an agreement to introduce the JW Marriott brand to Madrid, offering discerning guests a new destination to rediscover a balance in mind, body and spirit, in the heart of the city. Located in the central Plaza de Canalejas, JW Marriott Madrid will be developed by Millenium Hotels Real Estate as part of their lease agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Belagua and is expected to open in 2022.

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DESIGN POD EP3 - Jason Bradbury

LISTEN NOW: Episode 3 of DESIGN POD is now live

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LISTEN NOW: Episode 3 of DESIGN POD is now live

In the third episode of DESIGN POD, editor Hamish Kilburn and co-host Harriet Forde welcome technology guru Jason Bradbury as their special guests to discuss tech’s role in design and architecture…

DESIGN POD EP3 - Jason Bradbury

With technology’s role being questioned partially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in meaningful hotel design, hospitality and general living, in episode three of DESIGN POD, Jason Bradbury, the former presenter of the The Gadget Show who once reviewed a hotel for Hotel Designs 30 years in the future, was invited to explore technology’s role in design and architecture.

Listen to the full episode here:

“In the future, AI is going to move to exceptionally complex issues such as reinventing physics.” – Jason Bradbury.

In association with Bathroom Brands Group, the episode explored where Bradbury saw technology being injected in tomorrow’s hotel experience, delved into the new possibilities of CAD software, questioning the current conventional process of design and architecture in residential and hospitality and explained the concept of ‘the democratisation of everything’ when discussing the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). “We are already living in an Artificial Intelligence era,” Bradbury explains, “It’s evolving trading, architecture challenges, predicting weather patters. In the future, AI is going to move to exceptionally complex issues such as reinventing physics and providing technologies that we haven’t even dreamt of.”

The next DESIGN POD episode, which will drop next month, will invite designer and artist Jack Irving to discuss fashion in design.

Promo image of Ep 2 of DESIGN POD

DESIGN POD episode 2, with Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, has landed

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DESIGN POD episode 2, with Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, has landed

LISTEN NOW: For episode of two of DESIGN POD, in association with Bathrooms Brands Group, editor Hamish Kilburn and co-host Harriet Forde invite Christos Passas, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, to discuss architecture beyond boundaries…

Promo image of Ep 2 of DESIGN POD

Hosted by editor Hamish Kilburn and co-hosted by designer Harriet Forde, DESIGN POD’s latest episode, entitled ‘Architecture Beyond Boundaries’, is now available to listen to all major podcast platforms such as SpotifyAmazon Music and Acast – and welcomes Christos Passas, Director of Zaha Hadid Architect (ZHA), as the guest professional for the episode.

As well as discussing how ZHA stretches what is possible in design and architecture, the episode also dives deep into the legacy that the late Zaha Hadid left behind, whose outstanding contribution to the architectural profession has been acknowledged by professional, academic and civic institutions around the world, including (but not limited to) the Forbes List of the ‘World’s Most Powerful Women. “It is no coincidence that this episode has been released in the wake of International Women’s Day,” explains Kilburn. “Hadid’s vision was one that captured the imagination of more than industry professionals; her unapologetic, pioneering mindset continues, to this day, to resonate with every individual on the planet who believes in and strives for equality in all sectors.”

“When it comes to younger generations, I always look for people who are not afraid to work hard.” – Christos Passas, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects.

Passas, who first joined the international architecture and design studio 23 years ago and recently won Architect of the Year at The Brit List Awards 2020, agreed to be interviewed by Kilburn who was keen to understand more about how the studio has changed since the passing of Hadid as well as getting the low-down on the studio’s latest project, The Opus in Dubai, which Hotel Designs exclusively reviewed the design of last month. In addition to this, Passas describes what he looks for in  the young talent that walks through the ZHA doors. “The collaborative nature within our team is something to be learned from,” explains Passas in the interview. “We have always found a certain amount of pride and encouragement to be a company that is very much proactive on an individual level. When it comes to younger generations, I always look for people who are not afraid to work hard and for those who are able to test their ideas with others while working for the good of others.”

Listen to DESIGN POD on SpotifyAmazon MusicAcast, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.