Hotels with Integrated Public Space
The Standard, High Line found a striking way to integrate public space into its design; the hotel is propped on massive concrete pillars that straddle New York’s High Line Park, with locals and visitors strolling beneath the hotel proper.
The “learning labs” in Carry On, New York reminded us of the Kitchen Club at 25hours Zurich West. The fully-equipped Miele and Bulthaup kitchen acts as a theater for demonstrations, a class room, a boardroom and a space for cocktail receptions.
New York’s Eventi, from the ever-inclusive Kimpton hotel group, has its own indoor-outdoor plaza, whose unmistakable highlight is a Jumbotron-size screen for visual art installations and other video programing. Smaller interactive kiosks around the plaza allow users to interact with the display and learn about special events at the hotel.
It wasn’t just the seemingly endless variety of the Rethink Hotels entries that impressed us — the quality on display was just as astonishing. Carry On, New York, by Brian Evan Thompson, very nearly took the top prize. The visual presentation, as you can see, was first-rate, and the concept was among the best-developed in the bunch.
The idea, simply put, is to open the hotel to a multitude of public uses, so that the city’s daily life would “carry on” inside. The hotel proper is raised up a floor, and what goes beneath is the “front porch,” an area where local retailers and restaurateurs set up shop, with city residents passing through as they go about their business.
Inside the hotel, the typical meeting and conference rooms are replaced by “learning labs,” where locals and guests alike meet for group classes ranging from yoga sessions to cooking demonstrations. And the integration with local businesses continues in the “Try Before You Buy” rooms, where local furniture shops stock the rooms with items for sale. As Thompson puts it, this “transforms the hotel guest into the well-informed consumer overnight — literally.”
Judge Brent Hoberman loved the integration between public and private space, as well as the involvement of local business, and the leveling effect of placing guests and locals on equal footing. Here you’d have the chance not just to mix with the city’s residents, but to learn from them as well.
Congratulations to designer Brian Evan Thompson!
Community Prize: Open Plan, by Andre Pradiktha
Fourth Place: Convergence, by Caroline Fraser and Simon Diesendruck
Third Place: The Match, by Katja Butzke
Second Place: Carry On, New York, by Evan Thompson
First Place: Coming Soon
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