Room 2 by Lamington Southampton
Elementa have been appointed to develop and design an apartment hotel for a new brand by converting an existing office building.
The main challenge here is to understand the current systems and how they can be adapted to suit a new type of occupant whilst creating increased efficiencies. The hotel sector can be one of the most demanding sectors for services coordination with each room having its own control system used differently by each guest. We have worked with the client to select controls that are intelligent, energy efficient and simple for the user. Careful consideration was given to integrate the inclusion of a kitchenette in each room and understand what affect this could have on the traditional hotel model and servicing strategy.
It is important to maximise what the building has to offer for the benefit of both client and guest. Paramount to the client is maximising return on investment which has been achieved by ensuring the greatest number of rooms can be integrated whilst not compromising the guest experience. This has been achieved through careful design and riser coordination within an existing building footprint.
We select systems informed by an understanding of the many physical and psychological factors that affect human comfort based on past experience of performance, not unreflective ‘standards’. To this end, by exposing services we are able to increase floor to ceiling heights which creates a feeling of space inside the rooms. We have also carefully selected equipment from an acoustic point of view so systems can run in the background discreetly. This also allowed us to keep central plant areas to a minimum.
A key focus throughout designing the developments was the creation of a new brand and brand standards for the eventual roll out of the hotels throughout the country.