Hotel designers witness increase in demand for efficient design

Maximising use of space is becoming increasingly important for designers to increase ROI, according to Kristina Zanic

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Efficiency is a trend that is impacting hotel design and this primarily means maximising the use of space, Kristina Zanic, owner of Kristina Zanic Consultants said.

An investor’s ROI has to be considered in every aspect of building a hotel and one thing that designers are being conscious about is not wasting space. Space is a luxury, according to Zanic.

“We usually do not have enough space for everything that the client or operator wants to include in a hotel so we have to be smart about the way we design,” she said.

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Zanic gave the example of their recent refurbishment at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. For the project, the company created space for two murphy beds in the rooms. With this feature, the hotel now does not need to store hundreds of beds in a storage space as they are already in the room and can flip back into the wall.

Although this feature took a significant amount of investment, the hotel saves on the operational side of bringing beds inside the room. This according to Zanic is a good example of efficiency with space.

“The room was still the same size and space did not change, however we added two beds in it. This not only saves space but also the time spent in setting up extra beds,” she said.

The topic of efficiency comes up often during refurbishments – a sector Kristina Zanic Consultants have most of their experience in – however, budgets for refurbishments are often limited and come with its own challenges.

“In refurbishments, you have to imagine a room looking completely different than what you currently see. Refurbs also come with budget and technical limitations,” she added.

“The client would ask us not to touch the lighting, wiring, or plugs, but today a lot of hotels do not have enough plugs to put in USB ports and with the advancement of technology, we need to incorporate these in the room.”

Although such fixtures need to be allowed in today’s hotel refurbishments, clients do not always have budget to repel the flowing or chase wiring in order to achieve it. Designers then need to come up with creative ways to mask these channels.

This is where wireless products benefit designers, especially for refurbishments as it eliminates the process of physical wiring and connections in the room, according to Zanic.

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