Futureproofing hotel designs is a crucial design requirement that should be addressed within discussions on sustainability. Key to this are the needs of our aging population and the increase of multi-generational living. Accessibility and inclusivity are factors that must be considered from the outset of all designs but are particularly of importance for the future of hotels, especially when it comes to the bathroom. An accessible design ensures a hotel can appeal to all potential customers and families of varying ages and capabilities, while giving a consideration to the future. Designing with the future in mind can also prevent further work and updates needing to be carried out at a later date if specifications and clientele change.
“There is an enormous opportunity to futureproof buildings and provide inclusive design when designing bathrooms,” said Elina Enqvist-Twomey, Leader, Product Management UK, LIXIL EMENA. “In a hotel where experience and comfort remain pivotal to all customers, there are clever ways to add additional comfort and safety without relinquishing a sense of independence or style.”
Fittings such as state-of-the-art shower toilets, hybrid-functional taps with touchless activation and long-levers and highly specified wetrooms with ease of functionality, allow hoteliers to bring in premium qualities and additional benefits to customers. With these advance fittings, customers enjoy a luxury experience that many would not typically get to enjoy at home, heightening their overall experience, while designers and hoteliers ensure all individuals and needs are catered for.
There’s an impressive array of technology and features which can be considered at the design stage to help hotels provide a premium level of hygiene, and it’s entirely likely that many of these options will become the standard in due course. By joining the movement early, designers can futureproof spaces while demonstrating understanding of the importance of hygienic, sustainability, and accessibility.
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