The lobby is the heart of the hotel – as the first point of contact for guests it fulfils central functional and representative tasks. The ambience of the lobby is geared to the expectations of the target group and generates a pleasant and likewise inspiring atmosphere, which spontaneously invites people to linger. At the same time, the design provides orientation for arriving guests, it visualises the hotel’s identity and serves as a stage for various uses. Today, the lobby acts as reception and information pool, as communication zone, meeting area and workspace. Services like café, bar and restaurant are located here, calm and lively zones alternate. Finally, the lobby provides a zone for varied events.
The reception will still be there tomorrow – but its function will undergo massive changes.Once the 'key point' of the hotel, the reception will in the future take on other tasks. Even now the reception is no longer mandatory to check in – internet-based online tools allow direct access to one’s room without the curbing detour to the reception desk. This development will continue and be taken up quickly by technology- oriented target groups in particular. Thus the reception turns into the central point of contact for all matters, the employees slip into the role of concierges, individually looking after the guests, giving their support for all enquiries and, of course, knowing the preferences of their regular guests. Simply put: services develop away from standards and towards services with a personal touch. The design of the reception takes up this development and creates an open, distinct environment.
Wall paints maintaining their fresh look
The different service areas of a hotel have mainly one thing in common: they are highly frequented by guests and staff. For wall surfaces, in particular, this means a strong exposure to wear and tear. With this knowledge in mind, Caparol has developed a series of wall paints which are geared to the special requirements in hotels: they are insensitive, robust, easy to clean and have inherently good visual qualities. Thanks to these properties, the renovation intervals can be considerably extended – with positive effects on operating costs and the way guests perceive the hotel.
Interior coating for highly frequented areas – intense shades
• Minimum emission and solvent-free
• Reduced writing effect also for intense shades
• Very robust, satin-finished surface
• Perfectly repairable
• Resistant to water-based detergents
Interior coating for highly frequented areas– bright shades
• Minimum emission and solvent-free
• Insensitive to dirt
• Very easy to clean
• Braves mechanical stress
• Dull matt surface
Today, work is done independent of a location – and yet requires spatial presence. Work and leisure increasingly intermingle, work is no longer done in the classic way at one’s personal desk and at fixed times but, thanks to modern IT, at almost any place – also in the hotel. Consequently, there is a growing demand for adequate working places, which can be used without complication and according to one’s personal preferences, for example in the form of meeting rooms or office units with quiet areas for retreat. Open-plan interior landscapes are in demand, where work is done in the anonymous company of others. Right here, guests expect unconventional furniture and room concepts, for example lounge elements, high tables, podiums or inviting seat cushions. In this respect, hotels play an important mediating role between the working travellers and their local contact person.
Concentration requires special acoustics
Not only, but especially in open-plan areas intended for working, room acoustics play a central role. Conversations, concentration and discretion require short reverberation times and low sound reflection. Caparol is active in the area of acoustic optimisation with various product systems – including acoustic elements which can also be retrofitted on walls and ceilings to improve the quality of a room as a whole or selectively upgrade particular zones. The acoustic elements, which can be individualised by means of colour or photorealistic prints, harmoniously blend in with the interior.
Between starting the day and concluding it in the evening – the lobby is a versatile space for many activities. Versatile and flexible – this is the lobby of tomorrow, and it is thus far more than just a room for the daily breakfast buffet and a drink in the evening. Adaptable by design, the lobby is open to most different events, for a reading in the evening as well as for the company party or a private celebration. The traditional side room has had its day, events are again celebrated publicly.
Floors that are always in good shape
The transformation of the hotel lobby into a versatilely usable area changes the demands on room concepts, equipment and materials. The quick shifts between usage modes require extremely hard wearing materials. This includes the floor covering for which Disbon, a sister company of Caparol, has provided numerous solutions since 1954 – for coatings which can be quickly cleaned are able to take a lot and provide attractive design possibilities. For almost any conceivable situation there is an appropriate coating, including those that are able to additionally reduce impact sounds.
The hotel becomes the provider of something special, also on the product level – a service that is both a source of revenue and an adventure factor. This does not relate to souvenirs or things for everyday use, it is about highquality and unique niche products. Hotel shops provide concept-conforming, trendy and, most importantly, selected products only insiders are normally aware of. The retail strategy addresses the relaxed and more open-minded guests on a target-group-oriented basis, connects the hotel with, for example, regional producers, insiders’ brands or exclusive manufacturers. Retail and hotel merge into a new, symbiotic entity – also because the trend-oriented retail design provides latest design impulses for the hotel.
The coolness of perfect walls
Retail concepts are as trendy as the goods they offer and their spatial experiential value. Cool surfaces thereby take a key position, and innovation, individuality and emotionality are the aspects that count. For many years, Caparol together with numerous creative designers and craftsmen has de-veloped sensually appealing surfaces, which are in keeping with current aesthetic developments, can be easily implemented on site and finally stay at their best until the next upgrade of the retail area. The spectrum ranges from sublimely shining gold to surfaces with the charm of a natural patina.
Rust has become established. Although it originally had a negative connotation as being a corrosion product, rusty surfaces meanwhile stand for an aesthetic of its own. Ideal preconditions to capture this ‘dilapidated’ elegance on walls.