Hot off the press is 101 Hotel Lobbies, Bars & Restaurants, the second release in the “101” book series by interior architecture specialists Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk and Peter Joehnk.
Following the duo’s comprehensive analysis of guestroom design in 101 Hotel Rooms, this new English language reference guide explores public spaces in hospitality venues through examples drawn from the diverse international portfolio which JOI-Design, their Hamburg-based studio, has built in its 30-year history.
Whether a venerable grand dame, a cutting-edge budget property, or a luxurious boutique resort, the social spaces of a destination position it within the minds of guests. These are the places where special occasions are celebrated, memories are made and new trends are born, so they should be inviting, comfortable and excite one’s curiosity. Modern efficiencies are a must, which means hotels need to constantly evolve in order to exceed the expectations of their cosmopolitan clientele. These savvy travellers, informed by a digital world where unrestricted information is always within reach, are searching for one-of-a-kind design experiences that are rooted in authenticity and offer opportunities to relax and connect with nature. In 101 Hotel Lobbies, Bars & Restaurants, the authors apply their insights into human behaviour to address these demands, suggesting an abundance of design solutions imagined afresh for each project’s unique criteria.
Numerous photos, renderings, sketches, floorplans, and perspective drawings throughout the book’s 232 pages depict innovative ideas for hoteliers, architects, interior designers, investors, developers and students alike. Unusual finishes, dramatic lighting, stylish furnishings and carefully considered layouts come together in imaginative and witty forms to shape atmospheres which feel exclusive yet inclusive, all at the same time. As places to see and be seen, the flexibility to adapt to changing needs is vital. In a hotel lobby, for instance, a group meeting prior to a sightseeing trip might need to coexist with a single traveller wishing to check e-mails in privacy.
Restaurants and bars should be designed with materials that will endure and be suitable for a high turnover of guests with all different kinds of needs and habits. Yet they also need to feel special and welcoming, like a beautiful home where people are invited as friends. Intimate nooks for private tête-à-têtes are balanced with buzzing social spaces.
Each scenario is filled with the imaginative nuances guests often discover upon second glance. It is this attention-to-detail which lingers in the mind, shaping an atmosphere that becomes a cherished experience. With 101 Hotel Lobbies, Bars and Restaurants, Peter Joehnk and Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk have not only illustrated a pictorial gallery of inspirational ideas, they have also created a guide that offers pioneering insight into modern lifestyles. And stay tuned – the next title in the “101′ series is already underway.
101 Hotel Lobbies, Bars and Restaurants is published by Braun and can be ordered from bookstores, directly from JOI-Design, or online at Amazon.