TEAM: Andrea Carolina Acosta Villarreal, Miguel Angel Jiménez Domínguez, Natalia Pernas Cuevas – UDLAP
The lodging network
Traveling is within human’s nature; therefore, the need for a place to sleep or stay outside home, is also part of our nature.
Nowadays, the concept of lodging has evolved to be something quite rigid, even alternatives like hostels, Airbnb or couch surfing have the same deep-rooted idea, that if you are going to ONE place, you should stay in ONE place.
Typical hotels use massive lots to build massive constructions. When you stay there you only have that ONE place to go while you travel, plus you pay for a bunch of services or staff that you might not even require. So why don’t we tear this common typology apart? And use all of its investment in smaller lots, with smaller constructions. Resulting not in one place, but many places, each one keeping a piece or service that conformed the whole. Making each specific in terms of needs. And by working collectively, they will become an entire network.
Now, what about the users? You can consider three main traveling types. Business, leisure and budget traveling. Each one having its own lodging typology: Business = Business hotels. Leisure = Resorts or family hotels. Budget travelers = Hostels, Airbnb or Couch Surf. Although our users might have different needs, NET HOTELS appeals to all. Using the tear down –> scatter –> connect concept, this pieces will be able to fulfill the different users’ needs.
Business travelers will have studios. Leisure and families will have pools and recreational areas. Budget travelers will have kitchens and bars. BUT, since they are part of the same whole, they will be mutually accessible.
As a result, a pecking order of necessities is implied. First: a room, a place to sleep. Second: an essential need, depending on the individuals travel- ing type. Third: the second essential need of other travelers.
Therefore, there are three types of pieces, places: CLUSTERS. Business, leisure/family and budget traveling. Each cluster contains the primary and secondary need: a room plus a personal essential need. The third needs are available to other users of the network, in a different place: a HUB. Keeping the first and secondary needs private, and the third one’s public.
So we have the lodging clusters with the primary and secondary needs. Plus, hubs with tertiary needs.
To make it global, it is adaptable. Rooms are modular and flexible. A simple room model that could accommodate to any lot. Repeatable rooms, with modular pieces like windows and closets (cheaper). Using many configura- tions, one, two or three beds, desk or couch, all of them within the same closet.
So how do we use this complex network of hubs, rooms and clusters? Simple, just grab your phone, choose your destination, specify your essential needs and we will recommend one of our clusters. Don’t like it? Grab any of the other ones. No need for lobby, just get a code, and use it as key to open your cluster, your room, lockers, bikes, and access any hub.
Welcome to NET HOTELS.