Hotel Mirage

TEAM: Anna Barbieri, Anna Hagen

The place where all your dreams come true.

“But for me it was enough if, in my own bed, my sleep was so heavy as completely to relax my consciousness; for then I lost all sense of the place in which I had gone to sleep, and when I awoke at midnight, not knowing where I was, I could not be sure at first who I was; (…) but then the memory, not yet of the place in which I was, but of various other places where I had lived, and might now very possibly be, would come like a rope let down from heaven to draw me up out of the abyss of not-being, from

which I could never have escaped by myself.” *1

Welcome to the Mirage. This is the place where you leave all your sorrows. This is the place where all your dreams come true. Just take a pill, relax and enjoy your stay in the hotels of desire. Choose from our wide range of hotels and dream of them with our specially developed dreaming pills.

Our hotel has been enriching our guestsʼ nocturne experiences by our high- class dreaming services since 1871. The night is our commitment. It is the dreams you will remember the most and the Mirage will grant the sweetest ones you have ever known.

The hotel industry has been focusing on a variety of different themes for hotels. It is about everything else than sleeping. The typology of a hotel is shaped by the spaces experienced before coming to the actual bedroom. Furthermore, some hotel typologies are characterised by the additional services hotels offer. The hotel room itself is basic and revolves around similar interior qualities. It is the aura of the non-bedrooms you pass that shape our ideas of hotels.

Architecture cannot be physically experienced while sleeping. Referring to Proust’s quote, the architecture of sleeping is about the memory of places. While actually sleeping, guests cannot grasp the hotel, but they can grasp the places and spaces in their dreams. Consequently, the spatial experience a hotel as a place to sleep should be focusing on, is the spatiality of the sleeping activity, thus dreaming.

Referencing Marcel Proust’s ideas on sleeping and Hans Hollein’s Everything is Architecture, Hotel Mirage reprioritises sleeping, the momentary experience of a hotel stay and the memory of dreamt places. Guests want it all: grand hotels, resort hotels, love hotels, love motels… Hotel Mirage incorporates all of them in one single place of sleeping.

Throughout, it is a basic hotel with a basic dorm, but special pills provide dreams of stays in every imaginable hotel. Guests choose the preferred or desired hotel at the reception and purchase dream-initiator pills. These guarantee smooth access to every hotel via sweet hotel dreams.

Dream your hotel. Experience it while being in a state of illusion and imagination. Architecture infiltrates your sleep.

*1- April 29, 2016,
Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way. Remembrance of Things Past. Volume One, trans. C.K. Scott
Moncrieff (New York: Henry and Holt Company, 1922), acc


TEAM: Camilla Vässmar Frick, Ossian Quigley-Berg – Chalmers University of Technology

turn your favorite venue into your home for the night


A traditional hotel, when located in an urban area, provides its guests with somewhere to lodge while being close to shops, restaurants, sights, concert halls, museums and much more. It is an economical and e cient way to organize rooms in regards to energy consumption, safety and logistics. But most hotels are hardly ever lled to capacity and even the hotel rooms that are rented out stand empty for most hours of the day, merely taking up space in an urban environment.

hotelbox is nothing like a conventional hotel. Instead of occupying valuable space in the city, it simply converts existing buildings into temporary places to reside. Imagine having the opportunity not to just visit, but to also spend the night at a world famous sightseeing spot, in a beautiful museum, your team’s home stadium or even at the zoo or the aquarium. Many of these places are bustling during the day but are completely empty after closing hours. They are dry, heated and safe and could be extraordinary places to spend at night – hotelbox makes it possible.


During daytime, hotelbox establishes its place in the designated location as a pavilion taking on the familiar shape of a pitched roof house. The whole structure is made of corrugated cardboard, an inexpensive and lightweight material that makes the construction modest yet robust as well as easy to interact with.


At night, hotelbox unfolds and reveals a spartan but essentially equipped “hotel room” for the overnighter(s) to enjoy. Built-in lights glow through the edges of the cardboard and create an ambiance that de nes the space and the openness lets the guests fully appreciate the whole room. Just as memorable as a night outside under a starry sky is, so can the nightly experience at a world famous venue be.


The concept could be applied in many di erent ways. One idea is for a single or a few units to pop-up and become unique happenings at famous sites around the world. Another is to o er companies or stakeholders to invest in hotelbox as an exclusive and more permanent alternative to a traditional hotel. Either way this concept could become a viable choice for a wide range of people due to its simplicity and exibility.


TEAM: Frixos Petrou, Emeline Dussaucy, Sofia Nikolaidou, Matteo Novarino – 2A+P/A

an alternative model for life on earth

Morpheus noun [mawr-fee-uh s] In classical mythology, a son of Hypnos and the god of dreams

It would seem that dreams remain the surest way to render the world alive, […] or on the other hand to dry up the reality in which one lives […] Presently, society […] produces a complexity of new needs and a new kind of poverty. Dreaming must become the only discipline, therefore we visualize a new mode of living: dreams are the formulation of problems for the evolution of a new mentality, guideline for a new society.

Concentrated masses of people, continuous nomadism, show us the possibility of an urban life without the emergence of fixed residential conditions. […] Morpheus, divided according to a Cartesian grid, becomes the homogeneous […] utilization of territory. Networks of hotels are the means for the use of the land. Rooms stand as the knots of the network. […] We can imagine a network of dreams that makes life possible according to new models. […] Morpheus can assume different forms, including different planometrical developments, with the possibility of covering different and gradually increasing parts of the inhabitable Earth. […]

The rooms constitute ideal universalities which satisfy all the primary needs. A new mankind, free from induced needs, can survive with the help of the network. A new society, based no longer on consciousness, nor on lived experience, nor on communication, but on individual rampant imagination. Our elementary requirements can be satisfied by a highly sophisticated, miniaturized technic. A greater ability to dream and the integral use of our psychic potential, will then be the foundation of the reason for a life free from want. There will be no further need for cities or castles. There will be no further reason for roads or squares. Every room will be the same as any other. So, having chosen a random point on the map, we’ll be able to say “my house will be here for three days, or two months, or ten years.” […] […] In Morpheus, we’ll watch ourselves live. We’ll do very complicated muscular acrobatics. We’ll do very complicated mental acrobatics. The mind will fall back on itself, to read its own history. We’ll carry out astonishing mental operations. […] We will be able to create and transmit visions and images, perhaps even make little objects move. We’ll play wonderful games, games of ability and love. We’ll talk a lot, to ourselves and to everybody. We’ll look at the sun, the clouds, the stars. We’ll go to faraway places, just to look at them and hear them. […] Some will sing and play: stories, songs, music, dancing will be the words we speak and tell ourselves.
Dreaming will be the only art.
Adapted from Superstudio’s 1972 ‘Life (Supersurface)’


TEAM: Brandon Large – WATG

Maximizing sleep efficiency for the future urban condition

Year: 2035

Average hours of sleep a night: 3

Competition in the Global economy has grown out of proportion. As a result, Generation Alpha has seen the typical work day double.

With a large population of workers splitting their time between distant urban centers, the city is no longer able to supply the demand for short term accommodations. Though the average sleep night has diminished to three hours, exhausted traveling workers continue in search of a place to sleep after their work day has come to an end.

REMPOD was first conceived in 2025 as a way of maximizing the efficiency of a single REM cycle. Derived from the “Float tanks” of the 1950’s, REMPOD sought to utilizes Sensory Deprivation as a means of propelling users into deep sleep, allowing for mind and body revitalization within a single REM cycle.

Upon Activation, the REMPOD fills with water at containing a high concentration of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) at a density of 1.25. This, along with the assistance of a buoy flotation mask insures that the user with be able to keep their head above water while at rest. The walls are sound proof to ensure no noise pollution from the bustling city. The temperature is kept at exactly 37 degrees Celsius and no light enters the pod, providing users with a surreal womb-like experience.

Attaching to existing midrise urban buildings, REMPOD utilizes the buildings infrastructure as means for water filtration, vertical circulation, and structural support. As a new income appliance, the sleep pod can be purchased and fitted onto existing buildings as an additional means of income for host units. Amenities include a shower, and a small storage space for the day’s baggage.


TEAM: Leonard Palm, Thomas Bohne – Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft

*sorry for that bad translation we asked google for help and this is the answer

manifeste d’égalité

What is a hotel? The first, in researching, displaying definition reads as follows: “a house where guests can stay for a fee.”
This simple and stripped down to the basics of meaning description we use now taking stock of the present situation over. The hotel first and often forms the image of pomp and preciousness. Edler comfort, full- time service and a huge range of additional services to optimize the quality of stay. The paying guest is admitted, so that his personal contribution may be negated every amenity possible.

This is based on one of our opinion, Antiquaren picture of a hotel. Because it is the question of the price you pay and here we are not thinking about the currency capitalist system of values, but rather that of the liberal People! If all questions are answered before they are even asked the first who still asks then? Is it really the desire to the leave of his payment information also delivering any responsibility for the design and self-determination at the reception?

No, we say, for the highest good of man is his freedom!

We want a place of work is not financially selected on which you do not live in identical reproductions of seemingly optimal hotel room. A place affordable nights can come about and class systems cancels. The guests maximum design possibilities are, but not demand. The each have the same basic requirement manages to produce a maximum torque liberal. The campsite works as a metaphor for what has been described. In its origins, the levelness. take up this approach and to put in the urban context is our goal.

Let us now examine urban areas for potential places to such an idea can manifest, we discover the programmatic openness of the parking garage. Free of selection it allows almost unrestricted, public accessibility. The typology of the parking garage is initially undefined, only determined by a grid, space available, which can be filled independently from the State territorial claim. Only by the user to display its function, which is the idea due, exclusively reserved for the parking of vehicles. The existence of gray areas we use to establish at this point more possibilities of usage. form The park in its urban incumbency and camping in its egalitarian structure interconnected our, of the freedom of man devoted, presentation of a hotel from. Characterized by an anarchist moment, we manifest this in our design and create an antithesis to traditional hotel structures through which we create an impulse to rethink.
Design Description

Our design consists of the formal structure of a conventional parking garage, only a complementary washrooms. In the function, however, we start with the classic, one-sided idea. The parcels defined are awarded independent in their use and are not intended for the parking of a vehicle. It is now possible with a camper, tent or merely his place to occupy a hammock, where also the parking of vehicles is not excluded. We will not pay on location, use or scope of the occupation, but in the classical park system to stay time. Thus a fair and convenient place to stay is guaranteed, which is accessible to every man. By slimming of the building and the east-west exposure enough light and fresh air supply is guaranteed. The car park is surrounded by a large structure, which covers the needs and interests of users.

A place for our building only has enough space, provide easy access to the city center, and close to a highway available.

Balloon Dream

TEAM: Zheng Cui, Siyang Yu – Gensler

Find Your Sleeping Space in the Sky
BALLOON DREAM is a floating hotel pod hanging on a hot air balloon, which is connected to a camping deck. Balloon comes down to ground every morning, and goes up during the night. Guests will experience a unique night sleeping in the sky. There are some basic functions inside the pod, such as sleeping space, mini bathroom and heating equipment, guests could use other amenities and facilities on the camping deck during daytime.

Sleeping in the pod is free but guests have to find its location with clues by answering a series of questions posted on the website. To answer questions, guests sometimes need to physically go to certain camping locations, and post their answers on the website and other social media. People arrived but posted wrong answers will get compensations and could enjoy other activities on the spot. Those locations are actually belong to BALLOON DREAM, so it’s good advertisement. Questions will continue until a final winner is selected.

The event continues and will appear at random locations across all over the world. Join us today and start your new journey.

Grannys functional

TEAM: Lluis Martinez Ramirez – ETSAB (UPC)

In every single society, the grandparents are considered an essential part of the family. It is undeniably true that time spent with them, growing up by their side, are considered very valuable assets for everyone. Indeed, those memories bring about feelings of warmth, happiness and nostalgia into our minds.

That’s what grandparents are for, helping, nurturing and loving their grandchildren without wanting anything in return. How delightful it was to stay at their place on those days when our parents needed some time for themselves.

Nowadays, the population is ageing fast and citizens over 60 represent more than 20% of the population in many cities. Very often elderly people find themselves alienated and lost in a world characterized by a dynamic, ever-changing society. Hence, after a life of working and providing for the economy, they find themselves without the support they need and deserve.

For this reason, this work aims to show a new kind of hosting. Specifically, this case study is placed in Shanghai, at Yu Yuan district. However, it can be extrapolated to any global city in the world facing the same issues.

Shanghai is an example of an Asian megacity, there are many cities in China with similar social and urban conditions. People over 60 amounts to almost 23% of the population. Moreover, the single child policy has aggravated this circumstance even further leading to an ageing population. Their pensions are not enough as they haven’t increased as much as the inflation did. Many grandmothers and grandfathers need some attention or care that neither they nor their families can afford.

But that’s not everything, they are old, but still have a lot to offer. Elder people usually have their own house, sometimes situated in the city centre or in close proximity as they originally lived there before the city expanded to the size it is today. These house’s require maintenance which they sometimes can not fund.

Considering all those facts, a new way of understanding the stay could result taking place all around China, and may be the rest of the world. The pricing criterion could be based not only on economic factors but also on the own hosts helping and aiding the owners, leading to narrow collaboration between each party (for instance, low prices, or even for free, when there is a high involvement of hosts with the owners). In any case it would benefit both parts: cheap and cosy rooms to stay in special houses for the hosts, and money, company and/or help for the old people.

Troglodyte Living

TEAM: Matteo Ghidoni, Jean-Benoît Vétillard – Salottobuono, Jean-Benoît Vétillard Architecte

TROGLODYTE LIVING chooses Matera – a nine thousands year-old city excavated in the rocks – as the prototype for the hotel of the future. TROGLODYTE LIVING reconsiders a form of collective life that was so outrageously experimental, to the point that it needed to be erased and forgotten by modernity. TROGLODYTE LIVING discards standardization and hygiene-driven triviality in favor of complexity, interference and promiscuity. TROGLODYTE LIVING substitutes the passive-aggressive individuality of tourism with the potential luxury of an unfiltered urban life. TROGLODYTE LIVING speculates, once again, on possible and unexpected forms of living together.

Hotel Expedition

TEAM: Wan Ting Chen, Sheng Zhao – University of British Columbia

The next generation of travel

Hotel Expedition challenges and extends what a traditional “hotel” could be. Rather than finding a new place to stay in each city, bringing luggage with you as you travel, switching hotels each time moving to a new city, the design of Hotel Expedition provides the convenience of staying at one place through travelling, bringing your luggage with you, and having a secure base everywhere you travel to. Providing the services of home as you travel, the hotel provides a new system and typology which allows the traveler to become an explorer. No longer burdened or restricted by the limitations of services, items, and limitations of vehicular travel,. The hotel extends the services of not only the traditional hotel but also public transportation.

We’ve designed a new typology of “mobile hotel” that shifts the notion of travel to one of exploration. Removing the barriers
and restrictions of vehicular movement, the traditional hotel system, and the lack of spatial and perceptual security in unfamiliar places, Hotel Expedition leaves what’s left— exploration. Young backpackers, for example, are able to travel to many places in
a short period time with the security and foundations of home. On their journey, travelers staying at the hotel can meet up with other travelers who go to the same destinations or perhaps bump into people who come from the same old town they were from. Seniors, who may be restricted in the places they can travel each day, needs the support of a comfortable environment, and ease in travel, are now further liberated with the support of this new typology of the mobile hotel.

UNITS: The units, as a group, deviate from traditional hotel/building-train typologies by spatially being neither fully inside nor out. Fitting with the theme of revamping the rail system with the hotel, shipping containers and old train units are retrofitted into train compartments to make the units more economical.

TRAIN:The modular units, like traditional train cars, can disassemble, reorganize, and reconnect for a customized, liberated, and individualized experience. Travelers in modular hotel units can detach at designated stations and reattach to passing trains in the system.

SYSTEM: As a whole, the mobile hotel system saves time, changes the experience of travel, and provides a new precedence of what travel, the traditional hotel or sleeping in an unfamiliar place, could be. Travellers hopefully have an easier time moving between destinations and have no hassle moving between hotels.

Rather than staying at inconspicous rooms at each city, place, destination, the Hotel Expedition emphasizes the journey, the process, the connections the traveler experiences. Not a typical train or building hotel, a system of modular rooms/containers reflect a moving building typology where custom experiences can be added and tailored as the journey of life.


TEAM: Bianca Soccetti, Federica Fogazzi, Elena Balzarini – TU Delft

Assembly instructions for informal sleeping

What is the new frontier of hospitality?

In order to answer this question, we tried considering the conditions of contemporary short-stay. The comfort and luxury of a private hotel room have ceased to be the primary qualities that are sought in temporary accommodation.

This tendency is clearly recognizable among the youngest, which would rather devote their time and energy to the exploration of new places. Their demands would be quite simply fulfilled by an inexpensive spot to crash at, late in the evening after an exhausting day out.

Our entry draws upon this dynamic idea of travel, endorsing an alternative model that breach the core of hospitality as institutionalized sector.

Moreover, we believe that it is not necessary to create a typology anew in order to provide for these demands. Instead of increasing the number of mono-functional buildings such as hotels, we have looked for new possibilities to couple existing structure with the new needs of the travellers, with the aim of optimizing the daily fruition of the single building.

What happens within department stores at night, after the doors are shut? Why not exploiting the potentialities embedded within commercial heterotopias such as IKEA?

Our proposal entails the establishment of a new service within the range of those currently proposed by IKEA, HÖTELL. Instead of shutting down its doors at 10 p.m., IKEA will stay open during the night and accommodate different type of temporary shelter for those seeking a low-cost, informal bed.

The idea is that the different model rooms of the showroom will actually become livable and lived space, to be used overnight. Two main services will be offered: the communal room, where
during the day a multiplicity of beds is displayed, and the apartments, examples of IKEA ready-made flats.

The first turns into a dormitory overnight; just like any hostel, it is possible to book one bed or more, according to the guest’s needs. The latter can be rented as a private accommodation, which includes kitchen, living room, bathroom as well as sleeping places, that varies from apartment to apartment. Booking is easy and intuitive, thanks to the IKEA HÖTELL app. Travelers can check the vacancies live and decide which spot they want to book.

Prices vary depending on the bedding choices. In fact, guests are invited to select sheets and covers they want to use for the night and to prepare the bed by themselves. So the the price to pay for sleeping is that of the used sheets, that eventually can be taken home by the customers.

HÖTELL aims to be a simply, efficient and cost-effective sleeping alternative. What are you waiting for? Choose the bed, book it through the app, pick the linen and sleep tight!

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