An Anywhere Nights Stay

TEAM: Sebastian Murillo Nader, Adolfo Fajardo Bernal, Regina Cortés Garza – Universidad de Monterrey

Nowadays space can only be defined through the understanding of the relationships that exist within, which determine distributions, abundance and flow. By understanding the spatial complexity and its relation to social practices, designers more often generate algorithms and set parameters to establish relations between distinct elements. A chain reaction is produced that works as a relationship network which develops in space and defines it. (Hensel, 2009)

A heterogeneous and present city is identified as a single open space where no divisions exist but rather connections altering each other. A disperse and strategic accommodation system, responds appropriately to the way a city works, as a fluctuating organism.

It may be appropriate for a hotel to work in a dynamic and displaceable way so it can address more specifically the needs of each user. Therefore, a new type of hosting is proposed that, taking advantage of current aspects of mobility, accessibility, and technology, functions as a disperse system in which all its parts may relocatable according to the situation. Providing the city of relocatable spaces satisfying specific demands, turns any site in the ideal location that each user needs and adapts to the changing market trends.

It works as following: a hotel is divided into rooms, which are scattered throughout a city. A user chooses a certain location, considered the most appropriate to meet his/her needs and makes a request through a mobile application. The demand enters a system and the nearest available room responds moving the unit to the required site, pending a series of evaluated conditions. After fulfilling its function, the unit receives maintenance in a power station. A cycle is completed and feedback is issued to all the users: client, room owner, host (land owner), and the system.

The room is a designed object that takes into account the qualities of movement, function and maintenance. It has certain well-established fixed and variable parameters, which can be shared, making it possible to decentralize the manufacturing process. By leaving some of those parameters open to customization, the design can adapt to any site conditions and it still assures quality service and system efficiency. These units provide a simple stay in a strange place fulfilling everything needed for basic comfort. It pursues an experience of connection and interaction with the context.

This hosting system has the advantages of offering a wide range of stay options within a city, basically any place that can fit the design and can be lent/rented: parking lots, empty parcels, public parks, etc. And because of this, places can be reached where investing in a building is simply not an option. The flexibility of this project is greater and better adapted to the fast pace of today. Furthermore, a change is generated in the dynamics of a site, resulting in different actions and responses. This new experience will encourage the gradual transition to a flexible city, where citizens increasingly have an active participation.

The Three Minstrels

TEAM: John Chia – PDP London, University of Sheffield



The project acts as a replicable thematic model exploring the concept of an exchange of skillset which will be commensurate with the duration of stay at the hostel. As a business model, the targeted clientele will be required to offer their skills as a performance/service to the community, with all profits given to the hostel as payment. As an architectural model, the building proposes an adaptable tectonic typology which can be applied to other hostels.

The proposed hostel is located on the coast of Scarborough. The site is a historically rich town with tales of smuggling, ship-building and the like. Scarborough thrives on its fishing and service industries as well as being a popular tourist destination. The brief for the project was influenced by the richness and variety of culture and arts in Scarborough ranging from poetry and music to the visual arts.

The Three Minstrels is a Hostel for Traveling Musicians which aims to integrate and promote the activities of local and touring Musicians with the general public, while connecting the commercial sea front with the town above.

Architectural Concept:

The main concept driving the design process throughout the scheme was the way some cases are sculpted to the shape of a musical instrument whereas some are not, leaving voids. This concept inspired the building tectonically through the generation of structural solids and voids as well as regarding each part of the building as a separate element, assembled and slotted together. The structural strategy of ‘cases within cases’ lead to the conception of a hard, masonry ‘shell’ which wraps around two interior ‘floating’ cases, each a structurally independent CLT element. The leftover spaces are filled with circulation and the voids create an atmospheric environment functioning as part of the environmental and acoustic strategy of the scheme.

The bunk-cases were designed to be independent structures or a ‘room within a room’ providing sufficient storage for the musicians’ instruments and belongings, a foldable desk top (for sudden moments of musical inspiration) as well as sufficient acoustic insulation. They are arranged in an open plan layout fostering interactions and friendships between the visitors.

Performances by the traveling musicians in the public courtyard will be transmitted from the bottom to the top of the site, through the vertical service void, bridging the topographical gap acoustically and visually.


The scheme was designed with future adaptability and flexibility in mind. The retaining walls and brick shell are the permanent elements of the building while the steel structural beams holding up the CLT structures can be relocated or added for possible expansion of spaces in the future.

The above project can be applicable and adaptable as a business and architectural model in future hostels, replacing the programme and brief targeted to a particular or variety of skillsets suited to the social, cultural and historical context. A wide range of potential proposals could range from a Hostel for Dancers & Magicians to a Hostel for Makers & Designers. The operation of a thematic model in each hostel will spark curiosity and interest in the general public, creating a successful business model and providing a platform for talented individuals to showcase their skills.

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