With the economy still limping along, cash-strapped travelers are increasingly in need of decent, inexpensive hotels. Good luck with that, right? In response, Building Design hosted a competition that asked designers to create a 14-square-meter hotel room with all the basic amenities—and perhaps a few bells and whistles. The winner, announced this week, is CTHM, a fledgling UK practice that proposed a prefabricated unit without interior walls. Instead, areas within the room would be demarcated by movable, floor-to-ceiling curtains.
The room would be manufactured and assembled offsite with wood and oriented strand board. The curtain would run around the room on tracks in the ceiling, allowing occupants to configure the space however they prefer. Certainly, this concept, "praised for its simplicity and honesty," takes the open floor plan to a new extreme. Could it work? Leave your comments below!
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