In Crisis, New Meaning: Incorporating Nature in Hotel Design
By Scott Lee President & Principal, SB Architects | May 2020
In these unprecedented times, as we temporarily divert from our accustomed pace and normal routines, we are realigning with necessities of the human spirit, and nature is revealing itself as a steady drumbeat. Time may seem out of joint, but things are coming together in extraordinary ways. In social distancing we reflect on socialized values. Self-care, compassion for others, creativity, and intuition are becoming new priorities. Slowing overly programmed lives is creating room to rest, reflect and recalibrate, along with drawing people outdoors. Working from home, our attention regains focus on wholesome family activities and the transformative power of experiencing nature up close.
Travel is not possible, but this can be a vacation time for our souls. The natural world is sending us messages that have always been there but resound even louder now. One can hear nature's voice in Kitty O'Meara's poetic prose:
"the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply…And the people began to think differently. And the people healed."
We can use this time to ground down and reconnect with ourselves and with loved ones. Instead of rushing to work, school, events and scheduled activities, we can let breath be the metronome and adventure into the unknown. We can simplify and draw sustenance and energy from being out in open air. As we emerge stronger and wiser from this phase of our lives, staying close to nature and maximizing life's simple pleasures will be of even greater importance in hospitality design.
Luxury Tent and Global Glamping Experiences for the 21st Century Traveler
Designers can give guests the option to retreat in comfort while staying connected to nature through the luxury tent experience, blurring lines between traditional hotel and upmarket canvas architecture. According to Luca Franco, CEO & Founder of Luxury Frontiers, one of the premier luxury tented camp designers in the world, the trend of crafting engaging experiences and dissolving barriers between people and their environments formed in Africa, and in recent years has taken hold in the Americas and Asia, with a common thread driving demand.