THE RESORT HOTEL
The challenge is to develop a design for exterior fabric structures at a resort hotel. The project will concentrate on formulating specific thoughtful concepts and carrying these ideas to a detailed design. The project should be developed with an integrative approach to the use of fabric. Participants will develop a selected physical area of the resort in greater detail with consideration give to the potential environmental affects.
Projects should be designed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Additionally, the resort hotel should respond to:
- Location (suburban, downtown, desert…)
- Climate (sun, wind, light and water)
- Culture (patterns of interaction rising from human occupation of place)
Through plans, sections, elevations, and rendered perspectives, participants should clearly demonstrate the integration of fabric within the overall resort design. Throughout the project, the use of fabric should take advantage of its unique properties and characteristics.
IMAGE: Kirkwood Community College Hotel. Cedar Rapids, IA. Ruth Fox, OPN Architects
The general program is outlined below. The program should guide development of a rich sequence of spaces and uses. The building is not to exceed 5 stories.
|Guest Rooms || |
|100 Guest Rooms @ 400 sqft each ||40,000 sqft |
|Circulation, Linen, Vending & Storage ||16,000 sqft |
|Subtotal ||56,000 sqft |
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|Public Facilities || |
|Participants may consider the possibility to join the following spaces, |
allowing for a multi-story, grand space to emerge.
|Main Lobby ||2,200 sqft |
|Seating Area ||600 sqft |
|Front Desk ||600 sqft |
|Baggage Storage ||200 sqft |
|Restrooms ||400 sqft |
|Retail Shops ||1,000 sqft |
|Subtotal ||5,000 sqft |
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|Dining / Lounge || |
|Restaurant ||1,300 sqft |
|Exterior and/or Interior Dining ||1,300 sqft |
|Cocktail Lounge ||1,000 sqft |
|Restroom ||400 sqft |
|Kitchen, Storage & Offices ||1,400 sqft |
|Subtotal ||5,400 sqft |
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|Guest Amenities / Recreation Areas || |
|Spa and Fitness Facilities (protected from environmental effects) ||5,000 sqft |
|Pool and Deck (protected from environmental effects) ||5,000 sqft |
|Subtotal ||10,000 sqft |
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|TOTAL ||76,400 sqft |
The faculty sponsor and/or student(s) may choose the resort site. The site should be seen as a “destination,” an attractive location for visitors.
Refer to the International Building Code and the local zoning ordinance for information on parking requirements, height restrictions, set backs, easements, flood, egress, and fire containment. Accessibility guidelines need to be followed; refer to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
FABRIC AS ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT
Fabric should be considered as a primary material with emphasis placed on innovation in fabric design. Fabric offers a number of strengths in building design including: high performance under certain environmental conditions, flexibility to achieve a variety of forms, sustainability, and a sleek aesthetic.
Fabric structures are characterized by having a rather small mass relative to the applied load, which is determined through an optimization process. Participants should consider the following type of fabric structures: air-inflated, air-supported, cable net, frame-supported, geodesic dome, grid shell, tensegrity (cable-and-strut) and tensile (or tension) structures.
Fabric in Architecture Competition Full Program (PDF)