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Honorable Mention: ‘Baizhebunao” explores humble hospitality in COVID-19.

‘Baizhebunao’ created by Choy Joseph Jan Yip, Wong Nicole Yuk Ting and Hon

Ming Rou of the University of Hong Kong is GGVs fourth honorable mention in the post- Rethinking Hospitality competition. Its multifaceted but simple design tackles social distancing through panels that can be easily attached to hospitality settings. This cost-effective and user-friendly method offers business owners a creative way to promote safety during COVID-19.

Simple but flexible. Baizhebunao explores new definitions and the multifaceted nature spaces can represent. Through the process of designing this project, we tried to prove that a simple architecture approach can give a response regardless of the situation during times of unexpectedness.

Since small-scale hospitality institutions are most challenged due to the decrease in capital inflows, we narrowed our scope of the investigation and took Hotel Bauhofstraße in Ludwigsburg, Germany as our sample setting. The core concept behind the design is to tackle cost and efficiency problems faced by different hospitality settings. By understanding the need for a cost, installation, and user-friendly solution suitable for a wide range of settings during this pandemic, we decided that prefabricated modular furniture is the answer to our question.

We were inspired by the concept behind IKEA furniture. The key feature behind the project is the potential a humble design can bring. From material alteration to installation positioning, the possibilities are endless. Plus, the fact that the parts are prefabricated and modular, the design is suitable for mass production, reducing the cost and time of production due to economies of scale.

There are two main components in the design, the grid railing which can be attached to the wall or the ceiling, and the folding panels which act as partitions. The number of folding panels needed depends on the size of the grid railings, which again, is highly customizable based on individual needs.

The project does not only tackle current situations. It also opens new dimensions towards the meaning and function of the existing spaces, be it a quarantine zone or an exhibition space. Considering that most hospitality settings have fixed infrastructure, the need for minimal renovation is suitable, inclusive, and adaptable. Baizhebunao is therefore the solution for future challenges and endeavors.

Throughout this week, GGV will be publishing all post-competition entries. Follow along to learn more about the creative designs from architecture students.

To learn more about the Rethinking Hospitality architecture competition: https://www.good-goes-viral.com/rethinking-hospitality

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