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Republic of Dagestan, Russia
WATG has deconstructed the old notions about how and where to design a new hotel or resort. Entirely new kinds of destinations are being pioneered by WATG.
WATG, in conjunction with IDEO, were the winners of the first-ever Sustainable Suite Design Competition – a competition for designers to showcase the best hospitality design strategies that boast environmental responsibility while enhancing the guest experience. The team is building and showcased a full-scale mock-up of their winning suite design at the 2010 Hospitality Design Expo & Conference in Las Vegas.
For the last four years, WATG has been among the top finalists for the Radical Innovation in Hospitality award. The award, which was founded by The John Hardy Group and co-sponsored by Hospitality Design, recognizes ingenuity in a built or unbuilt hospitality concept. Projects from around the world are submitted for this award from hospitality brands, design and consulting professionals, and students.
In 2010, WATG won first prize for their entry, Mosaic. The Mosaic PATHWAY (Portable Adaptable Temporary Hotel With Alternative You-ses) allows governments, developers, entrepreneurs, hoteliers, private organizations, and charitable aid societies the opportunity to create, design, develop and implement amazing new hospitality, vacation, housing, emergency shelter and support structures that are functional, beautiful, simple and adaptable to numerous situations in almost any geography. The organic, geometric-shaped Prisms of the PATHWAY system are collapsible for ease in transportation, are pre-fitted with built-in fixtures and furnishings, and come with self-contained energy, plumbing and lighting systems and self-leveling foundations.
The concept behind the 2009 WATG Radical Innovation entry was Bucket List Lodging. Lodging starts with those locations that are found on multiple must-see "lists" and are generally in remote places previously only visited by the young and adventurous backpacker. The number one criteria was to maintain the natural beauty of every environment we choose to site each lodge, leaving no trace when the season ends. The design is based on a modular kit of parts that must fit in the cargo hold of an aircraft or container on a ship.
The concept behind the entry "e|merse Hotels: Redefining the Urban Hotel Experience” was that while the hospitality industry has focused on attracting guests with themed restaurants, exotic spas, and luxurious pools, these amenities may not necessarily entice the new generation of travelers—the generation “X” and “Y” guests. These demographic groups spend the majority of their time away from the hotel, exploring the attractions of the city. The e|merse Network is designed to deliver an authentic urban experience that this new generation desires.
The firm also co-sponsored the international design competition, "Hospitality Transformed: Resort Hotels in 2055. Architecture students were invited to investigate what the future holds for hospitality design in the age of advanced technology and customized consumer experiences. Winning concepts from students around the world ranged from environmentally sensitive resorts in pristine remote locations to highly sophisticated technological wonders in dense urban settings.
WATG has also paired with Worldwide Aeros Corp, the Aeroscraft manufacturer and world leader in manufacturing of the FAA-certified lighter-than-air vehicles, to design the interiors of a new generation of airborne cruise ships.
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