When design tells the story of a hotel

first_imgIf you are in tourism and hotel business, you are aware that decorating your hotel is an important part of the whole offer, if not the most important today when we talk about better guests and the extension of the tourist offer. Of course, the hotel or accommodation is not a motive for arrival, but a tourist destination, but the design in every form and sense of the word gives strong and unforgettable emotions and experiences, all beautifully wrapped in a story that you tell and deliver to your guests.What’s your story? What story is your hotel telling?To clarify the power and importance of design, I will only mention the Bujr Al Arab Hotel, an icon of Dubai as perhaps the best branded designer hotel bearing the destination brand.But we don’t have to go far from our coast, you all know the story of Hotel Lone, the first design hotel in Croatia, ie a hotel where design was the main word in all aspects of construction. As architects would say, the profit of a free hand of an investor is the holy grail and dream of every architect, designer…One of the architectural studios in Croatia that has attracted attention with its works is certainly Studio UP, led by a duo Tome Plejić and Lee Pelivan, and with his associates Damir Gamulin and Nenad Vukušić they shape some of the most original domestic hotel and hostel spaces and environments.Their story in tourism and joint cooperation begins with the hostel Goli i Bosi, where in a very short time they turned an abandoned department store in the center of Split into one of the best hostels in the world (awarded by Virtual Tourist visitors), and then professional awards and inclusion in various reviews, even in Japan.And interestingly one of the key factors for the success and recognition of the profession, a factor you certainly don’t think about nor will come to mind first, was the phenomenal signaling. Yes, signaling. It was the signalization in the Goli i Bosi hostel that played the role of a tourist guide, so the guests learned everything about Split and the people of Split on the walk to their room.Photo: Studio UP / Family hotel Amarin, design: Damir Gamulin, copywriting: Nenad Vukusic Seboarchitecture: Studio UP – Lea Pelivan, Toma Pleic, landscape architecture: Ksenija Jurčić DiminićSo recently in Studio UP, in cooperation with Damir Gamulin and Nenad Vukušić, they delighted the profession with their new signaling solution at the award ceremony for the best design works, where their solution for the Amarin Hotel won the Grand Prize. Croatian Design Society.By the way, the Grand Prize of the Croatian Design Society (HDD) is awarded to a project or initiative that, according to the International Jury, has significantly marked the last two years in Croatian design with its quality, innovation, complexity or clear and strong message.Thus, according to the HDD, the spatial graphics and signalization of the Hotel Amarin is an outstanding example of an integrated architectural and design solution. Horizontal and vertical signalization emerge from the form of space and create its rich, contemporary character. The multisensory system of content interpretation encourages the creative (emotional) response of each guest. With the interaction between the elements of the interior and exterior, the whole building becomes a large playground, which is the most valuable feature of this unique family hotel.As Nenad Vukušić, one of the creatives hiding from this signalization, points out, the client imagined the Amarin Hotel as a family hotel, and we turned it into a playground and adventure for young and old, together or separately. “Every step through the hotel is turned into a game, whether you are at the reception, where a large net overlooking the pool, on a hill from which you need to watch the starry sky or in your room, which is a whole big mosaic game for all ages. “Vukusic points out.Photo: Goli i Bosi design hostel”Everything in these projects is put in order to create an experience, which is reduced to one sentence that guests will later be able to take home: I was in a hotel that is a tour guide inside or I was in a hotel that was very fun and colorful, the kids enjoyed or I finally learned how to say Š, as in whoosh – each of these sentences is just the beginning of a conversation in which some guests will remember every detail of the interior – and some will just remember how great they had.”Says Vukušić.It is precisely design that brings added value to every project, and although on bright examples in the past years, it is still insufficiently present in the branding of Croatian tourism. On the other hand, it is through design that we can create attractiveness and differential to the competition, because we cannot impress quality guests with luxury, but with design and a unique story we certainly do. The modern tourist wants to see something authentic, original and creative.And last but not least, design is a tool for telling stories, and it gives a complete picture, ie an unforgettable overall experience. Concrete in itself does not have a story, but if we refine it through a story, ie design, then even ordinary gray and dull concrete comes to life and begins to tell a story.And that this is so, says another great project to which Vukušić drew my attention, where he also in collaboration with Stuid UP, told the story of the wind (wind), Bol and the Mediterranean. This is the Vitar Hotel in Bol, which, as Vukušić points out, is on the trail of concrete poetry, where sound images of Bol formed by the wind and the island are written on the walls, teaching foreigners how to pronounce our palaces by translating the same images.”The lyrics here are the image as well as the sound. Every detail is thought out and created for photography. “Said Vukusic.They are much more than ordinary dormitories to the hotel, they are interpreters and narrators of the authentic story that the hotel tells, from the whole brand, concept and design of the entire space. Every letter, color, object… has its own why and how. Of course, if we want to talk about quality tourism with added value and guests of higher purchasing power, then certainly in the approach to the construction and decoration of the hotel, one of the first bases must be design in every form.So let’s start over. What’s your story? What story is your hotel telling?Attachment:Explore a little deeper how design shaped these great travel storiesHotel Amarin, RovinjLifestyle hotel Vitar, Bol Goli and Bosi design hostellast_img read more


Marney sticks with Clarets

first_img Press Association Marney played 22 times for Burnley this year before his season was cut short by a serious knee injury he suffered against West Brom in February. The 31-year-old’s contract was due to expire next month, but Burnley revealed on Friday the midfielder had agreed a new deal that will run until the end of next season. The Lancashire club, who were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship last week, have an option to extend that deal by a further 12 months. Marney, who joined Burnley from Hull in 2010, is making “good progress” in his return from injury, Sean Dyche said on Thursday. The Burnley boss hopes the former Spurs midfielder will return to action at some point next season. center_img Burnley have announced that midfielder Dean Marney has signed a 12-month contract extension.last_img read more


400K+ Iowans still without power after storm, the wait may be days long

first_imgSeveral thousand utility workers are fanned out across Iowa, trying to restore electricity to more than 400-thousand people who still don’t have it after Monday’s storm. MidAmerican Energy says 200-thousand of its customers remain without power. Spokeswoman Tina Hoffman says it could take a couple of days to restore everyone.“There is so much tree damage and in addition to line crews, that we have ready to do that work, we have tree crews that sometimes have to go before them to get debris cleared out of the way, get the trees off lines, those kinds of things,” Hoffman says, “so it’s really a layered process.” Hoffman says utility crews from as far away as Colorado are helping, with more on the way. She says all of MidAmerican’s crews are being called back to Iowa.“MidAmerican has crews helping out on the East Coast as well from last week’s storm,” she says. “We’ve called those crews back because things are looking a lot better over there and obviously, we have outages and our customers need those crews on the ground here.” Hoffman says some customers might be without power for a couple of days — and they should treat all downed wires as if they’re energized.“Stay away from those lines,” Hoffman says. “If there are trees on them, our crews will take care of those things. Customers should not try to handle those things on their own.” Alliant Energy says about 210-thousand of its customers are without power this (Tuesday) morning. In Cedar Rapids, officials imposed an overnight curfew so crews could work safely to clear trees and other debris from city streets.last_img read more


Source: Raiders signing QB Nathan Peterman to practice squad

first_imgThe Raiders are signing former Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman to the practice squad, a source told the Bay Area News Group on Wednesday morning.Jon Gruden likely added Peterman because backup quarterback A.J. McCarron is with his wife and newborn son, Cash, who was born on Tuesday. The Raiders will intensify preparations for the Broncos on Thursday ahead of their Monday night matchup in what might be the last-ever game at the Oakland Coliseum, and Peterman will serve as scout-team …last_img read more


Impending deadline could stop rail shipments in their tracks

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Spring planting may seem quite far off, but farmers are already looking ahead with a wary eye on something that may derail all their plans — a nationwide railroad shutdown. Unable to comply with the looming Dec. 31 deadline for implementing positive train control, railroads are warning customers that they might stop rolling altogether — and soon, unless Congress gives them more time.Positive train control is a GPS-based train control system designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments. Under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, railroads are required to implement PTC systems by the end of this year on mainline tracks that carry “toxic by inhalation” materials like anhydrous ammonia — a key fertilizer ingredient — as well as passenger traffic.BNSF, Union Pacific and other large rail carriers say they’ve been working on PTC since the mandate was put in place in 2008, but it’s a very large, complex system made up of multiple independent technologies, many of which didn’t exist seven years ago.According to information from the Federal Railroad Administration and the railroads themselves, no Class I freight railroad will be in compliance with PTC requirements by the end of the year. At least one railroad — BNSF — has said if Congress doesn’t extend the deadline, it plans on stopping all traffic on lines that are required to have PTC installed, and they won’t wait until the end of the year to do so.To ensure there are no TIH shipments on their systems as of Jan. 1, 2016, many railroads plan on issuing TIH notices prior to Thanksgiving. Faced with the likelihood of fewer rail shipments in the last quarter of this year and potentially no shipments in early 2016, fertilizer manufacturers, who work around the clock to ensure an adequate supply for on-time planting, will probably cut way back on production, according to the Fertilizer Institute. And even if — and that’s a very big “if” — fertilizer manufacturers don’t slow down, fewer shipments in late 2015 will be a big problem for spring planting in 2016 because rail shipments of fertilizer are distributed equally across the year to meet demand.The American Farm Bureau Federation and other organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Retail Federation, highlighted the catastrophic consequences that would follow a shutdown of large segments of the nation’s freight rail network, in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. From farm inputs and goods to coal, automobiles, retail consumer goods and chemicals like those used to purify water for drinking, a major service disruption would have cascading impacts on the nation’s food, energy and water supplies, as well as transportation, construction and nearly every sector of the U.S. economy.As compliance with the PTC mandate is simply not achievable, the groups are urging Congress to act by Oct. 31 to extend the deadline to allow railroads enough time to put the system in place. In its multiyear highway bill, the Senate has given the railroads another three years to meet the PTC deadline, but the House has yet to act on its version of the bill.Unless Congress acts it’s not only rail shipments that will be grinding to a halt; farmers, ranchers and the rural communities and national economy they support will also be well off track.last_img read more


Quinto, Nambatac honor late juniors coach with impressive showing

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next “This game is really for him,” said Nambatac.Despite the gloom surrounding his passing, Nambatac shared that he proud of the legacy Lotuaco left for them and every one who had been touched by the inspirational coach.“It feels good that he left us with a great message, which is never ever give up,” he said. “He fought cancer twice, and was able to get himself back up. So he’s really a great example of those words.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary With the two now seen as the undoubted leaders of the Knights, Lotuaco’s words continue to resonate with Nambatac and Quinto as they try to make a name for themselves in the seniors division.Unfortunately, they would never hear their mentor utter those words again as the former Squires assistant coach lost his battle to throat cancer last Wednesday. He was 51.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNambatac and Quinto couldn’t help but wax poetic on the contributions Lotuaco had in their careers.“He was very close to us and he was very supportive. He was our mentor. Even when he was no longer coaching us, he was always there watching us,” said Nambatac. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chooks-to-Go cruises past UAE side, arranges 5th place date vs Thais LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:57Senate honors late Senator Rene Espina01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net“Never ever give up.”Those were the words former Letran Squires coach Bob Lotuaco always told Rey Nambatac and Bong Quinto whenever he got a chance to chat with his old juniors players.ADVERTISEMENT “He always tells us NEGU — Never Ever Give Up. He was the type of coach who was positive all the way. He was never negative. He was a  cancer survivor and he told us that he fought that and was able to recover from that.”Quinto added: “Every time we saw each other, he always motivated us. He was like a father figure to us.”Commemorating their late coach, Nambatac, Quinto, and fellow former Squires Jerrick Balanza and Tommy Gedaria wore white t-shirts with the words “Never Ever Give Up” printed on it for Letran’s game against EAC on Friday.Those emotions also translated on the hard court, with the senior Knights anchoring the team to the 84-78 victory over the Generals.Quinto tallied a career-best 27 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Nambatac added 19 markers, nine boards, and three dimes in the win.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


2014 International All Schools Challenge

first_imgTouch Football Singapore is hosting the 2014 ‘All Schools’ Challenge from Friday, 26 September until Sunday, 28 September 2014. Under 14’s and 16’s divisions will be staged in Boys and Girls divisions, while Youth 19’s divisions will cater for Boys, Girls and Mixed divisions. For more information, please click on the following attachments. To register your Expression of Interest, please visit the following website – www.touchsingapore.org. Related Filesinternational_schools_singapore_2014-jpgtfa_international_touring_framework-pdfRelated LinksSingapore All Schoolslast_img read more


Manly Sea Eagles and Touch Football join forces

first_imgThe Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have launched an exciting new partnership with Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the NSW Touch Association (NSWTA).Together the organisations have created the ‘Sea Eagles Group’, with a view to promote a holistic approach to game development, branding and fan engagement across all levels of touch football and the Sea Eagles.The ‘Sea Eagles Group’ comprises of:Manly Warringah Touch AssociationNorthern Beaches Touch AssociationHornsby Touch AssociationNorths Touch Association, andCammeray Touch AssociationThe relationship is designed to further increase engagement within the local and wider communities through various programs and touch points during the Touch Football group and Rugby League seasons.It will also help to create an authentic and measurable relationship, both organisations working together on common goals to achieve favourable outcomes.Manly Warringah Sea Eagles CEO Lyall Gorman said it was a great new partnership for the club. “I want to express my excitement in relation to the partnership journey we are about to embark on,’’ Gorman said.“I have no doubt at all that together, we can achieve many special things and create some wonderful mutual benefit and growth for our respective organisations and as a collective.”TFA CEO Steve Mitchell is very excited about the establishment of the Sea Eagles Group in this, the 50th year of touch football, which was born out of rugby league in 1968.“It makes absolute sense for the touch football communities of the peninsula to work collaboratively with the Sea Eagles,’’ Mitchell said.“Both sports have huge followings in the Manly region. Some of our sport’s best players grew up in the area – the Trbojevic brothers followed pathways through touch football locally so we already have links between our clubs and theirs, and we look forward to building on those to reach mutual goals.”last_img read more