The concept focuses on a biological idea called mutualism; mutualism refers to the way different species interact so that each participant derives a sustaining benefit.
We drew inspiration from the example of mutualism found in the Story of the Long Nosed Bat and the Agave Plant.The agave plant, native to Mexico and the southwestern United States, blooms in a geographic pattern coincidental with the migratory pattern of the Long Nose Bat. Perfectly adapted to harvest the nutrient rich nectar, the bat also pollinates the surrounding agave. In turn, the agave�s roots help control soil erosion and speed the recovery of degraded or damaged ecologies. Each species participates in a supportive and vital system.
- Meet dynamic resource demand with "managed migration" of hotel room units
- Restore harmed sites with mutually beneficial natural systems
- Link guests to nature with an interactive and meaningful landscape
- Provide innovative accommodations that reconfigure to meet guest requirements
Relocate Guestrooms for Maximum Occupancy
re.pose embraces the dynamic nature of guestroom demand. In order to adapt to ebbs and flows of seasonal variations, economic cycles, major event spikes, or increased popularity of a destination; the guestroom has the unique ability to migrate to where demand is the greatest. Using "plug and play" technology and modern construction methods each "unit" compacts to a uniform size allowing it to be transported on the existing low carbon systems of waterways and rail.
Arriving at the site, the guestroom is reunited with other mobile units through a common infrastructure and allowed to bloom with renewed function. This managed migration allows a smaller inventory of guestrooms to serve a larger number of guests. Inventory management software is incorporated to create a system that approaches the ideal for hotel occupancy: Always an available room � Never a vacancy.
Restore Compromised Landscapes
re.pose adopts a restorative approach to site development that focuses both on the health of the land and habitat restoration. Preferred development sites are abandoned or underused industrial sites in major urban markets. The sites may have seen harsh uses in past years and are connected by existing rail or water transportation routes. Existing infrastructure allows the guestrooms (and potentially the guests themselves) to migrate on available low carbon impact networks. The typical development scheme looks to acquire these plots of land at low market cost because of the positive contribution the restoration will have on the community, both economically and environmentally.
Purify and Reuse Water
The centerpiece of land restoration is a constructed wetland which combines natural systems with human technology and enhanced biology. The result is a localized wastewater treatment system that is simple to operate, natural, sanitary, and uses renewable energy. The re.pose project is capable of treating all of its own rainwater and waste water and, when sized correctly, will accept the water runoff of adjacent sites. Any water leaving the site is cleaner than when it arrived. This allows the property to work as a district scale utility, perhaps as part of an Eco-District, trading clean water services with other local sites for services they may provide such as heating, cooling, energy, and waste management.
Provide Landscape as a Place for Repose
The constructed wetland combined with a public open space network serves as a living amenity to both guests and the community, converting what was an inhospitable, derelict landscape to a vibrant habitat filled with diversity. This natural habitat also provides a unique guest experience rooted in a landscape that is located at the core of major urban markets. Portions of re.pose properties serve as recreation space for guests as well as the community offering temporary retreat from the harsher urban environment. It will also provide opportunities for the hotel to grow some of its own food and educate the local community on how to do the same.
Re-use and Repurpose Existing Site Elements
Site development will not eradicate the industrial infrastructure but will re-use and repurpose existing elements as hotel public spaces with the goal of embracing the industrial past while actively addressing the negative elements of its legacy. The combination of industrial and pastoral surroundings creates a unique experience that quietly informs the guest about the impacts that local industries have had on the land while displaying creative solutions and positive actions that will reverse those same impacts.
Reorganize Your Space to Fit Your Needs
re.pose also engages its guests through highly adaptive guestroom environments. When compacted, each guestroom unit becomes its own shipping container, which can be moved from one hotel site to another along existing transportation networks. When unfolded and locked into the systems-supporting site structure, guestrooms may be customized to best meet the guest�s needs. Furniture elements - packed down flat and secured within each module during transport - unfold and transform with countless possibilities for arrangement and function.
Inspired by origami and the topologies of nature, the folding exterior layered wall system allows the guest to compose their personal connection to the urban and natural landscapes beyond.
Renovate Guestrooms with No Lost Revenue
A key benefit of the units� transportable nature is that from a property maintenance perspective, the guestroom units are never closed down for renovation, losing valuable guest revenue. Any number of new units may be delivered within 24 hours to replace worn units which are transported to a centralized facility for renewal.
re.pose brings a restorative, systems-based focus on ecology to hospitality. Inspired by relationships and behaviors seen in nature, the concept creates properties and experiences that deliver powerful and mutual benefits to guests, ownership, communities and local ecological systems.
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