A Hotel Case Study-Jason Van Bruaene, WATG
The other day I was perusing the wonderful blog WATG maintains and stumbled upon a post from Jason Van Bruaene that struck me immediately as possessing unflattering pictures...which is rather uncommon for those of us in the business of producing thoughtful, aesthetically pleasing, functional designs that allow for clean ease of construction. Having sufficiently piqued my interested I was delightfully surprised to see that Jason was using the aforementioned unflattering images as a conduit through which to discuss -surprise!- the importance of thoughtful, aesthetically pleasing, functional designs. His blog post can be found at:
While this particular case study focuses exclusively on an unnamed resort property in Vietnam the lessons of this case study could easily be replicated throughout the Pacific Rim as well as Middle East. A few years ago two of our partners traveled to Dubai for a design charrette and came back nearly as astonished at the poor planning and craftsmanship as Jason on his recent trip to Vietnam. Even the most elementary concepts seemed foreign, including field cutting deck pavers to line-up with and architectural detail -like stairs- illustrated in the second image; or having an aquatics consultant to ensure 300 grade stainless steel handrails are used in the pool so rusting won't occur, as shown in the first image (see escutcheon plate where anchor and rail meet).