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Title: SereniScape Retreat: Your Personal Urban Oasis

Name: Ricardo Noel Bonalos

School: University of Santo Tomas

What is the inspiration for your design?
The inspiration stems from the prevailing trend in contemporary hotels situated in urban areas, where the potential for relaxation inside your own hotel room is often overlooked. Many designs have become mundane, lacking innovation and excitement. The conventional has become the norm, resulting in spaces that lack the vibrancy and personality you seek during a stay. This fueled me with the desire to break away from the mundane, injecting fresh life into the hotel bathroom experience. The design concept seeks to defy the ordinary, infusing each space with a sense of relaxation and distinct personality, turning each hotel into a unique haven that surpasses the monotonous urban landscape.

How does the design fulfill the need of the target users?
The bathroom layout is intentionally straightforward, placing all fixtures along one wall. This not only simplifies plumbing for the hotel but also ensures a precise and user-friendly experience for guests. The design prioritizes ease of navigation by eliminating unnecessary complexities and unnecessary pathways. Despite its efficiency, the layout doesn't compromise on comfort. It resonates with familiarity, offering guests an environment that feels like home while seamlessly delivering a top-tier hotel experience

How does the design fulfill the design challenge?
The design challenge, "Home away from Home," sparked the idea of transforming a hotel bathroom into a personalized haven, even for brief stays. This led to the conception of customizable furnishings akin to arranging one's home bathroom. Introducing custom shelving brings a touch of personalization, allowing guests to adapt the space to their individual needs. This adds a unique personality to the bathroom and addresses the challenge of catering to diverse guest preferences without imposing difficulty on hotel owners. It's an innovative approach that bridges the gap between the transient nature of hotel stays and the desire for a space that feels uniquely one's own, fostering a sense of comfort and familiarity in every visit.

How does the choice of products contribute to the purpose of the design?
The selection of products is a thoughtful effort to cultivate a homey ambiance in the bathroom. The gentle curves impart a soft and comforting aesthetic, enhancing the overall warmth. At the same time, the sleek lines maintain a crisp and clean feel synonymous with top-tier hotel quality. The Loven Collection encapsulates this fusion, effortlessly blending the comforting essence of home with a luxurious aesthetic tailored for a high-end hotel experience. Additionally, the Aero-lite Wall-Hung Toilet introduces an element of personalization, catering to the unique needs of each user, and ensuring a personalized and exceptional toilet experience. This intentional combination of design elements seeks to create a space that not only exudes luxury but also resonates with the welcoming familiarity of home in a hotel bathroom.