2024 Winners > Winners of Philippines

3rd Prize


Title: Yubi

Name: Manuel Cynric Yee

School: University of San Carlos

What is the inspiration for your design?
Wabi-sabi, embraces the beauty of imperfection and impermanence. Richard R. Powell stated that, wabi-sabi acknowledges three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. Drawing from this principle, Yubi fosters authenticity by incorporating imperfect materials such as textured plaster walls and natural ceramic tiles. These elements not only evoke authenticity but also create a serene ambiance that promotes tranquility and openness throughout the space. By integrating natural materials like wood, stone, and fibers, we further emphasize harmony with the environment, seamlessly blending the outside world with the hotel's interior.

How does the design fulfill the need of the target users?
The primary reason people choose to spend a night or two in hotels is to relax and rejuvenate both physically and mentally. The principle of Wabi-sabi promotes a sense of openness and tranquility through its embrace of imperfection. The use of natural materials further enhances this atmosphere by harmonizing with the environment, bringing the outside in and amplifying feelings of relaxation, tranquility, and rejuvenation.

How does the design fulfill the design challenge?
the design fulfills the challenge by creating a space that does not only look aesthetically pleasing and evokes a sense of relaxation, tranquility, and rejuvenation but also by taking in consideration the ergonomics which dictates the comfortability of usage of the bathroom. Given the small area, planning the placement of each fixture can be challenging. The design strategically place each fixture that promotes a comfortable circulation. This design achieves a harmonic blend of form and function. It transforms a small bathroom into a tranquil sanctuary that does not only appeals to the eye but also meets the practical needs of the guests, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

How does the choice of products contribute to the purpose of the design?
Choosing the right products contributes greatly to the purpose of the design. In a hospitality space, especially in bathrooms, it is crucial that the space is sanitary to reduce the maintenance needed for the space. American Standard products provides a wide variety bathroom fixtures and accessories with technology that helps with this problem. For example, the Acacia SupaSleek collection uses their innovative HygienceClean Technologies which eliminates dirt and bacteria growth.