大廳 或稱common area, lobby, 絕對是”青年旅館的心臟”
After running our hostel for years, we know that the lobby, or the common area, is most definitely the hub and the heart of a hostel.
Over the past 3 years, hostels, design hotels (boutique hotels), cultural and creative inns, and B & Bs featuring local specialties, all have been springing up like mushrooms throughout Taiwan.
旅館間的似乎已經淪為 設計的競爭/價格的競爭 這兩類
Our experience and research has helped us to understand what differentiates a hotel and attracts customers is the design or the price. Both involve money. Either you spend insane amounts of money on design and construction, or you are forced to engage in a price war.
As we stepped into our 5th year of creating a home for hostellers, enhancing our physical facilities became our top priority.
Everybody loves beautiful things. Yet,‘looking pretty’ is not sufficient for us.
Understanding travelers and their wants and needs is what makes our ‘beautiful’, beautiful, meaningful and functional!
Our ultimate measure of success is when our guests keep coming back and stay loyal to us, so we desire a lobby, the heart of our hostel, that emits its own story, possesses its own unique personality traits, and creates heartwarming vibes.
然而，預算 預算 預算
So how could we achieve all of this without exceeding our budget? Although all it takes is a beautiful design based on guest experience, a unique design is actually really hard to come by.
完成了homey hostel 紅米青年旅館的大廳設計
After our extensive research, we found an incredibly talented designer from Thailand who was willing to attentively listen to our needs then devote a great amount of his time and energy to creativity. Together we did a lot of brainstorming by considering my dual roles as a hostel owner and a backpacker with plenty of worldwide hostel experiences.
The entire 100-square-meter lobby renovation process took about one year to finish, including three months of searching for the designer, six months of design discussions, two months of drafting and drawing, and another two months of construction.
1. 氣氛- 設計 / 燈光
2. 彈性- 傢俱 / 空間變化性
3. 連結- 人與人之間的連結
4. 創意- 無價
Our priorities in renovating the lobby were:
- Building connections among people
- Establishing ambiance through use of lighting
- Creating flexibility and diversity in space use, with moveable furniture and integrating platforms at varying heights
Our philosophy is, a hostel’s mission is to connect people.
Unfortunately, while the number of hostels in Taiwan has increased rapidly, the focus of running hostels has shifted to enhancing the appearance, for appearance sake only.
At Homey, we believe our lobby should serve its purpose to gather everyone, encourage and ensure positive interactions, and create memories that make *you* smile.
Through design, our greatest wish is to help hostlers connect with each other, so we have designed and created the perfect space for this to happen.
Regarding a lobby’s features, both flexibility and multifunction are necessary and crucial. For example, our lobby can be a café or a library lounge during the daytime, and in the evening, turns into a lounge bar and inclusive hangout. It includes a kitchen as well, in which not only various international dishes are made, but also numerous international friendships. For business travelers, they are able to feel comfortable using our lobby as a workstation.
透過設計，無形中控制客人的行為，客人進門辦入住自動會在哪坐下，抱著筆電會坐哪？帶本書會坐哪？四個人會坐哪？ 走去洗碗會走哪？廚房煮飯轉身是冰箱很方便 等等等等等
(其他五官感覺聽覺 味覺 觸覺 感覺 是有關青旅營運，下篇介紹）
Those who have stayed with us at Homey, already have an emotional attachment to us. In order to capture new customers’ attention, our lobby has to be more than just visually appealing. It’s photogenic quality must also capture the truth of welcoming warmth when viewing our photos.
Discussion began since the designer’s first visit to Homey. By exchanging thoughts and communicating ideas, the design concepts of our lobby were then born.
As the following picture reveals, an old-time Opium Hall delivers such feelings of laid-back and sociable, where you can either casually sit anywhere to talk with others or just comfortably lie down.
Another concept is inspired from the animated film Kung Fu Panda, where everyone in the open-concept kitchen still feels included and inseparable from the lobby, as well, they can still easily interact with those in the courtyard.
And, just like an ancient Panopticon, its God’s eye is perfect for overlooking or observing everything happening right there.
Our mission ‘connection’ is reflected in all of the abovementioned concepts. No matter where you are in this space, it’s impossible for you to feel left out!!!
After a yearlong renovation, Homey now has a modern, stylish and inviting lobby, looking particularly delightful during the night with its thoughtful and expressive lighting. The asymmetrical design details also give it a distinct personality.
Nighttime Overview – Our lobby feels more spacious through the creative design of multiple raised platforms.
Raised Platform 1 – The perfect height of this platform makes it a comfortable seat. Sitting next to the window, you have a birds-eye view of Taipei’s busy city streets below.
平台 2 – 屬於兩人的樓頂小空間
Raised Platform 2 – Creates an exclusive loft perfect for 2.
A side shelf built along the platform allows you a place and space to write. (Perhaps write us a postcard for our Postcard Wall – See Platform 4.)
Beneath this raised platform forms a cave where you can relax yourself for reading.
In the center of the lobby, there is a massive square table, big enough for a party of 10-plus people.
Our computer area doubles as a stage when we hold events and it’s a planned and convenient place for our guests to organize their belongings. (Because at Homey, we try to think of everything…and if we’ve missed something…let us know!)
Movable furniture lends flexibility to the lobby and to our guests requests. By combining two tables into one, more people can gather and have fun together.
The walk-around and open-concept kitchen is a really important addition for Homey because we host dinner events OFTEN. Opposing sinks help avoid kitchen traffic jams effectively.
The multipurpose long table is not only suitable for business meetings, but it’s strategically placed directly next to the kitchen which simplifies the serving of food, for social meetings.
Raised Platform 3 – Hidden behind the kitchen, this proves to be a perfect Do-Not-Disturb spot for those seeking some privacy, and from this vantage point, you still get to see everything happening throughout the lobby.
This also happens to be THE prime viewing spot to check out the city.
Raised Platform 4 – Includes our featured Postcard Wall. (We invite you to add to our growing collection of personal feedback and appreciation.)
Greenery infuses life and wholesome energy into the lobby.
Your first moments at Homey begin here, at our ‘considerate’ front desk, designed with detail, accommodating all heights of all guests.
Homey’s renovation is now complete, AND within our budget! We’ve done this for you and because of you! And we want you to reap the benefits of our time, energy and efforts!
We extend huge gratitude and appreciation to all who have contributed and input to the process of transforming our lobby…the Heart of Homey!
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設計：Itthi Poldeenana / 蕭凌雲 Kelly H