Future Hotel Room by LAVA



Architects LAVA have designed a hotel room as part of a research project in collaboration with Fraunhofer IAO (Institute for Work Organisation) in Stuttgart, Germany.


The room includes anti-jet-lag lighting and a media display window.


The architects describe the room as "a demonstration project that investigates the interfaces between architecture, technology and the human body."


Photos: copyright Gee-Ly.

Here's some text from LAVA:


LAVA designs Future Hotel showcase

As part of a research collaboration with the Fraunhofer IAO (Institute for Work Organisation) LAVA has designed the Future Hotel Showcase Room, a demonstration project that investigates the interfaces between architecture, technology and the human body.


The Future Hotel forms part of the IAO Inhaus2, a program that focuses on meeting the expectations and requirements of hotel guests using tomorrow’s technology.


Blurring the definition between technology and interior space, the showcase room features the latest innovations in the fields of media and visual communication, along with prototypical products developed by renowned manufacturers.


Human comfort is of paramount concern in the Future Hotel Room. Technology has been designed to function almost invisibly in the background, whilst providing the opportunity for individual control of media, light and interior climate. Some of the room’s features include anti-jet-lag lights, active comfort bed, personal spa area, intelligent mirror and a large fully integrated media display window.


In creating the Future Hotel Room, LAVA has designed a spatial continuum, integrating each area of the team’s investigation into one single gesture, characterised by fluid transitions and accentuated singular edges. The free-form outer skin creates an infrastructure that becomes the interface between technology and the human body, and a combination of soft and hard materials offers a well-balanced transition between functional spaces.


Applying parametric design methods and semi-automated production techniques allowed LAVA an almost real-time translation of the original design concept. The collaboration between the project partners also generated many new insights and discoveries, many of which will be implemented in LAVA’s upcoming hotel projects in the U.A.E. The vision of the Future Hotel Showcase could thus become a reality sooner than expected.


Tobias Wallisser, Chris Bosse and Alexander Rieck founded LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, a worldwide operating network, just more than one year ago. The partners were responsible as associate architects for world-recognised structures such as the Water cube in Beijing and the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany. A couple of weeks ago, they unveiled the design for the Michael Schumacher World Champion Tower in Abu Dhabi.


Project Team LAVA:
Tobias Wallisser, Chris Bosse, Alexander Rieck with
Kadri Kaldam, Martin Volkle, Jan Saggau

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Posted on Tuesday November 18th 2008 at 5:16 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • White Paper

    Nice….nice….so much better than Zaha’s room in Puerta America Hotel….

  • Soupdragon

    Why is the future always shiny white plastic?

    • HARRY

      Good question! Go ask Zaha Hadid ;)

  • Bozo

    Yep, Nicely done boys

  • net

    how do you know this kind of shape or form mean ‘future’?

    how do you know this kind of space is good for being’s bodies?

  • HouseCat


  • K. Rimane

    ah.. excuse me.. but, where’s the loo please?
    Use the bath tub Madame !

  • Future Architect

    Wow…it certainly saves lots of space..a totally new concept!

  • yung

    yeah, this one makes more sense than Zaha’s.

  • junihaoni

    cool stuff…what’s the interior walls made of, may i ask?

  • mik

    funny how lava and zaha rhym with blabla

  • paul

    Looks like a lot of promotional spin to me – what does it actually achieve, apart from look like a poor man’s Zaha Hadid? Smoke and (intelligent) mirrors.

  • I love the streamlined walls.gave it a thumbs up on SU

  • Katsudon

    mmmmh. Nothing too innovative here or do i miss something?
    By the way, the design doesn’t look too exciting to me and the ergonomy and production stuffs… i’m not too sure about it.

  • Herman

    We will be making these white organic stuff in the future because:

    – All good materials will be gone
    – We lose our sense of good taste
    – Zaha will take over the world (in 2012 according the maya’s)
    – We finally have good things to clean white walls
    – It will rain plastic every day
    – Custom made things will be so cheap that they stoped normal production
    – and clearly there is something wrong with the past 2000 years of architecture, don’t you think?

  • Joe Swift

    sleep, shag, bathe, sit, watch tv – the future looks as dull as the present.

  • no we really need this?

  • ojelliven

    Don’t let the bull shit in here you’ll never clean it up!
    Rather self indulgent don’t you think when half the world is starving – live in the real world man – get a useful life.

  • headplow

    Well it certainly achieves futuristic styling. A bit like 2001: A Space Odyssey. I find it very interesting to look at but I’m not sure I would want to spend much time in this environment. A bit sterile perhaps?

  • jynn

    it definitely is a study of architecture and technology.. not too sure if it covers the part about the human body. it seems so… sterile for us as 'social creatures' who want warmth and comfort, people who need visual appeal than bright white walls. i'm thinking this is definitely one of those places used for ablutions and rest–not to actually live in.

  • J*

    @ Soupdragon: “Why is the future always shiny white plastic?”.
    it might be because of Kubrick’s 2001 a Space odyssee…

  • the new future concept..like the steamlined..thanks for sharing this!