The team of sarah luthke, erika schuberth, lisa visintainer, lisa weinfurtner and bianka wilk prevailed against competitors from all over europe. The success of the coburg students is rounded off by another placement "runners-up": with benjamin bartke, michael biebl and paulina mecik. The theme of this year's competition was "hotel design for the staff". The winning quintet flew to london for the awards ceremony and gala dinner at the end of november and were guests of the british competition organizers reardonsmith architects. An unforgettable experience and reward for hard creative work right at the beginning of the winter semester with various night shifts and concentrated idea generation.
The theme of this year's competition was "hotel design for the staff" – so not the design of the usual chocolate sides in the hotel such as guest rooms, reception, lobby or wellness, no, this time it was about the design of the staff area / back of house for the diverse staff in a 5-star hotel.
For the first time, designers are thinking about how people who work in the hotel, as service staff, chambermaids, doorman, concierge, at the front desk, security, administration, etc., should be treated. Provide top performance around the clock to ensure that the guests' stay at the hotel is as pleasant as possible. The positive interaction of an appropriate and supportive interior design in the background with motivated employees behind the scenes of a hotel – that was a real challenge for the students. The prize winners mastered this by designing a floor plan that optimizes all work processes and at the same time creates free space for well-being. In addition to the necessary rooms such as changing rooms, staff restaurant, kitchen, training room and laundry, this floor plan includes other facilities that positively influence communication and working atmosphere. For example, the students planned a recreation lounge, a smoking area, a kindergarten and a fitness room, which fit perfectly into the concept of optimized workflows. Light, acoustics, atmosphere and individual identity-creating ambience describe the design facilities.
The award-winning work impressively demonstrates how much basic preparation and professional teaching support pay off: right at the start of the winter semester, the entire 7. In the second semester of interior design, the students had the opportunity to attend a workshop lasting several days with external professionals from the top design office JOI-design in hamburg, corinna kretschmar-johnk, and the hotel competence center in oberschleibheim, managing director christian peter, and to take an in-depth look at the requirements, conditions and necessities of hotel personnel. Professor rudolf schricker from the interior design program organized the workshops, accompanied the design seminars and facilitated the students' participation in the competition.
The students have increased the image of coburg university of applied sciences internationally and credibly demonstrated its teaching and study competence simply by participating in this very highly endowed competition and, above all, through the winners and prize winners. Practical orientation and social planning responsibility of the next generation of interior designers thus once again impressively generate a unique selling point and flagship of the design faculty at coburg university of applied sciences.
Professor rudolf schricker from the interior design program organized the workshops, accompanied the design seminars and facilitated the students' participation in the competition.
An additional bonus: the five-strong winning team will be allowed to redesign the staff restaurant of the hyatt regency hotel in london in collaboration with the architectural firm reardonsmith as part of a practice-oriented project study work and will thus be given the unique opportunity to realize innovative ideas.