Is mobile and sustainable accommodation the way of the future? Accor is thinking outside of the box…

Mobile Accommodation Islands (Image: AccorHotels)

AccorHotel Group News
Date Posted: 15/07/2018

The Accor Hotel Group has launched a new temporary mobile accommodation concept in a fresh unique way of rethinking the approach to hospitality trends. There is extremely strong growth in trends of guests wanting to enjoy exclusive and intense experiences…. You could say Accor have been thinking outside of the box with this one.

The new mobile accommodation concept has been dubbed as ‘The Flying Nest’. It’s aim is to provide customers with a unique hospitality experience during events, by increasing the number of rooms available over a short period of time. This could be used at exhibitions, sporting events, festivals and anywhere else where they is a large group of people for only a short period of time. With large groups of people merging on one area it often sees various hotels in the near vicinity at high saturation rates, with some hotels even and at the point of turning people away as they are at capacity.

These temporary hotel units were originally designed for Business to Business (B2B) clientele where the businesses or organisations that have organised these events contact the Accor Group directly to arrange for this facility to be at the event or nearby. In 2019 they flying nest concept could also be offered as a Business to Consumer (B2C) target with the Accor Group directly selling or leasing these rooms to potential guests for a short period of time.

Mobile Accommodation Islands (Image: AccorHotels)

So what are these mobile accommodation units, and what are they made from?

The Accor Group has converted maritime shipping containers and used them as the base to this concept as they are quick and easy to transport. The assembly of guest rooms can be assembled in little to no time with the Accor Group partnering with Capsa, a Lyon-based start-up specialising in the conversion of these modules.

One island is made up of six modules (containers) offering five guest rooms and a technical room. The height of the island stands at six meters tall and has a floor area of 14×10, weighing only 35 tonnes. During construction of multiple islands there is a four meter gap between each island. Conversion takes only half a day to build each island, with a further two and a half days to make the islands fully functionable. To disassemble the island it only takes half a day.

They are far more than just a shipping container, with the hotel group working alongside Ora-Ito one of the most celebrated designers of his generation designing these mobile guest rooms. Created to offer a pleasant yet functional experience, with each island cladded in raw timbers and other natural materials. They will be fully decked out with all the creature comforts of a standard hotel room. The islands will have the exclusive ibis Sweet Bed, private bathrooms, air conditioning and heating, a small living area as well as a fully functioning wifi connection.

“The layout of the islands, the patio and the large windows connecting the inside of each room to the outside all provide guests with a totally immersive accommodation option at the heart of the experience.“ Said Damien Perrot, Senior Vice President of Design at Accor Hotels.

The modules have been designed in agreement with the hotel groups commitment and values all being considered with sustainability in mind, all of the materials that have been used as well as building and construction techniques and equipment are all environmentally friendly. Fair trade amenities, environmentally friendly paint, wood cladding from sustainable forests and LED Lighting to name a few. The combined islands will operate by using green energy and be compatible with grey water recovery.

The new concept will be on display in the Parc des Ateliers, besides the electrical store from 2 July to 29 July 2018, welcoming anyone to come and check them out in person.

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