- Hitzig Militello Arquitectos wins the Design & Technical Summit Award
The core theme of the third Design & Technical Summit Award, organised by the AccorHotels hotel chain was "one space, 100 functions". Students and professionals were required to submit their designs for the world of hospitality to the judging panel of experts who met in São Paulo, Brazil last month. The projects needed to incorporate ideas of plurality, innovation, culture and sustainability, all aimed at building up a new concept of hospitality.
A very hot topic, as we saw just yesterday during the awards ceremony of the 2018 Next Landmark contest called Hospitality Interior Design, organised by Floornature, published by Iris Ceramica Group. A really understandable interest if you think that hospitality is one of the largest industries in the world and also one of the most important branches of commercial design. The fact is that it covers a wide range of interventions including hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, fitness clubs, lounges, spas, and country clubs, among others. The scope of work, budgets and space planning can be quite complex, so interior designers working in the hospitality industry take on a lot of responsibility and need to be very mindful of their design choices.
The designers of the Argentine studio Hitzig Militello Arquitectos, whose work we have presented over the years in our blog, are well aware of this. Quite often working with existing buildings and challenging contexts, Fernando Hitzig and Leonardo Militello have created eye-catching projects that focus on economic sustainability, which in turn also leads to a sustainable environment. From Buenos Aires with Victoria Brown and the Goodsten Creamery to Ushuaia, Patagonia, where they designed both The Birra and Casa Olmo they are behind places that are dedicated to hospitality and to a cosy, unique ambience.
Hitzig Militello Arquitectos responded to the call for submissions in the professional category of the Design & Technical Summit Award with “One space, one hundred and fifty functions” that brings together attractive design with practical and sustainable solutions for the interiors of a forthcoming hotel, winning first prize, which also includes a contract to implement the project developed in one of the chain's hotels.
A series of debates on architecture, design, gastronomy, innovation and everything else relevant to the hotel market took place during the award event, involving big-name professionals from the industry like artist Guto Requena, designer Hans Donner and architects Arthur Casas and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, winner of the Pritzker prize (2006) and the Golden Lion at tthVenice Architecture Biennale 2016, just to name some of the participants
Design & Technical Summit Award
Images: courtesy by Hitzig Militello
Render: Hitzig Militello