Sunday, 18 January 2015

GREEN SPACES IN HOTELS

How to incorporate greenery in hotels/ how to incorporate green spaces in hotels/ interiorscaping trends in hotels

Landscaping is an important component of hotel design and plays a pivotal role in enhancing the property value. It is no longer limited to just creating green spaces outside the building but latest trends show that the gardens are beginning to move indoors. Exquisite gardens are now being created within the confines of hotel buildings.
The idea of interiorscaping has come into popularity over the past decade and today this has been gladly embraced by the hospitality industry. Hotels today are being designed with specific areas kept strictly for interior landscaping plants.
Benefits of greenery within hotels-
·       The most obvious reason is that adding plants and greenery inside hotels adds to the charm and attractiveness of the building and create a welcoming environment.
·       Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.
·       Plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97 percent of the water they take in. They increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay.
·       Plants remove toxins from air – According to research up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are removed every 24 hours
·       Studies suggest that greenery within hotels is known to provide greater job satisfaction to the staff and greater health benefits to the guests and staff alike.
·       Indoor plants help in directing or controlling pedestrian traffic towards significant landmarks, such as exits, check-in desks, escalators etc.
·       They subdivide or enclose a large space into separate areas, reduce glare and reflection from strong lights and act as screens to block out undesirable views or to create privacy.
·       Plants soften hard unappealing features of a building.
Hotels are therefore making an effort to provide their guests with a direct contact and access to the green spaces within their properties.
How to incorporate green spaces in a hotel-
·       Indoor fountains and waterfalls- A popular method of water display is the fountain. Most hotels have indoor fountains to maintain humidity in the air and to provide a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. Hotel lobbies can incorporate indoor fountains surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers that not only add to the beauty and aesthetics of the hotel, but also look more welcoming.
Waterfalls too can be constructed within a hotel, landscaped with beautiful plants and natural rocks. Guests in the hotel will be encouraged to come out of their rooms and relax in the soothing sights and sounds of the waterfall.

·       Indoor gardens- Indoor gardens can transform a stale boring hotel lobby into a vibrant living space. They can provide year long greenery and colour and look stunning. Proper care needs to be given to selecting the space for indoor gardens, as light and ventilation are important issues to be kept in mind. Beautiful Zen gardens, rock gardens, water gardens etc can be easily created keeping in mind the theme and look of the hotel.

·       Pools- Most hotels have pools. The landscape surrounding the pool is just as important as the design of the pool itself. No matter how well a pool may be constructed, if it’s not landscaped nicely, it will only look bare. Whether the pool is indoor or outdoor, plants are a must to bring out its beauty and tie the whole look together. Designers pay a lot of attention to pools and take great care in making the pool area an aesthetically pleasing and relaxing space. Plants that have less aggressive root systems and shed less must be chosen for landscaping near the pool. Water features are an easy way to make your pool landscape both unique and exciting. Deck jets, rainfall curtains, waterfalls are a few examples.

·       Decks and terraces- Hotels can give their guests a direct access to green spaces by constructing rooms that open up onto decks and terraces. A mixture of hard surfacing and grass along with potted plants and water features can create an exquisite oasis for hotel guests to relax in.

·       Green roofs- Roofs planted with low-maintenance plants improve the thermal performance of buildings, helping to keep them cool in warm weather and insulating them in winter. The plants and the thin layer of soil also work like a sound barrier, particularly when they're wet, helping to reduce noise pollution. Hotels can even grow their herbs and vegetables to use in the kitchens.

·       Green walls- Green walls or vertical planting systems are an amazing mix of engineering ingenuity and beauty. Placed anywhere in a hotel, these walls create amazing and striking views. Green walls can provide a stunning backdrop for a reception desk at a hotel lobby.

·       Open air atriums and courtyards- Open air atriums and courtyards are and ideal way to incorporate green spaces in hotels and to provide relaxation to guests. Meals served to guests in open, well landscaped spaces add to the charm of outdoor dining.

·       Hotel dining rooms- Plants are an absolute must in hotel dining rooms as they not only create a beautiful relaxed ambience but also absorb most of the fumes from the food and kitchens. Designers don’t limit themselves to simple potted plants but in fact are coming up with a lot of funky ways to incorporate greenery in dining rooms.

·       Terrariums and miniature gardens- Terrariums recycle their moisture and need very little attention. A closed terrarium garden can often go a month or more between watering. The main requirement of a terrarium is an airtight container.

Miniature gardens is a very new concept in India, here an entire garden scene, including gazebos, furniture, houses etc. is scaled down to fit into small containers, some even as small as coffee cups. They can be placed anywhere in a hotel from guest rooms to lobbies, reception desks or even small ones on every dining table in the restaurants. Although mini in size, these gardens guarantee to pack a major punch to any décor.

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