CSA student wins international hotel competition

James Young, MArch stage 1 student at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture, was selected as the winner of the ReardonSmith Student Award 2013 at the European Hotel Design Awards last month. Organised by ReardonSmith Architects the competition was open to all students on a full-time architecture or interior design course at a college in Europe. The brief was to create a masterplan for a new hotel and marina development on the Southern Adriatic coast. Patrick Reardon, executive chairman at ReardonSmith: “James’ submission stood out for its sensitive interpretation of the brief and also for its regard toward the surrounding landscape, cleverly merging the development into the topography of the land.” James attended the European Hotel Design Award dinner and received his award in front of 800 influential industry figures. He will now get press coverage in Europe’s leading hotel and design publications. Congratulations!   Links European Hotel Design Awards 2013 ReardonSmith Student Award 2013 Award Ceremony                                     AGRI-TOURISM | By James Young The project acts in questioning the conventional luxury holiday resort and the concept of what a traditional holiday is. In the current economic climate it has become increasingly difficult to justify the undertaking of a regular holiday. An increased socio-economic consciousness coupled with the increasingly popular notion of ‘stay-cationing’ means the popularity of the conventional holiday is under scrutiny. People are looking for an additional layer of program to justify their vacation. The concept of Agri-Tourism addresses these themes, manifesting them within a proposal for a luxury holiday resort in Montenegro. Investigating the notion of holidaying within the local economy and utilizing a productive landscape, the concept creates a heightened sense of locality. Guests are educated in the art of agriculture and farming adding an additional layer of program to the resort. People now strive to get more from their holidays and learning a new skill is a way of warranting this. Challenging the concept of a traditional holiday and the pre-conceived view of staff and guests as separate, the architecture of the resort acts as a catalyst for interaction, as well as clear demonstration of the concept. The project acts as a social commentary on the hotel industry and how this can relate to locality and a guest and staff interaction.