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WATG, Irvine, United States

Wednesday 14 Mar 2012

Young at heart

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WATG's young design talent is demonstrated in the Mosaic hotel 

The designers at WATG are always looking for ways to stretch beyond the typical hotel model and look into what hospitality is at its core and how they can influence what it will be in the future. This innovation has manifested itself through concepts such as Haptik Sustainable Suites or the plan for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

But perhaps the best recent example of the culmination of WATG's young design talent is Mosaic. The concept for Mosaic was developed out of the need to solve for 3 different issues the team saw as relevant to the future of hospitality: cyclical fluctuations in demand and occupancy, the growing trend of eco- and volunteer-based tourism, and technological advances in social media and open source design. It was also important for the firm to think about those affected by natural disasters and how the hospitality industry might aid those in need.

The beauty of Mosaic lies in its versatility and flexibility. WATG invented Mosaic as entirely flexible, comprised of individually configured, modular prisms, outfitted as needed as disaster relief shelters, guestrooms, spas, mini-homes comprised of multiple prisms, or tented villas that can be added to a luxury resort during peak season.
And they wanted to demonstrate Mosaic isn't an unrealistic idea-it's the future. Their
concepts are viable for development; which is why they built a visual full-scale model of a two-prism Mosaic suite last May.

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