Thursday August 8th, 2013 - 11:36AM
LONDON—Striving to meet a growing demand for more creative work environments, Marriott Hotels is redesigning the meeting spaces of the Munich Marriott Hotel and Amsterdam Marriott Hotel to offer a holistic approach.
Opening by mid-September, the two meeting spaces will integrate service, technology and contemporary design. The spaces will feature wireless connection technology and include items such as video conferencing, smart whiteboards or whiteboard walls, projection walls, docking stations and touch screen controls. All technology will be app or web enabled, providing a platform for future technological innovation. Rooms will have natural light and a residential color palette.
Research conducted by Marriott and the publishers of WIRED shows that people are working differently than in previous generations, according to the company. The trend has shifted from individual workspaces to an ecosystem of places that gives workers choice and control over where and how to work, in and out of the office.
“The way people work is changing but the way meetings are hosted at hotels has not kept pace,” stated Paul Cahill, SVP, brand management, Marriott Hotels. “Inspired by the way Gen X and Gen Y meet and work, we are introducing spaces that promote collaborative work environments for more productive and meaningful outcomes.”
Insight taken from the brand’s innovations around lobby design has been applied to the new pre-function area design. Just as hotel lobbies have become fluid places to work, meet and socialize, the pre-function spaces will offer flexible seating arrangements to accommodate individuals and groups, work and gathering.