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Site Context, Concept Development & Process Work


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Inspiration & Site Context Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, is famous for many things, including its fascinating old world temples and palaces, stunning modern architecture, a floating produce market, and... sex tourism? Due to the lenient enforcement of laws around prostitution, Thailand is the premier destination for European and American ex-pats and tourists searching for love, even if for just one evening. In Bangkok, numerous red light districts offering fantastically themed sex shows and numbered girls for sale are hidden all throughout the city, Soi Cowboy among the most famous for tourists.

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Sightlines Concept / Third Floor Blocking

Sex Parti Diagram

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Build-up Concept Sketch

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Concept Development & Process Work

While a large part of the sex tourism venture in Bangkok consists of hourly hotels that exist to accommodate the whim of particular tourists, Hotel (X) is an altogether different sort of sex hotel. This hotel is designed to pique the interest of sex tourists in a far less explicit manner by exploring the entertainment value of sex in the context of an art gallery. It has somehow become universally accepted that a picture of a naked woman in a magazine is considered pornography, but when that same photograph is printed large-scale in black and white and framed, it becomes art. With modern media adopting a more sexual approach to selling goods, this line is continually being blurred. By taking on the form of an art gallery, Hotel (X) capitalizes on these variations in perception of erotic material to reframe something traditionally considered dirty and taboo into something beautiful and fun for all. This shift in context subliminally permits guests to release their inhibitions about pornography and prostitution and thereby legitimizes these things as pure entertainment.

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LU(X)E

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LU(X)E Gallery: Exhibitionism in Context

From the time guests enter Hotel (X), the dominant, sensually sculptural form of the LU(X)E Gallery invites them into its encompassing grasp, asking them to move within its curves as they progress through the lobby of the hotel. Unlike a traditional gallery where art is displayed prominantly on clean walls, out in the open awaiting the viewer’s gaze, LU(X)E Gallery instead encourages viewers to interact with the twists and folds of the form to discover more beauty the deeper they go.

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Building Section: Art Gallery as Datum

As one continues along the path of the gallery, which acts as the central datum on the ground floor tying together the elements of the lobby lounge and bar, they are led to the elevators at the far end of the space to continue on to the next leg of the journey. At the culmination of the initial horizontal line of the gallery, a secondary yet similar vertical form picks up to continue the context of the gallery throughout the upper floors of the hotel, thereby maintaining the illusion of comfort in seeing sex as art rather than as sex.

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Hotel (X)

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The Hotel as Art: Installation of a Concept

While the LU(X)E Gallery is the major vehicle for guests to experience the phenomenon of sex as art, there is a far more subtle yet profound exhibition of this theme offered by the interior architecture of the hotel. Mimicking the concept of the physical sexual experience itself, Hotel (X) walks its guests through the four major phases of a sexual encounter: foreplay, action, climax, and release.

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First Floor: Foreplay

The main floor of Hotel (X) acts as the foreplay phase of the sexual encounter. One blindly enters into one of three secured check-in rooms that give nothing away of what is yet to come. Leaving check-in, the gallery gladly introduces itself as the guide that will accompany the guest through the entirety of the experience. Openings in the gallery wall and various options for moving through the space allow guests to flirt with the bar and lobby lounge, but they will always be able to find their way to the important elements in the space by following the form of the gallery from entry to elevators.

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Second Floor: Action

Coming off the elevators on the second floor is like walking up to a big, electric party. Depending on which elevator the guest arrives in, the initial experience of this floor differs. From the center elevator, the the vertical gallery wall stands prominently erect, blocking the action of the restaurant from view and forcing the guest to make a decision as to which way to proceed. From the south elevator, the large black and white figure of a woman and a surreal pink glow urge one to peek around the corner in search of more. The handful of tables beside the north elevator hint that one is headed in the right direction. Once clear of the vertical gallery, the floating restaurant spreads itself out before the guests as they begin their journey down the central skybridge, again within the warm caress of that familiar gallery form. As the guests progress toward the hostess stand at the end of the skybridge, the gallery shrinks back and releases them from its grip so they are able to experience the action of the restaurant socially, rather than as a voyeur in a gallery.

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Third & Fourth Floors: Climax

The guest room floors act as the climax of the journey through the hotel. After enjoying a deliciously decadent meal at PLE(x)URE below, guests are revved up in anticipation of the main event of their journey, the guest room. With clean surfaces, soft, cool light, and a few unexpected glimpses of other rooms and parts of the hotel, the guest rooms offer a mood of complete bliss and satifaction, the perfect culmination of a fulfilling experience.

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Fifth Floor: Climax

The fifth floor is differentiated from the two below as it contains all five premium guest suites. The floor plate is the same as the standard guest floors, but a wet bar, additional entertaining area, and small dining nook set these suites apart.

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Sixth Floor: Release

On the very top level, a pool deck with a bar and an assortment of seating options offers guests a chance to disengage from the context of the art gallery and relax while overlooking the city beyond.

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PLE(x)URE: Decadent Dining

PLE(x)URE (pronounced ‘pleasure’) is the dining experience you can’t get enough of. With dishes designed to get you in the mood - like the cocoa nib encrusted filet mignon topped with a balsalmic-strawberry gastrique - it is the perfect place to let loose before heading upstairs.

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2 Sensorial Stimuli Collection / Jinhyun Jeon

3 Thé, Café, Chocolat / Eric Marrian

4 Torse d’Adele / Auguste Rodin

5 Collapse / Richard Vergez


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Wayfinding Study: First Floor

Because this hotel functions simultaneously as an art gallery, the wayfinding ought to reflect how people view art: by exploring on their own. Keeping in mind that everybody does it differently, the experience of the lobby level begins with a directed entry and starting point, but then releases the guest to begin their own journey through the gallery and lounge.

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Security Study: First Floor

Art, especially erotic art, is about pushing boundaries, taking risks, and creating something new and beautiful in the face of tradition. When it comes to security, there are certainly some things that must be treated according to the propsed standard, like door hardware that limits access to back of house areas. However, when it comes to less crucial security points, perhaps the the standard has taken some things for granted and overlooked others. On the lobby level of Hotel (X), the check-in desks - a usually fairly accessible space - are contained within automatically secured individual rooms while the restrooms are far more visually open than one is used to. The toilette is something all people do, and it is an interesting part of human behavior to watch, so here the restrooms sit along the window wall with seating groups contained within for the proper voyeuristic experience of some of nature’s most intriguing art.

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Sightlines Study: All Floors

As both art and sex are highly visual activities, this hotel would be lacking if it did not provide guests with the opportunity to play the voyeur. Although each level portrays a unique part of the progression through the sexual experience, they cannot exist apart from each other. Cut-throughs in the floor at various places on each level promote another playful dimension of this experience by offering a more removed and voyeuristic visual connection between spaces and guests.

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Maximum Diagonal Length = 156 feet

Maximum Travel Distance Provided = 172 feet 50

Minimum Exit Remoteness = 52 feet

Net Assembly Area = 7,000 square feet


Building Code Egress Study: First Floor Occupancy Load Total Square Footage of Assembly Space: 7,000 sf Maximum Floor Area Allowance per Occupant: 15 sf net 7,000 / 15 = 467 occupants

Plumbing Calculation Type of Space: Assembly Group A2 Total Number of Occupants: 467 Number of Males: 234 Number of Females: 234 Number of Water Closets Required: 1 per 40 occupants Number of Lavatories Required: 1 per 40 occupants 234 / 40 = 6 water closets for males 234 / 40 = 6 water closets for females

Egress Minimum Number of Exits Required: 2

Travel Distance Maximum Overall Diagonal Dimension: 156 feet Minimum Exit Remoteness: 52 feet* Maximum Travel Distance Allowed: 250 feet* *in a sprinklered space 51


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ANSI Study: PLE(x)URE Restaurant

The American National Standards Institute requires designers to comply with certain codes regarding accessibility of spaces. To the left is a checklist of the most critical standards to which a designer must adhere. Although this hotel is to be built in Thailand, it is good practice to maintain such accessibility standards.

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ANSI Study: Standard Guest Room

The American National Standards Institute requires designers to complly with certain codes regarding accessibility of spaces. To the left is a checklist of the most critical standards to which a designer must adhere. Although this hotel is to be built in Thailand, it is good practice to maintain such accessibility standards.

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ANSI Study: Premium Guest Suite

The American National Standards Institute requires designers to complly with certain codes regarding accessibility of spaces. To the left is a checklist of the most critical standards to which a designer must adhere. Although this hotel is to be built in Thailand, it is good practice to maintain such accessibility standards.

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Sustainability Study: Entire Building

The USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program recognizes 5 areas of sustainability. These are some ways this project might contribute to LEED’s initiative. As this presentation is solely intended for design concept purposes, it does not represent in any way plans for the physical construction of this project. This list should be considered a preliminary concept for how sustainability might be achieved.

Materials & Resources LED, neon and fluorescent lighting

Indoor Environmental Quality Recycled Content

Rapidly renewable materials

Completely operable top floor for Increased Ventilation

Sustainable Sites

Water Efficiency

Energy & Atmosphere

Use of Low-Emitting building materials

Cool roof to reduce heat gain

Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures for Water Use Reduction

Solar Panels on roof as Green Power

Incorporation of daylighting & views connecting the occupant with the outside

Multifunctional building Recycling & Composting programs

Gray water use in restrooms as Innovative Wastewater Technologies

Advanced building system that regulates Minimum Energy Performance

Incorporated local biophilia both in interior and in the exterior landscaping

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Sources


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Cover Kyoku / Erotica by Daido Moriyama www.moriyamadaido.com

Page 6 Voyeurism Stock Photo www.123rf.com

Page 35 Thé, Café, Chocolat by Eric Marrian www.marrian.fr

Page 37 Counterpointe Paint in Big City Gray by Zolatone www.zolatone.com

Page 6 South Tenerife Convention Centre by Fernando Menis Architects www.menis.es

Page 7 Map of Thailand Lonely Planet www.lonelyplanet.com

Page 35 Torso d’Adele by Auguste Rodin Source

Page 37 Shaw House, Vancouver Patkau Archiects www.patkau.ca

Page 6 The Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok, Thailand www.rcr-bangkok.com

Page 7 Typographic Map of Bangkok Andreas Hörstemeier www.newley,com

Page 35 Collapse by Richard Vergez cargocollective.com/richardvergez

Page 37 Chroma in Sassy by 3-Form www.3-form.com

Page 6 The Waterhouse at South Bund Shanghai, China www.waterhouseshanghai.com

Page 7 Go Go Bars in Soi Cowboy www.flickr.com

Page 37 Serie 100 by Fiandre www.granitifiandre.com

Page 37 Chroma in Vapor by 3-Form www.3-form.com

Page 6 UGM Art Gallery Maribor, Slovenia www.worldarchitecturenews.com

Page 35 JeJu Loveland Scuplture by Seoul Graduate Art Student www.jejuloveland.com

Page 37 Linoleum Flooring by Armstrong www.armstrong.com

Page 37 Chroma in Black Out by 3-Form www.3-form.com

Page 6 Symmetry is Sexy by Kim Erlandsen www.kiim.net

Page 35 Sensorial Stimuli Collection by Jinhyun Jeon jjhyun.com

Page 37 Glass Flooring by VitrealSpecchi www.vitrealspecchi.it

Page 37 Custom Casting by Axis Façades www.facades.com


Page 37 Bois MartelĂŠs in Chene Noir by Oberflex www.oberflex.fr

Page 39 Chair One by Herman Miller www.hermanmiller.com

Page 45 Feminine Stock photo tumbler.com

Page 37 100 Percent in Gunmetal by 3-Form www.3-form.com

Page 39 Penta Table by Massimo Morozzi www.edra.com

Page 47 Erotica Stock Photo fineartamerica.com

Page 37 Lava in Fuscia by 3-Form www.3-form.com

Page 41 Pink / Rose Stock Photo www.flickr.com

Page 49 Madonna Erotica video allaboutmadonna.com

Page 39 Stitch Table Uhuru Design www.uhurudesign.com

Page 41 LED Strip Lighting by Collingwood Lighting www.collingwoodlighting.co.uk

Page 61 Erotic Photography Wilkinson www.photosbywilkinson.com

Page 39 Basso Table by Poliform www.poliformusa.com

Page 41 Yes Neon Light www.polyvore.com

Page 39 Gant Pouf by Poliform www.poliformusa.com

Page 41 Chamber Music Hall by Zaha Hadid www.zaha-hadid.com

Image Sources: In Order of Appearance

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