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CTHM wins BD’s Small Hotel competition

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Hackney practice’s designs praised for their simplicity

CTHM has won the BD Small Hotel competition.

The Hackney practice’s design for a budget hotel room was praised for its simplicity and honesty. It uses a curtain to allow guests to divide up the space.

The judges said: “This is a radical minimal proposal but one we felt had the flexibility to work in a real situation and in a variety of settings.”

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The winner, picked from a shortlist of 12, was announced today at Sleep in the Business Design Centre, north London.

The judges were BD’s editor in chief Amanda Baillieu; Matthew Bell, manager of CitizenM Hotels, London; and architects Peter Clash of Clash Associates and Tina Norden of Conran + Partners.

Who are CTHM?

The practice was only founded this summer by three part IIs who met at Kingston University.

Harry Molyneux, Chris Taylor and Tim Hare, all 28, are all working for other practices in London and Kent so had to work on their entry during late-night Skype sessions.

This was the first competition they entered.

“We really weren’t expecting to do as well as we have done,” said Molyneux, who works at Maccreanor Lavington. “We were over the moon to be shortlised. I thought it was a really interesting competition and we gave it a lot of thought. I think we confronted some of the issues of a small hotel room successfully.”

 

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  • Well done. It doesn't say what do they win.??

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  • they win a small hotel
    very small
    tincy wincy
    microscopic...
    for ants

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  • The lack of realism in the shortlisted entries [and unfortunately the winning entry] is slightly disappointing…
    It would have been refreshing to see some of these proposals in more realistic settings and not heavily relying upon fanciful rendered views. I am not sure that many of the proposals would be deemed quite as successful, if they were shown to overlook an overcast and rainy roundabout on the outskirts of an industrial estate in Slough [no offence meant to Slough].

    Also, does this winning entry satisfy the area requirements?

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  • It really doesn't look to be 14sqm. Unless the whole 'small' - minimum area was completely irrelevant, this entry does not correspond at all to the brief. such a shame.

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  • Congratulations CTHM

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  • Thought this looked like the only entry of note one of the entries BD published and therefore a worthy winner [obviously all a bit impractical - but that's what we do best]. But equally I would echo previous comments about the floorspace. Assuming that bed is 2m long - can BD publish some scaled plans?

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  • The PDF of the boards of all the entries show at the bottom of the short list page has CTHM's beautiful scaled plan and section which shows the room to be 14sqm

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  • @Tippy Rose - thanks for that - I completely failed to notice the PDFs at the bottom of that page... Good-looking, clear board from CTHM.

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  • What utter rubbish this is.

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  • The WC focal point is not hygienic. Who judged this? If you go for a stinking nasty bedroom from South Europa, then it would be more working to have a minimal hole in the ground WC and showering combined.

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