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Interior Matter

Jiayue Zhao







2019-2021 MA Interior Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK 


2015-2019 BA Interior Design, Donghua University, Shanghai, China  

Degree Details

School of Architecture

Interior Matter

As COVID-19 intensifies globally, more and more nations are adopting lockdown policies. On entering some countries, people must stay quarantined in hotels for over two weeks. However, many problems arise when ordinary hotels are directly set as quarantined hotels.

Therefore, in response to these phenomena, the topic I study is Quarantine hotel Design in the context of COVID-19 isolation. Also, I'd like to explore how can materials be used to improve people's comfort, health, and well-being?

— Two methods can prevent the survival of the virus on the surface. Materials that are easy to clean and materials that have anti-viral properties.
— Copper, Aluminum, Ash(natural), Ash(oiled), Fabric, Brass

First of all, the premise of everything is to ensure that people have a sense of psychological security for a quarantine hotel. People staying here will not be worried about being infected.

— People can usually spend a week peacefully in the hotel, but they often start to become unbearable on the ninth day.
Material comparison — Warm, soft, and intimate materials can make people more comfortable, natural materials are proven to relax us and lower our heart rates, through the principles of biophilic design.
— Linen, Beech, Sponge, Cotton, Ash

The biggest problem people have to face in hotels now is often bored and loneliness. First, people need to feel comfortable when they are alone.

— What I hope to achieve in the quarantine hotel is to allow people to communicate with someone they don't know. People will have direct visual contact with others.
— For security reasons, people can only communicate with eye contact, and the conversation still needs to be through mobile phones.
— I designed two windows, so people can make three choices, not open the window, open and sit in front of a clear window or sit in front of a hazy window. In addition, I made a completely different atmosphere design in the two neighboring rooms, which can increase the freshness of people after opening the windows. Because after opening the window, people's eyes will be mainly attracted by the people and background opposite.
— Good reflection can make them sound nice. I compared the reflective properties of different materials. As shown in the figure, although there is a little difference between these materials, they are all hard and non-porous materials.
— Ceramic tile, Marble, Granite, Glass, Brass, Ceramic

Another problem that disturbs people's need for comfort is noise. Many people like to sing in the room for entertainment. But it makes noise. 

So, I think of making space with an acoustic absorption design, and at the same time, it will naturally encourage people to come here to sing. The bathroom will be a good choice. For absorption and reflection considerations, I have the idea of air gap and dome. 

— I hope to use the ceiling bed here to increase the space. I need a durable rope and a strong bed frame, so I chose steel and beech.
— In summary, I use hygiene and protective materials to solve safety problems, use warm, soft, intimate, and natural materials to let people be alone happily, and use recordable and ages materials to allow people to communicate remotely. Glass increases people's visual communication. Use strong reflective materials and air gap design to solve the noise problem, and use durable and protective materials to protect people who exercise.

The hotel room is usually centered on the bed, which is destined to not have enough other space for exercise.