Cycling has been proven as an extremely popular past time and mode of transport amongst Irish people. This has been particularly apparent during the COVID-19 national lockdowns.
Every day, cycling in Dublin City Centre takes up to 60,000 cars off the road. Cycle tourism is an environmentally sustainable form of tourism with minimal impact on the environment and host communities. This is increasingly important as we aim to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce global warming. The more people travelling on bikes means a reduction of air pollution and our carbon footprint.
This project aims to promote cycling tourism in Ireland through hospitality design. It is designed with the hypothetical scenario in mind that there are a trail of these hotels located around Ireland in which the visitor will cycle to and fro while taking in what Ireland has to offer.
The operation of this hotel is inspired by the accessibility and ease of locking up a bike on a public street. The function of a bike lock is to keep the bike in one place until it is ready to use again. I want to apply the same function to the design. The intention is to create a casual hotel whose main function is to offer the visitor a place to sleep until they are ready to go again. I want the hotel to have the equivalent ease and accessibility as locking up a bike while also taking away the formality of a standard luxury hotel.