Throughout history, diseases have not only been known to change lifestyles and habits, but have also prompted cities to transform themselves in the name of progress. Covid-19 is no different. The epidemic has accelerated the need to re-evaluate the way we live, which, in turn, affects the spaces we inhabit.

For the hospitality industry, this fact doesn’t just sit as a headline. It is the driving force behind a new wave of conscious design, offering up a new sense of safety and security for its guests and staff alike. Here, the onestop team brings you 3 ways that coronavirus has changed hospitality design in 2021.


Co-working space at Gansevoort Park Hotel

When it comes to hotel design, flexibility and adaptability are key considerations. Hotel rooms aren’t just places of rest now. New realities are setting in, forcing us to rethink traditional conventions and reinvent hotel functions. Amid COVID-19, hotels may be called upon to be utilised for emergencies, which calls for a transformation of the spaces for medical use and isolation shelters. Such usage of the facilities may have been hard to accommodate in the past, but with sufficient forward planning, there are “emergency design” solutions that can help. For instance, public bathrooms can be designed to double up as “wellness rooms” with showers, nursing areas, cleaning areas, and more. Guestrooms can also make use of versatile furniture to allow people to perform various activities—from working to resting, eating, exercising or gathering with friends and family.



Squeaky clean just isn’t good enough anymore. These days, there’s an overwhelming emphasis on sanitisation and disinfection to prevent the spread of the virus. Though it might place additional stress on staff performance and procedures, there are ways to make things more efficient by selecting appropriate materials that are elegant in design and yet, are easy to maintain. This extends to features like hard flooring, simple bedding materials, easily-cleanable bathrooms, antibacterial materials, seamless surfaces, and more. Even textures and colours can be used to define zones, creating a safer sense of individual space for each person.


Andaz, Singapore

No, we’re not talking about the air-conditioning. Circulation of foot traffic within the premises is a key intervention to combat the spread of the virus. Implementing a one-way circulation system helps to moderate occupancy and directs the flow of people in a single direction to minimise risk. Common practices at present include limiting the number of people in an elevator, encouraging the use of face masks, and using floor markings or decals to guide guests on safe-distancing in crowded areas. When designing new hotels, it is important to take advantage of ramps and stairs as much as possible for any future contingencies.


This pandemic has surely hit our lives into a tailspin, but it has also shaped our cities by forcing architecture and urban planning to evolve and innovate. As establishments that pride themselves on servicing needs, hotels must mediate between the perceived needs of current situations and the uncertain needs of the future. As always, the onestop team is ready to take that step with you into the new age of hospitality design. Contact us here for a free consultation on your needs and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay updated on our furnishing tips!

29 January 2021