The world’s largest modular high-rise hotel by room numbers will open in Perth in September this year in the form of the new Ibis Styles East Perth, Accor has confirmed.
Similar to how a Lego tower is built, the modular hotel reflects a booming trend in construction seeing pre-fabricated floors built off-site and simply lifted into place before being connected to utilities. According to a US study, 35 per cent of contractors are moving to modular construction in the design phase of building projects, with 40 per cent of those surveyed adopting the method as part of future strategic construction initiatives.
Located on Adelaide Terrace, Ibis Styles East Perth will consist of 252 rooms across 18 floors, with each room offering a uniquely styled entrance via alternating colour schemes and patterns to reflect the playful nature of the Ibis brand. A selection of inter-connecting rooms designed for families will feature bunk beds, with all rooms including free WiFi, inbuild Chromecast along with USB and HDMI connectivity. The hotel’s opening has been delayed nearly four years from its previously planned opening in 2015 due to construction changes to its modular design.
Guest and public facilities at the hotel will include the Eastside Social Bar and Restaurant, which will offer a ‘Super food’ menu alongside traditional favourites. Guests can also access a 24-hour fitness centre and a co-working space which will also be open to locals.
Accor Chief Operating Officer – Pacific, Simon McGrath, said the economy hotel product was rapidly evolving from where it was a decade ago.
“Guests are increasingly sensitive to the aesthetics of a hotel space and to the sensations stirred by design elements. They expect more than just ‘accommodation’.
“Accor is leading the way in delivering design-lead economy hotel product, and once open, ibis Styles East Perth will cater to a growing demand for quality, design and comfort at an affordable price.”