suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
gabriel TAM: Peregrinate is a chauffeur driven vehicle for designer boutique hotels. A low volume tailored vehicle design to transport hotel guest to and from the hotel to their chosen destination. The concept seeks to enhance and extend the unique hotel experience beyond the realm of traditional architectural structure, taking the intimate and personalize design on the road. Personal transportation in the future will become more specialized with design tailored for a one-of-a-kind travel experience. The vehicle will become less driver orientated with the focus returning to the overall comfort and experience of the occupants.
Boutique hotels are generally understood to be chic establishments characterised by their informal charm and sometime quirkiness. With their smaller size and fewer rooms, boutique hotel often focus on providing a more intimate experience by providing exceptional levels of service tailored to meet the individual needs of the guest.
Peregrinate is tailored for the Fontana Park Hotel, a hotel in the city of Lisbon. Designed by prominent Portuguese architect Francisco Aires Mateus and fame Portuguese designer Nini Andrade Silva. The hotel fuses modern design within the historical early 1900s metal works factory façade. A full on concept with strong Black & White theme. It’s a home for discerning, modern people, young people and those who are young at heart. The designer uses knitting, silk and soft furnishing in gentle green and purple to highlight and counter balance the bold two tone theme of the hotel interior.
Individuality is the most important differentiator; many boutique hotels have a theme or character, which is relevant to the region that the hotel resides. An intimate atmosphere shouldn’t have a sense of familiarity. The chosen style should be consistent in all aspects of the building and hotel experience. Therefore, every details of the vehicle should be considered and matched to the character of the individual boutique hotel, so that guests are surrounded by a carefully constructed atmosphere. The Boutique hotel experience is about being imparted upon a personality created for a one-of-a-kind experience. Whist public transportation becomes ever more accessible to the wider population; I believe the future of personal transportation will become less ubiquitous as production technique creates a viable means of low volume production for the wider market.
The body of the vehicle is constructed in superhydrophobicity Lexan polycarbonate, a water repellent polymer thus doing away with traditional windscreen wipers. The greenhouse of the vehicle features a gradient transitional tint, creating a unique cocooning effect, heightening the travel experience.
Cohesion another underlining design feature of the peregrinate. The interaction of surfaces and design elements between the exterior and interior creates an unified and cohesive design for the whole vehicle. The feature side blade creates an artificial shoulder line for the all glass DLO, wrapping around to create a strong visual “white” bone structure that leads into the cabin from the exterior. The rear LED brake lamps are integrated within the Polyurethane gel bumper, providing a clean wrap around look during daytime.
The gliding pantograph door system provides greater ease of entry and creates a theatrical grand entry to the interior cabin. The core focus of the cabin is to create a stylish clean working environment for the driver, but more importantly an inclusive / exclusive cabin environment with his guest, thus promoting greater interaction between his/her passengers. The sculptural design flows from the outside into interior, with each individual design elements playfully interacting with one another.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
gT: Kokkugia, Daniel Simons, Marc Newson
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
gT: Phoenix, Shout Out Louds, The Temper Trap, The National, Passion Pit, Florence And The Machine
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
gT: Laurent Nivalle, Freedom of Creation