AllGo is a room concept that places equal importance on ease of use and aesthetic

Traveling can be anxiety-provoking for individuals with physical disabilities. The sad fact is that many hotel rooms that claim they are accessible are not. Realizing that inaccessibility in the hospitality space is a major issue, two design firms collaborated to create a new hotel room concept called AllGo. AllGo creates rooms that are able to adapt to individual guests with features that can be changed based on individual needs and requirements.

Architectural studio Ryder and bathroom design firm Motionspot started the concept with a set of design principles that allow for small changes to be made to a design to improve a room's layout and quality for each guest. Each room can be personalized with adaptable features that could be changed before guests arrive.

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Some of the features of AllGo include integrated handrails with braille to help individuals with visual impairments, floor finishes that work well for wheelchairs and rollators, as well as streamline furniture and drop-down wall panels that can be used for shelving and seating. The rooms can be retrofitted to include motorized tracks to help people get in and out of bed, as well as specialized beds that can be adjusted to a comfortable height depending on the individual.

The goal of the concept wasn't just to have rooms that were accessible, the two firms place a lot of importance on them being aesthetically beautiful as well. Ryder and Motionspot believe that rooms that are accessible don't need to be cold or clinical in feeling, that they can be well designed and pleasing for guests no matter who they may be.

The AllGo concept won the Celia Thomas Prize earlier this month which is a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects in association with Bespoke Hotels. The two firms are using the cash prize to bring the concept to life with a plan to roll out a pilot within a year.

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Traveling can be anxiety-provoking for individuals with physical disabilities. The sad fact is that many hotel rooms that claim they are accessible are not. Realizing that inaccessibility in the hospitality space is a major issue, two design firms collaborated to create a new hotel room concept called AllGo. AllGo creates rooms that are able to adapt to individual guests with features that can be changed based on individual needs and requirements.

Architectural studio Ryder and bathroom design firm Motionspot started the concept with a set of design principles that allow for small changes to be made to a design to improve a room's layout and quality for each guest. Each room can be personalized with adaptable features that could be changed before guests arrive.