AccorHotels launches a new ephemeral and mobile accommodation concept

Due to the success of its pilot project, which was initially tested at various cultural, sporting and artistic events throughout France, the innovative Flying Nest concept is now entering the commercialization stage in the B-to-B market

Flying Nest: Mobile, designer, and ephemeral hospitality

With its bold design, this new concept of mobile and sustainable accommodation is in line with AccorHotels’ innovative approach of constantly rethinking tomorrow’s hospitality in response to a strong trend, that of guests expecting to enjoy exclusive and intense experiences.

AccorHotels’ twofold objective is to provide its customers with unique hospitality experiences during outstanding events and to meet accommodation needs where hotel capacity is at saturation point.

“Originally developed for a B2B clientele (event organizing agencies, exhibition organizers, festivals, events, corporate clients, AccorHotels partners, etc.), the Flying Nest concept could also be offered to a B2C target in 2019”, said Sébastien Dupic, new business senior project manager at AccorHotels.

A mobile and flexible accommodation concept

The Flying Nest accommodation solution uses converted marine containers, ensuring quick and easy transportation of the modules. To assemble the guestrooms and deliver this innovative concept in record time, AccorHotels has partnered with Capsa, a Lyon-based start-up specializing in the conversion of these modules.

Bold, modern design for comfort and connectivity

Ora-ïto, one of the most celebrated designers of his generation, has designed these mobile guestrooms. Created to offer a functional and pleasant experience, each island consists of six modules cladded with raw and natural materials and decked out with all the comfort of a hotel room (Sweet Bed by ibis bedding, private bathroom, air-conditioned living area, and Wi-Fi connection).

“The layout of the islands, the patio and the large windows connecting the inside of each room to the outside all provide guests with a totally immersive accommodation option at the heart of the  experience”, said Damien Perrot, senior vice president design at AccorHotels.

An environmentally sensitive hospitality solution

In agreement with the Group’s commitments and values, the modules have been designed with sustainability in mind: materials, techniques, and equipment are all environmentally friendly (fair trade amenities, environmentally certified paint, wood cladding from environmentally managed forests, LED lighting, etc.), while the modules operate using green energy (gray water recovery, etc.).

Through the Flying Nest project, AccorHotels is reaffirming its commitment to serving its customers at all levels, including at cultural, sporting and entertainment events.

Key facts and figures of the Flying Nest concept

Specifications for one island

  • Six modules
  • Five guestrooms + one technical room

Dimensions of one island

  • Floor area: 14x10 meters
  • Height: 6 meters
  • Approximate weight: 35 tons
  • 4-meters gap required between each island
  • ½ day assembly / ½ day disassembly per island
  • 2 ½ days autonomy

Flying Nest at the Rencontres d'Arles

The Rencontres d’Arles is the opportunity for AccorHotels to present its Flying Nest accommodation concept in the Parc des Ateliers, beside the Electrical Store, from July 2 through to 29, 2018.

Source: AccorHotels