Shortly after the Dutch Carver Project went bankrupt, BMW published its Simple Project…..as I understood recently when I found this Youtube video of the Simple Carver…
Simple is the acronym for Sustainable and Innovative Mobility Product for Low Energy consumption, a vehicle concept combining features and advantages of both motorcars and motorcycles. The concept owes its protective passenger compartment to motorcars whereas the streamline shape, the two occupants seated one behind the other and the uniquely driving experience are naturally owed to motorcycles. Whilst researching ideas for futuristic urban mobility combined with the prerequisite of reduced consumption (less than 2l /100 km eqals more than 120mpg) and emission values (50g CO2 /100 km), the BMW Group spawned this concept vehicle featuring the extremely low weight of 450 kg and aerodynamic drag properties (0,18 drag coefficient), which of course also fulfilled all the BMW Group premium brand demands: sheer driving pleasure, innovative vehicle configuration, technology integration and a sense of comfort and spaciousness.
Transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. Gives you freedom to move.
AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass strip or paved surface just a few hundred meters long.
It is now finalised and has been in regular flight-testing program in real flight conditions since October 2014.
The AeroMobil 3.0 is predominantly built from advanced composite material. That includes its body shell, wings, and wheels. It also contains all the main features that are likely to be incorporated into the final product, such as avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system.
And then the nagging began, because I knew I have a post about a flying car here on the blog. Searching on the term flying car didn’t bring me further, but eventually I found the post Dutch Design (7): It drives and flies: PAL-V
Although the Carver car on which design the PAL-V is based doesn’t seem to be in production anymore, the PAL-V seems on the verge of being launched in 2016 after it passed its flying tests.
The Dutch company PAL-V Europe NV has successfully concluded test flights of its flying car, PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle).
During the past two weeks, several test flights were conducted at the Gilze Rijen Airport (The Netherlands). The patented vehicle flies in the air like a
gyrocopter with lift generated by an auto-rotating rotor and forward speed produced by a fold-able push propeller on the back.
On the road it drives like a sports car. No new infrastructure is required, because it uses existing roads and airstrips
Introduction to numbered “Hotel Reviews by HH” – cooperation with Hotel Designs
My wife and I became hoteliers in 2000 after having fulfilled creative and caring professions unrelated to hospitality. In 2000 we started to convert a dilapidated terraced house next to our own house into a luxury 3 suites “Hotel” or Luxury B & B and operated it under the name Haagsche Suites (i.e. Suites of The Hague) until we’d closed it in December, 2013. Currently I am an almost full-time blogger on several blogs, Happy Hotelier and Chair Blog being the closest related to Hotel Design.
Shortly after we closed Haagsche Suites I’ve contacted Patrick Goff of Hotel Designs which has a section of Hotel Reviews. I remember being very proud having Patrick review our Haagsche Suites. I also remember saying to my wife when Patrick stayed at our place:”Whenever we stop Haagsche Suites I want to do what Patrick does”. So Patrick and I met in spring and decided to a cooperation between the Blog Happy Hotelier and his site Hotel Designs. Patrick will be paying for a couple of “Hotel Reviews by HH”. To celebrate and remember our deal I’ve changed the header image of the blog from a garden view of Haagsche Suites into a view of the Brighton wheel, Brighton being the place where we met. The current review is the first. I Hope Hotel Reviews By HH will become a distinct qualification or maybe label by itself. Next to the more formal styled reviews I will continue to review hotels we’ve visited in a more informal way. Oh and you can read more about Patrick in my 10 Questions Interview with him.
Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade
I come from the opposite end of hotel design spectrum. I believe(d) the guest needs to get as much room as economically feasible in order to feel well. Nevertheless I’ve closely followed the other end of the hotel design spectrum, noticing the market seems to undergo a change towards this idea guests don’t matter how small the room is, as long as its design is up to standard. So I was curious how the chain who owns the Wakeup would tackle this in Copenhagen, one of the top centers of “design”, especially furniture design. While writing the review it appeared there are many more hotels in this segment in Copenhagen.
Why chose the Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade?
In May 2014, when I prepared for a city trip to Copenhagen two things drew my eyes to the new Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade:
It is very well located in the city center near Kongen Nytorv, Nyhavn, the Danish Royal Palace Amalien Borg, the Danish Design Museum and the city’s main shopping walk Oestergade. Actually its location is better than many of its competitors in the small rooms, but “design” hotel, segment.
The fact that it is the second Copenhagen Wakeup. That means that the first must be a success which could be repeated
The dark gray brick of the exterior is a nice addition to the other buildings in the street
At the time I visited the Wakeup was approximately 2/3 finished. The 1/3 unfinished is an office building right of it which is being converted. When finished this Wakeup will count approximately 500 rooms.
As I pointed out already, the hotel is nicely located for the aspiring city hopper. A plus is it provides for rental city bikes. Copenhagen doesn’t have a cycling plan like Paris for example. Metro station not far away, approximately 15 minutes walking distance. With your own car approach is no problem at all and it is located next to a parking garage which after the building in the basement of which it is located will been completed, will be part of the hotel. The entry to the parking garage is next to the hotel. Ladies traveling alone by car don’t have to be afraid to be bothered while reaching the hotel in the night.
I usually also look at the way the hotel fits in its environment and this Wakeup does it nicely with its contrasting dark gray brick as opposed to an adjacent building in red brick. Height is the same as other buildings in the street. The street is wide. Even the rooms in the front don’t suffer from cramped feelings because there is another high building near by.
I conclude this summary here with 3 photo’s of the rooms and suggest you move over to Hotel Designs for the “Real” review
To your right is an en-suite bathroom in the form of a glass in-room pod with round shower stall
Flush buttons above the lid when up would have been more convenient
Actually this is more like a “note to self” as I was inspecting an auction of German auction house Quittenbaum to see if I could find something for my Chair Blog (and Yes, I did find some, see Chair Blog’s Quittenbaum section). The bookcase sold for Euro 2,000.
I just happen to have a smaller version of same bookcase. Before I throw it away, I should remember I wrote about it here and should bring it to an auction house.