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Like Accor, LAUFEN believes in new talents and is delighted to again support the Accor Design Awards 2022.

Our long-standing student engagement programs have allowed us to gain inspiration from the energy and free-thinking of the student community and have included in the past, programs in collaboration with AIA (American Institute of Architects) UK Chapter and Europe Chapter, “Null Null” Project by LAUFEN x NDU (New Design University St. Pölten) and Non-Extractive Architecture x LAUFEN with ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne.

It is an inspirational way to recognize the talents of the next generation of designers, innovators, pioneers and we are proud to be a part of the Accor Design Awards 2022 judging panel led by head judge: Tristan du Plessis and including Damien Perrot – Global Senior Vice President Design & Innovation at Accor, Bittor Sanchez-Monasterio  – Global Vice President Design Eco & Midscale brands at Accor and Federico Toresi – Global Vice President Design Ultra-Luxury, Luxury & Premium brands at Accor, joined by Marc Viardot, Lee Breeds and Marc Richterich, ROCA Group.

Founded by Accor in 2016, the Accor Design Awards are a worldwide competition dedicated to architecture and interior design students across the globe.

Every year, Accor invites design schools from around the world and provides their students with a Brief that outlines the year’s competition theme. For the Accor Design Awards 2022, participants from both educational institutions and personal entrants were asked to consider the design brief – The 15 minutes city: return to the local way of life. The 15-minute city is a residential urban concept in which all city residents are able to meet most of their needs within a short walk or bicycle ride from their homes. The concept was popularized by Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris, who was in turn inspired by French-Colombian scientist Carlos Moreno.

Accor believe that their hotels have a role to play in improving the working, living and community conditions in their respective neighbourhoods and as such students were briefed to take an existing space within a local hotel and improve/ transform it to offer a new experience that reacts to the local neighbourhood. Private studios for therapy? Social Media Recording Studios? Urban farm? The goal was to improve and enhance the use and efficiency of a hotel space that could be underutilized or rendered obsolete as people’s lifestyle habits evolve following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 winners have been selected and will be presented during HIX 2022, London with an event on the LAUFEN and ROCA stand on Friday 18th November 2022 including an interactive session with the winning designers and members of the Jury.

ACCOR Design Awards 2022/ Winners: Estelle Thomaoglou, Inès Mansour and Thibaut De Waele from L’Ecole Bleue
ACCOR Design Awards 2022/ Second Place: Karolina Ody and Christopher Schwarz from Berlin International University
ACCOR Design Awards 2022/ Third Place: Louis Rochais, Agathe Derville, Awen Gueguen and Eugenie Lamblin from L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
ACCOR Design Awards 2022/ Public Choice Award: Flora Petit, Léo Cosson, Jingran Wei and Clémentine Lalloué from L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique


You can find LAUFEN at numerous Accor hotel projects across the world including Swissôtel Kursaal Bern, The Bridge Wroclaw – MGallery and 25hours Hotel Koeln The Circle.