Green Air Hotel to solve China’s indoor pollution crisis

Green Air Hotel

Lip Chiong's Green Air Hotel concept won the top prize at this year's Radical Innovation awards in Las Vegas, having been selected from almost 100 entrants across 28 countries.

The awards, founded by the John Hardy Group, have challenged designers and students to come up with innovative designs to tackle real problems within the hospitality industry for the last eight years. This year's winning concept gives outdated hotel buildings 'green lungs', where greenhouse gardens act as air filters to remove harmful toxins in the air and replenish it with oxygen.

Lip started his appeal to the competition's jury with the shocking statistics that there are between 350,000 and 500,000 premature deaths in China every year due to air pollution, which reached an all time high in January this year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor pollution can be 10 times more dangerous than outdoor pollution, making buildings no longer a safe place to hide.

Alongside this crisis is another: 70% of the 280,000 hotels in China are owned independently and most of these occupy tired buildings in need of a revamp. Lip's Green Air Hotel concept hopes to solve both by installing indoor green air filters to improve a hotels' aesthetics and prevent indoor pollution.

Lip goes on to explain, "NASA and other scientists have  proven that certain plants absorb air toxins and purify air. These  plants  have  been  identified according  to  their  ability  to  filter air, different  lighting needs, ease  of  growth  and  maintenance,  resistance  to  pests, and  rate of  transpiration.  
Based on this  scientific  research we  designed natural ‘Green  Lungs’  for  4  typical  hotel spaces: Façade, lobby, corridor and room.

For  each  space,  we  calculated  the corresponding volume  of  air, and  used a  method  created by retired NASA  scientist  Dr. Wolvertonto to derive  a recommended  number  of  plants  to  purify the  air.  Plants  with  different  lighting needs  are allocated accordingly."

Green Air Hotel concept

Starwood's President, Simon Turner, mentored Lip on the concept, which builds on the vertical gardens already present in Starwood's Westin hotels. In 2012 Westin was the first large global hotel brand to embrace the living wall concept, filling hotel public spaces with plants to de-stress guests and clean the air.

Radical Innovation hopes that the Green Air Hotel concept will be rolled out within the next three to four years, changing the way greenery is used in hospitality design.

For more information see Radical Innovation Awards and Westin's nature-inspired indoor space concept

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