Designing for the Future
“Modular units are the future, not only for dwellings, but also for the hospitality industry,” says world-renowned hospitality icon, Michael Bedner, whose firm, Hirsch Bedner and Associates (HBA) was a leading hospitality design company for more than 50 years.
Although Bedner retired from HBA seven years ago, the acclaimed designer says that he has never been busier, juggling a series of new projects ranging from luxury hotel and condominium developments in Miami, Hong Kong and the Philippines, to a revolutionary new modular hospitality/dwelling concept that he recently unveiled at his design studio in Malibu.
Bedner explained that he and his partners, Mohan Joshi and Breeze Giannasio, had been researching modular units globally for several years when they encountered an innovative Australian unit, the “G-pod,” that maximizes space and creates an innovative, affordable, luxurious, but transportable dwelling that’s simple to set up and comfortable to inhabit.
The team has spent the past two years refining a new prototype of the unit that they can adapt especially for the hospitality industry.
“We call her ‘Soli,’ because she’s a solar-powered solution that we believe can solve many dwelling and hospitably needs,” Joshi explains.
Breeze Giannasio adds, “With a few alterations Soli can be a guest house, holiday home, artist, design or Yoga studio. She can even fill in as a granny flat, a home office or even a bar, mini-café or pop-up store.”
For individuals who need extra space, Bedner adds, “Soli is particularly appealing because it doesn’t require building plans or years of construction and the unit can be located anywhere you can place a Park Model RV.”
As excited as Bedner and his team are about the dwelling possibilities for Soli, they are even more interested in how the units can be used in the hospitality industry, especially in recreational vehicle parks where they provide a new level of luxurious living for up-market clients. Not only is Soli comfortable to inhabit, but the structures are environmentally correct; operating off-grid, or they can be easily hooked up to any water supply. Adorned with a sweeping architectural sail, Soli is designed to hold dozens of solar panels to fuel every need.
“There’s even a Tesla hookup for devoted Tesla owners like me,” Bedner says.
Bedner’s team is committed to using sustainable materials and organic fabrics to furnish the interior of Soli, and they proudly note that the roof is easily adapted to grow vegetables. Soli is able to withstand most fires and just about any weather, including hurricane force (up to Category 3) winds and floods. The prototype sports an elegant deck that pops out of a fireproof, watertight container, expanding to two and a half times its original size.
Soli has been classified as a Park Model RV—a modular unit connected to infrastructure or off-grid application that can be deployed via sea, rail, air and road and can be set up in all locations that permit PMRVs that can be relocated, moved or combined as needs change.
Available in 20’, 24’, 30’ and 40’ versions, Solis can be combined to create the space desired for a home, office, shop or hospitality setup.
For more information, visit Soli.Space.