INTO T30 HOTEL
The T30 is a different kind of hotel and a very different building; Broad has learned a lot in the two years separating the two. The cladding now is a slick glass, two separate double-glazed panes with the venetian blinds between.
The lobby is a site-built pyramid that bangs clumsily into the exterior of the building, but provides a generous space inside.
This is a much larger, busier hotel that is a bit down-market from the New Ark. All of the interior finishes and furnishings were prefabricated as well and the entire finished product was built in 15 days. (The New Ark interior finishes were done more conventionally.) The video of its assembly is spectacular.
In the cafeteria, most of the food comes from the company's organic farm.
Signs exhort you to eat every grain of rice, every drop of wine(if only you could find a drop of wine).
Here is something I do not understand, being used to North American building codes. There are two fire exit stairs with fire-rated doors at each floor, but they both open up at the lobby level in the same place, with no doors. The whole point of having two sets of stairs is that if one gets blocked or full of smoke, then the other is accessible. They are not very inviting stairs either.
There's no natural light in these corridors; the elevator lobby and corridors are tight by North American hotel standards with a whole lot of turns. The colors are unfortunate given the cool color temperature of the LED lighting, making everything look a bit drab.
The room itself is small but adequate for a business-grade hotel; it feels over-furnished for its size. The bed is comfortable, and the little desk setup is effective. There are niches in the walls everywhere, taking advantage of the space between the diagonal braces. The bathroom is small but workable, with a Chinese brand of toilet that has a disconcertingly shallow bowl; I won't go into details.
Then you start looking at the systems and you know this is no ordinary business hotel. There are eight recycling chutes.