MDes Interior Design School of Design

Reema Rathi

I graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with Bachelor of Arts Honours in Interior Design which has played a vital role in my approach towards design as well as my way of thinking. Each project has allowed me to explore new ideas, respond to new challenges and build design skills and knowledge. I believe design is powerful and can create experiences that excel the productivity, livability and likability of space and enrich our everyday lives.
As an Interior Design Masters graduate from The Glasgow School of Art,I consider myself interested in designing innovative, functional spaces focussed on sustainability and creative aesthetic design. I am self-motivated, organised and detail-oriented and take great pride in my work. I have been doing freelancing work offering 3D rendering services and animation.

Lodging around Glasgow
Radiation – 19

Lodging around Glasgow

The research undertaken for this project, of both conservative and radical approaches serves as guidance for future design. For example, the importance of adaptability and flexibility was highlighted, prioritising the interests and habits of the hotel guests. This finding is justifiable due to the nature of hotel rooms being inhabited by various people from different backgrounds with different needs, and there is no one size fits all solution. Besides private hotel rooms, shared meeting rooms/ function spaces will also require adaptability by means of open plans and mobile furniture to accommodate different groups of users.

The adopted design strategies presented in the design chapter are mainly speculative to address a potential issue in the future, technology permitting. This approach should encourage future designers to be imaginative. In the 60s, Archigram was bold and creative in proposing “A Walking City”. Even though that project was just a concept and never materialised, it is still an inspiration for many designers. I believe that somehow, the walking city idea will be materialised in the near future through technological advancement. Influence on Building Owner/ Management – Guidance on future project brief

Building owners are inspired by “Lodging Around Glasgow” and will be encouraged to push their designers for creative designs in the future. Creativity and quality of design should always prevail over cost competition in selecting a designer, and this project will have the influence. Influence on Public – Awareness on Sustainability

By travelling in electric-powered mobile rooms, the carbon footprint can be reduced in comparison to travelling in petrol vehicles. Besides raising the awareness of travelling sustainably, this project will also highlight the importance of designing to re-use spaces, especially in Glasgow city centre which has high density.

Room Layout

Shared Floor Block

Mobile Room

Mobile Room Parking

The workout pods on the rooftop will be assembled upon activation to either protect hotel guests from exposure to weather and rain during their workout sessions, or for privacy purposes when a guest does not want to be seen. These pods are mobile as well. So hotel guests can choose to work out together at a beach, or even George Square near the hotel.
Drones carrying mobile rooms around Glasgow. The drones integrate AI technology that will recognise the travel behaviour of guests so a recommendation will be made to suit their preferences and behaviour during their next stay in Ibis. Internal curtains can be pulled over, or glazing can be frosted upon activation for privacy.
Mobile rooms acting as caravans. Guests having a trip to a beach nearby and travel back to the hotel at night to rest in the host building with better thermal insulation.
Mobile room parking lot is proposed at various locations throughout Glasgow city centre Acting as charging points, the parking lots are spaced apart from one anoth-er for a comfortable rest area whilst guests wait for the mobile rooms to be charged.

Lodging Glasgow Animation

Radiation – 19

In 2119, A new illness caused by exposure to electromagnetic Radiation due to daily usage of electronic gadgets (phones, tablets) is discovered.
The Host is converting an ordinary wind turbine farm into a Radiation-19 Treatment Centre. Electronics screen use (such as watching television and using computers, video games and portable devices) has grown with time. People will be more likely to have some adverse physical health outcomes, and behaviours Radiation or electromagnetic wave from cell phone usage has always been dangerous.
(arguably, might or might not have scientific evidence, I don’t know. But I wouldn’t put the cell phone on my bedside when I sleep). The target users are PATIENTS OF RADIATION-19.
To be more specific, like hospitals, I separated them into inpatients (sleep in the sleeping pods and de-charge) and outpatients (jogging, socialising, listening to the sound of wind turbine blades spinning)
The primary purpose is to utilise the energy generated from the wind turbine to “de-charge” the inhabitants from the Radiation caused by gadgets. The blades can generate waves to treat the excess Radiation in the human brain. So people go to this radiator 19 treatment centre and stay overnight to have the Radiation removed.


From an ordinary wind turbine farm, Radiation-19 Treatment Centre has been built to cater for patients of the new pandemic in 2119. Going forward, the connection between pods will be more refined and shown clearly in visualisations. Access to private pods will be via retractable cables whereas access to public/ shared pods will be via stairs. All design elements inclusive of the pods and stairs will be cohesive.

Design Process

Design Process - 2

Meditation Pod (Outpatient)

• Meditate mindfully to listen to the sound of wind turbine blades spinning • Located higher and adjacent to the blades • Single occupancy • Solid green wall to increase privacy Access from the Transition Pods via cables (activated once booking is made by a patient and de-activated once the patient is inside)

Transition Pod (Outpatient)

• A mixture between solid green walls and frames with ivy leaves to increase transparency • Journey starts from the ground with metal stairs in triangular shape in between pods

Sleeping Pod (Inpatient)

De-charge radiation (overnight for inpatient)

Socialising Pod (Outpatient and Inpatient)

• Patients de-charge whilst reading, playing, exercising, and socialising • The stairs in the background brings inpatient back to the sleeping pod via a lift



It has been concluded that the proposal of mycelium as living architecture will benefit the environment, as suggested by the designers of the case studies stated in this statement. However, we are still at the beginning stage of this construction material evolution. Further interdisciplinary collaboration and thought-provoking conversation will be required to exploit mycelium’s full potential as a proven alternative construction material.This project successfully interrogates the typical issues documented on a Georgian building block in Glasgow, with an alternative construction material suggested as a solution.

Due to the development of this project, the design has changed from being a structural to decorative element as there is still uncertainty about the feasibility of mycelium as a structural material. Also, it is a more sympathetic design when relationship to Art Nouveau is considered. The initial concept of “simultaneous movement system” is achieved by the proposal of a consistent decorative element. On a personal level, I find myself interested in sustainable design by utilizing innovative and decorative materials.