Not all design inspiration comes from private homes and apartments. Public spaces, which are often created by top architects and designers, offer a wealth of stylish décor and design ideas for your own home. HomeDSGN brings you an array of hotels, office buildings and other public environments that feature stunning interior design elements, alluring ambiance and innovative lighting. With a little imagination, these elements can be incorporated into any home interior design.
By Magaly • Jul 26, 2018
This construction, designed and carried out by the architect Pedro Geraldes in 2018, is part of a concept of an industrial installation for global energy company EDP. It is meant to act as a base for the observation and control of a dam in case of emergency.
It is located in Ermida, central region of Portugal, in an area bound by a beautiful watercourse and surrounded by a large forest. This contemporary industrial building aims to reinterpret traditional buildings, honoring the name of the location and respecting the materiality of the architectural history of the company.
The construction needed to remain in a high location, protected from floods and allowing a perfect view from the inside to the dam. This made interventions in the landscape necessary, which resulted in a high-level platform and vehicle access leading to the entrance of the building.
The design of an industrial building in a forest area, with some traditional buildings with sloping roofs, made it possible to envision how a contemporary industrial building could fit into this landscape.
The entrance is totally opaque in aluminum, with the exception of two glass doors, while the rear facade is entirely glass, except for the area where ventilation was required.
By Magaly • Jul 26, 2018
This unique structure is located in the center of a public garden square commissioned by the City of London Corporation, which has replaced an old gyrometer. It was designed by the architecture firm Make Architects in 2018 and has an area of 325 square meters. The small building is part of a broader civic goal to provide space for events and leisure, improve well-being, and provide natural surveillance.
The new ‘Aldgate Square’ is one of the largest public spaces in London’s Square Mile and enhances the connection of the two distinctive heritage buildings on either side of the square: St Botolph Church without Aldgate and the Foundation Elementary School of Sir John Cass.
It only has one floor on the ground, but has used part of the old underground tunnels to accommodate a basement for plants, house facilities, kitchens, and bathrooms. This has significantly reduced the amount of soil needed on the ground and therefore delivered more public space for the gardens.
The constant temperature of the concrete tunnels also works to help regulate the temperature of the building: the air is extracted through the tunnels and goes up to the cafeteria, heating it in the winter or cooling it in the summer.
This artisan coffee shop that combines contemporary minimalism with traditional Korean aesthetics, is located in Seoul, South Korea and is a project carried out by the architecture firm LABOTORY with the help of its professionals Kimim Park, Jinho Jung and Jiyeon Kang.
The space has only 58 square meters and was previously an electronics store.
To achieve this design, LABOTORY introduced a unique ‘ㄷ’ design in the building with a central court, a theme of the traditional hanok structure (Korean home). In addition, the ‘ㄷ’ structure allows customers to flow through the space from the baristas area to the seating sections, providing stability and space.
The awning located at the entrance of the store, acts as a bridge between the outer and inner sections of the store. the curves of the awning meet the roof of the cafeteria that leads to the heart of the store, where the barista works. The architects tried to use the semi-subterranean space by introducing curves in the corner of the roofs to change the direction towards that focal point of the store. The store’s lighting has also been designed to create a floating sensation.
By Magaly • Jul 20, 2018
In the year 2017, the architects Basil Spiess, Silvia Weibel Hendriksen, Martin Zimmerli, David Brunner and Angelika Marxer working for the architectural firm Skop completed this project of an educational center located in a residential district in Port, Switzerland. In total, it covers an area of approximately 3570 square meters.
With its characteristic folded roof structure, the school makes a reference to the sloping roofs of the surrounding houses, the rural history of the region, and the gentle hills of the Jura Mountains. Located on a gentle slope, the building takes advantage of the topography and links several outdoor spaces according to the different access routes of schoolchildren. While the ground floor is used for administration of the faculty, workshops, a school kitchen and the back of the rooms of the house, the first floor consists of nine classrooms and three kindergarten units.
The superior rooms naturally benefit from the spatial qualities of the folded roof. Each classroom seems to be an independent house, creating a cozy and homelike environment for children.
The main structure of the school is a prefabricated wooden construct. Wood is used as the only construction material, and is also present in the façade and interior. All the wood used comes from sustainable forestry. The other construction materials are non-toxic disposable products with low environmental impact.
By Magaly • Jul 16, 2018
This project was carried out by the architect Samuel Dall’Alba, Eduardo L. Maurmann, Elen BN Maurmann, and Paula Otto, working for the architectural firm Arquitetura Nacional in the city of Moinhos de Vento, Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2018.
The space of 700 square meters arises from the need to expand the space of the University of Porto Alegre for its preparatory course.
The existing building had some defining characteristics for the design strategies: three floors without compartments, a private patio, and visual elements for the level of the trees. The architecture project seeks maximum integration among students through large seating areas and stands. On the ground floor there is a reception area, study room, administration area, and a living room. The private spaces in the form of small houses serve both for study in small groups and for parental attendance.
Each of the upper floors has three classrooms, and on the second floor two of them can be combined to form an auditorium for 120 people. The level chairs and the large planes of whiteboards create a horizontal relationship between the teacher and the students.
Lighting plays a fundamental role in the character of the project. The use of LED tubes in different arrangements creates greater spaces and guides the flows.
By Magaly • Jul 12, 2018
This tourist project built in 2017 was carried out by the architecture firm Atelier Tekuto and its professionals Yasuhiro Yamashita, Ben Matsuno / Atelier TEKUTO and Amami Design Firm. It is located in Tatsugo-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, on a subtropical island with 60 thousand residents (the largest island of the Amami archipelago) with a unique culture that is famous for its popular songs and dances.
The complex consists of an administration building with reception and a restaurant, 3 luxury villas and 10 terraced villas. A total of 14 buildings with 23 rooms.
The site slopes down 25m with the calm and intimate path that leads towards the calm inland sea, facing the southeast. Landscaping has restored the original seascape while integrating the structures in the environment.
The pool villas are inspired by the traditional Amamian barns, as well as the traditional local gable roofed houses.
The exterior walls and ceilings are covered with gray-silver wood planks developed for this project.
The terraced villas are located rhythmically, half of which are connected through the terrace to the suite. The ceilings in the restaurant building overlap at odd angles, standing out dynamically, giving the interior space a whirling sensation.
By Magaly • Jul 9, 2018
These modern offices, designed for a company that operates in the world of air travel, was a special project undertaken by architectural firm Powerhouse Company in Dublin, Ireland in the year 2017.
It has 6500 square meters in which it houses a cozy entrance hall with a restaurant, a large conference room, a gym, four floors of offices and an executive floor at the top of the building. All the spaces are full of luxurious finishes, glamor, and modern aerodynamic curves.
The palette of materials includes local natural stone, wood veneers, fabric and high-quality carpets, glass partitions and curved design lines. All these together give the interior an elegant and stylized feel. At the same time, the elegant interior looks for the highest standards when it comes to sustainability.
The office incorporates a multitude of different spaces designed to encourage interaction, both formal and informal; pleasant environments in which to communicate with colleagues, external advisors and clients. The aim of the design was to create a luxury space experience within a classic and timeless building, an interior that encourages movement throughout the building, as well as exchange. To achieve this, the distribution of the ground floor has a cozy atmosphere. The curved walls and finishes of the reception hall introduce the aesthetic tone and materials for the office floors.
By Magaly • Jul 3, 2018
The architects Dao Thanh Hai and Nguyen Hanh Nguyen, working for architectural firm Nhat Viet JSC, together with the interior designers Thien Ngan and Dieu An, have recently designed this space of 160 square meters. It is located in Tran Hung Dao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Specifically, it is next to Bui Vien pedestrian street, a busy place and known as a tourist and cultural area of Saigon.
Although it is an old building, it is not so old as to need to be conserved; as such, it has not gone under renovation. This also implies, of course, that it is not in a ruined state and does not need to be demolished or reconstructed. Although the land is located in the best location of the District, the value of the real estate is almost nil. The people here do not sell, do not rent, and do not do any kind of business.
The design team has devised a concept of “reuse” higher than usual, which aims to create inspiration for both the user and the community. They will make the office space more pleasant than the common office on the street and the staff and clients will experience the ancient history of the French architectural scene.
Within the office, the solutions for planting trees in the vertical and horizontal lines also connect the trees from the roof to the office and connect to the yard of the apartment building.
By Magaly • Jun 26, 2018
YU Hotel is located in East Fuxing Road, Shanghai, China, next to Yu Garden, so it took its name “Yu Hotel” to echo Yu Garden. It was designed by the architectural firm Shanghai Ben Zhe Architecture Design, under the direction of Huajian Jiang.
It has an area of 678 square meters composed of four old buildings that were narrow, small and with inadequate lighting inside. The key to the renovation project is the spatial restructuring and bring the sunlight and nature to the interior space that used to be narrow and dark. After more than half a year, the designers reconstructed and converted the old place into the new complex, whose interior is connected to the outside with a courtyard interspersed between them.
Originally it was an old hostel / chess and card room. With the changes of times and urban renewal, the owner wanted to change the new meaning of B&B on the basis of reinforcing the existing structure.
The relationships between culture, nature and architecture were resolved during the design process with the purpose of integrating them together. At the entrance, we can see a wall built with black bricks that serve as a transition between the openness and the privacy of the interior space.
By Magaly • Jun 25, 2018
This project of a boutique winery is located in Orange NSW 2800, Australia and was designed in 2017 by the architects David Sutherland and Sally Sutherland of the architecture firm Source Architects.
Montoro sought to create a special experience for clients. It needed to be more than an outlet for their wines, but rather something that spoke and reinforced their brand. It is important to note that the Cellar Door needed to move away from the archetypal ‘winery’ in an old shed that is a dominant sight in the area, to express the contemporary premium status of the brands.
The place has an area of 100 square meters in which we’ll find a small tasting space, and a private dining room where customer attention was a priority. This had to be balanced with the desire for the Cellar Door to have a presence on the path and a clear identity. The distinctive, oversized roof material provided this presence, and the bidirectional orientation provided 2 different views.
The building was conceived as a wide platform protected by a large roof, sitting in a field of native grasses and wildflowers. The service areas are planned in a sculptural shape covered in blackened wood with the tasting area occupying the rest of the platform.
By Magaly • Jun 12, 2018
This project of 160 square meters, which is full of simple elegance, was designed by Ciszak Dalmas & Matteo Ferraro in January of 2018. Spanish accessories brand Malababa is opening a new space in Madrid’s Serrano 8, Spain, where its structure symbolizes and reproduces the firm’s identity features: light, texture, color and shapes.
It is, in itself, a return to their roots, where raw beauty’s natural sense gets established as different, authentic and truly attractive. Everything in Serrano 8 Malababa calls for an authenticity which becomes more beautiful with time. And this is precisely one of Malababa’s mantras.
Founders of Malababa Ana Carrasco and Jaime Lara, together with design and architecture studios Ciszak Dalmas and Matteo Ferrari, have joined forces day after day to materialize Malababa’s dream at Serrano 8. The result is a space that has been built the same way their products are: with passion, consistency, honesty and sustainability. A retreat that breathes creativity and a total involvement of all team members.
The “imperfect finish” and natural hues of Malababa’s aesthetics strengthen the artisan and sustainable concept. All walls are rendered with a mix of Galician clay, white marble powder from Almería and totally natural, ecological and non-toxic food thickeners. This kind of finish regulates air moisture and temperature and maintains the space free of bacteria and harmful microorganisms, as well as considerably helping save energy throughout the year.
Photos by: Asier Rua
By Magaly • Jun 5, 2018
This wonderful hotel with sober and elegant spaces is located on the border between the neighborhoods of Montorgueil and Le Haut Marais, in the magical city of Paris, in France.
The Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers is the last Clé Group hotel, which also owns the Hôtel Bachaumont. This new establishment makes a bold statement with its timeless design, and offers a new way to experience the Parisian lifestyle.
When choosing a location next to the National Center for Arts and Crafts, the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers aims to pay tribute to that century-old institution dedicated to engineering and teaching manufacturing techniques.
Its rooms have been designed as places of refuge where comfort is the priority. A place of hospitality where Parisian heritage joins architecture and innovation to create a sense of timeless charm. The 70 rooms of the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers are spread over the six floors of the two Haussmannian buildings that make up the establishment, overlooking a tree-lined square.
The hotel has a wide variety of accommodation to meet every need or desire, with spaces distributed in a unique way. Each room has its own configuration, and furniture that has been carefully selected so that guests feel as if they are staying in a personalized room.
By Magaly • May 21, 2018
This new and modern restaurant is located on the top floor of the new Tivoli Corner building in Copenhagen, Denmark, overlooking the historic Tivoli Gardens, and with wonderful views over the city skyline. Tivoli Corner is a multifunctional development designed by world-renowned architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of OEO Studio, based in New York City, New York, in the United States. The newly built space houses shops, restaurants, a food hall, and over 20 new rooms for the award winning Nimb Hotel.
The design concept devised by OEO for the new restaurant is based on the universe of the Sticks’n’Sushi brand, which reflects the meeting of East and West and is inspired by Japan reinterpreted in a modern European context. The result is a warm and welcoming space with many evocative details, custom design elements, and high quality materials combined to offer the taste of Japan in the center of the Danish capital.
The central and focal point of the restaurant and all the action that takes place in the heart of Sticks’n’Sushi is its structure. The custom-made wooden structure provides a skeletal framework for a high-quality and functional kitchen designed to optimize the service functions and improve the overall dining experience.
By Magaly • May 18, 2018
This hip bed and breakfast was designed by the Italian architectural firm ARCHIMED PROGETTAZIONI Architetti Associati in 2017. It is called “L’Officina di Apollo,” or “Apollo’s Office,” and it is located in Palermo, a city in the autonomous region of Sicily, in Southern Italy.
The interior makes use of a yellowed-wood motif throughout the different areas of the bed in breakfast in order to create continuity, putting it to use as tabletops and cabinet doors in the kitchen and dining room, on the walls, as headboards and footboards for the beds in the bedrooms, and as additional surfaces in the bathrooms. The skeleton of all furnishings and details is done in black, forged iron, adding to this sense of continuity as well as granting the spaces a sense of the industrial. Simple light fixtures hanging from the ceiling with black wires and ending in a naked light bulb continue this same trend.
Colorful and trendy pieces of contemporary art decorate the walls, adding an extra touch of vibrancy to the spaces, as well as a bit of culture. By contrast, the bedding in all bedrooms is done in earthy and neutral tones, creating a sense of peace and serenity for these special places.
By Magaly • May 15, 2018
Chapels are places where we can go to reflect and pray, and where many times we seek to listen to our inner selves. When they are located in a place as wonderful as the location for this particular chapel, I think we have already half-won. This small building, covering an area of only 40 square meters, is located on the beautiful, sloping hills of Austria. The chapel is surrounded by wonderful landscapes and has views of the nearby mountains. The atmosphere and the air that is breathed there creates a reassuring effect for those who visit it.
It was completed by Bernardo Bader Architects in the year 2016, and came to be the replacement of a chapel that had been in that same location for 200 years.
In its interior, fine and delicate light wood covers much of the walls and ceiling. At the far end, we find a small altar with an image of the Virgin. White wood has been used to highlight the small space. A small horizontal window allows light to enter the interior of the chapel, which gives clarity and calmness to the space. The pews, designed in the same wood used in the rest of the chapel, invite us to sit and meditate in a place brimming with peace.
By Magaly • May 10, 2018
Nowadays it has become a trend to go to the gym or partake in activities offered in centers dedicated to the physical exercises. Every day more people care about their health and exercise is one of the ways to keep healthy while at the same time taking care of the physical aspect of the body.
It is not only young people who come to this type of place, but older people have also started to worry about keeping up their body activity by carrying out continuous and constant exercise, which leads many of them to enroll in all kinds of gyms.
This one in particular offers spinning, or fixed bike exercise, which has been shown to be one of the most complete exercises, since a great number of muscles are activated at the same time.
This is a perfect example of a more than adequate space for such activities, as well as a place that provides clients with a workout in a suitable and comfortable atmosphere that they can enjoy.
This exercise center was recently opened and is located at 24 Rue Chauchat, in Paris, France. It covers an area of 260 square meters and was designed by the architectural firm DAS-studio, under architects Felix de Montesquiou, Alexandre Goinard, and François Cattoni.
And now for something completely different. This funerary garden is located approximately 20 minutes away from the port and city of Veracruz, in Mexico, just on the coast of the Gulf. The resulting space is, appropriately, serene and peaceful, providing visitors with a comforting atmosphere in which to grieve. It covers an area of 3 hectares, which is approximately 7.5 acres, and is done in a minimalist and stark style, dotted by trees and with large expanses of green grass.
The buildings and structures that populate the space are done in a gray tone, a neutral color that also adds a touch of tranquility, allowing the only color in the ensemble to be the green of the grass and tree leaves. One can only imagine, as unfortunately these images don’t show it, how it must look in the spring, with colorful flowers and birds dotting the green trees, a stark contrast to the sobriety of the park which also serves to further illustrate the cycle of life, the understanding of which is a pivotal part in the grieving process.
An ecumenical chapel will also be included in the park, in addition to family chapels surrounding the lake, which will allow a more private place for visitors to mourn their loved ones.