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.
Innovation Campus Where Entrepreneurs, Engineers, and Policy Makers Innovate to Support the Green Economy
By Magaly • Dec 4, 2017
The La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC) is an interdisciplinary center where entrepreneurs, engineers, and policy makers innovate to support a green economy, one that improves human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcity. The center is located in the city of Los Angeles, California, USA.
The campus comprises 3.2 acres (61,000 square meters) and was designed in the year 2016 by the architectural firm John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects. The building has a variety of spaces, including offices, conference rooms, laboratories, prototyping workshops, and even a space for events with a capacity for 140 people.
In contrast, the interior is designed to be modern, clean, flexible, and adaptable, using a palette of inexpensive yet dynamic materials. Construction complies with new CAL-Green environmental standards, and LEED-Platinum status is anticipated.
In its interior, its high ceiling holds multiple skylights that allow the light to flow in and to flood the spaces, thus granting the building a way to significantly lower its energy consumption.
The reception lobby of the building is a modern and open space where a vertical garden fills the room with greenery, marveling those lucky enough to glance upon it.
“Innovation campus where entrepreneurs, engineers, and policy makers innovate to support the green economy”
By Magaly • Nov 30, 2017
This stunning contemporary building – called Code Space – was designed by Thai architectural firm Full Scale Studio in 2017. The sculptural structure covers a total ground area of 245 square feet and is located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The project was begun when a software design company decided to work with the architectural firm in order to build a working space and create a community for sharing knowledge, while also creating something that was stylish and comfortable. Code Space also serves as a coffee shop, and is open 24 hours a day.
Besides this coffee shop, Code Space is also host to conference rooms, software design offices, and a main space in which to work. Additionally, it includes a library, a pantry, and a freestyle space to support a variety of activities. The coffee shop, however, is at the front of the building, as the clients wished for it to be the welcoming card for visitors. In front of this, on the outside, is a large green space, adding to this sense of welcome friendliness.
Large windows pierce the walls all around the building, flooding the interior with natural light, which makes it feel alive and motivational – the perfect space to get some work done.
By Magaly • Nov 29, 2017
A Casa, Museu do Objeto Brasileiro – or The Home, Museum of the Brazilian Object – is a project designed to serve as the home for this non profit organization in São Paulo, Brazil. The structure was designed by Perkins+Will, an American architectural firm located in Chicago, Illinois in 2014.
The new building houses an exhibition sector for artisanal, semi-artisanal, or industrial objects as an expression of culture, with a clear and strong focus on objects from Brazil. There are even plans for the organization to expand and found centers in other countries, thus expanding the scope of dissemination of information about Brazil and its situation.
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The building has an interesting location, as it is on Avenida Pedroso de Moraes, near the Tomie Ohtake Institute, and sits on a corner that connects the residential area of the Pinheiros neighborhood with an established commercial zone.
The structure is modern and stylish, surrounded by a landscaping program that makes it look friendly and inviting. The interior is done with a minimalist style in mind, with stark white walls and rich wooden floors, creating a blank canvas against which to display objects from Brazilian culture and tell the story that the non profit seeks out to tell.
“Ken Gallery Cafeteria”, a Tribute that Mineko San, Renders to her Husband, the Amateur Photographer Kenkichi Tanaka
By Magaly • Nov 28, 2017
This project is a tribute to the amateur photographer Kenkichi Tanaka, who worked for the Tokushima prefecture in Japan and was loved by all. He left his wife this testament to be led by her who, with the help of the architectural firm Arbol Design, turned it into what it is today. “Ken Gallery Cafeteria”, where Mineko San offers her guests local food and where the photos taken by Kenkichi Tanaka are displayed.
Some clients came to visit the place from far away and regretted having no place to stay. Because of this, Kenkichi Tanaka’s wife decided to build a small guest house that, following the rules of traditional Japanese space, can be used for various purposes such as bedroom, dining room and living room.
The house is within walking distance of the entrance, due to the large space allowing it. It was located right in the center and wooden paths were placed on both sides. In the exterior, gravel was used and its surroundings were largely untouched, so that the people who go there can feel nature and its essence closely.
A Peaceful and Serene Interior is Presented to us in this Atelier that Creates Custom Flower Arrangements for Party and Event Spaces
By Magaly • Nov 24, 2017
Gigi Verde Kobe is an atelier that creates custom flower arrangements for party and event spaces, in addition to serving as a lovely flower shop. It is located in Chuo-ku, a ward of the city of Kobe, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and covers a total ground area of 76 square meters. The shop was designed in 2017 by SIDES CORE, a Japanese architectural firm originally founded in 2005.
The interior is peaceful and serene, an open floor plan that allows all space to be visible upon entrance. An abundance of natural light seeps in, as well, making the interior luminous and tranquil. Flower arrangements dot the space, granting it subtle touches of color and vibrant life.
The counters and other pieces of furniture are movable, which grants the space an extra degree of flexibility, something invaluable for both owner and customer, as a new arrangement might just bring them an unexpected and happy surprise on a subsequent visit.
Exposed concrete ceiling beams, rough in texture, give this interior a touch of rusticity that reminds us of how earthy flowers truly are. The juxtaposition against the overall elegance of the space, however, imitates the works of art that some can create with elements from such rustic beginnings.
Office Space Subdivided Into the Different, Allowing Each One to Function as a Hub and to Modify their Working Space as They See Fit
By Magaly • Nov 23, 2017
Lightspeed, a point-of-sale and e-commerce software provider based in Montreal, Canada. In 2017, they commissioned ACDF Architecture, the designers for the first phase of the firm’s headquarters, to create a new floor to be dedicated to product development. The structure covers a total ground area of 1,200 square feet.
The offices are located on the ground floor of a 19th century railway hotel, the chateau-style Viger Railway Station, which makes the original structure an iconic landmark that stands out in Old Montreal’s skyline. Some semblance of the building’s past is preserved in its interior, clearly visible in its exposed rough red brick walls, their rusticity in stark contrast with the industrial and sleek modernity of the remaining elements of the décor.
The office space is subdivided into the different teams that make up the company, allowing each one to function as a hub and to modify their working space as they see fit. Each group has their own desks, meeting room, and social area in the open floor plan, divided through the use of blocks of pastel colors that cover the walls and floors. In this way, they seek to maximize the cohesion of each team by giving them a space that they can use as they wish and feel comfortable in.
By Magaly • Nov 23, 2017
The MacArthur Annex, as this project is called, was carried out by Baran Studio Architecture, an American architectural firm with offices in Oakland and Los Angeles, in 2017. The structure covers a total ground area of 4,550 square feet and is located in Oakland, California, USA.
The project has its roots in adaptable, robotic structures which have the potential to roam and adapt themselves to the urban landscape. It lies adjacent to the freeway, and near a mass transit station. It consists of an existing structure alongside 33 used shipping containers, each designed individually, though they all form part of the greater whole. The idea was that such containers could be arranged and configured according to the needs and wishes of the developer, neighbors, city officials, and inhabitants.
The completed system is then adapted according to various contextual conditions, responding to topography, existing structures, sound, light and shadow, air, views, circulation, program and economy. The resulting configuration of stacked containers, arranged according to inputs, becomes an open framework from which a community can grow. The ending result is that each container is dramatically different from the next, creating a vibrant place in which to live and work.
By Magaly • Nov 21, 2017
This stunning coffee shop is part of the luxurious hotel Ibnii Coorg, which is located in Coorg (or Kodagu), an administrative district of Karnataka, India, and was designed by Bhavana Hameed of the architectural firm Playgroup Studio, which is based in Goa. The coffee shop was finished in 2016, and covers a sprawling 1,850 square feet of ground area.
As coffee is both a native crop of the Coorg district and an important export of this area, the coffee shop was designed to serve an almost sacred purpose. As such, its location within the grounds of the Ibnii was carefully chosen – it is situated near an existing pond in the valley between three hills. This pond was enlarged to five times its size in order to form a large lake, providing the perfect setting at which to enjoy a flavorful cup of coffee in peace.
The building is minimalistic in its architecture, emphasizing, by the use of clear glass walls and a sparse interior décor, a connection with its exterior surroundings. Due to its design, the stunning view over the lake that is easily enjoyed from the interior is a surprise for visitors, as it was the architectural firm’s intention that they should enter the building from the rear.
By Magaly • Nov 17, 2017
Peak Office is a prime example of the home office concept, as delivered by the Thai architectural firm Pure Architect, based in Bangkok. The structure, which was completed in 2017, covers a total ground area of 1,200 square meters, or 3,937 square feet.
The project is located in the Bangkok, Thailand neighborhood of Town in Town, and is, for the most part, surrounded by low rise buildings that feature both traditional and contemporary design. As such, the architectural firm had a unique opportunity, that of turning this structure into a local landmark while still keeping the harmony with the buildings that surrounded it.
The client is an aficionado of car racing, which is a quality with which Pure Architecture wished to imbue the structure, giving its outer façade a sense of dynamic movement and speed. A section of this façade is made out of biowood that is sculpted and placed in such a way as to create a wave on the otherwise flat surface, adding to this same effect.
The interior space is distributed across different levels. The ground floor holds the parking and reception areas; from the second to the fourth floors are the office spaces, which are available for rent; the top floor holds the owner’s resident area.
By Magaly • Nov 17, 2017
This project, the Poix-Terron Cultural and Sport Centre, is located in Poix-Terron, a commune in the Ardennes department in northern France. It was designed by the architectural firm Philippe Gibert Architecte, based in Reims, in 2010, and covers a ground area of 1,230 square meters.
The center holds both a media library and a gymnasium, allowing the architectural team at Philippe Gibert Architecte to explore the possibilities of having such diverse environments under the same roof. Both areas of the building are accessed through the same entrance, which is situated through the forecourt of the property, enhancing its public building status. The shared hall opens to the media library and the gymnasium, and also an open room that can serve as an exhibition, reception, or meeting space.
The interior design is modern and sleek with an extensive use of metal and glass, giving it a stylish industrial style that recalls the neighboring factory buildings. Large skylights allow natural light to flood the interior, making the space feel fresh and inviting. The children’s section in the media library is furnished with colorful pieces that are inviting to youngsters, while also being practical and comfortable. The surrounding woods are easily visible from the interior, granting the spaces a hint of vibrancy and freedom.
By Magaly • Nov 15, 2017
This unique beauty salon, an old store that had stood at this site for more than 50 years, is located on a main street full of shops in the city of Nagano, located at the intersection of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, in the island of Honshu, in Japan.
In addition to serving the function of a beauty salon, the client required a wide range of other features, such as a space for the sale of various products, an exhibition hall, a study room, and a space to host events for the community. Therefore, one of the main objectives was to ensure the flexibility to respond to these diverse functions by eliminating the partition walls that had divided the structure into smaller spaces.
The architectural firm Poten-Poten was commissioned to carry out the remodeling of this space of 68 square meters, under the leadership of its architects Junki Kato and Kiyonori Sugiyama. The project was completed in 2017.
The architectural firm’s intention was not simply to decide what parts of the existing building would be maintained and which would be replaced; their objective was something intermediate, to mix the contrast between the old and the new to create something unique and timeless.
By Magaly • Nov 10, 2017
This modern and imposing construction of a college campus, located in Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, was designed by the architectural firm Rocco Design Architects Limited. The building, which covers a total ground area of 26,500 square meters, or 285,243 square feet, was built in 2016. It examines the compact urban conditions of Hong Kong in search of direct inspiration and creates, within a limited space, a miniature city, dense and connected. It maximizes space by focusing on verticality over horizontality, creating several levels that rise up to expand its interior.
Among other features, it boasts a series of conference rooms, sky gardens, roof decks, and a gym.
A Student Boulevard rises to form a three-dimensional network of streets in the air that weaves and joins the different blocks and levels into a connected whole. From the boulevard, students can access a series of gardens and decks of various scales at different levels, a sloping green lawn, a student plaza, and a mini cafe, all with magnificent sea views and a pleasant and lively atmosphere.
The modern structure’s composition and construction resemble the inherent spirit of Chinese calligraphy, that is, the beautiful balance between the solid and the empty in elevation.
Modern Structure Houses not only an Art Gallery but also works as a Center for The Work and Communication of Artists
By Magaly • Nov 10, 2017
This modern structure that is located in Benxi Shi, a prefecture-level city located in the east of Liaoning province in the People’s Republic of China, was designed in 2016 by the architectural firm TAOA, under the leadership of Lei Tao, Bozhou Kang, and Zhen Chen. Together, they created a space that not only works as a local art gallery for cultural exhibition purposes, but also as a center for the work and communication of artists. It has four levels plus a basement area, covering a ground area of 4,000 square meters (or 43,055 square feet) of construction.
The interior space of the first floor has both a shared and an individual space for the exhibition of art. The second, third, and fourth floors are used mainly to work, create art, and host meetings. The public staircase that connects each floor shows us its multiple forms from the basement to the top.
The roof with its “upward trend” works with the obtuse corners and the inclined entrance staircase, generating a kind of artistic urban vitality. In addition, the cavities carved into the stone facades of the building are created for people to stop and rest.
By Magaly • Nov 9, 2017
The architectural firm THOSE ARCHITECTS designed these sales offices in an old dairy farm that is located in the city of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in the year 2017.
The offices have an area of 200 square meters and were conceived as a building in a landscape, which is unique in its space and which has been designed to increase the visitor experience and convey a sense and a feeling of the community in which they will eventually reside. And unlike most sales offices, which usually have a short-term purpose and nothing more, this construction has a longer lifespan, as it will remain on site as a café and a meeting place when new residents move in.
THOSE ARCHITECTS intended to create for The Dairy a discrete work of architecture designed to inform the potential purchaser about the place where they will live, and how it might feel to live there. It revolves around the idea that architecture connects people to the landscape.
All of this was created within a low budget in which the architectural firm made an effort to use modest materials that would nevertheless powerfully demonstrate for visitors what it feels like to be in this exuberant landscape of dairy pastures on a daily basis.
Dachland is a company that specializes in roof insulation, greening roofs, and photovoltaic energy. The architectural firm SYRA_Schoyerer Architekten, under the leadership of the architect Julian Andreas, was commissioned in 2016 to carry out the design work for the German company’s new headquarters. The resulting building covers an area of 2500 square meters (or almost 27,000 square feet), and is located in Hechtsheim, a district of the Rhineland state capital of Mainz, Germany. Since its foundation in 1969, the company has installed more than 4 million square meters of roof insulation, both in Germany and abroad.
A new headquarters was needed for the approximately 50 team members that are employed on the Mainz site, so Dachland launched a selection contest, which SYRA_Schoyerer Architekten won in December 2013.
In this project, the architects gave great value to the isolation of the entire site, which means that the construction yard, with all its functional requirements, is not visible from outside the site, giving it a degree of privacy. The patio door is normally closed and immediately in front of it, visitors find the visitors’ parking and the main entrance.All areas of the roof have been planted, giving the imposing construction a touch of nature.
By Magaly • Nov 6, 2017
The Tiki Tiki Tulum Hotel is located in the city of Tulum, a walled city of Mayan culture located in the state of Quintana Roo, in the south east of Mexico, on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, and which is currently a major tourist attraction of the Riviera Maya.
The structure, dating from the 50’s, has a prominent influence from the Art Deco style, accompanied by modernist details. It is a combination of local designs and materials found in the region. It was designed by the architect Arturo Zavala Haag in 2016, and covers a total ground area of about 1000 square meters. Attention to detail is king here, and combined with the high quality of the space, it helps to make the project a stellar accommodation option.
The hotel is distributed around a central swimming pool that is the core of the project. It is a refreshing and visual oasis surrounded by tropical plants and an architecture that blends harmoniously with its surroundings.
The Tiki Tiki Tulum has 15 rooms full of charm, with a fantastic rustic touch along their walls — the same motif that we find in the bathrooms. Local wood has been used in its furniture, as well as in the carpentry details.
By Magaly • Oct 31, 2017
The city of New York is a universe in and of itself, full of energy and diverse and varied activities. Visiting this metropolis means immersing yourself in a very eclectic gastronomic atmosphere and, at the same time, enjoying the different shopping areas, crossing with different and picturesque people on every corner. A city that offers diverse places of leisure, monuments to admire, and restaurants where we can enjoy rich and varied dishes.
The wonderful Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel is located in Manhattan, across from Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. It has 184 spectacular rooms and was inaugurated in 2010.
Since many New Yorkers, as well as tourists, feel passionate about collecting art, they have personalized its spaces with works that evoke the dynamic energy of the locals.
And the experience at this wonderful hotel on 5th Avenue begins from the very moment you walk through the bronze doors and are greeted by its host. From inside its wonderful rooms, we can enjoy spectacular and breathtaking views of New York City. Whether by day or by night, the views are unbelievably beautiful.