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 • Mar 20, 2018
Located in Mexico, a country known for its delicious food and famous tacos, this restaurant has become a gastronomic reference when it comes to enjoying the local cuisine, not only for the quality of its ingredients, but also for its service and friendly atmosphere.
It has been designed by the architectural firm Esrawe Studio, with the experience of its excellent team, made up of the architects Héctor Esrawe, Javier García-Rivera, María Santibáñez, Aloisio Guerrero, Alessandro Sperdutti, Daniela Pulido, and Federico Stefanovich, who, in a space of 240 square meters, designed this fabulous restaurant-taquería in the busiest street in the city, Avenida de los Insurgentes, in Mexico City.
In 2017, the brand began an expansion process and opened a new restaurant in this new location, in which El Califa establishes the guidelines for its evolution as a brand, revealing a new interior design and identity.
Esrawe Studio found its source of inspiration in the tortilla and its variants. Tortilla has been an important part of the lives of people in Mexico since pre-Hispanic times, when the locals used corn tortillas as a dish, as food, and as utensils. Today, everyone finds ingenious ways to use it, creating a personal touch in the way of preparing, folding, and holding a taco.
By Magaly • Mar 20, 2018
These luminous modern offices were originally work areas where there was no natural light, and which were populated by very dark rooms. As such, one of the main motivations for the project was to transform it into open rooms where light fills each of its spaces.
The architectural studio SABRAB lead the project, and was responsible, in 2017, for carrying out the radical change suffered by this office area, located in Lisbon, Portugal. In an area of 108 square meters, the architectural firm intended to create several areas that could meet the needs of the company: two offices, a meeting room, and an open space with a common work area and a technical and printing room.
Being a company based on creativity and the development of new ideas, on the exchange of knowledge between its employees, and on the search for new solutions, the firm created a play area that could provide a relaxed atmosphere. In this room are a pool table and a ping pong table, which also allows the possibility of becoming a larger worktable.
In order to break the square and regular shape of the office plan, uneven geometric shapes were created that now define the meeting room and the two work rooms.
By Magaly • Mar 16, 2018
This new multifunctional space transformed an empty building, located in the grounds of an old sewing factory that operated in the Soviet era, into an urban space. In it, they created a platform for young and free artists to create, share, implement, and execute new ideas.
The ingenious people behind the idea were the architects Giorgi Sakvarelidze and Devi Kituashvili, belonging to the architectural firm MUA. The project was carried out in the 2017 and has an area of 7600 square meters. It is located in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The concept of the Soviet design style is maintained, but it is modernized both inside and out which makes it more attractive and interesting. The space consists of three distinctive building blocks, which form a rectangular-shaped courtyard.
FABRIKA Tbilisi is the space for socialization, inspiration and collaboration, where you can implement new ideas, get to know artists and their art, have interesting conversations with foreign travelers, and connect with free and rebellious people.
It consists of the following spaces: art shops, studios, rehearsal studios, shared work spaces, cafeterias and bars, hostels, artists’ residences, galleries, and other public spaces. The place will be a daily destination for those who wish to create and share, those who love freedom, and those who are open to new ideas and inspirations.
By Magaly • Mar 15, 2018
These wonderful offices offer their employees warm environments in which to work and give free rein to the imagination. They have been designed by the General Design firm in the hands of its main architect, Shin Ohori, in the city of JINGUMAE in Tokyo.
The space, owned by every day is the day, a creative agency that was founded in 2017, has wide open spaces in which the green of the plants, as well as the wood that has been used in its furniture and in some elements of its construction, is a common detail in each of its spaces.
It has 200 square meters and its distribution allows the personnel of the company to congregate and participate in various tasks, while allowing natural communication. The design team eliminated the finishes of the ceiling and floor present in the space, in order to expose the raw concrete structure of the 50-year-old building.
No walls or fixed partitions are found throughout the interior, which is filled with soft natural light. All the objects in the office, including abundant vegetation, antique sofas and a large oak table, are intended to improve creative communication.
By Magaly • Mar 13, 2018
This modern restaurant with serene and elegant ambiences is located in Lisbon, Portugal. Its purpose is to pay tribute to traditional Japanese cuisine, a purpose that falls on the shoulders of passionate chef Takashi Yoshitake, who puts all of his care into his work each and every day.
Designed as an intimate and minimalist space meant to function as club-restaurant and sake bar, it uses sliding panels and translucent fiber screens for greater flexibility and privacy.
Those responsible for carrying out this special project were the architects Paulo Martins Barata, João Luís Ferreira, Paulo Perloiro, Pedro Appleton and João Perloiro, belonging to the architecture firm PROMONTORIO, who in 2015 got down to work and developed a fantastic project in the available 120 meters, full of professionalism and good taste.
The green bamboo marble countertops, the wall cladding and the display shelves are combined with the exposed kitchen areas in glass, hand-made tiles and mirrored glass partitions. The custom furniture is also in solid walnut with leather upholstery, as well as in the large central table and Japanese style floor chairs.
By Magaly • Mar 12, 2018
This modern and elegant restaurant is located in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. Its design, the work of architectural firm Design, Bitches, evokes the “old school of Miami” in a new setting, this restaurant in Nashville, using pastel colors and lots of natural light, transforming the space from dark to bright.
To achieve this, the opaque facade was replaced by an extension of glass, and the other part of the ceiling was raised so that the windows could allow more light to flow inside.
The aesthetic that unites the different sections of the long space goes back to the colors and art styles found in South Beach, Miami.
In the front, a bench with coral-colored upholstery in a royal style is accompanied by a row of small tables topped with pink Tennessee marble. These face the bar, which is cork-covered around the base and topped by a marble counter.
The white lamps hang from the ceiling, while the shelves have a gold mirror in the back to reflect the liquor bottles. The same tinted mirror is used on the walls along the narrow space, where the informal seating gives way to the leather-covered cabins along the wall.
By Magaly • Mar 6, 2018
Located in the Fashion Capital, Milan, Italy, this construction, an old factory dating from 1915, has been transformed and adapted to serve as the headquarters of the Gucci firm in the city of Milan. The abandoned industrial warehouses, which have an area of 30,000 square feet, were redeveloped in 2012 and currently serves as the venue for events and fashion shows of the firm.
The new six-story tower, which interacts closely with the old buildings, stands out within the area of the site. Covered with a regular pattern of sunscreens, the new building breaks the symmetry of the site and generates a powerful chromatic relationship with the exposed red bricks of the low-level warehouse. The pedestrian paths run between the buildings, which are mainly on the ground floor, in a sequence of solid structures and empty spaces in which landscaping plays a key role.
The large complex, which houses offices and a showroom also has spaces dedicated to graphic design within Gucci, a canteen and a restaurant.
The large plaza, surrounded by exposed brick walls, is animated by carefully placed trees, while a thick linden wood gives the project a distinctive “green” feel, focusing on sustainable design.
The Church of Saint Jacques de la Lande is a unique project completed by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, and is the first church built in France’s Brittany region in the twenty first century. The church is located in a neighborhood south of Rennes, in a residential area with five storey housing blocks. This presented a challenge for the architect when it came to integrating the new structure with the surrounding urban area.
The building is distributed across two levels, and its most outstanding feature is the circular shape on its façade, which can hold up to 120 people, freeing up the first floor to be used for administrative and social areas. The cylinder has an outer diameter of almost 15 meters, and has an interior of 256 square meters with a ceiling measuring 12 meters high. The Parish Center is located on the first level, while the church proper is on the second floor. A basement covering a ground area of nearly 100 square meters is used to house the technical and storage areas.
The interior is immaculate and luminous, with walls done in pure white and left bare and unadorned. This automatically grants the space an air of serenity and peace that creates a perfect place in which to pray, meditate, and contemplate life.
Setter Architects, a Tel Aviv based architectural firm, have designed these offices for Palo Alto Networks, a company involved in developing cyber defense solutions, in 2016. The site is located in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the 24th floor of a multi-storey office tower complex, and covers a total ground area of 3,000 square feet.
It is surrounded by an eclectic mixture of buildings in the downtown of the Israeli capital, with historical structures, such as painting workshops, artists’ studios, and restaurants, mingling alongside more modern buildings housing high tech companies.
The interior is a decorative expression of this culturally eclectic environment, as it mixes textures and patterns that are more traditional and places them beside more modern materials, creating a style that is unique and refreshing. In order to do this, Setter Architects repurposed much of what was already on site. For example, steel window profiles and garage doors became open space partitions, in order to sub-divide the internal space that felt more natural and facilitated circulation without sacrificing privacy. Other examples of the same concept include exposed brick blocks which were used as an interior wall in a conference room, and paint buckets from painting workshops that were used as distinct and curious wall decorations.
By Magaly • Feb 13, 2018
The Modern Village Office is a project completed by Ho Khue Architects, a Vietnamese architectural firm based in Da Nang City. The building itself is located in An Hải Bắc Ward, which is part of the Son Trà district of Da Nang City, Vietnam, and was completed in 2016. The property covers a total ground area of 350 square meters.
The structure seeks to combine the, sometimes distant, roots of so many of the dwellers of Da Nang City, which lie in the countryside, with the more modern side of the city. As such, it finds inspiration in the cement rooves, low brick walls, and bamboo structures of the country and mixes it with more urban traditions, seeking to create something that is entirely new and which breaks from the monotony of everyday life.
The lot originally held old houses, white pampas grass, native bamboo shrubs, and plants that were able to survive without any human aid. What Ho Khue Architects has sought to create is a place where the old feeling of the village can blend in with a state of the art modern office. Banana trees, yellow brushes, and other native plants have been placed into the office, which helps the office feel both cozy and vibrant. Decorative concrete slabs in the southwest exposure help keep the interior cool and well ventilated.
By Magaly • Feb 12, 2018
This Corporate Office for Team Thai was designed by Tony Joseph, George Seemon, Anupama, Priya Pillai, and Ankita of STAPATI in 2015. The offices are located in Kozhikode, Kerala, in India, and cover a total ground area of nearly 30,000 square feet. The functional areas of the building rise high above the ground, leaving the ground floor free as a multifunctional space. This allows the landscape to move inwards and outwards, making the internal environment cozy and full of energy.
The front facade of the building is designed with an interesting trellis pattern to defend against the harsh sun, while at the same time allowing great ventilation in the internal spaces.
Among the materials and elements used in this construction, we will find polished concrete floors, concrete partitions, and an exposed concrete roof, which contrasts with the elegance of the glass and the surrounding vegetation. This entire ensemble creates a working environment in the middle of nature.
The triple-height spaces are pivotal to the air-flow within the space.
The offices are more protected from direct sunlight by a screen wall on the front and side. The terrace becomes a garden and lounge that adds another layer against the warm tropical climate and helps keep the interiors cool.
By Magaly • Feb 7, 2018
These functional and elegant offices were designed by Yarden Turman and Yossi Romano of the architectural firm Turman Romano, two young creatives specializing in structural, spatial, and interior design. Their firm is located in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Before its remodeling, the space looked narrow and shapeless, all in all a space completely inadequate for any kind of occupation. Even so, they took on the challenge of transforming it, even though in order to do so they had to tear down walls in order to create an open space.
It covers an area of 10,764 square feet of construction, and its remodeling was carried out in the year 2017. Three open space work areas, seven private offices, and three meeting rooms form the huge central recreational area as well as an apartment with open kitchen, dining area, and cooling area. It has a video game room for those moments of relaxation and fun. Large desks, plants, photos, as well as an extensive amount of books for inspiration and enjoyment, have been added to create cozy and peaceful spaces.
The black color is prominent throughout the office, creating an elegant atmosphere full of personality. Dark wood floors, metal nets, glass walls, and long tables are just some of the striking details of this fabulous design.
Impressive Structure Designed to House Students of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan
By Magaly • Jan 30, 2018
The Alfred Taubman Wing is a 36,000 square foot expansion built for the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. It was designed by the American architectural firm Preston Scott Cohen, which is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The project was completed in 2017 and is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
The architectural firm was presented with a very clear challenge, that of balancing the creation of a vast expansion that would extend from the existing architecture as well as act like a center of circulation for all students and faculty.
The exterior structure is done in an earthy gray color and a modern style, with a roof characterized by jagged lines. The lower level has a length of clear glass walls, so that light flows in and the lines between indoor and outdoor are blurred.
The interior is spacious and luminous, with a ceiling pierced by lines of skylights that allow natural light to flow in, so that the interior is easily illuminated in such a way that energy is saved and the structure’s carbon footprint is reduced. The 36,000 square foot structure includes a multi-purpose common area, a studio, a classroom, faculty offices, student lounges, and labs.
By Magaly • Jan 24, 2018
The city of Merida, the vibrant capital of the Mexican State of Yucatan, is the location of this simple and modern construction, which covers an area of 270 square meters. It was designed by the architect Roberto Ramírez Pizarro of the architectural firm R79 in the year 2016.
“When nature prevails over construction,” was the premise for the design, and the marked line that led the firm to make this office complex in the north of the city. It covers an area 10 meters wide by 29 meters deep, just one block from one of the main and busiest avenues in the city.
The plan consisted of superimposing the two bodies that make up the construction in such a way that they “trapped” the trees, and at the same time created a small alley towards the outside.
The design is dominated by light shades of white and beige, with some accents in black and wood as well.
A first volume in black glass, which gives an air of elegance to the construction, receives us on the left side, its polished surface reflecting the preexisting vegetation as well as the new area that has been planted. The transparencies invite us to the interior and unite the interior with the exterior in a natural way and without interruptions. The complex houses two companies, one for Design and Advertising and another for Architecture.
By Magaly • Jan 22, 2018
ALA Architects, a Helsinki based architectural firm, has completed this project in 2017. Dipoli, as the building is called, was originally constructed in 1966 by Raili and Reima Pietilä to be the Student Union at the Helsinki University of Technology. Today, it has been fully renovated and has become the main building of Aalto University, which opened its doors for the Fall Semester of 2017. Located in Espoo, Finland, the structure covers a total ground area of 12,400 square meters.
After the renovation, the building will function as a meeting place for the university administration, the academic community, and the students, and will be the base for two hundred of the university’s administrative employees. It will also continue to function as the main location for lecture events and other university festivities, as well as a display platform for the university’s research and design projects. Additionally, the building also hosts restaurants, cafeterias, and a bar which caters to both students and staff members.
The interior is open and spacious, with large clear glass windows that allow an abundance of natural light to seep into the interior. It also allows for a clear view of the surrounding buildings and greenery, creating a dialogue between the interior and the nearby architectural elements.
By Magaly • Jan 16, 2018
If visiting Paris is on your horizon, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this luxurious and exquisite hotel, the Nolinski Paris, located in the center of the city and a few meters from the Louvre Museum in District 1 and with access to the metro stations and the main airports in the city.
This impressive hotel has a reception with a minimalist style made of marble, giving guests a pleasant and friendly welcome. Its spacious interiors feature the distinctly eclectic refinement of decorator Jean Louis Deniot, with each bright and luminous space designed to make you feel at home. To ensure that guests are well connected, the hotel has a 4G Internet service and international calls (USA, Canada and Europe) during your stay.
Once installed, we can enjoy a treatment in its elegant Spa, where its professionals will make you feel relaxed in an intimate space where you can also enjoy a sauna, steam bath or a wonderful indoor pool, depending on your tastes. And if that was not enough, it also has a gym, a personal fitness trainer and gym classes.
Still in doubt? Or you are completely convinced where your next stay in this wonderful city will be?
By Magaly • Jan 9, 2018
Traveling to Tuscany is always a wonderful experience. Besides the stunning landscape that are its fields and green rolling hills, we can also enjoy the wonderful hotel El Albergo Villa Marta. This hotel was originally an old eighteenth century church that has been beautifully remodeled and converted into a space full of charm, and where spending a night or two would be an immense pleasure.
The remodeling work was carried out by the architectural studio O2 studio, and the hotel is located in Lucca, a beautiful town situated in Tuscany, Italy. It covers an area of 80 square meters and is 200 years old, which makes it even more special.
It is characterized by elegant and comfortable furniture, and boasts 15 bedrooms, two of which are luxury rooms located on the third floor of the villa. The chapel has been converted into a bedroom and is furnished with furniture that integrates the bed, TV, and sofa.
The side aisles fulfill a new function and are configured as a walk-in closet and bathroom. The altar is still intact and remains the main element in the design. The hotel also has a swimming pool, a garden, free Wi-Fi, and two large parking lots available for guests.Inside the villa is the Botton D’Oro restaurant, which serves a variety of tasty dishes in a romantic atmosphere. The restaurant has a large terrace for summer evenings and is perfect for special occasions.