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 • 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.
The main objective of this project was to create an elegant and welcoming space, presenting a personal style of western/oriental fusion, combining characteristics of the interiors of southern Italy and the countries of Southeast Asia. The design adapts to the personality of the owner, a woman of good taste, a lover of traveling and coffee.
The project, which consists of 172 square meters, was entrusted to the architecture firm FAR OFFICE, headed by architects Giovanni Ferrara, Victor Cao, Xin Hong and Si Song, in the year 2017 in the city of Changsha Shi, Hunan Sheng, China .
The original design is narrow and mostly developed in length, with a considerable lack of natural lighting in the lower area. This was a challenge when it came to organizing the space properly. Because of this, they decided to locate a living room in the lower part of the plot, in the darkest area. To give light to the dark space, many hanging lamps were placed, which fall from a square bamboo ceiling as the centerpiec. As a result, the weakest point was changed. This entices visitors to sit down and find a comfortable place in an area that would otherwise be vacant.
By Magaly • May 4, 2018
This hotel is located in the Spanish city of Barcelona, a magical city, of a unique charm and full of history. Staying at Room Mate Gerard Hotel, you’ll be right in the heart of colorful Barcelona, next to the famous Plaça Catalunya and within walking distance from landmark-studded El Born and the Gothic Quarter. Its façade, with moldings that add elegance and distinction to it, of the type that characterized old constructions and that is long lasting, is simply spectacular. Every detail in it speaks of its history – its balconies, its doors… everything is mesmerizing.
Envisioned by interior designer Jaime Beriestain, the rooms blend classical warmth with urban sophistication, featuring private desks, minibars, Bluetooth speakers, and dark sophisticated bathrooms. Its interior has been transformed. In it we see a modern design with vibrant colors that makes us forget, for a moment, just how old the building truly is. Beautiful furnished terraces have been conditioned for the enjoyment of their clients, some to sunbathe during hot days and others to simply enjoy a breakfast or a drink in good company.
The comfortable and cozy rooms invite us to rest after a long day of walking around the city.
By Magaly • Apr 19, 2018
This project was carried out by NONG STUDIO architectural studio and led by Chasing Wang, Neal Zhu, Luca Lannote (Italy) and Kunyang Wang in 2017. It has an area of 180 square meters and is located in Suzhou South Rd., Huangpu District, Shanghai, China.
If we follow the history of Shanghai, an important point for its inhabitants is the Suzhou River. Industrial buildings along the river have witnessed the prosperity and decline of concessions, as well as the emergence of national industries. This space used to be the private granary of Yuesheng Du before ultimately becoming the warehouse of the Commercial Bank of China.
Its façade and its interior space have been restored in such a way that it respected its history, integrating itself with the modern elements. This allowed it to demonstrate its intimate connection with the past.
In terms of functional design, the space was organized according to the level of privacy or efficiency, which is common in the design of traditional offices. And it was organized according to the possibility of interaction.
When design can tell the life and experience of a person, it is already a search for the emotional essence.
By Magaly • Apr 17, 2018
This cozy restaurant called “Kadeau” is located in København, the native name for Copenhagen, Denmark, and was designed in 2015 by the design firm OeO Studio, inspired by a deep passion for the country’s landscape.
For this project, the members of the firm tried to immerse themselves in the universe that surrounded the restaurant, which lead them to maintain many hours of dialogue with the head chef and his team to create a shared understanding of the driving passions behind Kadeau. The design was not only about creating a physical environment, but also about using it to shape the atmosphere of the restaurant and complete the dining experience.
The culinary roots of Kadeau Copenhagen are found on the small Danish island of Bornholm, in the Baltic Sea. The love of Nicolai Nørregaard for his small native island, which is full of coniferous forests and surrounded by sandy beaches, is evident in everything the restaurant does. Dining at Kadeau is an immaculate and sophisticated experience that consists of celebrating the smallest details, a universe where guests feel they are dining at home with their dear friends.
For its design, OEO Studio left no surface untouched. All materials, colors, and design solutions used have been carefully designed to create the right feel, atmosphere, and sense of place.
By Magaly • Apr 11, 2018
The construction of this spectacular center was recently completed in the Yu Xiu Dong Lu region, in Fengxian Qu, Shanghai Shi, within China.
It was designed by the architectural firm Benoy, led by its team of professionals, composed of Qin Pang, Yi Jiang, Chong Yu and Xiaochun Wang. The project is extremely large, spanning a total area of 140,000 square meters. It is called the new World Trade Center and its architectural design is a continuation of the master plan for the Lujiazui Qiantan Commercial District.
The project includes two office towers of 135 meters to the east and a shopping mall of three floors to the west. In keeping with the goal of creating a dynamic new lifestyle center for the city, the World Trade Center is designed as a sustainable business destination with a pedestrian-friendly design that incorporates a large number of green spaces.
With an area of 15,000m2, the outdoor area offers outdoor spaces, pedestrian walkways with two decks, green planting, retail space and outdoor restaurants to create a multi-level recreational oasis for office workers, visitors and nearby residents.
The multi-layered urban pedestrian system, the interconnected network of commercial spaces and the continuity of the urban presence add to the diversity of the urban complex, which translates into a better user experience and a sense of public space. The design allows the development to maximize commercial success.
By Magaly • Apr 10, 2018
This boutique café is the second designed by the firm Studio Adjective, an architecture and interior design agency in Hong Kong, for this franchise. The project was personally led by one of its designers, Wilson Lee.
This is located at 321 Des Voeux Road W, Sai Ying Pun, in Bohemian House, in the old western district, and has an area of 140 square meters.The design team wanted to offer a complete coffee-tasting experience through the conceptual design of interiors.
The general design focuses on presenting a complete visual experience through zoning and flow. First, the clean and natural palette is dominated by both white and gray, as well as more wood-like colors, to highlight the sensation of space and zoning through the simple and rustic tones. In addition, the bean and dining room storage areas are separated by large glass doors with white metal frames.
The design will not only attract passers-by, but also offer customers an overview of the coffee making process, from storage, toasting, packaging to brewing, thus completing a unique experience.
The 7 meter long coffee bar will allow baristas to demonstrate their skills.
By Magaly • Apr 9, 2018
The renovation of this hotel, the Hotel Alexandra, of the Hilton hotel line, has been carried out by the firm Borrell Jover, Office of Architecture, in the year 2017.
It is located in Barcelona, Spain, a few minutes from the Passeig de la Gràcia, the fashion, culture and the commercial heart of Barcelona, as well as steps from the Rambla de Catalunya, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and other main attractions. This boutique design hotel is a place where fascinating history, modernist details, and the avant-garde meet.
The building dates back to the nineteenth century, and has been completely renovated and still reflects the charm, elegance, and spirit of the Barcelona environment. The walls are covered in local photos, designer furniture from the 50s and 60s, original tiled floors, framed ceilings, and natural oak throughout the hotel.
Its rooms have all the comforts of a home, such as air conditioning, free WiFi, a 37-inch high-definition TV, satellite channels and a large work space. You can choose a junior suite or a suite with options such as a terrace, relaxation area, separate bathtub or outdoor bathtub, it’s up to you!
Alexandra Barcelona also offers excellent culinary experiences that include a Catalan gastronomic buffet breakfast with quality local products.
By Magaly • Mar 21, 2018
The architectural firm Abscis Architecten designed in 2017 in the city of Ghent, Belgium. This office building that has an area of 1094 square meters. The building is a solid volume of brick characterized by volumetric incisions and strategically located windows.
The front façade opens on the ground floor through the lobby to the street, and receives visitors through a front courtyard. This provides great visibility and transparency. On the back façade, both the writing rooms and the offices enjoy a beautiful view of the garden with old trees. Special attention was paid to sustainability in terms of the use of water and materials, energy consumption, and sustainable techniques based on renewable energy. All insulating materials are sustainable.
It has two waiting rooms adjacent to the writing rooms designed in an open plan. The patio works as a structural element to create privacy without removing transparency. The concept of the interior was to show simplicity and tranquility.
The white lobby on the ground floor is clearly presented in the open parking lot and welcomes visitors through this entrance.
The landscaping sensation of the garden was maintained by conserving the valuable old trees and reinforced by the placement of hedges that make up the parking lot.