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 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.
By Magaly • Dec 28, 2017
HR&A is a project completed by the LA based architectural firm CHA:COL in 2016. The structure serves as the offices of a leading consulting firm specializing in economic, real estate, and urban planning, and which has offices in New York, Dallas, Washington D.C., and, with the completion of CHA:COL’s project, in downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. The offices cover a total ground area of 2,500 square feet.
The offices are located on the 29th floor of a high rise complex known as The Bloc, and so boasts stunning views north and westward of the city of Los Angeles. The floor plan for the offices is designed in such a way that the work stations are not completely separate from one another, creating a work environment that fosters flow of communication and emphasizes team work. Also available for all employees are conferences areas, both large and small, a sort of “phone booth” which provides acoustic privacy, and a lounge and break area. Such a combination of environments allows workers to fully use all office installations as they see fit.
The exposed ceiling fixtures serves to give the entire office space an industrial feel which, paired up with the contemporary furnishings, gives the interior a unique look.
By Magaly • Dec 22, 2017
This small tower has been built by Dominique Coulon, Olivier Nicollas, Benjamin Rocchi, and Steve Letho Duclos of the French architectural firm Dominique Coulon & Associés. It is located in the historic Krutenau district of Strasbourg, France, a district traditionally populated by boatmen and fishermen, and crisscrossed by canals. The tower covers an area of 500 square meters and was completed in 2015.
Strasbourg has a number of what are known as hollow teeth, or vacant plots that are too small to be attractive, and thus be put to use. The consultation then called for the production, on a plot measuring just 120 square meters, of a building that would guarantee the achievement of high energy performances, the use of bio-sourced materials, and a mixed-purpose project housing offices and accommodation, as well as well as a kitchen garden and an organic swimming pool on the topmost terrace.
The façade of the building is clad in scorched wood (larch), a technique originating in Japan, where they scorch the outer surface of the material in order to extend its life. Orange and silver awnings cover some of the windows, granting the exterior a pop of color. The interior is vibrant and luminous, providing open spaces in which to partake in a variety of activities.
By Magaly • Dec 22, 2017
P&D+I KLABIN Center is a project completed by the Brazilian architectural firm Paulo Brazil E. Sant’Anna Arquitetos Associados in 2017. The research, development, and innovation center covers a total ground area of over 3,000 square meters, and is located near the entrance of Villa Harmonia in Monte Alegre, Brazil.
It was important for the clients that the project manage to integrate the architectural ensemble to the surrounding landscape, which is characterized by an open, green expanse bordered by a lush and verdant wood. In order to do this, the architectural firm made themselves think of the project as a whole as a humanized landmark. The end result is a structure that is perfect for the intellectual immersion of the researchers, and which exists in perfect harmony with the surrounding historical buildings.
The structure is contemporary in its design, with glass walls that allow natural light to flow into the interior spaces. Inside, the structure is wide open and spacious, providing any number of spaces in which to conduct a variety of activities. The main block holds three floors with laboratories, lounges, dresser rooms, meeting rooms, and research centers. The annex faces north and holds an auditorium which can sit up to 80 people, as well as exposition areas, rest rooms, and an area for events and exhibitions.