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 • 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.
By Magaly • Dec 20, 2017
These modern offices belonging to the group BUONGIORNO.IT! _NTT DOCOMO GROUP, Mobile technologies, were renovated by the architectural firm of Cristiana Vannini, a Florentine by birth and Milanese by adoption, and her team of professionals which includes the architects Alessandra Spaltini and Enrico Muccio, and whose firm focuses on private houses, workplaces, hospitality, and various other architectural fields, from refurbishment of rural architecture to interiors in the city of Milan, Italy.
Located in the city center, the early 1900s historical building that hosts the company has been completely renovated to give a new and dynamic twist to the interiors, creating and defining Buongiorno’s corporate image.
The project includes common spaces and working areas. On the ground floor are located the reception, a modern and elegant space that will give a first impression to their prospective and future clients, and a multifunctional area.
It also has a cafeteria area that can be converted into a meeting room, depending on the needs of the team.
On the higher levels are located large open spaces, meeting rooms, and private offices, alternated with common spaces like coffee-points and telephone booth areas.
Nobody can doubt the wonderful change that this old construction has undergone.
By Magaly • Dec 15, 2017
This ravishing five-star hotel is located in Palma de Mallorca on the Spanish island of Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for beach resorts, as well as its exciting and vibrant night life.
The building, which dates all the way back to the 19th century, was recently renovated and restored, and now consists of over 42 fantastic rooms and suites.
With excellent terraces in the exterior, which clearly invite the occupants to enjoy its magnificent beach climate, this hotel has a luxurious interior clearly reflected in its extravagant interior design, as well as in its moldings, which give it a unique touch of sobriety.
With high ceilings with beautiful decorations, large styled staircases, and glass doors that allow the natural light to seep into the rooms and fill all four corners, there is no doubt that it has more than earned its status as a five-star hotel.
It has luxurious restaurants that offer only the most exquisite cuisines on its menu, and bars that allow the occupants to take a moment’s rest at the end of the day.
The large and comfortable bedrooms have been decorated with a very luxurious style, maintaining that which is present in the remainder of the areas.
At dusk, the terraces offer beautiful corners where the occupants may take their seats and enjoy the sunset in wonderful company.
By Magaly • Dec 14, 2017
What do you do when you can’t decide whether you want to build in an urban or suburban area? You do what Takeru Shoji Architects did and take up residence somewhere like Chuo Ward, an area where the city center gradually gives way to the suburbs.
Located in the Niigata Prefecture, Japan, this home – so-called Wow!Sta. – was completed in 2015, and covers a total area of 258 meters squared. The building has the advantage of being only a couple of blocks away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, while also enjoying the quiet solitude of the street upon which it sits. Its wooden shutter-like walls add to this by mixing a sense of privacy with an inviting sense of exposure. The structure has three different levels, each with a distinct purpose.
The first serves as a restaurant, done in a modern style and mixing wood with concrete. Touches of green in the form of plants dot the space, allowing nature to join the fun.
The second level is an office space, wide and luminous, with wooden floors and minimalist lighting, which emphasizes its functional style.
The third level holds a multipurpose rental space which includes a kitchen and a bathroom, and which enjoys the added benefit of an outdoor area.
By Magaly • Dec 12, 2017
These sophisticated and elegant offices belonging to law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth are located in the city of Melbourne, Australia. They occupy four floors in the innovative and unique central building at 567 Collins Street. We’ll find spectacular views over the Melbourne skyline through the glass walls that go from the floor to the ceiling, creating a unique space.
Steel beams extend from the ceiling to the floor, framing the ten meter high staircase. They are lined with LEDs to provide focused lighting on the staircase and the surrounding space.
This wonderful design was created by the firm Bates Smart Architects in 2015.
The expert team at Bates Smart Architects meticulously rebuilt elegant spaces with a multitude of refined details. Electrolight had to make sure that his work resulted in clean lines, as well as elegant and subtle forms. A deep level of planning and coordination between Bates Smart and Electrolight was necessary for light placement, concealment and performance.
Lighting designers worked with a mixture of color temperatures to distinguish each space and its functionality. Cooler temperatures are used in the meeting rooms, combined with warmer colors throughout the casual entertainment areas and creating a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere in the reception area.
By Magaly • Dec 11, 2017
This furniture store, which is located in Tolmezzo, in the province of Udine, in Italy, was designed by Mentil Federico from the architectural firm Ceschia e Mentil Architetti Associati in 2005.
The lot, measuring a total of 110 square meters, had been previously used as a warehouse deposit for a small shop from the 1970s. A first intervention turned it into a commercial space dedicated to the sale of products to complement bathroom furniture. A second intervention expanded its size.
The need for an exposition space for the different pieces of furniture, in particular for the wood fireplaces, suggests to clients a new expansion that will be built beside the warehouse previously mentioned, in a lot formerly occupied by a parking lot. The wishes of the client were to create a new space that would communicate through the creation of window exhibitions.
The plane is broken, in a way, by a small space open to the sky, which can be observed through two windows opposite. There, a small garden grants the air life and floor, while at the same time dividing the space in two – into the furniture exhibition with a reception and meeting area, and into a visualization area.
Office Located in Bangkok, Thailand, With an Entire Interior Space is Distributed Across Five Floors, Plus a Roof Terrace
By Magaly • Dec 11, 2017
Dplus Intertrade Head Office is an office design project completed by Pure Architect in 2017. The offices are located in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, known in English as Bangkok, Thailand, and cover a sprawling total ground area of 1,600 square meters.
The entire interior space is distributed across five floors, plus a roof terrace. Dplus Intertrade, a Thai electronic accessory trading company, aimed to re-brand, and thus re-energize teams with the intention of moving forward as a family in order to renew employees’ quality of life through a renovation project.
The interior décor is dominated by the color blue, which is the Dplus Intertrade company color, thus giving it a strong company identity. Additionally, red, yellow, orange, and green were used in order to imbue it with a sense of cheerfulness and entertainment. Wooden surfaces and white furnishings are used throughout the spaces, making each room and hall feel luminous and bright. Upon entrance, we’re met with a stark white lobby with a marble counter, emphasizing its elegance and modernity above all else.
The office spaces are distributed with an open office design in mind, instead of with cubicles or individual offices. Such a design allows for ease of communication between employees and emphasizes the strong teamwork dynamic of modern day companies.
By Magaly • Dec 8, 2017
The Grove Design Hotel, a stylish hotel located in Tbilisi, Georgia, was designed by the Laboratory of Architecture #3, an architectural firm also based in the Georgian capital. Completed in 2017, the hotel covers a total ground area of 2,500 square meters. The hotel building stands out from its surroundings, due to the materials used for its construction, as well as for its height and architectural style, making it the center of attention. It stands on the verge between a neighboring group of high office buildings and lower historical housing units, creating a bridge between these two worlds with its architectural model.
The interior is sleek and sophisticated, with floors of polished concrete and steel pieces that reflect the light from the minimalist fixtures that dot the ceiling. The furnishings are modern and almost sculptural in quality, defining the personality and character of the interior in a stylish and artistic way. No two rooms are exactly the same, creating a sense of individuality for each space within the cohesion that characterizes the interior of the building as a whole.
The bedrooms are almost futuristic, providing every comfort for the visiting guests while also granting them an experience that they will not soon forget.
This marvelous restaurant, with a marked industrial style, is located at Monza, a city in the north of Italy, next to the river Lambro, about 20 km northeast of downtown Milan and a few steps from the historic center.
Formerly a hat factory, it was astonishingly remodeled by architectural firm Studio Mabb and its professionals Sara Magnone, Riccardo Belinci, and Andrea Baselli in 2017. The bar area, which contains the cellar, was completely covered with ceramic tiles that create an amazing set of reflections and ensure the unmatched beauty of the surfaces.
The walls of the rooms show the old bricks, which date back to the beginning of the year 800, and create an interesting and perfect combination of styles. The lamps hang from the high ceiling and fall on each space creating warm and soft atmospheres that invite to enjoy it sharing with family or friends.
On some walls, you can see a composition of lights, made with a mixture of strings and brass discs, that illuminate the space with an almost theatrical flavor. Trays containing herbs that form a sort of vertical garden also come down from the ceiling, these have been carefully selected and are used by the cook.
Futuristic Design with Curved Shapes of an Impressive Building in Central Business District of Beijing, China
By Magaly • Dec 5, 2017
Chaoyang Park Plaza, a 120 meter high mixed use development rising in the Central Business District of Beijing, China, is almost nearing completion. The buildings contain over 120,000 square meters of commercial, office, and residential space, as well as sprawling public gardens. The project has been carried out by the Chinese architectural firm MAD architects.
The architectural design of the buildings, with their organic yet futuristic curved shapes, is heavily influenced by the mountainous landscape of China, often depicted in traditional Chinese shan shui scenic paintings. The structures are also slightly asymmetric, just as no two mountains look exactly the same. The ridges that run all over their surface are meant to imitate the effects of erosion or other forces of nature. These not only add to the beauty of the structures, but also serve to enhance their verticality, as well as facilitate the addition of a ventilation and filtration system that draws air inside.
The buildings also have a series of high rise terraces, which will have stunning views over the adjacent Chaoyang Park, one of the largest parks in the city, further emphasizing this relationship between modern architecture and the organic, natural environment that characterizes China.
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.