Beginning of September I was asked to study the concept of a hotel lobby! What I like the most in this kind of work is to think about the space organisation, where to place the toilets, the bar, the reception, etc. How will the people enter into the hotel, what will be the first thing that they would do? This kind of questions are really interesting and you can imagine how much fun I had with this project.
I decided to write a post on this particular project because a lot of ideas can be taken from it: ideas on how to divide spaces, how to use the colors, which material to use for which mood etc.
The hotel, I had to work on, is a new concept driven by the desire to create affordable luxury for a new type of international traveller, those who cross continents the way other cross the street. It had to be unique, friendly, open minded, an inspiring place to meet.
The concept was also to create a space where it would reflects the values of the brand: believing in communication freely and opening, having a transparent relationship with guests and loving speed, efficiency and innovation.
The big challenge in this project was that I received only a written brief, explaining the brand values, and the hotel entrance layout with nothing more! And the client had no ideas at all regarding the colors they would like to have inside!
Let me now present my ideas!
The moodboard reflects the values of the brand: open-minded, friendly, honest and up-to date. It is chic with the wooden floors , the different shades of blue and the poetic pendant lamps and it’s also up-to-date, young and enthusiastic with the orange touches and the concrete elements.
My desire here was to separate the different functions of the lobby by creating different areas but in a very open-minded state of mind, not a lot of walls, only for the toilets, of course!
You can see on the aerial views that I separated the space with rugs, tiles, concrete floors and an elevated section for the leisure area.
- The reception
The reception is a friendly and communicating place, the light blue on the walls, invites the guest to calm down and take it easy. The poetic pendant lights gave a luxury touch to the space and the wooden furniture a warm feeling
- The seating area
A unique place to relax, enjoy free wifi, recharge your phones and browsing the net on the tablets placed on the tables. The ways that the seats are placed offers to the guests an inviting yet intimate place to wait for friends or to have a drink. A carpet covers this section to bound the seating section and also create a cosy place, a place where you feel like at home and relax.
- The blogging area
It’s the working space of the lobby, I decided not to have walls because it’s so boring to be locked up between 4 walls, and for those who needs more privacy, there is a screen on the last table but I couldn’t resist to make holes in the screen to not block completely the view.
- The leisure area
Here you can even lie down on the floor as the floor is completely covered with cork! Cork is a soft, natural fabric, even warmer than wood and is the new trend. In fact the designer of this year for Maison et Objets Paris is Ilse Crawford, she is the interior architect who imagine a complete range of cork furniture for Ikea called Sinnerlig.
- The bar
Again no walls but a clear division is made with the tiles covering the floor in the whole bar section. Here again cork furniture brings a cosy effect to this area. The bar rack is a mix of concrete and wood which brings a definitevely contemporary style to the place.
You would like to have more ideas about how to divide a room? Read this post!
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