Hotel reception and lobby areas can be busy with people coming and going, so this space has been created to balance that, with plenty of space to relax in and an emphasis on biophilic design elements. Biophilia is our instinct to connect with nature and, when drawn upon in design, can support psychological well-being among its benefits. To achieve this, the window fills an entire wall space, allowing natural light in, as well as a view of the hotel gardens outside. The use of plants inside then mirrors this – in the same way, the blue seating mirrors the sky while the white ceiling and lighting emulate clouds.
The terrazzo-effect floor features green and grey ‘chips’, reflecting the greenery and natural stone, bringing a sense of co-ordination that would probably only register subconsciously. Unlike terrazzo, this vinyl floor has 15dB sound reduction to lessen the sound of passing feet and wheels. In this relatively small space, the seating fits right into the window, allowing space to relax and the perception of sitting outside, while fitting in as much seating as possible. While a lobby could be stark, real wood, copper-look wall cladding, and natural stone run up the walls, enriching the space with a warm, luxurious feel; somewhere you would be happy to meet, work, wait, or enjoy reading a book. The natural look is picked up again in the wicker planter and the marble furniture so that nothing seems out of place.
Altro Design Manager