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July 25, 2012

Design & Build Review: Issue 5

From futuristic hotels to super-sustainable homes and from modern malls to iconic metro stations, exciting interior designs are transforming our everyday spaces.

By Laura Husband


Stylish interiors are no longer exclusive to luxury hotels and penthouse suites, and today’s designers are keen to put their mark on everything from metro stations to malls. In this issue we explore the most unusual and impressive designs of today as well as new concepts to make our living spaces more beautiful and functional in the future.

We find out how designers are turning gloomy metro stations into pleasant travel spaces and dull shopping malls into exciting leisure worlds. We ask leading designers about the latest in hotel design, find out how the Superuse concept is taking sustainable interiors to the next level, and explore the eco potential of concealed LED lighting. Finally, we discover how the brains behind the world’s largest Titanic exhibition recreated the interiors of the original grand liner.

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In this issue

The Weird and the Wonderful

All over the world designers and artists are freeing themselves from conventional ways and indulging in creative concepts. From hotels in space to 21st century beach huts and futuristic underwater hotels, we take a look at some of today’s wackiest, weirdest and most wonderful interior designs.

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Inside the Modern Mall

The gloomy image of shopping centres is gradually being rehabilitated thanks to a new wave of retail design. Chris Lo asks Benoy director David Ellis about striking the perfect balance between good design and practical considerations.

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At Home in Transit

The days of grimy tiled walls leading through narrow tunnels to bleak station platforms may soon be over. Elisabeth Fischer asks Eduardo Gutiérrez of ON-A arquitectura about designing an iconic interior for Barcelona’s Drassanes station while considering operational issues and the restriction of space.

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Lasting Impressions

Whether traditional or modern the interior design of public areas and rooms in a hotel is an important factor in helping guests to decide where to spend their holiday or business trip. Luxuriously designed hotel interiors are a great draw for guests but functionality is equally important. We ask Tim Mutton, co-founder and managing director of Blacksheep about the latest trends in hotel design.

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Reclaiming Rubbish Design

2012Architecten are redefining sustainable interiors, using inspiration from their own backyard. Director Jan Jongert tells Stephanie Phillips about recycled materials, Superuse and how to promote environmental awareness with playful designs.

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A Clearer Light

Lighting designers are increasingly being asked to deliver schemes that not only satisfy stringent energy-efficiency criteria, but also continue to wow on the style front. We ask Lighting Design International’s Ellie Greisen about the design options offered by concealed LED lighting.

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Titantic Resurrected
The opening of the Titanic exhibition in Belfast marks the centenary of the ship setting sail. James Alexander, the brains behind the building’s interiors, tells Sarah Blackman how his company recaptured the tragic liner’s story from the shipyard to the sinking.

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Next issue preview

Ancient materials like straw, clay and timber remain a viable option for eco-conscious builds today. We explore their modern use and ask if they still play a significant role in an increasingly high-tech industry. We also take a look at award-winning steel architecture, and find out how new approaches to experimentation are encouraging designers and engineers to rethink glass.
Moving on to the cutting edge of material science, we investigate the growing field of biomimetic materials, looking at innovations such as self-healing bio-concrete and self-fusing bricks, and explore new research using 3D printing technology to create concrete building components.

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