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20 Cheerful Yellow Interiors That Radiate Sunshine

Bright yellow—the color of Easter “Peeps” and spring daffodils—adds a touch of sunshine to any room. Cheerful pops of this vibrant hue create visual focal points, while bolder, more saturated applications give plain spaces a wow factor, as seen in these 20 yellow interiors. 

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1. BT Arquitectos Creates Dynamic Tensions in a Beachfront Panama City Apartment

From the moment you step out of the elevator into this home, polarities begin. The living and dining areas, which segue seamlessly into one another, are mainly white, disrupted by luscious hits of color. Dining chairs upholstered in canary yellow sing out, and wingback armchairs covered in a faux-marble-print fabric make a tongue-in-cheek nod to the stone’s current popularity. Read more

2. Miami Beach Apartment by SheltonMindel Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Large Apartment

Interior Design Hall of Fame member Lee F. Mindel, the founding principal of SheltonMindel, combined two residences for a family of six. The sweeping water views afforded by the apartment’s floor-to-ceiling glazing and wraparound terraces inspired his décor scheme. “It conjures the feeling of vacation, of joy and beach balls and umbrellas,” Mindel says. Here, wire jellyfish sculptures by Benedetta Mori Ubaldini appear to drift against the curved sunny yellow doors of a hallway storage unit. Read more

3. Wutopia Lab Conceives a Fantastical Kids’ Amenity Space at a Coastal China Resort

Although Wutopia Lab is no foe of bright, youthful hues, having used them to transformative effect, for the Aranya Kids’ Restaurant, they shifted into neutrals, with a few well-placed strokes of yellow and red. Trippy funhouse mirrors, gravity-defying vertical gardens, giant “soap bubbles,” and a balloon-strewn ceiling help spark the imagination. Read more

4. Sanchez + Coleman Refreshes a Tired Manhattan Apartment With Tropical Vibes

Tasked with refreshing this four-bedroom pied-à-terre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Christopher Coleman combined his new chromatic restraint with a touch of his old flamboyance, creating a predominantly white shell to which he added feverish electric-blue and lemon-yellow accents. The project is the first for Sanchez + Coleman studio, a new venture that formalizes Coleman’s longtime collaboration with Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez. Read more

5. HBA Designs Spa Hotel Artyzen Sifang Nanjing Recreation Centre in Ettore Sottsass Building

The host building for Hirsch Bedner Associates‘ interior was conceived by Sottsass Associati a few years before the death of Ettore Sottsass himself. The prolific architect was known for geometric shapes, primary colors, and black-and-white motifs. And the Sifang building is pure Sottsass: splashy and colorful, rendered in outsize geometric forms. Here, polished textured stucco lines the walls around the pool. Read more

6. Studio Modijefsky Discovers the Power of Three in Rotterdam’s CityHub Hotel

Rotterdam’s Witte de Withstraat is two neighborhoods in one: by day, it’s a bustling art district, while after dark it’s a neon-lit nightlife destination. The new CityHub does one better, combining the interiors of three Withstraat buildings into a single hotel, courtesy of the vision and hard work of Amsterdam’s Studio Modijefsky. To guide guests around the hotel, the buildings have separate color schemes, with tones that gradually darken from floor to floor as the natural light increases. Read more

7. Architecture Research Office Coats Calvin Klein’s NYC Flagship in Taxicab Yellow

Calvin Klein’s creative director, Raf Simons, rarely holds back. In light of this, Architecture Research Office changed the entire aesthetic of the previous minimal showroom. Scaffolding, the city’s ultimate forecast of change, became the focal point. Not to mention a means for hanging artist Sterling Ruby‘s mixed-media sculptures incorporating found objects. Then, every inch of the once-creamy interior was coated in taxi-cab yellow. Read more

8. Playster by ACDF Architecture Wins 2017 Best of Year Award for Midsize Tech Office

ACDF Architecture‘s associate architect Joan Renaud used a secret weapon to befit a hip company’s headquarters: color. Aside from the central circulation corridor, paneled in glossy white vinyl, other connectors and common spaces are vivid statements in mustard, teal, or rose, with the walls and carpet coordinating for maximum saturation. Each team got assigned a different identifying color that also nods to the company’s logo. Read more

9. 1960’s Paris Office Complex Gets an Electrifying Update by Saguez Workstyle

Saguez Workstyle‘s client had one major objective for their office complex: to connect with the elegant gardens of the nearby Parc Monceau, around which many of the bankers who financed Baron Haussmann’s 19th-century reinvention of Paris once lived. From the gilded details of the park’s majestic iron gates came the golden yellow of the rugs at the lobby’s two reception desks. Read more

10. Moncler NYC Flagship by Gilles & Boissier Could Pass for a Grand Parisian Apartment

Like a grand Parisian apartment, Gilles & Boissier began the store’s journey with a proper foyer. Shoppers, having opened the tall glass front doors with the help of Louis-style oiled-bronze pulls, encounter a bronze Moncler logo set into the floor and, to either side, wall installations comprising tall, curved louvers anodized gold and backlit to radiate a sunny warmth. It’s a surprisingly abstract, contemporary introduction to an interior built upon a firm foundation of tradition. Read more

11. Cumulus Creates “Pockets of Play” for Romania’s OK Center

The OK Center in Bucharest is more than just an after-school spot for Romanian teenagers to take courses geared toward financial literacy. In the words of concept architect Yasmin Asan, whose firm Cumulus designed the interiors, it’s an “anti-boredom place.” No yawn-inducing grids of desks and chalkboards here. On the mezzanine, a “pocket” of yellow aluminum cladding announces the kitchenette. Read more

12. A Lentil Design Mixes Simple Materials and Bold Hues for a Cozy Home in Taipei

From the get-go, the client told Taipei-based A Lentil Design that an all-white residence would bore them. So the firm, led by Lin Chia Hsien, broadened the apartment’s palette to a range of vibrant colors mixed with different materials. Russet red mingles with a lake-like green; yellow plays a role as well. But it’s not all bold—oak and pine throughout lend subdued touches. Read more

13. Lim + Lu Brightens Up a Bachelor Pad in Hong Kong

It takes a certain type of client to hire a design firm whose motto is “live differently.” For the firm in question, Lim + Lu, that client was an eccentric French bachelor looking to inject playful personality into a tiny Hong Kong apartment. The firm achieved the requested atmosphere by combining subdued, pale tones with dynamic pops of color and texture. Read more

14. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Bergen by EwingCole Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Healthcare

The task of transforming a former office building into a state-of-the-art outpatient treatment center was secondary to the challenge of conjuring what EwingCole managing principal Mary Frazier calls a “magical environment” to foil the clinical gloom. In the central waiting area, shapely columns of white glass fiber-reinforced gypsum whimsically ascend into illuminated ceiling apertures, the sculptural motif reiterated in curvaceous armchairs by Jaime Hayon. Read more

15. Thiel Architecture + Design Integrates Client’s Creative Collection Into the NYC Office of Collins

For the New York office of Collins, chief creative officer and co-founder Brian Collins brought a sizable collection of books, vintage toys, and furnishings. From oversize comic strips to a scale model of a Holiday Inn, unique objects were carefully integrated into the workspace by Thiel Architecture + Design. Pops of color, from hot pink to bright yellow, also foster creativity throughout the office. In a communal space, a counter-height table is topped in yellow laminate. Read more

16. 2Michaels Takes a Less-is-More Approach to 1970s East Hampton Gem by Joseph D’Urso

Jayne Michaels of New York design firm 2Michaels and her husband have long been drawn to the natural beauty of eastern Long Island. While searching for the perfect modernist house for themselves, they spent years renting offbeat hideouts in Amagansett and Montauk. Then in 2014, a modest Joseph Paul D’Urso house with all its key features intact popped up on the market, and it was kismet. Here, a Frank Veteran painting hangs in the sunroom addition, featuring a vintage Stilnovo lamp and a wrought-iron chair with vinyl upholstery. Read more

17. Six Delicious Dining Environments Whet the Appetite

At Casaplata by Lucas y Hernández-Gil, rounded forms and a pastel upholstery palette juxtapose with such industrial, brutalist nods as unpolished concrete flooring and exposed pipes. Read more

18. Church Undergoes Divine Transformation by INC Architecture & Design into The Line DC Hotel

While turning deconsecrated churches into commercial space is hardly cause for pearl-clutching these days, the grandeur of this particular nave made its ecclesiastical heritage impossible to ignore. For INC, the elephant in the room was the main room itself: a 60-foot vaulted sanctuary with massive Diocletian stained-glass windows. Now the win­dow is the centerpiece of a Rake’s Progress, a res­tau­rant inside the hotel. Read more

19. Saguez & Partners Creates a Tour de Force of Color for the Conseil Régional d’Ile-de France

Bureaucracy is rarely this exuberant. Offering an eye-popping explosion of colors, patterns, and graphics, the headquarters of the Conseil Régional d’Ile-de France, the civil administration for Paris and its surrounding ring of seven départements, is a visual tour de force by Saguez & Partners. A custom mural backs seating by Propeller Design in a break-out area. Read more

20. HOK’s Facelift of Ronald and Maxine Linde Hall of Mathematics and Physics is Far from Formulaic

As HOK‘s senior designer Mike Goetz discovered, the entire faculty at California Institute of Technology still writes with chalk, on blackboards, as a form of mind-body communication. So chalk was factor number one in his design equation for the math and physics departments’ home. In the coffee bar, hand-painted ceramic tiles were positioned to reference sine waves. Read more

Looking for more color inspiration? Check out Seeing Green: 20 Interiors to Inspire You on St. Patrick’s Day and 20 Visually Striking White Interiors.

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25 Sustainable Projects to Celebrate Earth Day

 

Happy Earth Day! Sustainability is becoming a standard in architecture, and LEED certification is only the beginning. These projects prove that green design is the new frontier.

1. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Strikes All the Right Notes With Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia

Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos won a two-phase competition to design this center with their thesis that links music and architecture. Considering the ratio of glass to metal also became essential because of the layers of thermal insulation needed to create a sustainable and easily heated structure. But first Nieto Sobejano decided what the project shouldn’t have: right angles, a main facade, and a discernable front or back. Instead, what emerged was a pattern of “continuous links echoing the trees,” Sobejano says. Read more

2. Sustainably Designed and Architecturally Significant Buildings in Singapore

Not only is the entire 27-floor external facade wrapped in a natural vine covered sunscreen, but the Oasia Hotel Downtown also has four lush sky terraces, 1,793 large planter boxes, and four large structural cores that allow for good cross ventilation reducing the overall energy cost. Designed by WOHA and completed in 2016, the hotel is home to over 33 species of plants and 21 species of creepers. In addition, the 314-room property is notable for its striking interior design by Patricia UrquiolaRead about 7 more sustainable buildings in Singapore

3. Warmth and Modernism Are at the Heart of 3XN’s Design for Olympic House

Two of the most poignant concepts International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach wanted the design to articulate were sustainability and transparency. 3XN certainly delivered; the build is LEED platinum-certified, and has reused 90 percent of the concrete from the previous headquarters that was demolished to make way for the new build. Read more

4. ACDF Architecture Partners With Architecture49 for Mega Project Parq Vancouver

Six stories high, capped with a 30,000-square-foot roof garden, this contemporary structure “is an urban oasis,”ACDF Architecture CEO Maxime-Alexis Frappier says. ACDF partnered with Architecture49 and their response was not a looming hulk but rather a curving, low-rise presence wrapped in a mirrored facade that reflects its surroundings. Aluminum louvers, capturing sunlight, reflect pixelated images of the Rocky Mountains in the distance. The daylight resulting from abundant glazing contributes to the project’s LEED Gold status, proving Parq fits into the global environment, too. Read more

5. Annapolis Residence by Bates Masi + Architects Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Waterfront House

When a prospective client in Annapolis, Maryland, told Bates Masi + Architects‘ principal Paul Masi that he and his wife had recently purchased a house on the water, he really meant it: The residence’s second-floor deck literally hung right over a cove in the Chesapeake Bay. However, the 1970s structure was sorely outdated, located in the flood plain, and didn’t meet current energy codes. Masi’s solution yielded a new, flat-roofed house, raised three feet higher than its predecessor—and LEED-certified to boot. Read more

6. TPG Architecture Makes Headlines With Its Office for the Associated Press in New York

The AP staffers have had a chance to settle into their new digs by TPG Architecture, which have since been awarded LEED Gold certification. As you might expect, good news travels fast. As Carmel says, the office “compliments who we are as an organization.” That includes a bit of spirit, as seen at the perimeter of the café. There the white floor tile bursts into a confetti of colors, as if celebrating the much-decorated news agency. Read more

7. Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Green

For Neri & Hu, this project entailed repurposing and renovating existing structures—including a former warehouse that now hosts a restaurant, a theater, and an exhibition space—as well as erecting new ones, among them a lakeside pavilion containing four of the 20 suites. “The rustic materiality and layered spaces redefine tradition via a modern architectural language,” says Neri. Read more

8. Studio Rianknop Creates Flexible, Sustainable Space for Amsterdam Tech Company

When an Amsterdam company that manages a file-sharing platform decided to move from the city center to a warehouse near the city limits, it shared a few tasks with local design firm Studio Rianknop: Create a flexible space for the company’s staff; make it sustainable; and take advantage of the industrial space in a relaxing, inviting way. In a clever nod to the wires funneling data across the globe, a “cable tree” grows from the lower level with branches powering first-floor public spaces and a tubular chandelier. Read more

9. The Center for Fiction by BKSK Architects Brings Books and Sustainability to Brooklyn

The Center for Fiction started out as the Mercantile Library in 1821 and moved locations throughout Manhattan over the years. In 2008, it was rebranded, and more than 10 years later, the Center has a permanent home in a LEED Silver-certified building in downtown Brooklyn by BKSK Architects. In the writers’ studio, locally-made custom wool felt panels are perforated with the Center’s logo, an open book. Read more

10. ASID Headquarters Becomes World’s First Space to Earn LEED and WELL Platinum Certification

The Washington, DC office, designed by Perkins + Will, is brimming with features that support health and wellness. One is a circadian lighting system that mimics natural daylight, paired with automated shades that follow the sun’s movement to help eliminate eye strain. The design team also implemented biophilic design strategies, for instance by using a range of natural materials and patterns. Read more

11. Mohawk Group’s New NYC Showroom Embraces Wellness

Located in a former textile factory in historic Chelsea, Mohawk Group‘s 13,000-square-foot showroom was designed by Gensler and incorporates LEED and WELL Building Standard qualifications, fully expressing Mohawk’s company ethos: Believe in better. Read more

12. Huntsman Architectural Group Downsizes McKesson for Maximum Efficiency

For McKesson’s San Francisco office, Huntsman Architectural Group went with undeniably contemporary furnishings. Sui generis, however, is a break room’s custom bench, a repurposed conveyor belt hinting at McKesson’s core business. Which brings us to the fact that the premises are going for Well Building certification as well as LEED Gold. Read more

13. Perkins + Will Creates a Contemporary Office for Nixon Peabody in New York

Perkins + Will designed this space to be easily reconfigured as needs change. A feature stair connects the office’s three levels with show-stopping views of the city, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls help foster synergy between practice areas. It was also awarded LEED Gold certification. In all, the office is a balance of functionality and design statement. Read more

14. Five Global Green Projects Pay it Forward

For Park + Associates‘s own office, minimal intervention transformed a 1960’s former school into a showcase of clean-lined design, thanks to vintage furnishings, a black-and-white palette, and painted-steel arches highlighting the reinforced-concrete barrel vaults. Read about all 5 global green projects

15. SKB Architects Creates Lively Lobby for Key Center Office Tower

No longer merely pass-through places, lobbies have become hotel-esque settings. They entice potential tenants to lease, and existing tenants get a perk that might entice them to stay. Such is the case at the Key Center office tower across the water from Seattle. After purchasing the 23-story building, Kilroy Realty Corporation opted to implement changes resulting in LEED Platinum certification and to transform the immense lobby into a “people place,” SKB Architects senior principal Shannon Gaffney recounts. “That’s our thing.” Read more

16. Mosa Tiles Enliven Venetian Villa by JM Architecture

Italian studio JM Architecture outlined a sustainable agenda to maximize the home’s energy-efficiency. Mosa’s LEED-contributing ceramic tiles, which received Cradle-to-Cradle® Silver certification, join the multitude of eco-friendly features that distinguish the villa, including inlaid photovoltaic panels and radiant floor heating. Read more

17. Venable by Alliance Architecture Wins 2017 Best of Year Award for Large Law Office

Moving to a gleaming LEED Platinum palace in the booming East End, this 117-year-old law firm left behind the endless dreary silos of its former headquarters and embraced a cultural shift toward wellness and ergonomics. Thanks to Alliance Architecture, sunlight penetrates offices with clear glass enclosures, every employee has a motorized standing desk, and the café opens onto a terrace complete with barbecue grills, a fire pit, a bar, and a bocce court. Read more

18. 1 Hotel’s Miami Beach Debut by Meyer Davis Studio

Meyer Davis Studio was charged with transforming the lower eight stories of a 1968 building into 1 Hotel Miami. “We paid homage to the natural landscape of south Florida,” Meyer notes—versus the art deco razzle-dazzle typically associated with the area. Moves large and small rack up points in the quest for LEED Silver certification. Uses of reclaimed wood represent a virtual forest preserved. Dialing down to details, Meyer andDavis specified organic bed linens, hemp mattresses, and clothes hangers molded from recycled paper, while bedside note pads have disappeared in favor of chalkboards. Read more

19. Lotus Square Art Center by Shenzhen Dae Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Outdoor

It’s basically common knowledge these days that installing a green roof on a building helps reduce its energy use, absorb stormwater, and combat air pollution. This practice has become increasingly mainstream in hotter developed land masses known as urban heat islands. One such is Hengqin island, overlooking Macau. That’s where this sculptural verdant roof tops an art exhibition hall. Read more

20. Six Futuristic Projects Sprouting Green Roofs

From reducing storm water runoff and city dust to energy-efficient cooling, the benefits of green roofing go beyond beautification. As costs lower and technology makes installation easier, this environmentally conscious trend is increasingly defining the facades of both existing and new buildings. A 660-foot-long undulating wave of verdant green grass forms a rooftop park at Université Paris-Est’s technology and science center, the Espace Bienvenüe designed by Jean-Philippe Pargade. Read about all six green roofs

21. Kimpton Travels to the Caribbean

Amid the sea blues and sandy whites of this resort, there’s a good amount of green, too: A solar array generates electricity, rainwater is harvested for maintaining the landscape, and air-conditioning is geothermal. Read more

22. Mortenhals House by Stinessen Arkitektur Wins 2017 Best of Year Award for Green

The unusual configuration of this family compound by Snorre Stinessen, comprising multiple cabins, plays with the way that the visitor slowly discovers what’s hidden behind the wooden doors. Even the outdoor areas remain private, with only waterscapes or trees as neighbors. In addition to the aesthetic appeal of the design, it checks off all the eco-conscious boxes: The forest was protected during the building process, all wood was sourced locally, water is used with restraint, and electricity is primarily hydropower. Read more

23. HKS’s Loretta Fulvio Decodes U.S. Bank Stadium, Site of Super Bowl LII

When designing for a Super Bowl–sized audience, there’s no greater expert than Loretta Fulvio, lead interior designer for architecture firm HKS’s Sports sector. When tasked with designing the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Fulvio and her team sought to create experiences that extend far beyond Super Bowl Sunday. In the stands, visitors can feel good about making a positive impact: 91 percent of waste is recycled, composted, or donated, due to the concession stands using compostable packaging. And the entire venue is run on wind power. Read more

24. San Vicente 935 by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Rental Apartment Building

All apartments in this building have balconies overlooking the central courtyard. Its accessibility eliminates the need for interior, climate-controlled hallways, saving on energy consumption. For the solid faces, Lorcan O’Herlihy employed two materials that contrast each other for visual interest and also help to reduce scale. Siding is fiber cement made of recycled content. Screens, which act as a rain-shield system, are slats of ipe harvested from a local, sustainably managed forest. Read more

25. A Bamboo Kitchen Dominates This Super-Green House by Minarc

Built with prefab panels, this 2,500-square-foot structure by Minarc is sustainable to the max. Bathrooms overflow with eco consciousness. In the powder room, wood scraps stack up to form a vanity supporting a sink in recycled rubber. For a truly back-to-nature experience, right next to the soaking tub in the master bathroom, there’s a lush plant wall. Read more

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