An entry area is an opportunity to make a strong first impression, and businesses often use this space strategically to telegraph their unique culture and set an immediate mood. A key component in establishing this atmosphere is the lighting design – both to complement the furnishings and décor and to draw attention to specific spots and architectural details.
A new landmark building in Quito, Ecuador, the Gaia building by KPMB Architects is a mixed-use space known for its distinctive ribbon-like façade. Adamson Associates and ERA Architects created an interior that’s equally dramatic with a double-height entrance that mixes rich materials such as marble, wood and leather. Hovering overhead is Arik Levy’s Wireflow chandelier, its slim black cables forming an ethereal, three-dimensional outline that echoes the sleek staircase railings and the foyer’s open feel.
At the five-storey Inres offices in Florence, Italy, the entrance acts as a transition between indoors and outdoors with floor-to-ceiling windows and a profusion of natural materials. The open space is anchored by a reception desk, above which hangs a trio of sleek Skan pendants. Designed by Lievore, Altherr, Molina, the lamp’s striking simplicity and pure form is perfectly in keeping with the room’s minimalist mien and organic sensibility.
NH CIUDAD DE SANTIAGO
Located in Santiago, Chile, the elegant NH Ciudad de Santiago hotel welcomes visitors with a dramatic entryway featuring a sweeping, circular staircase panelled in brass. Lighting design firm Opendark deployed Toan Nguyen’s Algorithm pendant, affixed to the ceiling with a striking tubular steel lattice. Suspended over the steps, its long cables are studded with glowing, hand-blown glass spheres that recall a sparkling constellation and draw the eye upwards to a clear focal point.