Project Crush: Room Mate Hotel-Barcelona

The Room Mate hotel motto is "Your friend in each city" and your experience is geared to make you feel as if you are staying with friends in town.  Most of the chain's hotels have a friendly moniker:  Leo, Lola, Oscar- and these friends are design savvy!!

The hotel brand boasts modern design at reasonable rates — averaging $100-150/night. The chain now has 15 hotels worldwide and the first Room Mate Hotel was the 56 room "Emma" in Barcelona. 

Check out the futuristic interiors by Madrid designer Tomás Alía, Façade by  Nadal Moneo.

I want to go to there!!


Elixir Fix : The Met Hotel

Project | The Met Hotel, a 212 room art hotel.
Location | Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Architect Tasos Zeppos, Zeppos- Georgiades & Associates
Client | Chandris Hotel & Resorts

For a full narrative about the concept and design of Met Hotel visit this link.  Scroll to the bottom or visit this link to indulge in the video tour.


Modern Modular "Mobile" Home

Internationally famous designer Werner Aisslinger asked the question, "How could a temporary and simple accommodation, coping with the demands of a mobile society and its nomadic lifestyle, look like?"

In 2002, he answered his question by designing  Loftcube, a solid and mobile living unit guaranteeing high quality accommodation.
Exterior & Interior of  Loftcube
Aisslinger's idea of the Loftcube evolved into the Fincube, a multi-functional, energy efficient, sustainably designed, temporary Smart home.  Fincube is constructed of sustainable building products, uses innovative environmentally sound construction techniques, and has a low demand for energy. Fincube is designed as a temporary unit, ideal for both urban and rural areas, it can be dismantled and rebuilt on a new site.  It is so well thought out and designed, I would make it a permanent residence!

The Fincube is built upon four height adjustable columns allowing it to adapt to any topographic condition.  The minimal foundation footprint keeps soil sealing and environmental impact on the project site to a minimum making it ideal for a temporary living unit. (Soil Sealing is the loss of soil resources due to the covering of land for housing, roads or other construction work.) Exterior building materials: European larch wood, Glass, steel foundation and mountings.

Only two square meters of space is required for the foundation.
The Fincube features a 360-degree glass facade.
Exterior wood slat cladding turns the Fincube into an architectural landmark, provides privacy and sun control.

The Fincube is heated with an energy efficient, high heat storage capacity from Austrian company Caladia. Caladia's innovative heating system is based on radiant heat which permeates the air and is nearly lossless; it generates heat only when hitting solid forms. The primary energy demand is under 130 kWh/m².

The Fincube is equipped with an intelligent bus system by Berker that connects all electrical devices via a control lead, allowing several devices can be controlled simultaneously.  The lighting, heating, motorized blinds and alarm systems can be operated with one control display. If you like, you can even call up the functions or status from your PC, iPhone or Palm. Moreover, you can teach your house to take care of itself in certain zones. By means of sensors it can detect good or bad weather, and can close the shutters all by itself if necessary. What this means is even when you are not at home you can be sure that your house is thinking like you- super smart!

Energy Efficient LED Lighting systems are used throughout. Fincube can also be upgraded by adding a green roof or a photovoltaic system to the flat roof. 


Fincube is available in three interior packages.  Fincube without interior furnishings, Fincube with interior "standard", and Fincube with premium interiors. The furnished Fincube options feature interior furniture designed by Werner Aisslinger.  Interior material include Swiss stone pine wood furniture, ceramic tiling, Corian, and natural textiles.

This is not just a spec project, the Fincube is real! The Fincube show house is situated on Renon, South Tyrol and can be visited upon request personal guided tours through the Fincube.
The Fincube is currently available for purchase in Europe only (sad panda!).  Because of it's modular  wood construction, it can be ready for occupancy 70 days after production release.

Photo Credits
Waltherplatz Nr. 8
I-39100 Bozen (BZ), Italy
VAT n.02696360219

Check out these other projects from Aisslinger and the Fincube team:

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Today, I thought I would share a bit of link love and something for you to add to your Interior Designer's Toolbox.

Staircases are often anything but sexy- unless you are cruising around the Stairporn website. Stair Porn™ is a weblog showcasing cool stairs from around the world. The stairs featured on this website are inspiring and lovingly detailed and arranged in easy to navigate categories, by style or material. Go visit the site and prepare to be inspired!

Here are a few of my fave stair designs from their site:

Helical Stairs

Creative Railings





Project Crush: The Romanticism Shop by SAKO Architects

Romanticism is a women’s clothing brand with about 500 stores in China. Japanese architects Keiichiro Sako and Takeshi Ishizaka of SAKO Architects, have now designed a few locations for the brand in the city of Hangzhou. Seen below is the second Romanticism shop they designed.

In an interview with, Keiichiro Sako has described the design:

"The client asked me for a design that no one could copy. There were no other requests. My design style is that if a client has a requirement, I try to get a grip on his thinking and bring it further. As there were no requirements, I questioned the concept of the boutique, the clothes and the relationship between body and space. In the end I designed an organic net winding through the space.


Clothes are our second skin, space a third skin, and my design is positioned in between the clothes and space. It’s like a piece of furniture that you can hang clothes on and it changes its shape into partition, counter, chair, furniture as well as railing."

The organic net is going through the whole space. Just like being absorbed from the facade into inner room and then changing the shape smoothly.

Some display holes were made in three-dimensional white wall. It is enlarged motif of body and clothes.The net change its shape into partition, counter, chair, furniture as well as railing. 
Mirror-finished stainless was used in the ceiling for visual impact,
illumination and a trompe l'oeil to disguise the low ceiling. 



The net change its shape into partition, counter, chair, furniture as well as railing.

Photography by Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Information about materials:
Floor: cement mortar, white tile, white marble finish
Ceiling: stainless steel compound board mirror finish
Wall: lumber core back, plaster board water paint finish
Net: steel rod, Styrofoam, glass fiber, epoxy resin, water paint finish
Furniture: Almost all furniture is made by the same material and method as “net.”

SAKO Architects
Principal architect: Keiichiro SAKO
TEL:+86 10 5869 0901
FAX:+86 10 5869 1317

Visit http// to read SAKO's Design Concept of Romanticism