Project and Concept
From reaching Brazil and the Amazon forest. I stumble upon a delicate flower, the Amazonic victoria lily. This flower is the main concept behind this beautiful hostel. I found the flower very intriguing so studied it’s characteristic and see how can I apply those attributes into a space. The overall organization of public and private spaces is similar the how the lily floats in water.
The principle decorative design elements of the ground floor public spaces reflect how a water lily would be seen from beneath the surface of the water.
The principle design elements of the second floor guest spaces reflect how a lily would sit on the surface of the water. On the ground floor veins and ribs of the lily leaf floating above inspired the sculptural lattice funnel-shape in the center of the bar.
The funnel houses color kinetic up lighting creating shadow play on the ceilings of the restaurant called Lagos which is the Portuguese word for lake. On the upper floors, with hostel-style sleeping experiences, the aesthetic language is informed by the lily flower floating on the surface of the pond below. The flower closes at night to form a bud.
The principle of contrast mimics the wide range of travelers’ experiences in Brazil from the botanical wonders of the forest and sea by day to the cultural and entertainment highlights of the city by night.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: São Paulo, BR
My Role: Interior designer
Additional Credits: Ringling College of Art and design