HD Talks

September, 2017

Fast Food Gets a High-End Makeover

Posted by on September 13, 2017 in Projects, Trends | 0 comments

When it comes to fast food restaurants, there’s a preconceived notion that the design will often reflect the food. But, lately, these restaurants and well-known brands have taken a page from fast-casual brands like Chipotle or Shake Shack, seeking out acclaimed designers to craft clean, beautiful environments that are as satisfying as the guilty pleasures served.

What makes these high-end spaces stand out beyond the quick distribution of nuggets and a frosty is quite simple: They are designed with a guest in mind who is seeking an upscale yet accessible experience. If you’re making the time to enjoy a Big Mac, you can now enjoy it in style.

Some credit can be given to Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. In 2014, he took on the task of updating a Starbucks in Fukuoka, Japan for a truly unique, sophisticated coffee shop in the bustling area. The building is made of 2,000 wooden sticks woven together in a diagonal pattern to bring a sense of fluidity to the room, creating a warm, cave-like space for the coffee drinkers. Continue reading →

4 Boundary-Pushing Concepts

Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Trends | 0 comments

Because we live and breathe hospitality here at HD HQ, we always have our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in this industry. To really understand where we’re headed, however, we like to take a step outside of our comfort zone every once in a while.

In fact, our September issue (out soon) is dedicated to external influences from creative minds around the globe. We looked at wellness and retail as well as urban planning and installations to inspire our readers to break out of their box and push boundaries. Because there is no limit on inspiration, we have four more projects (including two coworking spaces, an office building, and a plant-clad hotel) that prove ingenuity, creativity, and innovation are always top of mind in the design world.

The Working Capitol, Singapore
While creating the Robinson location of coworking brand Working Capitol in Singapore, Hassell’s local office emphasized lifestyle and wellness to create an “environment where the space was organized by activity,” says Joel Sampson, Hassell senior associate. Continue reading →