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Excellent examples of commercial architecture

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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To change it up a little and shift our focus slightly away from residential house design, today we are looking at exciting and unique examples of commercial architecture. From hairdressing salons to creative office spaces, we have a wide range for you to ogle over, and maybe even implement some of these ideas into your own home projects.

Designers and architects are getting more and more adventurous with their concepts and interior fit outs, and as it seems, clients are getting more excited about their projects too, keen to inject culture and personality into their professional spaces. We are going to take you on a short tour and showcase some of the best examples of commercial architecture and design that our growing database of experts have to offer. Take a look…

The reader

In this example, we see a fusion between old world architecture and contemporary design. The ionic pillars are in direct contrast with the industrial and factory like ceiling, which is again played off against the intense white colour scheme and superbly modern counter tops and shelving units. It's as though a library of ancient times has been given a completely new lease on life with modern fixtures, tones and of course, 21st century publications.

Google it

Google Super HQ:  Offices & stores by PENSON

Google Super HQ


Would you expect anything different from the Google Super HQ in London? The brief from the forward thinking IT company is as always, to foster a creative environment for its employees. Penson architects, who were relatively unknown until the completion of this project, were tasked to transform 160,000 square feet and over different five floors into a typically British environment. This was done with by the addition of a series of giant glittering Union Jacks as a feature wall, mini secret gardens on the company rooftop, a 200 seat event room named the “Town Hall”, a granny flat, and a small plot of land on site where Google employees can grow their own fruit and vegetables. Amazing!

In flight

Heathrow Terminal 5 VIP Suites:   by Katharine Pooley
Katharine Pooley

Heathrow Terminal 5 VIP Suites

Katharine Pooley

This stunning example of non-residential architecture is the Terminal 5 VIP suites in London's Heathrow Airport. With a calm and relaxing ambience, travellers can recline and unwind in preparation for their flight. Resembling an exclusive and luxury hotel lobby, it is very easy to forget you are in one of the main terminals of a very busy international airport.

Game on

Games Lounge Exhibition:  Museums by NRN Design
NRN Design

Games Lounge Exhibition

NRN Design

Held at the National Media Museum in West Yorkshire, this exhibition space shows the history and evolution of popular computer games and gaming consoles. The brief was for the users and attendees to feel as though they are quite literally in the game. As you can see, Tetris like blocks are stacked in different heights and can be used as seating and as shelving units to display various element of the exhibition. Cleverly, they chose one of the most popular games of all time as their muse for interior decoration and styling. Tetris is the 8-bit game that has transcended through most generations and is still being played today. What a wonderful day out for both children and adults alike.


Anukoo is a fashion brand that stands for sustainability, fair trade and ethically produced clothing. And so, it is only fitting, that their store would reflect the ethos and ideals of the company. The concept was to create a spacious and open atmosphere with materials, where possible, that were shown beautifully in their original form—like the weathered white ash timber on the counter and back wall. The rest has been painted white, but still reveals a textural quality, much like fabrics they use. Overall, creating an ethereal and contemporary feel to the showroom.

Savour your java

Diezysiete de dona maria is a Spanish Hotel with adjoined cafe and bar located in Seville. This beautiful space is a fusion of raw material finishes, bright colours and light filled design. With an airy and spacious aura, one can only imagine sipping your daily cup of java, a cocktail or even a beautiful glass of Spanish wine in complete comfort and style.


This is definitely not your average hairdresser or barbers shop. Named Tagliacorto which loosely translates to 'cut short' is the brainchild behind design firm MA Studio and is located in Siracusa, Italy. The concept summarises, in the built form, how we interpret and process the space in which we live: simple, organised, familiar and ever-changing.

Lock, stock & barrel

Have you ever seen a wine bar that is both quirky and time-honoured at the same time? The concept was to recreate a traditional wine cellar, with of course, a modern twist. The wine barrels and timber finishes are to represent the different variety and quality of wines available in the area. With the shelving units arranged to perfectly fit the selection of wine, it cleverly resembles a battalion of soldiers lined up waiting to go into battle, or in this case, delicious vintages lined up and ready to be savoured.

For more exciting commercial architecture and design stories see ’A modern day charlie and the chocolate factory and The Optician’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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