HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning company. The studio has 1,600 people collaborate across a network of 23 offices on three continents. HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. In this article, we will talk about the global interior design trends from HOK!

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HOK‘s designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focused on a solitary goal: to deliver solutions that inspire clients and communities. The studio believes the warm, friendly culture in their studios – each with its own local vibe – is pretty special. HOK is a highly collaborative group of people who enjoy working together and are generous about sharing their knowledge, research and innovations.

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During HOK design processes, the team engage people from many cultures, both from within their company and the local community. These diverse backgrounds broaden their vision and feed their strengths. The studio goal is for the spaces and buildings they create to shape the cultures of their clients and the community. They think of themselves as a global network of designers made up of small teams of friends working together to solve complex problems.

HOK – St. Regis Belgrade Hotel

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Belgrade has always been a place where worlds collide. Located at the convergence of the Sava and Danube Rivers, it’s where East meets West and ancient history joins the contemporary age. The new St. Regis Belgrade hotel celebrates the rich history and culture of Serbia’s famed ‘White City’ and will occupy the first nine floors of the 40-story Kula Belgrade, a signature tower within the Belgrade Waterfront development. The entry hall’s grand stair, carefully curated artwork, embossed metal finishes and elegant furniture extend a warm welcome to guests and lead them into the hotel’s public areas. Two strong focal points – a grand fireplace and sculptural service counter – define the St. Regis Bar, a beloved signature of the brand. A handcrafted, bespoke textile art piece wraps the walls, telling the story of Belgrade’s rebirth in an abstract, modern style. In guestrooms, HOK’s design references traditional weaving patterns of Serbian textiles and uses a refined, light palette for colors and materials. By channeling the spirit of legendary Serbian painter Milena Pavlović Barili, the Presidential Suite has art and furnishings that evoke an independent, sophisticated style. In addition to 119 well-appointed guestrooms, the hotel includes restaurants, bars, a fitness center, a spa and meeting space.

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Grey is a timeless neutral that never fails to add sophistication to any modern dining room and the softness of the grey velvet NAJ Dining Chairs contrasts beautifully with the golden of the KOI Dining Table and the unique the HORUS Suspension Light.

HOK – Xiamen Tefang Seven Star Bay Resort

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This resort is conceived to include three hotels. To differentiate it in the local market, the developer selected a French theme for the property. The design for the Phase I Hotel, including the restaurants, stays true to traditional French scale and detailing. The “all-day” restaurant has a youthful and contemporary 21st-century French style. The design for the Phase II Hotel will take a more modern approach.

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A perfect hallway with metallic tones and with a simple colour spread. The HELIOS Mirror invokes the feeling of grandeur with the help of the CAY Wall Light. Also, the BRYCE console helps to consolidate the ambiance.

HOK – Daniels Erin Mills Arc Condominiums

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HOK designed several amenity spaces for the  Daniels Arc Condominiums tower, a 19-story mixed-use development in the Greater Toronto Area. The tower includes 342 condominiums and commercial space. The premium amenities are located at the top of the tower’s curved facade. They include a fitness center, a full-court gymnasium, and a bar and game lounge area looking out onto an outdoor terrace carved into the building. A fifth-floor event space offers views of Mississauga’s skyline, a spacious library, a fireside lounge and a bookable guest suite. HOK’s contemporary design draws from the ample green space surrounding the development, always preserving views from the curved facade. Their team also provided signage and wayfinding design.

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HOK – WPP Office

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A model for the office of the future, WPP’s new vertical campus in Chicago brings together employees from 31 marketing, advertising and creative solutions agencies into one location that fuels collaboration and innovation. In the ever-changing world of advertising and media agencies, this consolidation allows WPP to be more agile by managing one single office location instead of separate locations and leases. Spread across seven floors, WPP’s activity-based workplace emphasizes choice and autonomy. Three seating types – work benches, team tables and individual workspaces – accommodate solo work, collaborative projects, group learning and socializing. The studio-like environment features an architectural language that speaks to the culture of WPP and the surrounding Fulton Market District, a former industrial neighborhood now home to numerous Fortune 500 companies. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the historic district. Decorative iron grid boxes, punched and textured metal walls, and rope lines in the flooring are inspired by the site’s industrial heritage. A feature stair creates connectivity across floors and provides staff access to a shared amenities floor with a lounge, 360-degree terrace, presentation rooms, a production space with photo and sound recording studios, wellness club, lockers and a café. Insights from employee surveys, leadership interviews and observation studies informed HOK’s design and indicated needs for dozens of small collaboration rooms per floor, fewer large conference rooms and an adaptable design that allows WPP to easily expand and contract. HOK also developed a change management program to give WPP’s people a sense of ownership of their new space and position them to succeed in this new environment.

HOK – Village of Oswego Police Headquarters and Training Facility

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How can a building foster a sense of openness and dialogue with the public? This challenge informed the design of a new police headquarters and training facility in the western suburbs of Chicago. The design creates a progressive civic building for the police department headquarters that – in concert with the adjacent fire department headquarters – forms a public safety campus in the heart of the community. Extensive glass curtain walls express an architectural vocabulary based on transparency and reinforce the sense of accessibility, honesty and disclosure that are vital to community policing. A 60-foot-high tower serves as a beacon of safety that enhances the village skyline and doubles as an energy source (with solar hot water heating arrays incorporated into its facade) for the high-performance building. HOK’s design increases workplace efficiency and promotes health and wellness, which are often overlooked in law enforcement buildings. The contemporary environment offers opportunities for decompression and personalization, with natural daylighting, ergonomic workstations, acoustical control between spaces and localized temperature control. A central staff hub area organizes workflow and connectivity while acting as an informal meeting place. On-site fitness facilities, a tactical training room and an indoor shooting range allow for convenience while reducing operating costs.

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HOK – Dairy Farmers of America Headquarters

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The story of Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) headquarters is the story of the people behind dairy farms. More specifically, it’s the story of how those family farms produce products that are served on family tables in the U.S. and overseas. As the nation’s largest dairy cooperative, DFA wanted its new building to honour its 15,000 U.S. dairy farm owners. It also needed to provide a branded, high-performance workplace that would enable its 400-plus employees to support co-op members in every way possible. DFA’s culture and agrarian roots guided every aspect of the design. This space needed to integrate farmers and DFA staff to become a workplace of choice and drive business growth. The company encouraged employees to help shape the amenity-rich environment and more than 75 per cent answered the call by participating in meetings or charrettes with the design team. After its first year occupying the space, DFA’s number of employees had grown by nearly 20 per cent.

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HOK – LaGuardia Airport New Terminal B

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LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B symbolizes the top-to-bottom transformation of one of the nation’s highest-profile airports. The transparent, fluid design of the 850,000-sq.-ft. Arrivals and Departures Hall (headhouse) celebrates movement while conveying a strong civic presence in a city known for its remarkable architecture. In the spirit of grand transportation centres like New York’s celebrated Grand Central Terminal, the new Terminal B ushers in an ambitious new era of mobility and travel. Its verticality and scale echo the grandeur of the city itself. The Arrivals and Departures Hall acts as the terminal’s front door, with dramatic pedestrian bridges that link to midfield concourses and gates. A new parking garage and a Central Hall connect the building to Terminal C and a planned future AirTrain LGA station. Before beginning to work on Terminal B, HOK provided professional advisory services for the $8 billion rebuildings of LaGuardia, the first entirely new airport in the U.S. in more than 25 years. In coordination with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), Delta Air Lines and partner firms, HOK developed a cohesive, overarching design worthy of one of the world’s great cities. The original master plan provided for the new Terminal B’s design competition suggested a headhouse with traditional peninsular concourses extending into the airfield. These pedestrian overpasses provide an apt metaphor for New York, a city of islands and bridges. The form of the bridges embodies elegance within demanding constraints, giving travellers the feeling they’re part of the airport’s operations. Most importantly, the bridges offer a novel solution to a longstanding taxiway challenge at LaGuardia.

HOK – Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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Arthur Blank, the owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United, wanted Mercedes-Benz Stadium to provide an architectural icon for the city and a fan experience that is second to none. HOK’s design reimagines what a stadium can be, creating a building that looks and functions like no other and that transforms the experience of going to a live event. The team approached the design from the top-down, starting with a roof that appears to open and close like a camera aperture. Inspired by the oculus within Rome’s ancient Pantheon, the stadium’s signature roof was made possible only by modern architectural and engineering innovations. The roof is composed of eight 220-foot-long “petals.” Activated by the push of a button, the petals appear to rotate when opening but actually move in unison along 16 linear tracks. The roof fully opens in eight minutes and closes in seven. The facade, which follows the roof’s angular form, consists of alternating insulated metal and ETFE panels inspired by the shape of a falcon’s wing. On the stadium’s west side, the transparency creates a 16-story window that floods the space with daylight and offers panoramic views of Atlanta’s skyline.

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HOK – NewYork-Presbyterian Daid H. Koch Center

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When NewYork-Presbyterian’s leaders set out to develop an ambulatory care center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, they started with two simple questions: What will world-class healthcare look like in the future? How can we begin to make that vision a reality today? The result is the David H. Koch Center, a three-in-one facility designed with the flexibility to support advancements in medicine and patient care. HOK worked closely with NYP to create a new urban context for the medical center. The 17-story building houses three distinct programs: ambulatory care; the Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns; and the Integrative Health and Wellbeing program operated in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine. The design team included HOK as architect and interior designer (public spaces), Ballinger as medical architect and interior designer (clinical spaces), and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as consulting architect for the building envelope and lobby. The holistic programming and design prioritized patient and family-centered care. With its glass-encapsulated, wood screen facade and transparent lower floors, the building presents a bright face to the community. A private drive-through drop-off and a generous daylit main lobby welcome patients and their families from the congestion of the city.

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HOK – Versus Residential Towers

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Canadian real estate developer ONE Properties asked HOK to develop the interior design and branding program for its Versus apartment complex in Calgary’s Beltline neighborhood. The mixed-use development includes ground-level retail space, second floor office space and a third-story amenities level. The two towers, 17 and 34 stories, rise from the amenity level and have a total of 444 residential suites. HOK’s branding informs Versus’ suite layouts and finishes, lobbies and amenities areas in a design that is timeless in its color palette and detailing. Traditional moldings provide an interesting counterpoint to modern fixtures and accents of bright artwork and seating. With a minimum of nine-foot ceilings, suites feature expansive windows, equipped with roller shade coverings, offering views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown Calgary. The upgraded kitchens have polished quartz countertops, chrome faucets and stainless steel, energy-efficient appliances. Sustainable design strategies include use of low-flow fixtures, low-VOC paints and wallcoverings, and durable, long-lasting materials. Public amenities include social rooms, a theater lounge, a fitness and yoga facility, and outdoor patios.

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