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biophilic travels: a moody and textural design gallery

in biophilic travels

The natural world is home to a variety of atmospheres: bright, mysterious, calming, deep, and more.

In this episode of Biophilic Travels, a design gallery that uses biophilic elements to enhance its moody and dramatic atmosphere…

an inviting welcome

Six Gallery welcomes guests in a bright courtyard filled with lush plants and punctuated by inviting conversation areas. Glass arched doors create a smooth connection with the interior, which feels like a continuation of the outdoor: equally abundant in natural light and richly planted, with greenery acting as a partitioning element.

The gallery is located in a period building that previously hosted a monastery – a detail that adds local relevance to the space.

View of the bright indoor through the arched entrance door.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Seating area screened with a line of plants on the back.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Welcoming outdoor conversation area.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada

shifting atmospheres

Moving deeper into the space, the bright and airy atmosphere turns into a moody ambiance. With their rough texture, charcoal brick walls add dimension and drama, while intense contrasts of light and shadow accentuate the atmosphere.

Different design moments punctuate the big room, with planted partitions, straw and stained bamboo screens making the exploration of the space more compelling. Wheat spikes and paper umbrellas hanging from the ceiling enhance the rooms-in-a-room effect, creating more intimate refuge areas within a larger space.

A chair vignette mysteriously peeking through greenery.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Seating area with tall plants behind.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Moody dining area enclosed by tall plants.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Wheat spikes hanging from the ceiling zone a conversation area.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Oversized flower arrangement against a deep blue bamboo screen.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
View into a side room with paper umbrellas hanging from the ceiling.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada

a sensory exploration

Every corner of the space is an invitation to look close, touch, and explore. A variety of natural materials, a rich juxtaposition of textures, the incorporation of contrasting details, accent light drawing attention to the details…all these elements add interest and inspire a sensory curiosity towards the space.

Straw fans diffuse the light from wall sconces.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Close-up view of paper umbrellas hanging from the ceiling.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Textured straw room divider.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Close-up of a wood & rattan chair, a natural fibre rug, and flowers in a vase.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada
Close-up of a straw room divider on a concrete floor.
Credit: Quincoces-dragò & partners – Ph: Alberto Strada

In this project, biophilic features serve the purpose of setting a moody ambiance and crafting an explorative atmosphere. As a whole, the space just awaits to be discovered in all its details, in a rich and intriguing sensory experience.


Biophilic design resources by anooi:
A Biophilic YearApplying Biophilic DesignVisual Library of Biophilic Design