Entries by Zach William


Hotel Lobby Acoustics Checklist

Acoustic physics is not a simple science. But for hotels, public buildings, special event venues, and even offices, it is crucial to be able to control noise levels to the extent that visitors feel comfortable. (Photo Credit) Restaurants and expansive hotel lobbies can be often be very noisy when there’s a crowd, and individual voices […]

10 Inspiring Spaces with Bamboo Ceilings

When it comes to sustainable design materials for commercial projects, bamboo has become a go-to choice for architects and designers. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass providing more material per acre than any wood species. It can be manufactured into sheets and planks for building purposes, or left in its cylindrical shape for use as a […]


Office Acoustics: The Definitive Guide to Addressing Workplace Noise Issues

Today’s offices are much more open and designed for ‘collaboration” than ever before, with studies emerging that say that an open office floor plan can help increase employee productivity, while reducing stress and improving energy efficiency at the same time. While these types of open-floorplan setups may make it easier for employees to communicate and […]

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10 Hotels from Around the World Using Natural Products

1. Hotel Indigo, Sarasota, Florida Hotel Indigo, located in Sarasota, Florida offers guests a comfortable oasis near the beach. The light, breezy design provides a calm atmosphere and “natural welcome.” The coconut shell mosaic tiles made from reclaimed coconut shells accent the coastal beach surroundings of the hotel. It is the perfect place for a […]

Commercial Interior Design Trends for 2017

With a new year comes unexpected new design trends. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 commercial interior design trends we’re excited to see in 2017. 1. Recycled Products Building green is nothing new, but upcycling and recycling continue to grow in importance. It’s not enough to just re-use pallets as a coffee […]

Hotel Interior Design Trends

Hotel guests now demand the ultimate, personalized experience, and the state of hospitality design both encourages and reflects this desire. To that end, hotel interior design trends are changing, moving away from cookie cutter designs and opulent surroundings to high-tech, green, innovative boutique-inspired interiors. While some things will never change, hotels will always have lobbies […]

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Commercial Office Design: The Anatomy of Highly Productive Office Spaces

Commercial Office Design is not just an art, it’s also part science. Creating an optimal work environment is a delicate balance of space planning, light, sound, aesthetics and natural elements along with flow and function.   Increase productivity by making your office space a happier place to be. Healthy environments make happy employees Personal health […]

The Top 75 Online Tools for Architects

As an architect, you have a busy schedule that involves not just planning and drawing, but creating presentations, finding the right color palette, and locating BIM information. You need tools that can help you get your job done right, whether you’re drawing in 2D or you’re printing out a 3D model. These 75 online and […]


Bamboo Veneer: 17 Ideas for Architects & Designers that Go Beyond Flooring

As green building certifications like LEED and SEED go from bonus options to industry standards, it’s more important than ever before to begin sourcing products that meet these criteria. Architects and designers already use bamboo veneer for flooring, but bamboo can fit into building projects in several other areas as well. This fast-growing grass easily qualifies […]