Thursday, September 23, 2010


L'OREAL Academy Kiev by m2r architecture

With the purpose of providing additional training for hairstylists through seminars and hands on experience, m2r architecture has created this multi-functional work and learning environment for L'OREAL in Kiev as a place of inspiration. To give the Academy its polished feel, the concrete foundation of the room was left exposed and contrasting materials such as glass, stainless steel, and Corian were used. Many of the ventilation shafts as well as the racks for the lighting were left exposed - giving the impression of a loft apartment or a fashion show stage setup.

Photo © Taufik Kenan.
South-facing windows allow a lot of natural light to pour into the room – which is very important when looking at hair once the color has been applied.

Photo © Taufik Kenan.
To take advantage of the natural light, mirrors were used on the walls and in the wet room to create the illusion of a much larger space.

Photo © Taufik Kenan.
By introducing large lighting walls, back-lit fashion images and sparkling product displays, the foyer and conference rooms of the adjacent corporate offices are transformed into a world of high fashion and cosmetics.

Photo © Taufik Kenan.
A three dimensional aluminium cladded volume accommodates the reception area. It forms the centre of the office and creates a grand entrance.

design: m2r architecture via: ArchDaily
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