Naturally Indoors

Naturally Indoors

Ken Hayden / Courtesy Selldorf

Humankind has come a long way from its primitive origins in terms of constructing shelters to isolate itself from the insalubrious harassments of the outdoors only to find that hermetic environments come with their own costs and consequences.

In this feature, AN looks at four commercial and four hospitality interiors that, from a comfortable remove, reconnect inhabitants with nature. Plus, we talk to COOKFOX Senior Associate Pam Campbell about the biophilic design principals that guide much of her firm’s work.

Wadi Rum Desert Resort
Chad Oppenheim conceives a remote desert resort carved into the sandstone cliffs of the Jordanian desert.
Nasty Gal
Bestor Architecture deftly navigates a historic building’s past for fashion retailer Nasty Gal.
The Mesa at Amangiri
Selldorf Architects designs a private luxury retreat in the rugged desert landscape of Southern Utah.

The French Laundry
Inspired by the movements of the dining experience, Snohetta, Envelope A+D, and Harrison & Koellner revamp the kitchen and courtyard of the renowned Napa Valley restaurant, French Laundry.
A Rogers Partners-designed headquarters in New York City fosters a fluid startup culture within a traditional Wall Street office building.

Biotopological Escalator
Reversible Destiny Foundation’s experiential passageway in Dover Market seeks to inspire shoppers to reflect on the aging process.
A focus on workplace ergonomics and indoor-outdoor connections define Gensler’s Denver office, creating a lively, interactive environment.
Coopers Hall
A former quonset hut and car dealership in Portland is transformed into a light-filled winery and taproom by local architect Lorraine Gutherie.