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S HAIR SALON, Ljubljana, Slovenia by GAO Architects

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Architecture firm:
GAO Architects
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Miran Kambič
Principal architect:
Petra Zakrajšek, Sara Hočevar, Gea El Habashy
Design team:
Bespoke furniture: Mizarstvo Trunkelj. Wallpapers: Glamora. Sanitary equipment and ceramics: Interrier Showroom. Floor Coverings: Eko Stil Textiles: UVA Floor Coverings: Eko Stil
Built area:
35 m²
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Tools used:
Beauty Salon

GAO Architects: Despite the smaller surface area of the salon, the goal of the salon's design was to create a sense of comfort and privacy akin to larger hair salons. Within the open space, we placed a feature with movable curtains that provide privacy in an otherwise partially glazed structure.

The central circular element is separated from the rest of the salon by a wooden floor, and the opening or closing of it is facilitated by movable curtains. These curtains add dynamism to the space and, through their movement, shape different atmospheres. The transparent fabric of the curtains introduces complexity and depth to the interior.

Above the wooden circular floor, a mirror is suspended from the ceiling, offering clients an unexpected reflection during hair care. All elements placed in the center of the space are round, emphasizing the central theme of flow and softness, further supported by a color palette in shades of pink.

The wood framing the circle is also applied to one of the walls of the salon, where the salon's logo in brass color hangs. Opposite the wooden wall, there is a feminine wallpaper featuring pink ginkgo (Glamora). This area also incorporates mirrors and serves as the central workspace in the salon.

The flow, circularity, and softness of the salon are further highlighted by the Meshmatics chandelier (Moooi). All shelves and cabinets, crafted by Trunkelj Carpentry, are custom-made and thoughtfully designed to maximize the use of the limited space, providing the salon owner with ample storage space for products.

This feminine beauty salon, located along a busy thoroughfare, offers comfort and privacy through thoughtful design, providing a luxurious pampering experience.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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