The offices of the Diaghilev is the headquarter of the Boutique Live Art Hotel in Tel Aviv.
Set over 100 Square metres, the office is a hub for the hotel staff, maintenance, call centre, accounting, exhibitions and events department, in-house cafe administration, and general hotel management.
Arranged around a central workspace, the layout physically, and visually links the private rooms of different hotel departments and distributes daylight to spaces that had previously felt disconnected.
The project exposes, in part of the rooms, a previously hidden topology above the office’s familiar suspended ceiling. Over 50 individually crafted lights, resembling hanging organisms, cling to the ceiling on adjustable mechanical arms.
A hidden world is revealed by the shedding of the everyday office aesthetic.
+ About Itai Palti
Itai Palti currently lives and works in Tel Aviv and London. He graduated with Honours and Commendation in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. His academic design/research work, The Case for Curiosity has been published and translated into a number of languages.
Itai worked closely alongside the late Jan Kaplicky at the innovative practice Future Systems, on such projects as the Ferrari Museum in Modena, The New Czech National Library in Prague,
and the refurbishment of Kaplicky’s private residence.
In 2011, Itai Palti established an Architecture and Design studio based in Tel Aviv and began work on a number of commissioned works. Alongside design work, Itai is also visiting critic at Tel Aviv university.
+ Photography: Guy Rubinstein