First impressions count, and the front desk is one of the first opportunities hotel designers have to provide a touchpoint for guests and setting the scene for the rest of their stay.

In this new ’Five on Friday’ series created in collaboration with Sleeper Magazine’s editorial team, we have selected five front desks from locations across the globe that strike the perfect balance between forward-thinking design and contextual sensitivity though their various shapes, sizes and formations.

This routine and often overlooked area is the portal that every guest must pass through before retiring to their rooms after a lengthy day of travel. Practical considerations are as important as aesthetics. Do they provide enough space for guests to complete paperwork comfortably? Where can computer cables, staplers and other sundries be stored away from view? Is the height right?

From biophilic backdrops to futuristic desk arrangements, the following projects have been created to incite marvel and promote a sense of tranquillity in equal measure.

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Parkroyal Marina Bay, Singapore.

by FDAT. 

Maison de la Luz, USA.

by Atelier Ace and Studio Shamshiri. 

SLS Dubai Hotel, UAE.

by AEDAS, Next Engineering Consultants and Bishop Design. 

Casa Cook Mykonos, Greece.

by Vana Penari Architecture Studio. 

W X'ian, China.

by A&s International Design and ABConcept – Hong Kong.