Stainless-steel extension to CTLES archive reflects its rural surroundings

July 23, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

This pair of enormous mirrored-steel boxes connected by a glazed bridge were designed by Antonini + Darmon and RMDM, to complement and extend an aluminium-clad archive facility outside Paris. The CTLES (Technical Centre for Books of Higher Education) is a national public administrative institution located in the Parisian suburb of Bussy-Saint-Georges, around 25 kilometres east of the city

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MAPmx’s Mexico City tower to feature facades parted like draped curtains

July 19, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architecture studio MAPmx has unveiled an office tower in Mexico City with huge concrete walls that appear to be pulled apart at the corners. The local architects designed Chapultepec 500 with the aim to reinvigorate its location on Avenida Chapultepec – one of Mexican capital’s main thoroughfares. To achieve this, MAPmx placed the building on four concrete “legs” with curved edges

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MAD unveils “extraterrestrial” campus for electric car brand Faraday Future

July 18, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

Chinese architecture studio MAD has designed a sci-fi-influenced headquarters for Faraday Future, a new car company focussed on electric vehicles, in Northern California. Faraday Future (FF) plans to move from its current Los Angeles base to the new campus, which it is hoped will allow the fledgling company to expand its research and development. The company recently announced the

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Stefano Boeri unveils latest tree-clad tower project for Utrecht

July 17, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for his first “vertical forest” in the Netherlands: a stepped tower covered in 10,000 plants and trees in the city of Utrecht.  Boeri’s studio Stefano Boeri Architetti won a competition to design Hawthorn Tower for a new district in the city’s Jaarbeursboulevard area near Utrecht Central Station, which was recently completed by Bentham Crouwel Architects. It will be

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Caruso St John uses spruce lumber boards to create design studio for Kvadrat Soft Cells

July 14, 2017 Emma Tucker 0

Architecture firm Caruso St John has transformed a Copenhagen warehouse into a wood-panelled studio, where the Kvadrat design team can develop their range of acoustic panelling. London-based Caruso St John – which last year won the Stirling Prize for its Newport Street Gallery – was tasked with renovating a space in the Danish city’s industrial harbour area to create

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Klein Dytham creates book-lined leisure space inside AL_A’s Central Embassy tower in Bangkok

July 12, 2017 Ali Morris 0

Klein Dytham Architecture has completed a sprawling “village” of shops, restaurants and co-working space within Amanda Levete’s recently completed Central Embassy complex in Bangkok, Thailand. Perched 50 metres above Bangkok in Amanda Levete’s sharply pointed 37-storey retail and hotel tower, Open House is a 4,600-square-metre, double-height leisure space that comprises fourteen restaurants and bars, an art gallery, a bookstore, a

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Jean Verville converts backyard shed into minimalist studio in Montreal

July 12, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

Canadian architect Jean Verville has overhauled a storage shed at his home into an austere workspace lined with oriented strand board. The project, called IN 1, was envisioned as a “model on a human scale”. It is one in a series of recent works by Verville intended to embody the merging of art and architecture, through experimention with

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Estudio Atemporal coverts old factory in Mexico City into co-working offices

July 11, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Mexican architects Estudio Atemporal has paired concrete columns and cinder-block walls with black metal and glass partitions when transforming a former industrial factory in Mexico City into a co-working space. The 722-square-metre building spans an entire block in the sprawling city’s Anáhuac neighbourhood. It combines a two-storey block with a sawtooth roof and a three-storey volume with a flat roof, which

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ÉCAL students design dedicated farming, napping and gym office cubicles

July 9, 2017 Emma Tucker 0

Office workers can sleep, grow plants, pour themselves a cocktail and work out in each of these specialised hubs created by students at ÉCAL university. The structures are created using Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Workbays system – a set of flexible dividers for Vitra that are designed to let offices be customised into different areas

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The Stella Collective creates Sydney office that resembles luxury penthouse

July 5, 2017 Ali Morris 0

Melbourne interior design studio The Stella Collective has designed this Sydney office interior to resemble a luxury penthouse or boutique hotel rather than a corporate workspace. Designed for property investment firm Memocorp, the 1,000-square-metre office is located on the top floor of the the 42-storey 259 George St office tower in Sydney’s financial district. The interior

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Desai Chia captures “quirky” character of media brand Quartz for its New York office

July 4, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

American studio Desai Chia Architecture wanted to capture the “intellectually playful aspects” of Quartz in the design of the digital media outlet’s new headquarters in Manhattan. The Quartz office occupies a rectangular space in a historic cast-iron building in the Flatiron District. Launched in 2012 and owned by Atlantic Media, Quartz runs a popular website focused on the

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Norm Architects designs showroom for Menu that doubles as a co-working space

July 3, 2017 Ali Morris 0

Danish brand Menu’s minimal furniture and homeware is showcased in a new showroom in Copenhagen, designed by Norm Architects to also function as an office, cafe and co-working space. Menu says that the 700-square-metre Menu Space will function as a place “for great ideas, beautiful design, powerful concepts and inspiration as well as openness, knowledge

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This converted London print factory is a co-working space for makers

July 2, 2017 Emma Tucker 0

London’s Palmspace co-working studio occupies a former factory that has been adapted to offer extra room for artists and makers. The space – which was launched by Hackney Downs Studios and created by an in-house design team – has individual workspaces set apart by steel-framed shelves, which double as drying racks. There are also desks

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Windows taper to reduce unwanted views from Seoul office and retail building

July 2, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

South Korean studio BUS Architecture has completed a mixed-use building in the Seoul, featuring bands of windows set into its brick facades that decrease in size as they wrap around to the rear. The building in the Mapo district is positioned on an L-shaped corner site connected to a main road with well-established shops and businesses

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Nike unveils New York headquarters topped with giant planted swoosh

June 28, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Sedum plants form a huge tick on the roof of Nike’s new headquarters in New York, which also features an indoor basketball court, meeting rooms in a van and bleacher-style stairs. Nike NYHQ occupies six floors of a building on 855 Avenue of the Americas, designed by the brand’s Workplace Design + Connectivity team with New York-based Studios Architecture.

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Gardens separate rooms wrapped in brick, stone and wood at Mexican courthouse

June 25, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

An oval stone wall encloses brick and timber volumes that offer varying levels of privacy and connection with the gardens at the centre of this courthouse in Pátzcuaro, Mexico, by Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo. The courthouse was designed by Rocha and Carrillo’s architecture studio in response to a requirement to update all of Mexico’s justice facilities so that

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Leo A Daly designs Maryland campus to help US intelligence agencies communicate better

June 20, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

Architect Leo A Daly has overhauled an office complex just outside of Washington DC, creating a verdant campus that aims to foster cooperation among 16 American intelligence agencies. Daly’s firm upgraded a 1940s office campus in the city of Bethesda, Maryland, seven miles (11 kilometres) northwest of the US capital, to create the Intelligence Community Campus. The project involved overhauling the landscaping, renovating existing

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Tolila+Gilliland creates its new Paris studio in an old attic workshop

June 18, 2017 Lizzie Fison 0

Architects Benoît-Marie Moriceau and Gaston Tolila have overhauled an old workshop in Paris’ Butt aux Cailles neighbourhood to create an office and studio for their growing team. Tolila + Gilliland had outgrown its previous office space, so the 12-person team relocated to the attic space, which had formerly served as an atelier for several different businesses. To start with, the architects peeled back layers

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Carlo Ratti reveals Office 3.0 workspace that promises to end “thermostat wars”

June 17, 2017 Alice Morby 0

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has transformed a Turin building into an office space with a personalised “environmental bubble” for every worker. Office 3.0 – first previewed in plans in the middle of last year – is the new headquarters for the Agnelli Foundation cultural institution in Turin, Italy. Ratti’s firm, Carlo Ratti Associati, renovated the

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Luxury materials bring hotel feel to headquarters of PDG property developers

June 16, 2017 Natasha Levy 0

Studio Tate has revamped the 17th floor of an unusual hexagonal building to create lavish offices for PDG, a property development firm based in Melbourne. The studio was given the task of turning the six-sided space – which was previously occupied by the Australian airline Ansett – into an inviting headquarters that would encourage communication

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