Amos and Amos takes cues from Scandinavian design for AKQA’s new Gothenburg studio

October 16, 2017 India Block 0

London practice Amos and Amos has created a collaborative workspace in a former Gothenburg shipbuilding warehouse for the digital agency AKQA that references traditional Swedish architecture. The vertical wooden planks were inspired by the traditional cladding on Gothenburg’s buildings, while the blackened wood was inspired by the cabins that stud Sweden’s archipelagos. “We wanted to have something that

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Ora Ïto uses hundreds of wooden slats for snaking oak stair at LVMH offices

October 15, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

French designer Ora Ïto has cut and pieced together over 400 wooden slats to create this staircase, which twists up the Paris offices for one of the world’s largest luxury companies. Ïto was tasked to design offices for the media division of LVMH, the parent company of luxury brands including Louis Vuitton and Dior. The department, which encompasses news brands

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Kate Darby and David Connor preserve rotting structure in conversion of 18th-century cottage

October 13, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

David Connor Design and Kate Darby Architects have transformed a tumbledown cottage in England’s West Midlands into a home and studio, enveloping the ruined old structure in a shell of black corrugated metal. David Connor and Kate Darby set about preserving the 300-year-old timbers, erecting a new steel frame over the listed ruins and cladding it in blackened corrugated

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Deborah Berke’s tower for downtown Indianapolis features shifted floor plates

October 11, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

Architecture studio Deborah Berke Partners has completed a glass office tower with “inflections and projections” for a century-old motor company in the American Midwest, which is well-known for its patronage of modern architecture. The Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters occupies a four-acre (1.6-hectare) block in downtown Indianapolis — the state capital of Indiana. The building is

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Foster + Partner’s Bloomberg headquarters is the “world’s most sustainable office”

October 4, 2017 India Block 0

The first photos have been released of Norman Forster’s newly completed European headquarters for Bloomberg in London, which claims to be the world’s most sustainable office building. British firm Foster + Partners designed Bloomberg Place for the New York-based media company to score highly against the BREEAM environmental assessment method. The building, which features a facade covered in rows

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Foster + Partners unveils plans for Budapest’s tallest building

October 4, 2017 Amy Frearson 0

Foster + Partners has unveiled plans to create a sustainable office campus for a Hungarian oil and gas company, centred around a 28-storey skyscraper. Intended to set “a new benchmark both for Budapest and Hungary”, the new headquarters for MOL Group will give the Hungarian capital its tallest building. The architecture firm has not revealed how

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Airbnb uses current listings to theme interiors of expanded San Francisco headquarters

October 3, 2017 Bridget Cogley 0

Home rental website Airbnb has taken cues from its listings around the world when designing additional office spaces at its headquarters in San Francisco. The Airbnb environmental team collaborated with local architecture firm WRNS Studio to redesign the warehouse-like structure at 999 Brannan Street – an extension of the company’s main office at 888 Brannan down the

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Latticed shell of SOM’s Beijing tower is based on traditional Chinese paper lanterns

October 3, 2017 India Block 0

The faceted exoskeleton of the tallest of these three office towers in Beijing by Skidmore Owings & Merrill is inspired by the patterns created by the folds on paper lanterns. The concertinaed external layer of the main tower of SOM’s Poly International Plaza creates a thermal envelope around office spaces, which are enclosed in a second layer of interior glazing. The

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IKEA’s Creative Hub in Malmö features moody library and walls for scribbling

October 1, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

IKEA employees can “go bananas writing on every wall” inside its Creative Hub in Malmö, Sweden, which features interiors designed by Nanna Lagerman. The offices for the creative team of furniture retail giant IKEA are located on the fourth floor of a building in the city, which was built in 1098 and once occupied by a bank. Lagerman’s brief

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Plans unveiled for London’s first purpose-built design district

September 28, 2017 Ali Morris 0

SelgasCano, 6a Architects and David Kohn Architects are among the eight architecture studios creating buildings for a purpose-built design district at the heart of the new Greenwich Peninsula development in London.  The new one-hectare design district will provide a permanent base for over 1,800 of London’s creatives across a range of affordable architect-designed workspaces at the centre of the riverside

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Büros für Konstruktivismus turns a chicken coop in Berlin into an artist’s studio

September 25, 2017 India Block 0

Berlin-based practice Büros für Konstruktivismus has transformed a former chicken house in the back garden of a 1930s home into a pine-lined artist’s studio. The project is named Hühnerhaus, the German word for henhouse. The coop was originally constructed just after second world war in the grounds of a Berlin villa, but after its renovation the owner now uses

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Architect builds his own studio at the end of Toronto garden

September 21, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

The Brooklyn trend for backyard studios has extended all the way to Toronto, where the founder of architecture firm Six Four Five A has constructed a tiny timber workspace for himself at the end of the garden. The Garden Studio was designed by Oliver Dang at his family home in the Canadian city, where property prices

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Work starts on Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed innovation centre adapted to Shanghai’s extreme weather

September 20, 2017 India Block 0

Architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has designed a business incubator for Shanghai, featuring sheltered terraces that allow for year-round outdoor use. Construction began on 18 September on the new CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters in Shanghai’s technology hub. The project is the third collaboration between Schmidt Hammer Lassen and the government-backed CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park. CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park

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Anish Kapoor’s neighbours “shafted” by approval of studio extension

September 19, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Anish Kapoor has been accused of being “mean-spirited” by pushing ahead with plans for a light-blocking roof extension to his south London studio, by the leader of a campaign against the development. The group of residents petitioned to reduce the scale of of the extension to the artist’s workspace on Farmers Road in Camberwell, which they

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UNStudio completes enormous Raffles City Hangzhou complex featuring twisted glass towers

September 14, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a mixed-use development in the Chinese city of Hangzhou that accommodates a hotel, offices, apartments and shops, within a pair of sinuous towers connected by a podium and landscaped plaza. Raffles City Hangzhou was designed by UNStudio for real estate company CapitaLand. Described by the studio as “a sustainable urban

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Archimania transforms part of historic Memphis warehouse into teacher training centre

September 13, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

Tennessee studio Archimania paired modern wooden elements with “gritty concrete and textured brick” at this higher-education facility, which is housed within a former industrial building that sat abandoned for years. The Memphis Teacher Residency is located within a massive, 10-storey warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee, which was recently converted into a mixed-use development called Crosstown Concourse.

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New images capture MAD’s rock-shaped Chaoyang Park Plaza

September 8, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

This new set of images by photographer Khoo Guo Jie captures the mountain-inspired details of Chinese firm MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza as it nears completion in Beijing. Khoo Guo Jie’s photographs document the skyscrapers, office blocks and public space that make up the 120,000-square-metre complex built on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park – one of the city’s largest parklands.

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Bands of glass wrap FBI technology building in West Virginia by SOM

September 6, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has created a biometric technology facility for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation that features open, light-filled workspaces and views of the hilly terrain. The FBI Biometric Technology Center was constructed within an existing FBI campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia, that houses the division of Criminal Justice Information Services

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Isay Weinfeld reveals irregularly stacked tower block for São Paulo

September 1, 2017 Ali Morris 0

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has designed a tower for São Paulo comprising four irregularly stacked volumes fringed with greenery, which is expected to complete later this year. Construction is already underway on Weinfeld’s mixed use tower, which is positioned in the city’s Jardins area just one block from the main avenue – Avenida Paulista. It was designed for São Paulo-based real estate developer

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Grimshaw unveils Sydney office tower designed to appeal to the “millennial worker”

September 1, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Grimshaw has revealed plans for an office tower overlooking Sydney harbour, which will comprise three district sections and a curving roofline that references the vaulted shells of the nearby Opera House. London-based Grimshaw designed the AU $90 million (£55 million) scheme for a plot spanning 210-220 George Street. The tower, which will take the name of the lot,

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