Sweeping staircase forms centrepiece of engineering office by Studio Ben Allen

April 25, 2018 India Block 0

Studio Ben Allen has inserted a spiralling plywood staircase in the centre of an office in Birmingham, England, which is designed to get workers moving. The London architecture studio was commissioned to expand the offices of global engineering firm Cundall in a way that would improve the health and wellbeing of its workers. A skeletal timber staircase

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Foster + Partners completes BBC headquarters in Cardiff

April 24, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Foster + Partners has completed a new headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff, which features a broad metal canopy supported on slender columns. The building designed for the Welsh division of the broadcaster has now been handed over for internal fit out by Overbury and Sheppard Robson in time to welcome 1,200 staff in 2019.

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Tom Dixon unveils new King’s Cross studio and showroom in former coal yard

April 17, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

British designer Tom Dixon has opened a new flagship store, showroom and offices inside a Victorian coal yard in London’s King’s Cross. The brand has relocated its entire operation from Ladbroke Grove in west London to a group of Victorian buildings in King’s Cross. The transformation of the building forms part of the redevelopment of the area around

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NBBJ completes “vertical campus” for Tencent’s headquarters in Shenzhen

April 12, 2018 India Block 0

At the Shenzhen headquarters of Chinese tech giant Tencent, twin skyscrapers are connected by sky bridges designed to help employees meet. Architect NBBJ designed Tencent’s Global Headquarters specifically to prevent the 10,000 workers of the technology firm from getting siloed in their different departments. Two glass and aluminium towers rise to 50 and 39 stories respectively and are

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17 Dubai architecture studios photographed by Marc Goodwin

April 11, 2018 India Block 0

For the next in his studio photography series, Marc Goodwin visited the Dubai offices of 17 architecture practices, including Grimshaw and Gensler.  Unlike the cities Goodwin has previously visited for his series, such as Shanghai, London and Barcelona, there were few instances of architecture offices adapting historic buildings in Dubai. The recent building boom in the United Arab Emirates

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Prefabricated cabin can be transported to remote locations by lorry

April 10, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

This £39,000 prefabricated cabin by artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod is designed to be easily transported on the back of a lorry. School friends Niven and MacLeod designed the small hut, known as the Artist Bothy after the Scottish name for a shelter, for artists wanting to set up studio in isolated locations.  The compact

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Reform hacks IKEA cabinets to create gold-hued kitchen for Danish fashion brand

April 10, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Danish brand Reform has updated standard IKEA cabinetry with brass doors to create this golden-toned kitchen at the headquarters of Copenhagen-based fashion designer Stine Goya. The kitchen was installed following Stine Goya’s move to a new office and showroom space, which is set within a listed property near Copenhagen’s royal palace. Throughout the building’s renovation the designer

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Fiedler Marciano creates artist studios in a forest clearing in Connecticut

April 9, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

American studio Fiedler Marciano Architecture took cues from vernacular architecture in New England while designing a pair of small, sculptural buildings for an artists’ nature retreat. The studio buildings are located on the campus of the I-Park Foundation, an organisation that offers a renowned artist-in-residence programme. The campus covers 450 bucolic acres (182 hectares) just

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Overlapping discs contain offices for Israeli underwear manufacturer

April 8, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

This headquarters for a textile manufacturer in Caesarea, Israel, comprises a group of stacked discs, which are staggered to create balconies overlooking the surrounding landscape. Local studio Auerbach Halevy Architects designed the offices and manufacturing facility for Delta Galil, an Israeli textile company founded in 1975 that is now a global leader in the design

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HKS revives historic buildings for urban healthcare campus in Ohio

April 4, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

Architecture firm HKS has overhauled a 120-year-old steam plant and a brutalist office building, creating a headquarters for a medical company and aiming to revive an ageing downtown district in the American Rust Belt. The ProMedica Headquarters is located in the heart of downtown Toledo, a city in northwest Ohio. The project involved the adaptive

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WAW Architects adds concrete extension to social services centre in former orphanage 

April 3, 2018 India Block 0

A concrete and glass block projects out over the entrance of this red brick building in Brussels, which has been converted into offices for social services by WAW Architects. The local architecture studio restored and redesigned the former orphanage, which was built in 1901, to create an office space for social services organisation OCMW Halle. Period features, such as

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Offices in a converted warehouse centre around suspended concrete staircase

April 1, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

A concrete staircase overlooked by a glazed showroom and library forms the centrepiece of this headquarters for a textile brand in Mumbai designed by SJK Architects. The offices for Synergy Lifestyles are housed in a former warehouse in the mill area of the Indian city’s Kalachowki neighbourhood. It was one of the first industrial buildings in

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Moss converts Chicago corner shop into art gallery, apartment and its own studio

March 31, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architect Matt Nardella has turned an abandoned bodega in Chicago into his home and studio, arranging spaces around a courtyard he created in the centre. Nardella runs Chicago-based architecture and design firm Moss with his wife Laura Cripe, who oversees the marketing and business development. The architect and his team transformed the 6,000-square-foot (557-square-metre) grocery

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Factory with pitched roofs designed to complement terraced housing

March 25, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Local architecture studio TRANS has rebuilt a factory in a residential neighbourhood of Ghent, with pitched roofs referencing nearby housing. TRANS oversaw the project for local food packaging business Ryhove, which has been based in central Ghent, Belgium, since the 1980s. After decades of ad-hoc expansion, Ryhove’s facilities had become outdated and no longer provided the sort of

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Studio Arthur Casas uses books to brighten “austere” law office in Brazil

March 24, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Bookcases and partitions appear not to meet the ground at this chocolate-coloured workplace in São Paulo, by Studio Arthur Casas. Ha Office was designed for a law firm, which required an open-plan workspace and kitchen, plus private offices and meeting rooms. Studio Arthur Casas therefore retrofitted a unit in a tower that was originally designed

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Squire and Partners reveals plans for Ministry of Sound co-working space

March 23, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

London nightclub Ministry of Sound is opening a Squire and Partners-designed co-working space and members’ club with a bar at its centre to appeal to the “next generation of rebel creatives”. Named The Ministry the workspace and private members club is being built in a former 19th-century printing works near the iconic club in Elephant and Castle, south London.

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen reveals plans to revitalise former brewery in Riga

March 22, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen has won a competition to repurpose a derelict brewery in the Latvian city of Riga, introducing offices, a hotel and a public plaza. The Kimmel Quarter occupies almost an entire city block of Riga’s Central District and takes its name from the nearby Brewery Kimmel, a beer manufacturer that operated throughout

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Nicole Hollis creates blackened wood library for its San Francisco studio

March 20, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Interior design studio Nicole Hollis has inserted charred black boxes for storing project materials into its new offices in San Francisco. Led by interior designer Nicole Hollis, the team transformed a 5,000-square-foot (464-square-metre) space to create its offices inside a former industrial building at 1000 Brannan Street. A monochrome palette based on white-painted walls and poured

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SOM unveils office tower with luxury amenities for Chicago

March 19, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill has revealed an 18-storey office block planned for Chicago, including a terrace that overlooks the city’s trendy West Loop neighbourhood. SOM’s The Porch is intended for Fulton Market a district in the city’s West Loop, an area immediately west of Downtown that has become known for its upcoming contemporary design and

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SOM unveils office tower with luxury amenities for Chicago

March 19, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill has revealed an 18-storey office block planned for Chicago, including a terrace that overlooks the city’s trendy West Loop neighbourhood. SOM’s The Porch is intended for Fulton Market a district in the city’s West Loop, an area immediately west of Downtown that has become known for its upcoming contemporary design and

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