McCann Worldgroup is a leading global advertising agency. As part of its Vision 2021 a radically collaborative way of working is being implemented. MWG Madrid approached Studio Banana in order to support this transition, foster a novel workplace culture and design its new headquarters in the same spirit.
Fintech Fusion is an accelerator dedicated to financial technology start-ups and located in an area of Geneva undergoing a deep transformation, from light industry into tech. The premises used to host the labs of a world-class diamonds and jewellery brand.
Racagni Primary School stands on three floors: the total net area of the ground floor is 2.326 square meters divided between classrooms, auditorium, facilities, the gym and administration offices. The first floor has a total net area of 1.491 square meters with six classrooms, labs for art, computer, science and music. The second floor, 1.030 square meters of net area, includes ten classrooms and service areas.
The renovation project of the FTI foundation’s headquarters in the heart of Geneva’s industrial urban fabric was undertaken following two primary objectives:
On one hand, the need to activate a collaborative culture amongst the different departments, based on a transversal project dynamic, and on the other hand the need to propose a renewed and coherent client experience in line with the foundation’s values. The users were involved in a participatory co-design process from the start, helping to shape a common vision and to create an optimal user experience.
The new Sotheby’s Real Estate Headquarters at Carvoeiro, Algarve, is on an existent building characterized by both local and traditional construction technics as well as materials. In order to save and recuperate the building having in mind the new program, we have decided to conduct some internal demolitions as the building was not well preserved. Said demolitions, at a spatial configuration level, will allow to recover the building and make the necessary adjustments to the contemporary needs, mainly in terms of energy efficiency.
In the first energy-neutral district of Amsterdam, the Houthavens, we designed the 4th Gymnasium. An energy-neutral secondary school that accommodates about 800 students. The school functions as the entrance of the new district. The Houthavens had an industrial role for years and will transform into a vibrant district with several islands in the upcoming years. A great variety of buildings and residents will take their place here. The 4th Gymnasium serves as a herald for the further developments of this area.
The Hello House is a renovation and extension of a Victorian shophouse to accomodate a family home and artist’s studio. The modest but beautiful front rooms were refreshed and its dysfunctional old back rooms demolished and replaced with new spaces more suitable for 21st century life.
Article source: Christian von Düring architecte EPFL SIA
This project of 3 attached houses follows the principals of sustainable development in an effort to:
• minimize the impact on the environment during the entire life cycle of the building,
• ensure individual comforts while encouraging social relationships between neighbors,
• secure a long-term return on investment and keep maintenance and running costs low.
The project is located in one of the apartment block of residential complex. during the design, we considered two essential factors to develop the concept of Mehr Khaneh interior design. The first factor is the client’s interests in the Persian civilization, culture, and values, namely the metaphors of Mithraism and sun. The second factor is the artistic character of the client, which had to be reflected in design.
Cultural architectures have always been academician He Jingtang’s “specialty”.
Project Dachang National Palace is no doubt his another masterpiece. Located in Dachang Hui Autonomous County, Langfang, Hebei province, the project is supposed by the local government to be an iconic design, introducing Dachang’s particular culture and enhancing the soft power of the city. The national palace is thus endowed with multiple functions, serving not only as the recreation center of the city, but the essential cultural site for the introduction of local religion and history as well. It has undoubtedly brought lots of challenges to the designer, because of the special ethnic composition, historical context, religious belief, complex functional requirements of the site and the setting of a cultural landmark.