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Spring Studios in New York by AA Studio

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Article source: AA Studio

Spring Studios, a comprehensive creative agency catering to the fashion industry, with headquarters in London, UK. Spring is a group of companies, which work within the fashion, beauty and luxury brand markets and have a shared strategic vision for international growth. Spring was started in 1996 as a photographic studio complex: today, Spring is widely recognized as one of the leading photographic studios in the world and throughout its group of companies is involved in up to 60 fashion shoots a day internationally. Spring has also established a successful business, which provides advertising solutions to leading names including Armani, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Vogue, etc.

Image Courtesy © Razummedia

Image Courtesy © Razummedia

  • Architects: AA Studio
  • Project: Spring Studios
  • Location: 50 Varick St, New York, US
  • Photography: Razummedia, DaVinci Stairs
  • Software Used: SketchUp, AutoCad and Rhino
  • Collaboration: MA Architects

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Bcc Bank Caraglio by Studio Kuadra

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Article source: Studio Kuadra

The new headquarters are the product of an addition to the overlooking eighteenth century Palazzo del Fucile, left in a total abandonment until 2005, when it was acquired to be renovated by the bank. The project completes the trapezoidal lot defined by the pre-existing structures and creates a new public square called “of Cooperation”.  The entire project is inspired by the pursuit of environmental quality. The exterior spaces work in harmony with the existing; the gate to the fortress is one again given meaning as a privileged element of pedestrian access; the urban furnishings attract people looking for a place to spend time and interact. The square is paved in Luserna stone, typical of the Piedmont region and traditionally employed in local constructions. The design of the external space is instead closely related to the undeniably contemporary and dynamic façade. The ground floor of the new Bank is fully glazed. This same material is used to connect the ground floor with the historic palazzo del fucile. The low rectangular volume, which constitutes a graft between the new and the old, starts out perpendicular only to expand to make room for a reception area hosting another stair. A connective filter mediates the passage between the old and new structures, with the later hosting the bank’s commercial offices.

Image Courtesy © Studio Kuadra

Image Courtesy © Studio Kuadra

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Uralchem Headquarters in Moscow, Russia by Pedra Silva Architects, Luis Pedra Silva and Maria Rita Pais

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Article source: Pedra Silva Architects, Luis Pedra Silva and Maria Rita Pais

The brief was to create a space that would enable ideal working conditions for staff while also reflecting the company’s dynamic, relaxed and youthful spirit. The project space occupies an entire floor of Imperia Tower, a skyscraper in Moscow City. 

The first challenge arose when initially visiting the site and realizing that some of the tower floors were previously built to be a hotel. This explained the short floor to ceiling height and in existence of raised floors that would be ideal for office use. So we set out to answer the question…”How do we make a space look taller than what is actually is?”

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: Pedra Silva Architects, Luis Pedra Silva and Maria Rita Pais
  • Project: Uralchem Headquarters
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra
  • Project Start: 2012
  • Project Completion: 2014
  • Partitions: OWD
  • Team: André Góis, Dina Castro, Hugo Ramos, Hugo Ferreira, João Alves, Paulo André, Ricardo Sousa
  • Graphic Design: P06
  • Project Area: 3370m2
  • Contractor: VURAL
  • Carpentry and Masonry: BEC

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Bank of Albania Headquarters Renovation and Extension by Petreschi Architects

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Article source: Petreschi Architects

The project, as the result of an international competition, consists of both the total renovation and restoration of the existing historic Central Bank of Albania, designed by Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo in 1934-36, and the construction of a new building. It includes the new Numismatic Museum, a new conference hall for 150 persons, offices, meetings room, an internal gallery, a roof garden and an underground four-levels parking.

Image Courtesy © Petreschi Architects

Image Courtesy © Petreschi Architects

  • Architects: Petreschi Architects 
  • Project: Bank of Albania Headquarters Renovation and Extension
  • Location: Albania

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Hannam-Dong HANDS Corporation Headquarters in Seoul, Korea by THE_SYSTEM LAB

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Article source: THE_SYSTEM LAB

The relationship between the urban landscapes.
The building is located on 104 Hannam Blvd., which connects the Tunnel 2 and Hannam Bridge. As one of the streets with the most traffic congestion, it has defined the characteristic of the site. Even though the project is a small building, defining the urban landscape was the question and it became the starting point for the plan. In conclusion, the visual interaction between the users in the building and those, people in the car, on the street during traffic congestion’s was explored. The facade, which mostly composes the urban scenery, does not allow any visual communication between the pedestrians nor the vehicles. This project is to depart from the unilateral communication where only the users in the building are allowed to look out. The natural, visual communication between the environment (pedestrians, residents) and the architecture will reevaluate the characteristics of the architectures that comprise the urban landscape.

Image Courtesy © Yongkwan Kim

Image Courtesy © Yongkwan Kim

  • Architects: THE_SYSTEM LAB
  • Project: Hannam-Dong HANDS Corporation Headquarters
  • Location: 104, Hannam-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Photography: Yongkwan Kim
  • Design: Chanjoong Kim
  • Design team: Choonglyeol Lee, Sanghyun Park, Jongkil Kim, Jinchul Choi
  • Client: HANDS CORPORATION Ltd
  • Structural engineer: THE KUJO Co., Ltd (more…)

ALD Automotive head office in Hoofddorp, Netherlands by Ex Interiors designs

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Article source: Ex Interiors designs

Mobility, experience, connecting, inspiring, meeting and moving. Ex Interiors has used these themes to create a new, exceptional interior for the ALD Automotive head office including the Mobility Experience Centre in Hoofddorp. By way of an AV carousel of 19 screens, visitors can undergo a 360 degree visual experience. Staff are given activity-related work stations, the bulk of which are not person-related with plenty of in-between space to meet each other. 

Image Courtesy © Alexander van Berge

Image Courtesy © Alexander van Berge

  • Architects: Ex Interiors designs
  • Project: ALD Automotive head office
  • Location: Hoeksteen 60, Hoofddorp
  • Photography: Alexander van Berge
  • Mobility Experience Centre in cooperation with: Tinker Imagineers
  • Client: ALD Automotive
  • Design completion: December 2013 – September 2014
  • Contractor: Intermontage
  • Interior building: IBP Interieurbouw
  • Project management: Conclusion
  • Lighting advice: Arpalight
  • Catering advice: Vijverborgh
  • Carpet manufacturer: Desso
  • Supplier of individual furniture: !Pet

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VICE Media Benelux Headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Ninetynine

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Article source: Ninetynine

Commissioned by Amsterdam developer and investor Millten, Ninetynine designed the new head office of VICE Media Benelux. VICE Media is one of the fastest growing young media brands worldwide. The new offices are located in a former bank building on the Reguliersdwarsstraat in Amsterdam and will accommodate over 50 employees.

The basement and ground floor of the four-storey building have been developed as general spaces including the reception, boardroom, chill-out, play-room and a studio which can be closed off from the rest of the space with a glass garage door. These areas have been opened up completely to create optimal transparency.

Image Courtesy © Ewout Huibers

Image Courtesy © Ewout Huibers

  • Architects: Ninetynine
  • Project: VICE Media Benelux Headquarters
  • Location: Reguliersdwarsstraat 90, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Photography: Ewout Huibers
  • Area: 1500 sqm
  • Delivery: August 2014
  • Contractor: Kordas (renovation/construction/electrical) Roord Binnenbouw (interior fit-out (more…)

ZENDESK SAN FRANCISCO HEADQUARTERS in San Francisco, California by Design Blitz

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Article source: Design Blitz

Zendesk, a customer service software provider, was one of the first tech companies to move to San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood to take advantage of the city’s tax incentive program, and the first to sign a community benefits agreement. After experiencing large-scale growth, it was only natural for the company to seek an additional space in the neighborhood they called home. Zendesk’s new office marks its second building on Market Street, creating an urban campus that assists in the revival of the long-neglected Mid-Market neighborhood. The new building not only serves as a headquarters for the growing Zendesk team, but also as opens its doors as a communal hub for local businesses and residents.

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: Design Blitz
  • Project: ZENDESK SAN FRANCISCO HEADQUARTERS
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • Software used: REVIT
  • Size: 75,000 SF
  • Completion: June 2014

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Nestlé Waters Beirut Headquarters by Bernard Mallat Architects

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Article source: Bernard Mallat Architects

The Nestlé Waters’offices & warehouse are located on a lot near the Beirut River. It is a project intended to function as a logistical platform for the company; a head office that doubles up as a primary storage and distribution site.

The scheme yields to the highly functional aspect of the warehouse by letting the vehicle path and turning radii carve its mass and produce a volume that maximizes size without losing efficiency. The office block acknowledges the importance of uninterrupted flow & sits atop the warehouse cantilevering above the access and creating a grand gate for the ubiquitous delivery truck.

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

Image Courtesy © Ieva Saudargaite

  • Architects: Bernard Mallat Architects
  • Project: Nestlé Waters Beirut Headquarters
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Photography: Ieva Saudargaite
  • Client: Venture Group – Rabih Saba
  • Year: 2014
  • Site area: 7488m²
  • Built area: 5500m²
  • Structural material: Reinforced concrete – Precast & cast in place, circular steel columns

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Senteurs d’Orient Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon by Atelier130

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Article source: Atelier130

The concept behind the main headquarters of this luxury soap brand revolves around the actual soap bar. Inspired by the intricate packaging of the company’s soaps, the structure was first conceived as a box, sliced in half. Around the two distinct structures, a garden alive with greenery and a variety of aromas that linger and welcome visitors, reminiscent of the variety of soap scents. The first structure, where the company’s manufacturing plant is located, is covered by a woven metal wire mesh on top of a wall covered with the brand’s soap patterns. The second structure, which hosts the company’s offices, benefits from wide openings, protected from the sun thanks to sliding aluminum louvers that bring privacy to employees.

Image Courtesy © IevaSaudargaité

Image Courtesy © IevaSaudargaité

  • Architects: Atelier130
  • Project: Senteurs d’Orient Headquarters
  • Location: Mkalles, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Photography: IevaSaudargaité
  • Year: Completed in October 2014
  • Area: 1,111 sq.m.
  • Clients: Senteurs d’Orient, soap factory
  • Main architects: Nathalie Habr and Halim Khoriaty
  • Structural Engineer: P.A.R consultants (Pierre Abi Rached)
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineer: WTA (Wissam Tawil)
  • General Contractor: SK Group (Sarkis Keuchguerian)

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