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Office building for Dutch financial services group ACHMEA Leiden in The Netherlands by VVKH Architecten

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Article source: VVKH Architecten 

Achmea’s office building marks the entrance to Leiden town centre. Five grand natural stone stairwells and a colourful façade shape the face directed towards this country’s busiest railway line. The road runs under the building on the town side. Here, the twelve tree columns shape a unique avenue leading towards Leiden city centre. The buildings’ use of colour refers to the painting ’rhythm of a Russian dance´ of the artist Theo van Doesburg. In 1917 he founded the Dutch famous artistic movement ’The Stijl’  in this town.

Image Courtesy © Thea van den Heuvel-Fotografie

  • Architects: VVKH Architecten
  • Project: Office building for Dutch financial services group ACHMEA Leiden
  • Location: Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Photography: Thea van den Heuvel-Fotografie
  • Client:  Leiden city council, Eurocommerce BV
  • Contractor: Visser & Smit bouw bv, Papendrecht, the Netherlands
  • Area: Office Facilities 32,500 m2, Car Park 10,000 m2 (more…)

ZANADU Travel Experience Space in Shanghai, China by Shishang Architecture

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Article source: Shishang Architecture

ZANADU is a 4 years old e-commerce startup-company in the premium travel space in China. They provide a suite of travel products to affluent Chinese travelers. Signature journeys, international luxury vacations, high-end cruises, domestic short vacations, private villas and a large selection of the world’s best boutique and luxury hotels.

Image Courtesy © Sui Sicong

  • Architects: Shishang Architecture
  • Project: ZANADU Travel Experience Space
  • Location: Shanghai Village, Shanghai, China
  • Photography: Sui Sicong
  • Area: 600㎡

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ADA1, “An der Alster 1” in Hamburg, Germany by J. MAYER H. Architects

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects 

The building site is situated at the intersection between Hamburg’s lively downtown and  its urban landscape that is rich in water and mature trees. It is at the transition from city  to nature, and the gateway building to the bustling metropolitan core.

The horizontal striped facade with its floating “eyes” celebrates the view onto this unique  context. A public park in front of the building continues the design strategy of the facade  into the landscape. The “eyes” in the facade and the platforms in the park enable the  places to meet and contemplate.

Image Courtesy © Schraubverschluss

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Project: ADA1, “An der Alster 1”
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Photography: Schraubverschluss
  • Sturctural Engineers: Lydia Thiesemann, CBP
  • Building Services: Energiehaus, Sineplan
  • Building area: 970 m2
  • Completion: August 2007 (more…)

Kapor in Oakland, CA by Fougeron Architecture

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Article source: Fougeron Architecture

For its new headquarters, The Kapor Center commissioned a design competition to transform an existing 1920s-era office building in downtown Oakland into innovative workspace. The Kapor Center for Social Impact works to improve access to opportunity, participation and influence in the United States for historically underrepresented communities through investments in information technology and partnerships with nonprofits. The new headquarters had to be an architectural manifestation of the Kapor Center’s core values: connectivity, openness, and democracy.

Image Courtesy © Fougeron Architecture

  • Architects: Fougeron Architecture
  • Project: Kapor
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Size: 45,000 sf.
  • Date of Completion: May 2016

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The new FIM Headquarters in Mies (VD), Switzerland by LOCALARCHITECTURE

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Article source: LOCALARCHITECTURE 

Elegant and iconic, the new headquarters of the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) had to wait ten years before taking shape on a site in the outskirts of Geneva where road and railway meet.

It was in 2006 that LOCALARCHITECTURE and Bureau d’Architecture Danilo Mondada won the competition (conducted by the MEP – Mandat d’Études Parallèles – parallel development selection process) for the extension of the International Motorcycling Federation’s main headquarters in Mies in the canton of Vaud. Following a change of administration at the FIM the project was abandoned. A new selection procedure with invited architects was launched in 2013, with a modified functional programme. At this point the mandate was awarded to LOCALARCHITECTURE.

Image Courtesy © MatthieuGafsou

  • Architects: LOCALARCHITECTURE
  • Project: The new FIM Headquarters
  • Location: Route de Suisse 11, CH-1295 Mies (VD), Switzerland
  • Photography: MatthieuGafsou and JoelTettamanti
  • Client: FIM – Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (International Motorcycling Federation)
  • Construction management: Thinka Architecture studio, Onex
  • Civil engineering: INGENI, Ingénierie Structurale, Carouge
  • Heating/Ventilation/Plumbing/Electricity engineers: Amstein Walthert, Geneva
  • Acoustical engineering: Architecture & Acoustique SA, Geneva
  • Lighting: Etienne Gillabert, Paris

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Cube Tower in Guadalajara, Mexico by Estudio Carme Pinós

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Article source: Estudio Carme Pinós

The basis of this project was the desire to create a building in which all offices are well-ventilated, have natural light and take advantage of Guadalajara’s good climate, rendering air conditioning unnecessary.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

  • Architects: Estudio Carme Pinós
  • Project: Cube Tower
  • Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Photography: Jordi Bernadó

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KBTG – KASIKORN Business Technology Group Building in Chaengwattana, Thailand by PBM – Progressive Building Management Co., Ltd.

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Article source: PBM – Progressive Building Management Co., Ltd.

KASIKORN Business-Technology Group is undergoing a major transformation to support the arrival of the new “FinTech” digital banking era. With this industry-wide revolution, KASIKORN Business-Technology Group recognizes the urgency to change its way of working to suit the more modern and seamless culture that is native to its growing tech savvy community. The traditional big, bulky workstations were deemed inhibitive to communications and mobility across teams and disciplines.

Main Entrance, Image Courtesy © W Workspace, art4d magazine/Ketsiree Wongwan and art4d magazine/Spaceshift Studio

  • Architects: PBM – Progressive Building Management Co., Ltd.
  • Project: KBTG – KASIKORN Business Technology Group Building
  • Location: Chaengwattana, Thailand
  • Photography: W Workspace, art4d magazine/Ketsiree Wongwan and art4d magazine/Spaceshift Studio
  • Owner: Kasikornbank PCL
  • Design team: Kampanart Tejavanija, Kiatrabin Tejavanija, Kungwansiri Tejavanija, Krisanee Tejavanija, Narote Kittivanichanon
  • Built area: approximately 41,000 sq.m.
  • Completion: May 2016

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Hindmarsh Shire Council Corporate Offices in Victoria, Australia by k20 Architecture

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Article source: k20 Architecture

Located in the rural setting of Nhill, Victoria, Hindmarsh Shire Council Corporate Offices is a technologically advanced Corporate Civic and Administration Centre with Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles at the core of the building’s design intent.

Completed in 2014 the precinct re-uses the existing 1960’s building and encapsulates it within its new contemporary built form. The building was inspired by the town’s identity as a hub of wheat production with steel storage silos and agricultural sheds dotting the landscape. The centre’s form and restrained material palette of timber, steel and glass gives subtle references to the local agricultural context; utilising the craftsmanship of the folded metal inherent in the silos in the form of locally sourced steel and zinc finishes along the building’s exterior.

Image Courtesy © k20 Architecture

  • Architects: k20 Architecture
  • Project: Hindmarsh Shire Council Corporate Offices
  • Location: Victoria, Australia

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Torre Bicentenario in Mexico City by OMA

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Article source: OMA 

Compared with the world’s other economically ascendant regions such as Asia and the Middle East, Latin America has a skyscraper deficit. Poised to harness the economic and symbolic potential of the Bicentennial, Mexico City will celebrate a historic moment with the emergence of a new skyscraper, the Torre Bicentenario. In an architectural age defined by the pursuit of expression at all costs, the Torre Bicentenario is building whose unique form is responsive rather than frivolous; a building whose form facilitates rather than complicates its use: the stacking of two pyramidal forms produces a building simultaneously familiar and unexpected, historic yet visionary.

Image Courtesy © OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: Torre Bicentenario
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Photography: Frans Parthesius
  • Model: Vincent de Rijk
  • Client: Grupo DANHOS
  • Partner in charge: Rem Koolhaas
  • Team: Shohei Shigematsu, Christin Svensson, Gabriela Bojalil, Noah Shepherd, Natalia Busch, Leonie Wenz, Jan Kroman, Leo Ferretto, Max Wittkopp, Jason Long, Margaret Arbanas, Jonah Gamblin, Amparo Casani, Jin Hong Jeon, Jane Mulvey, Michela Tonus, Matthew Seidel, Nobuki Ogasahara, Justin Huxol, David Jaubert, Mark Balzar, Charles Berman, James Davies, Jesse Seegers
  • Site: Northeast corner of Chapultepec Park, adjacent to the interchange of two major highways
  • Associate Architect: Laboratory of Architecture – Max Betancourt, Fernando Romero, Dolores Robles-Martinez
  • Engineers: Arup – David Scott, Chris Carroll, Ricardo Pittella, Michael Willford, Bruce McKinlay, Julian Sutherland, Alistair Guthrie, Huseyin Darama, Yuvaraj Saravanan, Betsy Price, Keith Frankllin, Matt Clarke, Renee Mackay-Lyons
  • Final concept design floor areas: BOMA gross area: 173,158.5m2; BOMA leasable area: 151,755.7m2; Mexico City leasable area: 150,528.1; BOMA usable area: 130,547.2 m2

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Santo CLT Office in Shiga Prefecture, Japan by Junichi Kato & Associates

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Article source: Junichi Kato & Associates

It is an office building that uses CLT(Cross Laminated Timber) as a structural and finishing material. Based on the three concepts of showing the cross-section of CLT, giving a finish with CLT and using CLT in curves, I have explored ways to utilize CLT’s unique nature.

Image Courtesy © Kei Sugino

  • Architects: Junichi Kato & Associates
  • Project: Santo CLT Office
  • Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Kei Sugino
  • Area: 138.8sqm
  • Project Year: 2017

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