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Albini Offices in Cluj-Napoca, Romania by Dico si Tiganas architecture and engineering

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Article source: Dico si Tiganas architecture and engineering

At the junction of two streets and two neighborhoods, one of houses between and after the war, and the other of houses of the 60s, a family of lawyers wished for an office of their own. A new building was meant to rise instead of a small and old family house that would have kept all memories only by its simple existence. However, beyond the intimate memory, the young lawyers have expressed their desire to build a landmark in the neighborhood, at a crossroads. The theme of the project required from us a contemporary expression, solid and transparent at the same time, a grading of spaces and a partition based on their team’s capability. We have worked with samples, as a tailor would do, so as to fit perfectly for those whom we outline the spaces for. The project is a scale exercise. The town planning regulations for a small lot, for a house in our case, made us to carefully analyze all joint formulas for surfaces which put on a simple, indivisible volume. The light withdrawals, sizes and positions of the holes, beyond the connections with interior spaces, aimed to match so as to be able to control the problem of scaling. In the vicinity a block of flats twice as high, and beyond it one three time taller and bigger, made us try transitions and mediations using all means available. The existing mature vegetation, giving up fences and amplifying the public space, combining materials and textures, represents the repertory of elements in fitting into that background. Basically an adequate architecture must find the proper balance from which the customer’s aspirations for landmarks are not to be missing.

Image Courtesy © Dico si Tiganas architecture and engineering

Image Courtesy © Dico si Tiganas architecture and engineering

 

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An Office for Three Companies in New York by Only If

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Article source: Only If 

How to use color and material to unify an increasing amount of junk in the contemporary office landscape? An office interior for three companies is structured by a neutral background of white walls, white exposed ceilings, and a poured black floor. Everything connected to the floor is black. Everything connected to the ceiling is white. The three companies, while different and to a certain degree independent, are unified through this common material framework.

Image Courtesy © Michael Vahrenwald/Esto

Image Courtesy © Michael Vahrenwald/Esto

  • Architects: Only If
  • Project: An Office for Three Companies
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Photography: Michael Vahrenwald/Esto and Midori Hasuike
  • Lead Architects: Aurelia Adams, Karolina Czeczek, Matthew Davis, Adam Frampton, Joseph Kennedy, Francesca Pagliaro, James Schrader, Jon Siani, Antariksh Tandon
  • Other participants (eg. collaborators, clients, consultants, etc): Dot Dash (Lighting Consultant), PlusGroup Consulting Engineering PLLC (MEP Engineer)
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 18,000SF
  • Completion Year: 2015

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AVAST Software HQ in Prague, Czech Republic by studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK 

Even though the grand opening of the new interiors for the most valuable Czech IT company, the most trusted antivirus manufacturer in the world, took place at the end of 2015, all the works on the interiors for Avast Software company have been finished by studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK in the mid of a year 2016.

Image Courtesy © Kristina Hrabetova

Image Courtesy © Kristina Hrabetova

 

  • Architects: studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK (Roman Vrtiška, Vladimír Žák)
  • Project: AVAST Software HQ
  • Location: Building Enterprise Office Center, Pankrác, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Kristina Hrabetova
  • Client: Avast Software
  • Investment cost: € 9.2 million
  • Area: 15,000 square meters
  • Year of completion: 2015

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Karma Office NYC by FormNation

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Chrysanthemum Partners

Located in New York’s Little Italy, Karma’s office was transformed by design studio FormNation into a modern space that combines Dutch and American design influences and provides transparency, communication and work-life balances for the employees.

Karma’s design brief was short, but clear: Design a space with 40 desks, ample break out areas, a war room, communal lunch space for 40, that fits the brand, and they had to move in there in 4 weeks.

Image Courtesy © Garrett Rowland

Image Courtesy © Garrett Rowland

  • Architects: FormNation
  • Project: Karma Office NYC
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Photography: Garrett Rowland
  • Design Team: Jan Habraken, Lotte van Velzen
  • Interior Design: FormNation
  • Fabricator: Abunch
  • Size: 7500 sf

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Can Ramis in Alcúdia, Spain by Pedro Quero Arquitectos

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Article source: Pedro Quero Arquitectos

PORTA NOVA (a new Gateway)

How should we design a place facing the remains of Alcudia’s historical walls? What action to take opposite to the historical fortifications in there since times of Jaume II? A reinterpretation of the walled citadel and the site´s symbolism gave us the key to solve the proposal.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Quero Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Pedro Quero Arquitectos

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Curio Stair of Encounters – Bloomberg Hong Kong Office in China by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Article source: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Ordinary things contain the deepest mysteries… If anything is described by an architectural plan, it is the nature of human relationships, since the elements whose trace it records – walls, doors, windows and stairs – are employed first to divide and then selectively to re-unite inhabited space.

Robin Evans’ 1978 essay Figures, Doors and Passages analyzes how ordinary elements of a plan and their arrangements interact and shape occupancy. A simple corner or window opening is in fact inscribed with a complex matrix of spatial relationships that determine how a space is used. Neri&Hu’s design for Bloomberg Hong Kong’s internal office stair is in part inspired by the mundane elements of space-making – windows, passages, staircases and thresholds. The client’s brief was to design a staircase to connect the 3 different floors of their office with the explicit rule that this stair should to be used daily as the only vertical connection within the office to encourage employee interaction. Part of the brief was to also create a design that would respond to the locale of Hong Kong to create a link to the larger context of the city. The site is situated in the client’s existing office, within a typical office tower and surrounded by existing conference rooms, break-out areas, a recording studio and an auditorium. The existing spiral staircase was sculpturally iconic but the geometry was not conducive for the daily high traffic volume. Our challenge was re-design a staircase that would work within the structural limitations of the knock-out panels in the floor slab, while still creating a more spacious journey.


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Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
  • Project: Curio Stair of Encounters – Bloomberg Hong Kong Office
  • Location: Cheung Kong Center 2 Queen’s Road, Hong Kong, China
  • Photography/Videographer: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Design Team: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu (principals in charge), Christine Chang (associate in charge), Wendy Tsai (associate in charge), Wu Dong (designer), Jiameng Li (designer), Brian Lo (senior associate in charge of product design), Zhao Yun (product designer), Christine Neri (associate in charge of graphic design), Haiou Xin (graphic designer)
  • Gross area for renovation: 267.58 sqm
  • Design Period: September 2014 – July 2015

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Linea show room in Vilnius, Lithuania by Arches

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Article source: Arches

LINEA – an office  and  the showroom for exclusive quality and interior decoration materials.

The building is located in the historic district Žvėrynas, the former summer resort and recently part of an old town of Vilnius. Rich with old wooden houses and natural vegetation it is considered one of the most preserved historic small scale homesteads of the city. This is what has become the main challenge – to face the strict architectural and urban protection requirements, by the same time to create a contemporary, memorable, open and inviting object for the public use.

Image Courtesy © Leonas Garbačauskas

Image Courtesy © Leonas Garbačauskas

  • Architects: Arches
  • Project: Linea show room
  • Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Photography: Leonas Garbačauskas
  • Team: Arūnas Liola, Edgaras Neniškis, Rolandas Liola, Enrika Geštautaitė, Marijus Vroblevičius
  • Interior: Studio „Pazma“
  • Structural Engineers: Arvydas Stumbras, Tomas Žvinys
  • Area: 660.38sqm
  • Project Year: 2015

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Mc Cann Worldgroup Headquarters in Madrid, Spain by Studio Banana

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Article source: Studio Banana 

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.

Image Courtesy © Studio Banana

Image Courtesy © Studio Banana

  • Architects: Studio Banana
  • Project: Mc Cann Worldgroup Headquarters
  • Location: 28016, Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Rubén Bescos
  • Client: Mc Cann Worldgroup + IPG
  • Contractor: Nüssli
  • Relevant Suppliers: Nüssli
  • Square Footage (m2): 5.600 m2
  • Begin Of Planning: June, 2015
  • Project Completion: May, 2016

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Fintech Fusion Incubator For Start-Ups in Geneva, Switzerland by Studio Banana

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Article source: Studio Banana 

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.

Image Courtesy © Studio Banana

Image Courtesy © Studio Banana

  • Architects: Studio Banana 
  • Project: Fintech Fusion Incubator For Start-Ups
  • Location: 1227, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Photography: Rubén Bescos
  • Client: FTI, Fondation des Terrains Industriels
  • Relevant Suppliers: Hay, Arper, ICF, Enea, Muuto
  • Floor Area (m2): 650 m2
  • Begin Of Planning: June, 2015
  • Project Completion: January, 2016

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Fondation Des Terrains Industriels Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland by Studio Banana

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Article source: Studio Banana 

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.

Image Courtesy © Studio Banana

Image Courtesy © Studio Banana

  • Architects: Studio Banana
  • Project: Fondation Des Terrains Industriels Headquarters
  • Location: 1227, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Photography: Rubén Bescos
  • Client: FTI, Fondation des Terrains Industriels
  • Relevant Suppliers: Arper, Fantoni, Vitra­, BrickBox
  • Floor Area (m2): 560 m2
  • Begin Of Planning: June, 2015
  • Project Completion: February, 2016

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