Category Archives: Office space

Eco-Friendly Luxury Living…In A Shipping Container.

When we think of shipping containers; green comfortable livings spaces probably isn’t one the first images to come to mind but architects and builders have increasingly been using ubiquitous steel boxes into inviting and revolutionary meeting and living spaces. Typically when these containers reach the end of their useful lives, they are scrapped but this doesn’t mean they are no longer useful. Most are still durable enough to be “upcycled” into innovative architecture…

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Container City in London, UK

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Algae-Powered BIQ House – First Of A Kind

The BIQ House, located in Hamburg, is the first of its kind to harness probably what is one of the world’s most plentiful renewable resources. Algae. Of which is embedded in the facade is bio-reactive and responds to environmental conditions much as a living organism would. In bright sunlight, the algae grows faster creating more shading on warmer days as well as capture thermal heat…lessening costs of traditional heating/ cooling methods…a major concern for large commercial buildings. In addition, the biomass can also be harvested to further power the building as biofuel. This is just the beginning in what ARUP,  one the project designers involved, predicts will be a major transformation in sustainable much needed design over the next 50 years. Happy Earth Day!

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High fashion in Nanjing

When a clothing manufacturer sets out to build its new headquarters, it seeks to infuse some of that fashion sense into the design which is what exactly happened with this proposal. Austrian firm, Prechteck, pulled out all stops to capture the spirit of S.Deer, a Chinese retail clothing company, and used the cube, the brand’s unofficial logo as the inspiration for the design.  The result is a visually striking and organic design that provides a welcoming and inspiring setting that is also green. The buildings utilize natural lighting, sky gardens, solar panels as well as water recycling.

Images courtesy of Prechteck

No, this Dutch building does not have the droids you’re looking for…

While this building looks like it was designed to roam around the dunes of Tatooine selling wayward droids to the locals, it is actually the new municipal office for The Hague in the Netherlands. Designed by Rudy Uytenhaak (not a Jawa, btw) to emphasize a sense of openness inside and out as well as provide for an instant landmark for the surrounding area.

Images courtesy of Rudy Uytenhaak via ArchDaily

Work becomes play at LEGO Office

Yes, this is an actual office. This is LEGO’s corporate office in Denmark and unlike most offices we’re familiar with, this place is fun. Slides, tons of LEGO blocks and bright cheerful lighting is meant to bring out the kid in its adult employees in order for them to better understand what their target audience experiences and thus, make better LEGO. Can you say…dream job?

 

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This building proposal goes with the flow

This proposal submitted by design firm Betillon/Dorval-Bory for Costa Rican NGO, FUNDECOR, would emphasize the organization’s commitment to sustainability by designing the building to maximize airflow as well as allow as much natural light as possible and minimizing its presence on the surrounding environment. Fresh air flows in to through front of the building and is expelled out the back via a blacktop heated by the sun which forces air upward and out of the building.

Unfortunately, this proposal didn’t win the design competition.

Via Inhabitat

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Images courtesy of Betillon/Dorval-Bory

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Accounting in style

Accounting firm, KPMG, decided to experiment with their new Copenhagen headquarters and hired local design firm, 3XN, to build office space that balances their need for privacy with the desire to maximize open spaces and flow of natural light.

Via Co.Design

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Images courtesy of 3XN

Hungarian Autoklub HQ

The ribbon design of the Hungarian Autoklub’s new headquarters in Budapest is intended to invoke the letter ‘a’. Designed by Hungarian architects, Lukács és Vikár, the building utilizes a geothermal energy system.

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Image courtesy of worldarchitecturenews.com