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AD Round Up: Institutional Architecture Part I

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Following with our “Round Up”, the category this Friday is Institutional Architecture. Enjoy this selection of our previously published works.

Frexport Headquarters Designed by CC Arquitectos. Leaving back the marketing of the building, translated to the contact with nature (the company’s main products), the corporate offices were considered to be open, built taking down the dividing walls to become part of the contiguous gardens. Three stories were formed by lightweight concrete parallelepipeds that more than to contain, were conceived to absorb. And with different programs within them, were brought together by the landscaping project that surrounds them (read more…)

Dolce & Gabbana Headquarters The new D&G headquarters in Milan, by Studio Piuarch, contains the showrooms for the collections, offices, a restaurant and a series of image spaces, ina total area of 5.000 square meters. Two buildings dating back to the 1920s and the 1960s, facing three streets, are combined in a complex with five floors above ground and two basement levels. The project is based on an architectural principle of great rigor, with the use of natural materials like white Namibia stone, glass and unfinished steel sheet (read more…)

Ecopellets Offices The building, by Iván Bravo, is located in the peripheral zone of Lo Boza, Chile. Once destined to be a waste dump, it is now an industrial zone of the city lacking in urban references. Two different programmatic situations had to be resolved; Administrative offices and personnel services. Cost restraints called for both programs to be housed in a single facility but under strict control measures. The strategy used was to separate both areas with a corridor spanning the whole length of the building (read more…)

DVF Studio Headquarters Designed by WORK AC, the headquarters building for Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) Studio, a fashion design company, is a new, six-story structure built behind two landmarked facades in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The building houses the company’s flagship store, a 5,000 SF flexible showroom/event space, design and administrative offices for a 120-person staff, an executive suite, and a private penthouse apartment. In order to maximize natural light, a series of heliostat mirrors were installed within the diamond. (read more…)

Hunter Douglas Plant The project for Hunter Douglas Chile is a combination of new work, recycling existing spaces along with creating a reorganization and future development plan of an industrial plant that fabricates metal facades, persian blinds and curtains. The plant has had an inorganic growth, due to an original unrealized plan to relocate, opting instead to buy a series of storehouses from a neighboring company. The project was to establish a general master plan for the complex that considers future development (read more…)

Cite:Sebastian Jordana. "AD Round Up: Institutional Architecture Part I" 20 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>