Workplaces of the Future to Abandon the Open Plan and Feed Employees with Sky Gardens

Interior showing sky gardens. Organic Grid + / Sean Cassidy & Joe Wilson. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

The winners of Metropolis Magazine’s Workplace of the Future 2.0 Design Competition have been announced. This year’s competition challenged participants to redefine the idea of the office, illustrating their interpretation of the evolution of workplaces within the next 15 years.

Although their approaches are different, each of the winning designs, selected from 153 entries, shows innovation in how they develop new office prototypes by employing technological ingenuity, maintaining much of the same construction while providing different experiences to suit the employees’ unique needs. The winning entry (Organic Grid +) and the runner-up (the Hybrid Office) both reflect architecture which is highly receptive to its inhabitants.

Learn more about the winners after the break.

48 Urban Garden / AK-A. Image © Nikos Alexopoulos
48 Urban Garden / AK-A. Image © Nikos Alexopoulos

Six Design Trends Reshaping City Life

It is expected that by 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. However, as FastCoDesign points out, it is unlikely that cities will look the same as they do today. In a recent article, the company outlined six major design trends in 2015 that are shaping city life, including restaurants starting to double as living rooms, healthcare become a retail product and smarter transportation systems. Find out all six trends, here

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Courtesy of RIBA

RIBA Future Trends Survey Indicates Consistent Growth

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for December 2014 has revealed little month-on-month change in indexes with the acknowledgement of a growing level of optimism. After falling back slightly in November 2014, the workload index has remained consistent at +29 (from +37 in November). Workload forecast balance figures have remained extremely positive, with practices reporting +50 in Northern Ireland and up to +75 in Scotland. Furthermore, practices of all sizes have been responding with “optimistic” workload prospects heading into the next quarter. The percentage of respondents reporting that they had personally been under-employed fell to 9% from 12%.

Under Sails / SCEG

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Architects: SCEG
Location: Nosy Be,
Structures : ing. Monica Magnarini
Area: 850.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of SCEG architects

Microsoft Technology Pavilion / Nowadays

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Architects: Nowadays
Location: Olympic Park Railway Station, Verkhne-Imeretinskaya Bukhta, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, 354383
Design Team: Anna Ivyanskaya, Natalya Mastalerzh, Nata Tatunashvili
Area: 575.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

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Mi’Costa Hotel Residences / Uras X Dilekci Architects

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Architects: Dilekci Architects
Location: Boyalık Mh., Boyalık Muhtarlığı, 35937 Çeşme/İzmir,
Architect In Charge: Durmus Dilekci
Area: 10085.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Özgür Arı

Ekya Early Years Kanakapura Road / CollectiveProject

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Architects: CollectiveProject
Location: Kanakapura Road, , Karnataka,
Design Team: Cyrus Patell, Eliza Higgins, Ajantha S., Grégoire Rossignol
Area: 25000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tina Nandi Stephens

Karim Residence / ARCHFIELD

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Architects: ARCHFIELD
Location: , Bangladesh
Structural Engineer: Md. Shamsul Alam
Area: 1834.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mahfuzul Hasan Rana

NCARB to Assist Brazil with Regulating Architectural Licensure

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The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has formed an agreement with the Conselho de Arquitetura e Urbanismo do Brasil (CAU/BR) to “exchange information and share best practices” regarding the regulation of architectural and professional standards.

“NCARB is pleased to be in a position to help strengthen and solidify its regulatory approach governing architects,” said NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB. “We are also excited to learn from ’s activities, including its effective national system of monitoring various aspects of architectural practice.”

Boandyne House / SVMSTUDIO

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Architects: SVMSTUDIO
Location: 16 Boandyne Court, VIC 3142,
Architect In Charge: Steven Mittelman
Area: 500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andy Gibson, Jake Nowakowski

OMA Nears Completion of Fondazione Prada’s New Milan Venue

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When first commissioned by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli to design Fondazione Prada’s new space in Largo Asarco, OMA set out to “expand the repertoire of spatial typologies in which art can be exhibited and shared with the public.” The result, an “unusually diverse environment” staged within a historic 20th-century distillery south of Milan’s city center that goes beyond the traditional white museum box.

Momo Grill / Ramūnas Manikas

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Architects: Ramūnas Manikas
Location: Liepų gatvė 20, 92113,
Area: 37.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Ramūnas Manikas

MVRDV to Construct Twisting “Hourglass-Shaped” Tower Near Vienna’s Famous Gasometers


MVRDV has been announced as winner of a two-stage, BAI-backed competition for a new “spatially-flexible” tower with a twisting “hourglass figure” near Vienna’s world famous Gasometers. The 110-meter “Turm mit Taille” (Tower with Waist) was shaped to minimize the effect of the building’s shadow cast onto neighboring buildings and an adjacent metro station.

Casa OSA / OBRA Architects

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Architects: OBRA Architects
Location: Osa Peninsula,
Architect In Charge: Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee
Project Architect: Shin Kook Kang
Project Team: Atsushi Koizumi, Patricia Bohrer, Jung Chen, Stefan Goossens, David Karlin, Doreen Lam, Sihyung Lee, Edina Nathania, Frederic Schnee, Mia Thomsen
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of OBRA Architects

AJ’s Shortlisted Women Architects of the Year Share Advice for Aspiring Females

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Architects’ Journal has released the shortlist of their annual Women in Architecture awards, naming 17 established and emerging practitioners who have raised the profile of women architects “in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination.” In honor of their selection, the nominees have shared their advice for aspiring female architects. 

See who was shortlisted and find out what they believe takes for women to succeed in the profession of architecture, after the break. 

Technological Park of Coruña University / Angel Rico Painceiras & Manuel Vazquez Muiño

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Architects: Angel Rico Painceiras y Manuel Vazquez Muiño
Location: Campus da Zapateira, 15008 , ,
Area: 1688.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hector Santos Diez

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Dear Martha: An Open Letter to the Pritzker Prize Committee

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As the Pritzker Jury begins its deliberations for the 2015 Pritzker Prize, this is a critical time of year for shaping the landscape of architectural debate for the coming year and beyond. The following is an open letter to Martha Thorne, the Executive Director of the , from Conrad Newel, author of the popular blog Notes on Becoming a Famous Architect.

Dear Martha,

I have to hand it to you and all the people on the Pritzker committee, you guys are a very crafty bunch. Just when I thought I had you all figured out, you have now – even though only slightly – succeeded in confounding me.

From my 2011 analysis of the Pritzker, I figured that your potential pool of laureates was always a very predictable bunch. In fact anyone could look at my data and predict with reasonable certainty that the next laureate would most likely be an Asian or Caucasian male starchitect from Europe, The USA, or Japan. I further pointed out that none of your laureates have done much in the way of humanitarianism, despite the fact that the mission statement of the Pritzker also asks that the recipient should be making significant contributions to humanity. I maintained that this part of the mandate has been consistently overlooked.

5 Houses / Carlos Alejandro Ciravegna

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Architects: Carlos Alejandro Ciravegna
Location: Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba,
Structural Calculation: Gustavo Gabriel Gonzalez
Area: 500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte