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Esquire Interviews Bjarke Ingels on the Google Headquarters, 2 World Trade Center and the NFL

This past February, BIG and Heatherwick Studio unveiled their designs for Google’s new Mountain View Headquarters in California. The project, which will be built by robots, faced sizeable critique, as well as site complications—that have since been resolved—over the past year. Now, as a part of Esquire’s 2015 Breakouts, Bjarke Ingels—founder of BIG—is speaking out about how the firm won the Google bid, and why the headquarters could create a new mold for Silicon Valley urbanism. Ingels goes on to discuss other major BIG projects, like 2 World Trade Center, and an upcoming NFL stadium. Read the full Esquire interview, here.

HOK Designs Apple's Newest Silicon Valley Campus

Plans for Apple's newest California "spaceship" has been unveiled. Named after its bordering streets, Central & Wolfe hopes to transform a 1970s office park in Sunnyvale into a "futuristic office campus." The 19 acre site, located just five miles from Apple's main Cupertino campus (currently underway), was designed by HOK and is currently under review.

If built, it will replace nine aging buildings with a clover-like design comprised of three interconnected structures - each rising six stories.

Zaha Hadid Designs Office Tower with World's Tallest Atrium

Zaha Hadid Architects has proposed an office tower in Beijing that is said to have the "world's tallest atrium." As the Architects' Journal reports, the Leeza SOHO project features a 200-meter-high atrium that extends the building's full height, visually splitting the cylindrical structure in two. If built, it will be anchored by an underground promenade that connects to a subway station below and public park to the west. 

As WeWork Acquires CASE, the Future of Office Design May Start Today

"Buildings shouldn't just be a place where you go to do stuff. How can we enable the buildings themselves to be a positive contributor to the activities that happen within them?"

This is how David Fano, co-founder of New York consultancy CASE, explained the logic behind their acquisition by WeWork, the company that provides flexible coworking spaces for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Announced today, the merger could potentially mark a new chapter in the field of office design, as CASE proposes to bring their trademark attitude to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other cutting edge technology to every space developed by WeWork.

Find out how this acquisition could change the face of Office design after the break.

WeWork's Offices in New York's Meatpacking District. Image Courtesy of WeWork WeWork's Offices at South Lake Union in Seattle. Image Courtesy of WeWork WeWork's Offices in Soho, New York. Image Courtesy of WeWork South Station Conference Room at WeWork's offices in Boston. Image Courtesy of WeWork

Foster + Partners Break Ground on 425 Park Avenue

Norman Foster attended the recent groundbreaking ceremony for 425 Park Avenue, which will be the first full-block high-rise office building to be built on New York City's Park Avenue in the past 50 years. Foster+Partners, in collaboration with Adamson Associates, designed 425 Park to be a new icon in the Manhattan skyline, featuring a tri-blade, sheer wall top. In addition to its LEED Gold certification, the 560,000m² tower will be the first in New York to be WELL certified

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Bati_rieul / L'EAU design

  • Architects: L'EAU design
  • Location: 9-12 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Kim Dong-jin
  • Design Team: Jeong Sunjun, Kim Taeyeon
  • Area: 743.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 20058
  • Photographs: Park Wan-soon

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Sparkasse Bank / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

  • Architects: Dietger Wissounig Architekten
  • Location: Villacher Straße 165, 9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
  • Design Team: Dietger Wissounig, Vojka Mocnik, Patrick Steiner, Thomas Wadl
  • Area: 716.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: dermaurer

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Zonic Vision Office / Stu/D/O Architects

  • Architects: Stu/D/O Architects
  • Location: Nonsi Road, Khwaeng Chong Nonsi, Khet Yan Nawa, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Krisada Boonchaleow, Wison Tungthunya, Courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects

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Advantech Linkou Campus Phase 1 / J. J. Pan & Partners

  • Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
  • Location: No. 27, Wende Road, Guishan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 333
  • Design Team: Joshua J. Pan, Jason Chen, Yi-Tai Lin, Tien-Kai Yang, Shun-Lang Wu, Hsin-Ha Chen, Chia-Wei Ting, Po-Cheng Wang, Hsin-Pin Lee, Tien-Yi Pan, Shih-Fang Huang, Chia-Ling Yang, Jing-Ren Chen, Chen-Yang Chang, Pao-Chao Hsu
  • Area: 36600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Vesper W.S. Hsieh

© Vesper W.S. Hsieh © Vesper W.S. Hsieh © Vesper W.S. Hsieh © Vesper W.S. Hsieh

Layerscape / Kiến Trúc O

  • Architects: Kiến Trúc O
  • Location: Da Nang, Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Design Team: Đàm Huỳnh Quốc Vũ, Lê An Ni, Trần Minh Tuyến, Thái Thanh Xuân, Lê Hồng Đức
  • Area: 1025.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

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BIG Replaces Foster, Unveils Plans for 2 World Trade Center

BIG has revealed plans for the fourth and final skyscraper planned for the World Trade Center site - the 2 World Trade Center (2 WTC) - confirming rumors that the Danish architect has replaced Norman Foster as the project's architect. 

As announced by WIRED, the controversial take over is the result of James Murdoch's distaste for Foster's decade-old scheme and preference for a more integrated workplace. Though the foundation of Foster's building has already been built, the BIG scheme will now be realized and become the new headquarters of Rupert Murdoch’s media companies, 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

Designed as seven unique building stacked on top of each other, the stepped 2 WTC tower will rise 1,340 feet - a height that would make it Manhattan's third-tallest building if built today. 

Watch Bjarke Ingels explain the concept in a video, after the break. 

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Diesel Engine Factory / CHIASMUS

  • Architects: CHIASMUS
  • Location: Changchun, Jilin, China
  • Architect in Charge: James Wei Ke and Hyunho Lee
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CHIASMUS

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Dior Men Paris / Antonio Virga Architecte + Dior Men Architecture Department

  • Architects: Antonio Virga Architecte, Dior Men Architecture Department
  • Location: 3 Rue de Marignan, 75008 Paris, France
  • Area: 16145.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Olivier Helbert

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Dialogue in the Dark Bukchon / Wise Architecture

  • Architects: Wise Architecture
  • Location: 1-29 Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Area: 390.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

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Tres Picos Tower / LBR + A

  • Architects: LBR + A
  • Location: Calle Arquimedes, Polanco, 11550 Mexico City, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Benjamín Romano
  • Design Team: Carlos Espinosa, Gerardo Galicia
  • Project Area: 3905.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Alfonso Merchand

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SHoP Unveils Plans for New Uber Headquarters in San Francisco

SHoP Architects and Studio O+A have unveiled designs for a new Uber headquarters in San Francisco. Planned to rise on a 14-acre vacant site in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood, the 423,000 square-foot scheme will consist of two towers: an 11‐story tower at 1455 Third Street and a 6‐story structure at 1515 Third Street.

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Can We Make New Office Buildings As Cool As Warehouses?

We are rapidly running out of old warehouse buildings to renovate, and selling space in the glassy towers of the central business district is difficult as corporate buildings become less and less attractive. We need a new building that is attractive to companies who cut their teeth in co-working incubators before seeking their own digs.

We are a society obsessed with the new. We want to look eternally young, drive the latest car, wear runway-fresh clothes and have up-to-the-minute technology at our fingertips. We do not care if the battery in our phones cannot be changed, because we are happy to simply get a newer phone. The American pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is a glittering glare of polish and gloss, all sparkling and new.

That is, unless we’re talking architecture.

Cannon Design's own St Louis Offices are located in a power house built in 1928. Image © Architectural Imageworks, LLC Ansarada / Those Architects. Image © Brett Boardman Donmar Dryden Street / Haworth Tompkins. Image © Philip Vile Cannon Design Regional Offices (St Louis) / Cannon Design. Converted industrial buildings "are big spaces vertically as well, trading the standard 9-foot (3-meter) ceiling in most office towers for soaring rafters". Image © Architectural Imageworks, LLC

Alto El Golf / Handel Architects

  • Architects: Handel Architects
  • Location: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Glenn Rescalvo, AIA
  • Project Architect: Maximiliano Noguera
  • Project Manager: Jim Hakes
  • Project Designer: Michael Lin
  • Area: 29000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nico Saieh

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