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

12:00 - 29 November, 2015
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

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

11:35 - 9 October, 2015
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© HOK

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

13:30 - 30 September, 2015
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© ZHA

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

11:05 - 5 August, 2015
Exterior of WeWork Hollywood in LA. Image Courtesy of WeWork
Exterior of WeWork Hollywood in LA. Image Courtesy of WeWork

"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 +6

Foster + Partners Break Ground on 425 Park Avenue

12:00 - 28 June, 2015
425 Park Avenue, Facing NE on Park Avenue. Image © DBOX for Foster + Partners
425 Park Avenue, Facing NE on Park Avenue. Image © DBOX for Foster + Partners

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

Premium Office Space. Image © DBOX for Foster + Partners 425 Park Avenue. Image © Visualhouse for Foster + Partners © Visualhouse for Foster + Partners 425 Park Avenue in Local Context. Image © Visualhouse for Foster + Partners +15

Bati_rieul / L'EAU design

19:00 - 22 June, 2015
© Park Wan-soon
© Park Wan-soon
  • Architects

  • 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

05:00 - 13 June, 2015
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© dermaurer

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Zonic Vision Office / Stu/D/O Architects

20:00 - 11 June, 2015
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© Krisada Boonchaleow

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

17:00 - 11 June, 2015
© Vesper W.S. Hsieh
© Vesper W.S. Hsieh
  • Architects

  • 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

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Layerscape / Kiến Trúc O

19:00 - 9 June, 2015
© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki
  • 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

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BIG Replaces Foster, Unveils Plans for 2 World Trade Center

12:49 - 9 June, 2015
© DBOX, Courtesy of BIG
© DBOX, Courtesy of BIG

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

19:00 - 7 June, 2015
© Courtesy of CHIASMUS
© Courtesy of 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

05:00 - 5 June, 2015
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© Olivier Helbert

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Dialogue in the Dark Bukchon / Wise Architecture

19:00 - 4 June, 2015
© Yongkwan Kim
© Yongkwan Kim

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Tres Picos Tower / LBR + A

15:00 - 29 May, 2015
© Alfonso Merchand
© Alfonso Merchand
  • Architects

  • 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

14:30 - 29 May, 2015
© SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

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?

09:30 - 29 May, 2015
Cannon Design Regional Offices / Cannon Design. Image © Architectural Imageworks, LLC
Cannon Design Regional Offices / Cannon Design. Image © Architectural Imageworks, LLC

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 +10

Alto El Golf / Handel Architects

09:00 - 29 May, 2015
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© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +10