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New Mixed-Use Complex Expresses Past, Present, and Future of Chinese Culture

06:00 - 6 December, 2016
New Mixed-Use Complex Expresses Past, Present, and Future of Chinese Culture, © Aedas
© Aedas

Novotown is China’s latest cultural and creative incubator, designed by Aedas as an iconic destination on Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, China. Located just five minutes from Macau, the 120,000-square meter cultural and entertainment complex aims to straddle the roles of tourist destination and local icon. 

© Aedas © Aedas © Aedas © Aedas +5

AD Classics: Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb and Harmon

04:00 - 5 December, 2016
AD Classics: Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, (2005). Image © Wikimedia user robertpaulyoung (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
(2005). Image © Wikimedia user robertpaulyoung (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Even in Manhattan—a sea of skyscrapers—the Empire State Building towers over its neighbours. Since its completion in 1931 it has been one of the most iconic architectural landmarks in the United States, standing as the tallest structure in the world until the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were constructed in Downtown Manhattan four decades later. Its construction in the early years of the Great Depression, employing thousands of workers and requiring vast material resources, was driven by more than commercial interest: the Empire State Building was to be a monument to the audacity of the United States of America, “a land which reached for the sky with its feet on the ground.”[1]

Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageLaying of the tower's foundations The pinnacle of the tower. Image © Wikimedia user David Corby (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageUnder construction Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageUnder construction +6

BIG's First Office Building Design Opens at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

14:00 - 2 November, 2016
BIG's First Office Building Design Opens at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, © Rasmus Hjortshoj
© Rasmus Hjortshoj

BIG has completed their second building on U.S. soil, a 92,000-square-foot office building at 1200 Intrepid Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that also marks the firm’s first realized office building design. Located within the revitalized Philadelphia Navy Yard master plan (designed by Robert Stern), the four-story building features a bowing, double-curved facade and a supersized “periscope” inspired by the historic battleships docked a few blocks away.

© Rasmus Hjortshoj © Rasmus Hjortshoj © Rasmus Hjortshoj © Rasmus Hjortshoj +11

OMA Releases New Renderings of their Axel Springer Building in Berlin

08:40 - 6 October, 2016
OMA Releases New Renderings of their Axel Springer Building in Berlin, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA has released new images of their design for Axel Springer’s business and digital division, in Berlin, Germany. One of the largest digital publishing houses in Europe, Axel Springer officially launched the project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company’s publishing building.

OMA’s proposal was selected in a 2014 international design competition, beating out finalist entries from BIG and Büro Ole Scheeren. The brief called for a new modern work environment to house Axel Springer’s growing business and digital divisions.

Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA +4

Aedas' Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture in Taipei Nears Completion

16:15 - 30 August, 2016
Aedas' Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture in Taipei Nears Completion, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has released new renderings and photos of Lè Architecture as the 18-story building approaches completion. Inspired by the form and striations of river pebbles, the office building will provide a unique work environment along the Jilong River and will mark an important milestone in the revitalization of the Nangang District of Taipei.

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +7

Video: Apple 2 Campus Headed Toward Completion

14:00 - 8 August, 2016

Foster + Partners' Apple 2 Campus is racing towards its December 2016 completion date. As seen in this drone video captured by aerial videographer Matthew Roberts, the exterior of the spaceship-like main building is nearly finished, with many of the campus' other buildings, such as the auditorium, the research & development center and the 100,000 square foot corporate fitness center, also approaching full realization. 

Richard Meier & Partners Complete Office Building in Rio de Janeiro

07:15 - 2 August, 2016
Richard Meier & Partners Complete Office Building in Rio de Janeiro, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has completed their first project in South America, a 7-story, sustainable office building in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Leblon. The building will feature concrete, glass and vertical gardens, and will serve as the new international headquarters for top Brazilian investment firm VINCI Partners. The structure consists of open office spaces looking out onto several private interior courtyards and a series of terraces that create a connection with the main urban thoroughfare of Bartolomeu Mitre Avenue.

Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners +10

BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Back on the Table After Massive Land Deal with LinkedIn

12:05 - 13 July, 2016
BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Back on the Table After Massive Land Deal with LinkedIn, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

The “Googleplex” is back on. After the Mountain View City Council announced last year that they would be awarding the majority of the land needed to construct the futurist masterplan designed for Google by BIG and Thomas Heatherwick to fellow tech giant LinkedIn, the future of the ambitious glass-canopied corporate campus seemed to be dead in the water, with the architects even releasing images of a pared down design that would occupy a much smaller footprint. But all of that has now changed thanks to a surprising property swap between the two companies that will see over three million square feet of real estate switch hands.

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

12:00 - 29 November, 2015
Esquire Interviews Bjarke Ingels on the Google Headquarters, 2 World Trade Center and the NFL, © 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
HOK Designs Apple's Newest Silicon Valley Campus, © HOK
© 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
Zaha Hadid Designs Office Tower with World's Tallest Atrium , © ZHA
© 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
As WeWork Acquires CASE, the Future of Office Design May Start Today, 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
Foster + Partners Break Ground on 425 Park Avenue, 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
Bati_rieul / L'EAU design, © Park Wan-soon
© Park Wan-soon

© Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon +28

  • 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

Sparkasse Bank / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

05:00 - 13 June, 2015
Sparkasse Bank / Dietger Wissounig Architekten, © dermaurer
© dermaurer

© dermaurer © dermaurer © dermaurer © dermaurer +22

  • Architects

  • 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

Zonic Vision Office / Stu/D/O Architects

20:00 - 11 June, 2015
Zonic Vision Office / Stu/D/O Architects, © Krisada Boonchaleow
© Krisada Boonchaleow

© Krisada Boonchaleow © Wison Tungthunya Courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects © Wison Tungthunya +35

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

17:00 - 11 June, 2015
Advantech Linkou Campus Phase 1 / J. J. Pan & Partners, © Vesper W.S. Hsieh
© Vesper W.S. Hsieh

© Vesper W.S. Hsieh © Vesper W.S. Hsieh © Vesper W.S. Hsieh © Vesper W.S. Hsieh +31

  • 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

Layerscape / Kiến Trúc O

19:00 - 9 June, 2015
Layerscape / Kiến Trúc O, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +19

  • Architects

  • 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