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Huacheng Zhiyun Headquarters / BANDe Architects

23:00 - 24 April, 2019
Huacheng Zhiyun Headquarters / BANDe Architects, Office Area. Image © Weiqi Jin
Office Area. Image © Weiqi Jin

Office Area. Image © Weiqi Jin Exhibition Area. Image © Weiqi Jin Exhibition Area. Image © Weiqi Jin Exhibition Area. Image © Weiqi Jin + 26

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Kun Zhou, Lin Xu
  • Design Team

    Zhengren Cao, Hongjun Ge, Hong Dong
  • Area

    996.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Semaphore: an Ecological Utopia Proposed by Vincent Callebaut

11:00 - 5 January, 2019
Semaphore: an Ecological Utopia Proposed by Vincent Callebaut, Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

In a design proposal for Soprema’s new company headquarters in Strasbourg, France, Vincent Callebaut Architectures envisions an 8,225 square-meter ecological utopia. The building, called Semaphore, is described in the program as a “green flex office for nomad co-workers” and is dedicated to urban agriculture and employee well-being.

An eco-futuristic building, Semaphore is inspired by biomimicry and intended as a poetic landmark, as well as aiming to serve as a showcase for Soprema’s entire range of insulation, waterproofing, and greening products. The design is an ecological prototype of the green city of the future, working to achieve a symbiosis between humans and nature.

Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures + 23

Machinery Park Headquarters / Shanghai Yushe architectural design

22:00 - 15 September, 2018
Machinery Park Headquarters / Shanghai Yushe architectural design, Grass Slopes Connect with Buildings. Image © Yijie Hu
Grass Slopes Connect with Buildings. Image © Yijie Hu

Modern Style three-section Facade Proportion. Image © Yijie Hu Lobby. Image © Yijie Hu Side of the Building. Image © Yijie Hu Building under Light. Image © Yijie Hu + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    City park, 18th Avenue, Western port of Lingang economic and technological development zone, Yibin, Sichuan, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Yi Xu, Xiao Chen
  • Design Team

    Junfeng Xu, Meng Li, Zhen Cao, Dengdeng Wang, Timothy
  • Area

    12000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Mafengwo Global Headquarters / SYN Architects

00:00 - 17 July, 2018
1st Floor Lobby. Image © BenMo studio / YanMing
1st Floor Lobby. Image © BenMo studio / YanMing

Stairs. Image © BenMo studio / YanMing Window Ceiling. Image © BenMo studio / YanMing 1st Floor Lobby. Image © BenMo studio / YanMing 1st Floor Lobby Cloud Shaped. Image © BenMo studio / YanMing + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    9 Jiu Xian Qiao Bei Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Yingxi Zou
  • Design Team

    Fuqiang Xia, Zhihua Jiang, Furong Xie, Zhenzhen Cao, Tingting Liu, Jiansheng Liu
  • Constructor

    Huachengboyuan Architectural Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    5024.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Mafengwo Global Headquarters Phase II / SYN Architects

00:00 - 21 June, 2018
Mafengwo Global Headquarters Phase II / SYN Architects, Bamboo clouds staircase. Image © Zhi Xia
Bamboo clouds staircase. Image © Zhi Xia

2F bamboo boards details. Image © Zhi Xia Staircase details. Image © Zhi Xia Staircase. Image © Zhi Xia 2F bamboo boards clouds. Image © Zhi Xia + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Building C15, Hengtong International Innovation Park, 9 Jiuxianqiao North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Yingxi Zou
  • Interior Design Team

    Fuqiang Xia, Zhenzhen Cao, Tingting Liu, Yan Feng
  • Architectural design

    Fernando
  • Area

    1126.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Headquarters For Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Industrial Park / Aedas

22:00 - 15 June, 2018
Headquarters For Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Industrial Park / Aedas, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Partners in Charge

    Leo Liu, Keith Griffiths
  • Client

    Guangdong-Macau Traditional Chinese Medicine Technology Industrial Park Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    68000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018

KFAS New Headquarters in Kuwait

09:30 - 18 April, 2018
KFAS New Headquarters in Kuwait, Competition Site
Competition Site

On Monday, March 26, 2018, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) has launched the international design competition for the KFAS New Headquarters in Kuwait.

Overview

KFAS is inviting architects from all around the world to submit their application to enter this competition that is organized according to international standards.

The invitation is aimed equally at experienced and young architects, large and small offices. The highest degree of creativity, innovation, inspiration, sensitivity and commitment is expected.

Headquarters and convention center, two buildings with a net utilization area of 11,000 sqm each, and a master plan covering 60 hectares

A total of USD 530,000

Open Call: Campus Prague (New Headquarters of Česká spořitelna)

01:30 - 6 October, 2017
Open Call: Campus Prague (New Headquarters of Česká spořitelna)

The biggest Czech bank is building its new headquarters – changing a brownfield neighbouring Prague’s historical core – supporting creation of a fresh, liveable city district – forming contemporary environment for its employees, visitors and inhabitants of Prague.

Chengdu Aerospace Superalloy Technology Campus / Tanghua Architect & Associates

22:00 - 14 September, 2017
Chengdu Aerospace Superalloy Technology Campus / Tanghua Architect & Associates, Complex Building Interior
Complex Building Interior

Complex Building Courtyard Dorm Entrance Staff Canteen + 41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xihanggang Ave South Extend Line 2999, Shuangliu Xian, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Hua Tang
  • Design Team

    Xin Liu, Peng Shao, Shuai Shao, Liu Liu, Ning Yang, Shijiin Ma, Sicong Wang, Fang Deng, Tianhao Wang, Zemin Wang etc.
  • Area

    291253.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Dave & Bella Headquarters / LYCS Architecture

23:00 - 12 September, 2017
Dave & Bella Headquarters / LYCS Architecture, 中庭之一. Image © Wu Qingshan, Hu Xianjuan
中庭之一. Image © Wu Qingshan, Hu Xianjuan

首层通廊. Image © Wu Qingshan, Hu Xianjuan 中庭之三. Image © Wu Qingshan, Hu Xianjuan 穿越庭院一角. Image © Wu Qingshan, Hu Xianjuan 南立面入口. Image © Wu Qingshan, Hu Xianjuan + 15

Club Med Shanghai Office / 100architects

00:00 - 18 August, 2017
Club Med Shanghai Office / 100architects, © Amey Kandalgaonkar Photography
© Amey Kandalgaonkar Photography

© Amey Kandalgaonkar Photography © Amey Kandalgaonkar Photography © Amey Kandalgaonkar Photography Courtesy of 100architects + 23

Unilever Headquarters / Aedas

19:00 - 10 August, 2017
Unilever Headquarters / Aedas, © Owen Raggett
© Owen Raggett

© Owen Raggett © Owen Raggett © Owen Raggett © Owen Raggett + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Category

  • Project Director

    Kevin Jose
  • Project Design Director (Architecture)

    Steven Thor
  • Project Design Director (Interior)

    Steven Shaw
  • Interior Designer

    Aedas Interiors
  • Graphic and Signage Designer

  • Area

    50477.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Norman Foster Foundation’s Madrid Headquarters to Inaugurate with Global Forum in June

06:00 - 13 April, 2017
Norman Foster Foundation’s Madrid Headquarters to Inaugurate with Global Forum in June, Masdar Institure. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Masdar Institure. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

The Norman Foster Foundation has announced plans for its new Madrid-based headquarters to be opened in June this year, whose inauguration will be marked by the first session of the global forum Future is Now, addressing future social, economic and design concerns architecture will face. With the intersection of art, technology, and design, the Foundation facilitates multifaceted thinking and discourse among architects and designers. The opening of its new headquarters is a vital step in “establishing a world-class archive and inaugurating an international program of research, education, and interdisciplinary projects.”

According to the Foundation, “the decision to establish the Foundation as an independent entity, separate from the architectural practice of Foster + Partners, grew out of the perceived need for a permanent physical space that could house the Archive and study center, receive students and graduates, and present programs and projects."

Proposals for Statoil's Norway HQ from OMA, Foster + Partners, Snøhetta and More

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Proposals for Statoil's Norway HQ from OMA, Foster + Partners, Snøhetta and More, © Harald Pettersen / Statoil
© Harald Pettersen / Statoil

Norwegian energy corporation Statoil has revealed proposals for a new corporate headquarters from the five architecture firms that were shortlisted last October: OMA, Foster + Partners with Space Group, Snøhetta, Wingårdhs, and Helen & Hard with SAAHA. The competition--announced in September of 2013--called for a project that would "take into consideration a number of new measures in the region regarding public transport, parking, roads and other types of infrastructure." The winner will be announced in April/May.

Statoil hasn't disclosed which project belongs to which firm, but the ArchDaily editors have had some fun trying to put a name to each model. What do you think? Let us know your guesses in the comments!

Unanimous Approval for Apple's Cupertino Campus

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
Unanimous Approval for Apple's Cupertino Campus, Courtesy of MacRumors.com
Courtesy of MacRumors.com

UPDATE: Although having already cleared a preliminary vote, the Apple HQ was given unanimous approval from the Cupertino council yesterday. One "largely perfunctory" vote remains for November 15th. Detailed images, after the break.

If Skyscrapers Predict Crises, What Do "Donuts" Tell Us?

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
If Skyscrapers Predict Crises, What Do "Donuts" Tell Us? , Apple HQ (USA). Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
Apple HQ (USA). Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple

In a recent article for the Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote explores the 'Skyscraper Index', an informal term that suggests a correlation between the construction of a big company's ambitious headquarters and subsequent financial crisis: "Think of the Empire State Building opening into the Wall Street crash of 1929, the Twin Towers being completed as New York City was flirting with bankruptcy or the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur taking the mantle of the world’s tallest building and presaging the Asian financial crisis." Heathcote goes on to describe the latest generation of headquarters being constructed for our current, tech-oriented goliaths - like Apple's monolithic "donut", by Foster + Partners, and Facebook's Gehry-designed Menlo Park campus - and wonders: "if skyscrapers can tell us something about the temperature of an overheating economy, what do these groundscraping new HQs say?" Read the full article here.

NBBJ Proposes Five-Story Biodome for Amazon's Seattle Headquarters

00:00 - 22 May, 2013
NBBJ Proposes Five-Story Biodome for Amazon's Seattle Headquarters, View Looking West from 7th Avenue & Lenora Street; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216
View Looking West from 7th Avenue & Lenora Street; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216

In an attempt to “create an alternative environment” in the center of Amazon’s recently approved, three-block headquarters planned for downtown Seattle, NBBJ has submitted a revision that would replace a six-story office building with a tri-sphere biodome that will host various forms of plant life and provide a more natural setting for employees to work and socialize. Perhaps this change is Amazon’s way of “keeping up with the Joneses”, as many leading corporations - Apple, Google, and Facebook - have been unveiling plans to construct one-of-the-kind office complexes centered around sustainability, innovation and collaboration.

Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 Proposed Plan; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 + 12

Proposed Plan; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216
Proposed Plan; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216

The Motherships Are Landing: What Google’s New Headquarters Reveal About Apple 2

15:05 - 16 March, 2012

When Apple revealed the plans for their new campus in Cupertino, the responses to the “spaceship” were….varied, to say the least:

Spectacular would be an understatement” ; “So disappointing…” ; a “…panopti-lawn…” ; and – my personal favorite – “Sphincter?” [1]

The announcement instigated a flurry of analyses and criticisms over the meaning of the design for the world – the Zen-like significance of the circle, the role of architecture in this technologically-driven age, the legacy and hubris of Jobs – but produced very little discussion over its meaning for the company itself.

Meanwhile, months before news of the “spaceship” landed, another internet giant was searching the California landscape for its own space to call home. Still very much under-wraps, the new Googleplex will be the first time Google builds a workplace completely from scratch. [2]

These projects will be the Magnum Opuses, the ultimate physical representations, of the two most influential Tech companies in the world, and the two share striking similarities. So let’s clash the plans of these two titans and take another look at Apple 2 – but this time in the light of Google – and see what they can tell us about these companies’ futures.