We are currently in Beta version and updating this search on a regular basis. We’d love to hear your feedback here.

  1. ArchDaily
  2. Office Buildings

Office Buildings: The Latest Architecture and News

The Transformation of Offices into Residential Projects: Tackling Vacancies and Housing Shortage

The Cosmopolitan Building / BOGDAN & VAN BROECK. Image © Bogdan van Broek
The Cosmopolitan Building / BOGDAN & VAN BROECK. Image © Bogdan van Broek

The housing shortage has long been the catalyst for architectural speculation over adaptive resue scenarios or the valorisation of underused places in cities. At the same time, the health crisis and its work from home imperatives have brought into sharp focus the adaptive reuse potential of offices spaces into housing. The probability that some office buildings remain vacant post-pandemic opens up the possibility of bringing back housing to city centres, enabling the implementation of a 15-minute city vision. The following discusses the challenges and opportunities of transforming office spaces into housing, highlighting this limited phenomenon's long-term feasibility and impact.

The Cosmopolitan Building / BOGDAN & VAN BROECK. Image © Jeroen VerrechtTransformation of Office Building To 90 Apartments by MOATTI-RIVIERE. Image © Michel_DenancéSlack Headquarters by Studio O+A. Image © Garrett Rowland and Amy Young. Image Photo by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@jpgbarbosa?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">João Barbosa</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com/s/photos/city-of--london?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Unsplash</a>   + 7

Paul Goldberger on Architecture, Cities, and New York’s Long Road Back

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen an explosion of internet speculation about the “future of cities.” Apparently, they are either doomed—or destined to prevail. The office is dead (obviously), the office tower (especially tall ones) clearly a building type in need of a proper funeral. All kinds of chatter have subsequently ensued (we have time on our hands) about the dire outlook for public space, the impending collapse of public transportation, the inevitable return to the suburbs, even the (gasp!) demise of the luxury cruise ship. We’ll see; we’re still wandering around in the dark here and might be for some time. With that somber thought in mind, I reached out to Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic and urbanist, for what I felt certain would be a nuanced and measured take on our presently fraught moment. (A note: we spoke prior to the protests, which have erupted in American cities in response to the murder of George Floyd.) For the most part, we resisted the urge to make sweeping and almost certainly premature predictions about our urban future.

How to Build Sustainable, Healthy, and Profitable Office Buildings in 10 Simple Steps

One of our responsibilities as architects is to understand how to implement strategies into our designs that consider the people who inhabit the spaces,  our natural resource consumption, and ensuring these projects are profitable. All of this can be achieved through three main goals: Reducing our carbon footprint, creating healthy workplaces, and the design of efficient and profitable buildings.

UNE Building / Gui Mattos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 37

Vila Madalena, Brazil
  • Architects: Gui Mattos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  19397
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  GRAPHISOFT, Otis, REKA, Stone, Arkos, +31

AD Classics: AT&T Building / Philip Johnson and John Burgee

It may be the single most important architectural detail of the last fifty years. Emerging bravely from the glassy sea of Madison Avenue skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan, the open pediment atop Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s 1984 AT&T Building (now the Sony Tower) singlehandedly turned the architectural world on its head. This playful deployment of historical quotation explicitly contradicted modernist imperatives and heralded the mainstream arrival of an approach to design defined instead by a search for architectural meaning. The AT&T Building wasn’t the first of its type, but it was certainly the most high-profile, proudly announcing that architecture was experiencing the maturation of a new evolutionary phase: Postmodernism had officially arrived to the world scene.

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

This article was originally published on December 5, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

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 foundationsThe pinnacle of the tower. Image © Wikimedia user David Corby (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageUnder constructionImage via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageUnder construction+ 6

AD Classics: World Trade Center / Minoru Yamasaki Associates + Emery Roth & Sons

© Robert Paul Van Beets/Shutterstock
© Robert Paul Van Beets/Shutterstock

A New York City icon that once rivaled structures such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, colloquially known as the Twin Towers, was one of the most recognized structures in history. Designed by Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki, it held the title of Tallest Building in the World from 1972–1974. Up until its unfortunate demise, the WTC site was a major destination, accommodating 500,000 working people and 80,000 visitors on a typical weekday.

© Flickr user David Farquharvia Wikipedia Commonsvia Wikipedia Commonsvia Wikipedia Commons+ 28

Facebook Set to Occupy London Offices in King's Cross by AHMM and Bennetts Associates

Facebook is moving into new offices in London’s King’s Cross. The announcement from King’s Cross details the social media giant’s commitment to take over 600,000 square feet (55,000 square meters) of office space across three buildings, namely 11 and 21 Canal Reach by Bennetts Associates, and P2 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

The July 23rd deal between Facebook and King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) represents one of the most significant such commitments in London in the last decade, encompassing around 15% of King’s Cross’ 4-million-square-foot (370,000 square meters) commercial portfolio.

15 Impressive Atriums (And Their Sections)

Cortesía de 3XNCortesía de Paul de Ruiter ArchitectsCortesía de Renzo Piano Building Workshop + PayetteCortesía de Renzo Piano Building Workshop+ 31

Offices and cultural buildings both offer the perfect opportunity to design the atrium of your dreams. These central spaces, designed to allow serendipitous meetings of users or to help with orientation in the building, are spacious and offer a lot of design freedom. Imposing scales, sculptural stairs, eccentric materials, and indoor vegetation are just some of the resources used to give life to these spaces. To help you with your design ideas, below we have gathered a selection of 15 notable atriums and their section drawings.

C.F. Møller Architects, Kristin Jarmund Architects and Rodeo Architects Propose Urban Realm in the Center of Oslo

C.F. Møller Architects have collaborated with Kristin Jarmund Architects and Rodeo Architects in the design of a new urban realm at Oslo Central Station in Norway, comprising a square, hotel, and high-rise building. The scheme seeks to create an attractive recreational area around the transport hub, connecting different areas and terrain differences in an organized, efficient flow.

The latest scheme represents a further development of a proposal by C.F. Møller Architects and Kristin Jarmund Architects for the area in a prequalified architectural competition in 2009.

Courtesy of C.F. Møller ArchitectsCourtesy of C.F. Møller ArchitectsCourtesy of C.F. Møller ArchitectsCourtesy of C.F. Møller Architects+ 4

Bloomberg’s New European Headquarters Rated World's Most Sustainable Office Building

Bloomberg’s new European HQ, which is located in the heart of the City of London, has been rated the world’s most sustainable office building. Designed by Foster + Partners, the office complex has been awarded an Outstanding BREEAM rating, attaining a 98.5% score – the highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development.

© Bloomberg© Bloomberg© Bloomberg© Bloomberg+ 9

PLP Architecture’s Proposed Office Building Responds to London’s Historic Urban Identity

Amongst the rapid materializing of telecoms, media and tech companies within the Blackfriar’s Southbank region, PLP Architecture has been chosen for the design of a new office building with the challenge of successfully integrating into the ever-changing local fabric.

“Our proposal speculates on the nature of the contemporary office tower,” explained the firm. “What is the architectural expression of today’s high-density workplace? How does the building acquire an identity specific to its media/tech occupiers and how is that identity conveyed to the city?”

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

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

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

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

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 OMACourtesy of OMACourtesy of OMACourtesy of OMA+ 4

Aedas' Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture in Taipei Nears Completion

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 AedasCourtesy of AedasCourtesy of AedasCourtesy of Aedas+ 7

Video: Apple 2 Campus Headed Toward Completion

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

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 & PartnersCourtesy of Richard Meier & PartnersCourtesy of Richard Meier & PartnersCourtesy of Richard Meier & Partners+ 10