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Administration Extension / CRYSTALZOO

15:00 - 19 May, 2019
Administration Extension / CRYSTALZOO, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos Courtesy of CRYSTALZOO © David Frutos + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Nucia, Alicante, Spain
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    José Luis Campos Rosique
  • Design Team

    Juan Parra, Francisco T. Espí, Ivon Omar Fernández
  • Area

    165.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Offices and Workplaces: Examples in Plan

07:00 - 7 March, 2019
Offices and Workplaces: Examples in Plan, © Fabián Dejtiar
© Fabián Dejtiar

The functional distribution plays a fundamental role in the contemporary design of offices and places for work. The study of the architecture plan shows an interesting form of approach; not only allows for proper logistics and circulation but find efficient variations and innovations that will enable better workspaces that adapt to the current needs.

We have selected more than 50 plans of projects that will inspire you, recognizing the different ways in which architects have faced the challenge to design offices, in all different scale ranges.

Understanding The Human Body: Designing For People of All Shapes and Sizes

05:00 - 22 January, 2019
Understanding The Human Body: Designing For People of All Shapes and Sizes, Sketches by Bill Stumpf, that show his desire to design a chair that works for all kinds of bodies. Image Courtesy of Herman Miller
Sketches by Bill Stumpf, that show his desire to design a chair that works for all kinds of bodies. Image Courtesy of Herman Miller

It's common sense: a good design is based on people and what they really need. As architects, are we deepening enough to give the correct answers to the requirements we face in each project?

Herman Miller is a great example of this understanding. Founded in 1905 by Dirk Jan De Pree, the American company produces equipment and furnishings for offices and housing, including a high level of research to understand the human body and the way we inhabit our daily spaces. These investigations, supported by usability testing and multidisciplinary work, results in a large number of furniture pieces and spatial designs that are now used by people around the world.

We had the opportunity to visit their headquarters in Zeeland, Michigan to understand how these studies have been carried out for several decades.

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

16:30 - 12 January, 2019
AD Classics: AT&T Building / Philip Johnson and John Burgee, © David Shankbone
© David Shankbone

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.

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers

09:00 - 3 January, 2019
Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers, China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed China Merchants Bank HQ in Shenzhen. The soaring 350-meter tower, intended to house the bank’s 13,000-strong workforce, will be complemented by a sister tower 180 meters in height, containing a luxury hotel and mixed-use office, cultural, and retail spaces.

The taller office tower is comprised of large-span column-free floorplates supported by offset cores at either side. A glazed façade has been shaped to avoid downdrafts, thus making the surrounding open spaces on the ground floor more comfortable for the public. 

China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 5

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

10:30 - 11 September, 2018
© 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 Farquhar via Wikipedia Commons via Wikipedia Commons via Wikipedia Commons + 28

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Design Zero-Carbon Headquarters for Global Chemical Company in Brussels

12:00 - 11 June, 2018
Quad campus. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Quad campus. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has released images and details of its competition-winning design for the headquarters of Solvay, an advanced materials and chemicals company, to be located in Brussels, Belgium. Working in collaboration with Modulo Architects and VK Engineers, the Danish firm has prioritized sustainability and resilience in the zero-carbon, near-zero-energy building.

The winning team was chosen from a competitive international field including OMA, Valode & Pistre, Wilmotte & Associés, and Henning Larsen.

Night view. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Facade. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Lobby. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Interior roof park. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen + 18

Firms Like Zaha Hadid Architects Are Revolutionizing Office Design Using Big Data

09:30 - 1 May, 2018
Firms Like Zaha Hadid Architects Are Revolutionizing Office Design Using Big Data, The Analytics and Insight unit at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has developed data-driven space-planning models for workplaces that can be changed or adapted in real time. The team, led by architect Uli Blum and Arjun Kaicker, applies their research directly to ZHA projects, including the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow, Russia (seen here), and the Galaxy SOHO Beijing, which was built in 2012. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
The Analytics and Insight unit at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has developed data-driven space-planning models for workplaces that can be changed or adapted in real time. The team, led by architect Uli Blum and Arjun Kaicker, applies their research directly to ZHA projects, including the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow, Russia (seen here), and the Galaxy SOHO Beijing, which was built in 2012. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

This article was originially published by Metropolis Magazine as "Architects, Armed with Data, Are Seeing the Workplace Like Never Before."

A workplace that improves employee productivity and efficiency has been a white whale of corporate managers for decades. But even before the office as we know it today was born, designers and innovators were already studying sites of labor, such as the factory, to devise strategies to boost worker performance. By the 1960s, Robert Propst, the inventor behind Herman Miller’s Action Office line of workplace furniture, and others were conducting workspace research that would ultimately lead to the creation of the modern cubicle.

These developments relied largely on observation and intuition to organize office workers in purportedly effective ways. Now, advances in technology allow designers to take a more sophisticated approach, using sensors, internet-connected furniture and fixtures, and data analytics to study offices in real time. “You can take into account every single employee, and people are very different,” says London architect Uli Blum. “It’s about solving the fundamental problems of getting people the environment they need. And the easiest way is to ask them,” he adds. But finding out the needs of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of workers can quickly become an exercise in futility.

Images Revealed of BIG's Latest New York City Skyscraper

12:40 - 3 April, 2018
Images Revealed of BIG's Latest New York City Skyscraper ,  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>
Image via New York YIMBY

New York YIMBY has revealed initial renderings of BIG’s proposed office skyscraper at West 29th Street, New York, on the site of the old Bancroft Bank Building. Officially named “29th and 5th,” the scheme will offer a LEED-certified design focused on wellness and sustainability, featuring outdoor terraces stacked alongside a glass curtain façade.

 Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a> + 8

SOM Unveils Images of Chicago Office Tower With Five-Story Open-Air Deck

14:05 - 23 March, 2018
Courtesy of SOM
Courtesy of SOM

Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) have unveiled new images of their proposed 18-story office tower in the trendy Fulton Market area of Chicago. “The Porch,” situated on 330 North Green, will feature a five-story open-air deck, and series of luxury amenities to support the new office environment.

Courtesy of SOM Courtesy of SOM Courtesy of SOM Courtesy of SOM + 11

Most Architects Prefer Working in Organized Spaces, But Some Opt for "Organized Chaos"

12:00 - 24 February, 2018
Most Architects Prefer Working in Organized Spaces, But Some Opt for "Organized Chaos", © Matheus Pereira
© Matheus Pereira

When we say "most" architects, we're basing our conclusion on the responses to our first AD Discussion of 2018. Even though Tim Harford, author of the book Messy, contends that disorder and a bit of confusion can be linked to spaces that inspire more creativity, our readers tend to disagree. In our review of comments on our article, the majority of respondents explained that workspaces with out-of-place objects negatively affected their ability to concentrate. Many responses alluded to their more efficient and prolific results gained by working in an organized space. But that doesn't mean that all ArchDaily readers agreed; there are still ardent defenders of "control chaos" who insist that their best work emerges from working beneath piles of papers or supplies.

Why Open-Plan Offices Don't Work (And Some Alternatives That Do)

09:30 - 23 November, 2017
Why Open-Plan Offices Don't Work (And Some Alternatives That Do), <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/491468/airbnb-s-european-operations-hub-in-dublin-heneghan-peng-architects'>Airbnb’s European Operations Hub in Dublin / Heneghan Peng Architects</a>. Image © Ed Reeve
Airbnb’s European Operations Hub in Dublin / Heneghan Peng Architects. Image © Ed Reeve

This article was originally published by Amar Singh on Medium titled "You're working in the wrong place."

At my most recent job, I did all of my best work at home. I would actively try to avoid the office for as long as possible. At home, I had two desks and complete control over my environment. Distractions and breaks were choices.

Once I went into the office, the environment changed. There were constant distractions, from other employees, dogs barking (for the record: puppers were a net positive), impromptu meetings and birthday celebrations. It was very difficult to get into flow states and incredibly easy to be broken from them. Of all the places I could work, my desk at the office was often the worst option.

From Cubicles to Hot-Desks, Here Are the Origins of the Open-Plan Office

10:15 - 12 October, 2017

Some love them, some loath them: open-plan office spaces are either conducive to conversation and collaboration or nothing more than noisy environments defined by distractions. Much, for instance, has been questioned recently about the "innovative" open working environments in Apple's new Cupertino campus. In a new series by Vox, overlooked, misrepresented, and overrated phenomena are put under the microscope. By exploring the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Herman Miller, and others, this episode posits that open office spaces are, contrary to popular assumption, "misunderstood for their role in workplace culture."

Where did open offices and cubicles come from, and are they really what we want?

Kobi Karp’s Pair of Mixed-Use Developments to Celebrate Wynwood's Culture of Creativity in Miami

08:00 - 1 August, 2017
Kobi Karp’s Pair of Mixed-Use Developments to Celebrate Wynwood's Culture of Creativity in Miami, Courtesy of Kobi Karp Architecture & Levy Public Relations
Courtesy of Kobi Karp Architecture & Levy Public Relations

Miami’s growing art district of Wynwood is set for further development in the form of two projects designed by renowned local architect Kobi KarpWynwood 25 and Gateway at Wynwood. The first is a $100 million unique mixed-use residential opportunity in the neighborhood, co-developed by the Related Group in Miami and the New York based East End Capital, and interiors by Meshberg Group, while the second is an upcoming 12-story tower responding to the increasing demand for office rental space.

Wynwood’s artistic spirit and modern vibe are elements that inspired our designs for Wynwood 25 and Gateway at Wynwood,” explained Kobi Karp, Founder, and Principal of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Inc. “This forward-thinking, vibrant area is gaining so much momentum and we wanted this to translate into our designs. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Wynwood’s growth and we aim to create unique designs that merge seamlessly with the area’s culture and unique energy.”

Courtesy of Kobi Karp Architecture & Levy Public Relations Courtesy of Kobi Karp Architecture & Levy Public Relations Courtesy of Kobi Karp Architecture & Levy Public Relations Courtesy of Kobi Karp Architecture & Levy Public Relations + 6

What Is It Like to Work at MVRDV? A Video Tour with #donotsettle

09:30 - 1 June, 2017

#donotsettle is an online video project created by Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost about architecture and the way it is perceived by its users. Having published a number of videos on ArchDaily over the past two years, Pramoto and Provoost are now launching an exclusive column, “#donotsettle extra,” which will accompany some of their #donotsettle videos with in-depth textual analysis of the buildings they visit.

“The office has an easy-going mood and relaxing atmosphere. That’s why we call it The House,” says Jacob van Rijs, one of MVRDV's founders, when he brought #donotsettle into his office.

For architecture, an industry that is famous for long workdays, the office can potentially be a stressful environment. Van Rijs explains how the office could have a significant impact upon people's psychology, as they spend a large part of their life there. The MVRDV House has broken the rigid office typology, and made it more entertaining.

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost © Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost + 13

New Space for Rosatom 2017

13:22 - 9 May, 2017
New Space for Rosatom 2017

The second stage of the creative competition of the state Corporation Rosatom.

State Corporation for atomic energy Rosatom with the assistance of the communications ProjectNext agency and OfficeNext portal offers to take part in the second stage of the international creative competition for the development of the concept design the workspace of Rosatom for architects, designers, graphic designers, specialists in computer graphics and visual design.

Hollwich Kushner Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Business District in Munich

08:00 - 14 April, 2017
Hollwich Kushner Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Business District in Munich, Hollwich Kushner design . Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien
Hollwich Kushner design . Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien

Renderings have been released for Hollwich Kushner’s first European project – Die Macherei, a new mixed-use business district based in Munich. Designed by the New York firm in collaboration with local practices msm meyer schmitz-morkramer and OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten of Frankfurt/Cologne and Munich respectively, the financial hub will feature 64,000 square meters of rental space, bringing together offices, shops, dining experiences, a hotel and a gym.

“I could not be more excited to realize our first European project in my hometown. Designed not just as a series of buildings but as an exploration of the spaces between the buildings, Die Macherei is an innovative design for a new way of working and interacting, integrating social activity and behaviors to promote a sense of community,” expressed Matthias Holwich, principal at HWKN.

msm meyer schmitzmorkramer design. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien Hollwich Kushner design. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten design. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien + 9

WELL Building Certification - An Architectural Aid for Human Health

14:00 - 12 March, 2017
WELL Building Certification - An Architectural Aid for Human Health, Symantec HQ - The building features a blend of natural materials, bold colouring, and branding. Image Courtesy of Little
Symantec HQ - The building features a blend of natural materials, bold colouring, and branding. Image Courtesy of Little

Architecture continually evolves to meet societal demands. Recently, a global effort to tackle climate change, and to achieve optimum energy efficiency in buildings, has brought standards such as BREEAM and LEED to the fore. However, as scientific analysis and awareness of human mental health has increased, architects are once again required to place humans at the centre of the design process. This growing trend has led to the development of WELL Building Certification – considered the world’s first certification focused exclusively on human health and wellbeing.

Symantec HQ - Staff interaction is encouraged as part of WELL standards. Image Courtesy of Little Symantec HQ - A vibrant collection of spaces encourage movement. Image Courtesy of Little Symantec HQ - Staff movement and interaction is encouraged to promote wellbeing. Image Courtesy of Little Symantec HQ - The building has achieved WELL certification. Image Courtesy of Little + 16