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AD Classics: Amsterdam Orphanage / Aldo van Eyck

16:30 - 21 January, 2019
AD Classics: Amsterdam Orphanage / Aldo van Eyck, © CCA Mellon Lectures
© CCA Mellon Lectures

© CCA Mellon Lectures © CCA Mellon Lectures © CCA Mellon Lectures © CCA Mellon Lectures + 14

Dutch Architect Aldo van Eyck built the Amsterdam Orphanage in 1960. His design focused on a balance of forces to create both a home and small city on the outskirts of Amsterdam.

Hybrid Homes: Living and Working Collide in These 26 Projects

11:00 - 22 July, 2018
Hybrid Homes: Living and Working Collide in These 26 Projects, Cortesía de Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office
Cortesía de Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office

© Tsukui Teruaki © Toshiyuki Yano © Vincent Hecht © Charles Davis Smith + 27

Normally, houses are divided into common areas, rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, sometimes the client demands to add other programs related to their work or hobbies, making efficient design and daily spatial distribution more complex. As architects, we are faced with an interesting challenge: to merge the private life of its inhabitants with more public and open programs, generating exciting mixed-use spaces.

If you are interested in designing hybrid homes, we have selected 26 houses with additions including shops, soccer fields, barns, greenhouses, and even skateparks.

Learn About Open Floor Plans Via These 6 Iconic Residences

06:00 - 13 July, 2018
Learn About Open Floor Plans Via These 6 Iconic Residences, Villa Tugendhat / Mies van der Rohe. © Alexandra Timpau
Villa Tugendhat / Mies van der Rohe. © Alexandra Timpau

Le Corbusier's "Five Points of Architecture" functioned in the twentieth century as the go-to guide for architectural production; it is also a significant work in understanding the legacy of modern architecture. Horizontal windows, free design of the facade, pilotis, roof gardens, and perhaps the most significant point, free design of the ground plan form the Franco-Swiss architect's manifesto. In terms of design practice, this last point means distinguishing structure and wrapper, which allows the free disposal of dividing walls that no longer fulfill a structural function.

Residential projects were once characterized by a clear division of environments linked to domestic dynamics, now filtered by modern discourse, the house became flexible and capable of new spatial articulations.

To better understand the modern domestic space, we gathered some of the most emblematic examples of residences and their floor plans.

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?

Farmers Park / Hufft Projects

22:00 - 28 May, 2015
Farmers Park / Hufft Projects, © Mike Sinclair 
© Mike Sinclair 

© Mike Sinclair  © Mike Sinclair  © Mike Sinclair  © Mike Sinclair  + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Springfield, MO, USA
  • Category

  • Creative Director

    Matthew Hufft
  • Managing Director

    Kimball Hales
  • Area

    156400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Why Students Need a Space of Their Own

10:30 - 22 March, 2015
Why Students Need a Space of Their Own, Cambridge Public Library / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects. Image © Robert Benson
Cambridge Public Library / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects. Image © Robert Benson

Public/Private, the Spring 2015 issue of ArchitectureBoston (out now) examines current trends in how we view public and private space and the effect these have on architecture. Tackling spaces as diverse as social space, the workplace, residential life, transportation, or civic territory, the issue examines what happens when notions of public an private space intersect. In the following article, originally published under the title "Quiet, please," Laura Wernick FAIA explores the need for enclosed, private spaces within educational facilities.

I walk by William Rawn’s Cambridge Public Library extension twice a day on my way to and from work. I love the transparency of the south façade. It is sharp and crisp, and I can see right through to all of the exploring, socializing, reading, and working taking place within. When I go into the library for research or study, however, I tend to move quickly away from the openness of the new building into the old one. I find a semi-enclosed quiet spot away from the crowds, turn off social media, and get to work.

When One Size Does Not Fit All: Rethinking the Open Office

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
When One Size Does Not Fit All: Rethinking the Open Office, Pathé Foundation / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Michel Denancé
Pathé Foundation / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Michel Denancé

Workplace design has undergone a radical transformation in the last several decades, with approximately seventy percent of today’s modern offices now converted to open plans. However, despite growing concerns over decreases in worker productivity and employee satisfaction, the open office revolution shows no sign of slowing down. The open office model has proliferated without regard for natural differences in workplace culture, leading to disastrous results when employees are forced into an office that works against their own interests. If we are to make offices more effective, we must acknowledge that ultimately, design comes out of adapting individual needs for a specific purpose and at best, can create inviting spaces that reflect a company’s own ethos.

Workplaces of the Future to Abandon the Open Plan and Feed Employees with Sky Gardens

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Workplaces of the Future to Abandon the Open Plan and Feed Employees with Sky Gardens , Interior showing sky gardens. Organic Grid + / Sean Cassidy & Joe Wilson. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
Interior showing sky gardens. Organic Grid + / Sean Cassidy & Joe Wilson. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

The winners of Metropolis Magazine's Workplace of the Future 2.0 Design Competition have been announced. This year's competition challenged participants to redefine the idea of the office, illustrating their interpretation of the evolution of workplaces within the next 15 years.

Although their approaches are different, each of the winning designs, selected from 153 entries, shows innovation in how they develop new office prototypes by employing technological ingenuity, maintaining much of the same construction while providing different experiences to suit the employees' unique needs. The winning entry (Organic Grid +) and the runner-up (the Hybrid Office) both reflect architecture which is highly receptive to its inhabitants.

Learn more about the winners after the break.

Nine Bridges "The Forum" / D·Lim Architects

00:00 - 20 March, 2014
© Joonhwan Yoon
© Joonhwan Yoon

© Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon + 30

Is the Open Plan Bad for Us?

00:00 - 25 November, 2013
Is the Open Plan Bad for Us? , One Workplace by Design Blitz. Image © Bruce Damonte
One Workplace by Design Blitz. Image © Bruce Damonte

The concept of the open plan revolutionized architecture - promising light, space, and effortless collaboration (not to mention a more cost-effective way of getting lots of people into one space). Today, it's practically become a standard of design - but at what cost?

A new report from researchers Jungsoo Kim and Richard de Dear, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, concludes that the open plan comes with some serious collateral damage - namely a lack of "sound privacy" - which outweighs its positive qualities. What's more, according to their results, the open plan doesn't even make a measurable improvement in communication at all.

Office+Showroom for DK / Megabudka

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Courtesy of Megabudka
Courtesy of Megabudka
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • Category

  • Сredits

    Kirill Gubernatorov, Andrey Samonaev, Artem Ukropov, Daria Listopad, Svetlana Tverdova
  • Constructor

    Igor Zavarov
  • Project Year

    2013

Courtesy of Megabudka Courtesy of Megabudka Courtesy of Megabudka Courtesy of Megabudka + 10

De Karel Doorman / Ibelings van Tilburg Architecten

00:00 - 13 February, 2013
De Karel Doorman / Ibelings van Tilburg Architecten, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © J. Versnel en J.F.H. Roovers © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode + 14

NEO Bankside / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

01:00 - 7 January, 2013
NEO Bankside / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner    © Gillespies © Gillespies via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners + 19

MetaForum / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

00:00 - 1 November, 2012
MetaForum / Ector Hoogstad Architecten, ©  Norbert van Onna
© Norbert van Onna

© Bart van Overbeeeke ©  Petra Appelhof ©  Petra Appelhof ©  Petra Appelhof + 21

Shih Chien University Gymnasium and Library / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

00:00 - 3 October, 2012
Shih Chien University Gymnasium and Library / KRIS YAO | ARTECH, © Jeffrey Cheng
© Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Glen Lu, Hua-Yi Chang, Po-Wen Hsiao, Sid Peng, Chao-Li Hsu, Wesley Fang, Wei-Chung Hsu, Liang-Tzu Chen, Jerry Chang, Tzongming Chan, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo, Jeff Lai, Ming-Chin Li, Peter Chen, Su-Ping Lo
  • Structural

    Federal Engineering Consultants, Ltd
  • Site Area

    42,039
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

De Kameleon / NL Architects

00:00 - 18 July, 2012
De Kameleon / NL Architects, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer + 44

La Liberté / Dominique Perrault Architecture

00:00 - 3 May, 2012
La Liberté / Dominique Perrault Architecture

La Liberté / Dominique Perrault Architecture La Liberté / Dominique Perrault Architecture La Liberté / Dominique Perrault Architecture La Liberté / Dominique Perrault Architecture + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Associated Architect

    Oving Architekten
  • Engineering

    Dijkhuis Groningen (structures), Zonderman B.V. (electrical engineering), Feenestra (heating and ventilation systems), Gevekebouw B.V. (general contractor)
  • Client

    Christelijke Woningstichting Patrimonium
  • Site Area

    10230 m2
  • Area

    23400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011