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Smart Space

Office Design

Smart Space Office Design


Smart Space Office Design Edited by Yeal Xie

DESIGN MEDIA PUBLISHING LIMITED


Contents

Banking & Finance

Main Trading Hall of the German Stock Exchange

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American Express, Singapore

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Vanke – "Kingmetropolis" Sales Office

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BankWest

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Nanjing Sales Office

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Commerzbank China

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Standard ünlü

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National Australia Bank

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Royal Bank of Scotland Group

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Food Lion Customer Service Centre

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Adevertising & Design

Cicada Studio AGE McCANN Office PostPanic Tmedia Headquarters Leo Burnett Office

Office Berlin

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Inteks, Dogu-Bati Offıce

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Tokyo International Forum

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Laga Office

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VZ Aarau

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SWS Office Building

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Novo Construction

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Freese Shipping Group

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CaballeroFabriek

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Alpha Ville 44

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Fuel Advertising

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Financial and Commercial Department of Voestalpine Stahl GmbH

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Theory Headquarters

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Pansar

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The Outlook

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Langland Offices

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Cogeco Headquarters

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AMP Corporate Real Estate

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BBH Asia Pacific

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Neumann International

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Corporate Office for United Ricefields

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Wieden-Kennedy

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Sinclair Knight Merz, Perth

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Mecklemburg County Office at Freedom Drive

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Kasian Toronto Office

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Market City Office

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Vakko Fashion Centre and Power Media Centre

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LBi

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Newmont Mining

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Corporate Office

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TTE

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Schuurman Group

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NORTH Office

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Sipos Aktorik GmbH

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RMS California

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K-Boxing Headquarters

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Darcons Corporate

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Registrar Recorder Office

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Ferrier Hodgson

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SUNONE

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Digitas Health Headquarters

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Cocoon Office

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Otto Bock

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Index

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Lexmark

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Administration & General

Berlin Kurfürstendamm Office

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Toyota Tsusho

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Espacio C Mixcoac

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South Beach Marketing Centre

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Slater & Gordon

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Hanesbrands Inc

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Main Trading Hall of the German Stock Exchange Location:

Frankfurt, Germany

Designer:

RenĂŠ Walkenhorst

Photographer: U we Dettmar

Completion date: 2008

The main trading hall is the icon of the German stock market. It serves as workstations for more than 70 brokers, welcomes more than 50,000 visitors yearly and is increasingly valued as an exclusive venue. ATELIER BRĂœCKNER, the Stuttgart company, was entrusted with the conception, interior design, lighting design, technical equipment improvements and ergonomics of the workplace. The realisation of the design resulted in a contemporary sleek appearance for the main trading hall. Its coherent spatial impression emanates the Corporate Identity of the stock exchange. High quality materials and specific colours of blue and white, the CI-colours of the stock exchange, contribute to the consistency of the design. Five circular and two semicircular trade barriers accommodate a total of 70 brokers' workplaces, each including up to six screens. The semicircular trade barrier underneath the DAX board, has a special function. During stock market floatations and IPOs (Initial Public Offerings), an installed light changing mode, calls attention to these events. The trade barriers appear white translucent, and convert to a blue back light during market floatations. An important feature of the design is the LEDband displaying information regarding the international trade. The band is integrated into

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1.The top view of the central exchange area 2.Central exchange area 3.Reception desk 4.The reception corridor on the second floor 5.The exchange area on the ground floor 6.The LED lights play an important role in the interior design 7.The exchange counter seen from the corridor

a stylised world map above the gallery, where news and guiding-indices from all continents are shown. The band is intended to portray a view into the world, showing the global connection, and conveying the internationality of Frankfurt's commercial industry. A new visitor gallery above helps visitors to understand the abstract commercial events which take place on the trading floor. An autoactive space installation translates the commercial activities of the digital commercial system Xetra, into a dynamic, live graphic. The 160 most important stocks, which are traded in Frankfurt are displayed on the new glass floor of the visitor gallery.

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1.Central exchange hall 2.The reception desk on the second floor

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American Express, Singapore Location: Singapore

Designer:

Chai Mui Koon, Grant Morrison

Photographer:

Rupert Singleton

Completion date: 2008

Like many organisations, American Express faced the challenge of ensuring that their facilities supported workplace goals whilst accommodating an expanding workforce and rising real estate costs. A long-term strategy was required to house their current operations at a new location. HBO+EMTB's analysis of the existing accommodation, along with aggressive headcount projections, influenced the decision to relocate all back-office operations to a suburban site. HBO+EMTB's plan for the new facility accommodates future growth projections and meets American Express' Business Continuity needs. In keeping with the client's global practices, it will be an Operation Centre of Excellence. The new layout features a slight increase in density, and the introduction of modular planning for future chur n management. HBO+EMTB have implemented prominent breakout areas that will serve as the centrepiece space in the office. Located right after the entrance, the breakout areas serve as the bridge linking the lift lobby and general work areas. Traffic in and out of the office is thus routed through this area, encouraging opportunities for collaborative and spontaneous interaction which helps to promote camaraderie amongst staff.

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1.Recreational area between the staircase and office area 2.A corner of the kitchen 3.Brainstorming area of the office area 4.Kitchen 5.Kitchen 6.Brainstorming area of the office area

The resulting physical environment delivers a premium work experience, offering employees an energised and dynamic workplace with increased meeting and breakout spaces as well as collaborative and flexible work areas.

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1.Office area 2.Conference room 3.Dinning room 4.Recreational area of the office area

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Vanke – "Kingmetropolis" Sales Office Location:

Shenzhen, China

Designer:

Seiki Mori / studio ARRT

Photographer: studio ARRT

Completion date: 2008

The location of the project is in Shenzhen, China. The function of the space is for the showroom of residential apartment to promote the residential development. This project consists of several function rooms which are composed by 3 dimensional characteristic objects. Each function room is enveloped by experimental form and material. It generates geomorphologic special atmosphere. The condition of this function space is set by the architectural spatial character. Since the entire space is designed to be open with the courtyard, the interior design needs to correspond to this condition. Therefore each function room has a characteristic architectural element to generate the natural flow to connect the spatial function from one space to the other. Oak wood as primal material is applied in different forms and functions to unify the spatial atmosphere throughout the entire space. Main Model Display area – "3D Polygon wooden feature wall" is a main characteristic element to create spatial atmosphere and dynamic movement. And it works as informative wall for the showroom function. Landscape area – "Connection tunnel" is as a connective spatial element to link up one space to the other. The characteristic form of connection tunnel works as transformation of the perception.

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1.Entrance counter 2.Conference room 3.Conference room 4.Conference room 5.Exhibition stand 6.Corridor leads to the conference area

Meeting area – "3D Polygon membrane ceiling" is a dynamic lighting feature to create movement in space. "Complex line & Form" – beyond the above design concept, the designer tried to discover the design methodology to create experimental space in this project. The designer's intent is to demonstrate how the line and the form can be combined to create richness in space regardless of individual practical elements. Such as wall, floor, ceiling, furniture elements can be equally treated as the conceptual key element to characterise each function room. The characteristic lines on different interior elements harmonise each other to generate complexity and richness in space.

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1.Reception desk 2.Model areas 3.Meeting area 4.Manager Office & VIP 5.Staff room 6.Conference room

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BankWest Location:

Sydney, Australia

Designer:

Design Clarity

Photographer: Design Clarity

Completion date: 2008

With minimal presence on the east coast of Australia, BankWest wanted to create a new bold retail banking experience. Previously presenting as a "traditional" bank, the clients of BankWest wanted to avoid any of the clichÊ dark Mahogany timber veneers and usual long waiting queues associated with banks. With the brief in mind, the design team set out to create a new forward-thinking retail space. Crisp, white interiors with bold orange features, polypropylene pendant lights, moveable retail displays and flexible meeting areas all contribute to a successful, contemporary and sensory-filled retail experience. The methodology behind the project was to develop a physical presence that would take banking to the next level. The clients wanted to create bold, attractive stores rather than typical branches. The shopfront zone had to grab people's attention and display the non – financial products on offer. The initial concept was based on the idea of concealing and revealing. By creating custom made joinery items with stark, white exteriors and bright bold orange interiors, the design team could control the use of colour and form. Display units throughout the space have an exposed plywood detail and rounded corners to add warmth and texture to the overall space.

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1.Entrance 2.Business transaction area 3.ATM equipment 4.The distinctive interior design 5.Rest area 6.Service handling area 7.Display area of the service

Breakout spaces with designer fur niture; moveable ottomans, plasma screens and funky orange "Hoppy" lights create an inviting mood. To reinforce the project methodology, a bright orange runway floor and floating ceiling were developed in the shape of the BankWest lozenge logo, to highlight the key customer transaction zone. All materials selected for the new BankWest project were chosen for their durability. Forbo environmentally sustainable mar moleum flooring was used in back of house areas and on the feature runway. Another Forbo product specified for its sustainability – Bulletin Board was used in all meeting rooms as poster pin boards. Due to the new lighting regulations put in place by the BCA, the lighting calculations of each store was under 25W per sqm.

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1.Entrance hall 2.Service handling area 3.Waiting area

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Nanjing Sales Office Location:

Nanjing, China

Designer:

One Plus Partnership Limited

Photographer:

Ajax Law, Virginia Lung

Completion date: 2009

The giant feature wall at the entrance has taken the main role of launching impressive shock to the visitors. The brown and golden coloured stainless steel features with streamline appearance are horizontally arranged in order on the two full height walls at the reception area, a "contour map" that illustrates the mountainous scene of the country park area is guiding visitors to the main design theme. Moreover, notice that there is several metal streamline structures suspense freely on the ceiling; it just resembles the silky cirrus above the solid hilltops. Back to the earth, the extralong reception desk in dark wooden tone extends from the entrance to the distant bar area, in a freehand and scattering manner. It is not only the next episode of the feature wall that is leading people into the design concept, but also the compound of various functions such as reception, storage and cleaning, and hence the interaction within areas has been strengthened. After getting through the entrance area with average ceiling height, visitors will find themselves in a three-storey high massive space, which is also an abstract experience of traveling through the city outskirt to get to the estate. The model exhibition area is naturally the eye-catching spot of the whole interior as it is located in such an attractive hollow space. The skylight on the middle top of the extra high area is the answer to the theme of nature of

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1.Negotiation area 2.Negotiation area 3.The decorative metal streamlines as well as the partition make the space more distinctive 4.Central hall 5.Lounge 6.The spiral staircase leads to the ground hall 7.Restroom

the residential compound, which utilises natural light to brighten the interior. While the sun, the moon and stars circulating the skylight, the areas around the skylight are also soaked with the romantic mood of the celestial scene. On the other hand, the whole floor of the ground level is fully spread with the marble stripes with three colours of white, dark and light brown, which are randomly arranged yet still has order within them the pattern has demonstrated the "order in chaos" characteristic in our mother nature. Afterward, the major design feature that is the wave-like metal stripes has directed visitors to the auxiliary negotiation area. In here, the metal structures are not only possessing decorative purpose, they are also the partitions of those negotiation areas and the safety rail of the staircase and void. From the above, the style of the design has become very unique, yet the overall environment is not suppressive even it is totally wrapped up by the theme metal features. It proves the designers' talent of getting balance between appearance and functionality.

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1.Landscape wall 2.Space of three levels 3.Attached conference area 4.Restroom

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Commerzbank China Location:

Shanghai, China

Designer:

AS&P – Albert Speer & Partner GmbH

Photographer: Frank P. Palmer

Completion date: 2008

To support the decision-making process of the Commerzbank, two different lay-out options have been worked out to accommodate the diverse functions of the Commerzbank: Option 1, following a conventional arrangement, dividing the space into enclosed units of larger or smaller (single) offices, interconnected by corridors and (few) open spaces. Option 2, following a concept with a flow of open spaces with furniture-like boxes for meeting rooms and single offices. After a careful evaluation of the concepts, their design characteristics and economic implications, the Commerzbank decided upon option 2, as it followed the idea of generosity suitably and gave most of the working places direct or indirect window contact. The overall design aim was to create modern and functional working spaces, with an atmosphere of decent generosity and modest elegance, with only few types of high profile materials and furniture, mainly metal, stone, wood and glass. Especially the material for the reception desk (like the conference tables also designed by AS&P) and the black stone floor tiles in the entrance area were chosen to resemble traditional Chinese construction materials, such as the black brick tiles in the Forbidden City.

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1.Reception desk 2.Office 3.Waiting area at the entrance 4.Corridor 5.Conference room 6.Open office area 7.Open office area 8.Kitchen

Unlike in most high-rise towers, the corporate design of the Commerzbank has been extended into the building's core, so that the materials, colours and the logo of the Commerzbank immediately welcoming visitors and customers once they emerge from the elevator. The metal cladding of the elevator lobby walls, with its slightly changing surface texture, can also be found in the office spaces as well as completely "wrapped" around the building's core.

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Standard Ünlü Location:

Istanbul, Turkey

Designer:

Habif Mimarlık

Completion date: 2008

The idea that they had in the first place was to design a modern and spacious space, which carries the previous period's remains. Moreover, t h e y w a n t e d t o d e s i g n t h e s p a c e m o re comfortable and functional for the Standard Ünlü employees. During the design process, instead of building walls and cutting them into smaller spaces, they tried to unify the space similar to an "open space office" concept as much as possible. Since there are four different corners inside the office that the daylight comes in, using transparent glass would be very appealing for their concept. In this way, they achieved to make the space more luminous and also let daylight travel inside the office space than before. Furthermore, in the open office space, they left the existing ventilation pipes as they were and therefore the high ceilings gave more volume to the space. On the other hand, in the private sections such as executive meeting rooms and director rooms, active ceilings with the help of plasterboard was obtained. Although the timber works are more noticeable around the office space, there is an angled wall constructed in front of the executive area, which has been covered by natural slate stone. This stone wall brought another meaning to the space and it can be apprehensible in each corner. Other than that, the reception desk was covered by white stone and the meeting rooms' façades behind it were covered by

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1.Reception desk 2.Perpendicular stone wall 3.Meeting room 4.Lounge 5.The centralised office area 6.The perpendicular stone wall is the focus of the interior space 7.Reading area

bamboo. The private spaces had kept their privacy with the help of the timber seperations installed on the glass walls. The choice of the furnitures played a major role in creating a modern and simple atmosphere inside the office space. The colours, materials and the styles of the furnitures that had been selected and some of the other materials that had been custom made complemented each other in a successful way.

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National Australia Bank Location:

Perth, Australia

Designer:

Andrew Isaacson

Photographer: Robert Frith

Completion date: 2007

The collocation of The NAB into one workplace supports the development of a cohesive workplace culture in a new, fresh environment. The rectangular floor plates allow for a large amount of workstations to have access to natural daylight, one of the elements which contributes to a greener workplace which aims to achieve a Green Star rating. The new NAB workplace places communication, transparency and community at its core. The design concept supports these notions through the inclusion of a stair which links the floors, a "work hub" which places task-based work settings with a kitchen space, and a dedicated client interface and state-of-the-art training facility. All staff are placed in an open plan configuration with maximum access to task-based support spaces such as 2-3 people adhoc meeting rooms, informal meeting/touch down spaces located within the workstations. The staff are supported by a cluster of meeting spaces on each floor of differing sizes grouped around a central stair and kitchen facility which "bleeds" seamlessly into the workspace. The work hub maximises the utilisation of space as well as providing flexibility in its use. The material selection and design detailing reflect a domestic nature which reflects a more intimate scale to the workspace. An emerging trend in most recent work spaces is the untethering of people from a permanent work position.

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1.Open office area 2.Closed conference room 3.Staircase 4.Recreational area out of the conference room 5.Office area seen from the conference room 6.Office area seen from the recreational area 7.Recreational area

HBO+EMTB designed social space to support scenario 2, 3 and 4 on each floor. The spaces were provided with interconnecting stairs and directly adjacent and open to the lift lobby with a series of meeting spaces open and enclosed that are outside a formal booking system. If the space is being used, groups are encouraged to move between floors to find another suitable environment. Formal settings and meetings are kept to an absolute minimum.

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Royal Bank of Scotland Group Location:

Houston, USA

Designer:

Rottet Studio

Photographer: Rottet Studio

Completion date: 2007

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, one of the oldest investment banks in the UK, has had a presence in downtown Houston for 24 years. This office’s recent restructuring into two distinct departments necessitated an increase in its square footage needs and a relocation within the building. The Bank required an office design that would maintain the identity of both department groups while creating a collaborative communal space for them to share. It was also important that the Bank’s distinct branding be reflected in the new office. The design team's solution was to create a glass box within a box to house the collaborative areas for conference rooms, visitor offices, administrative assistants, and an entertainment bar. The designers worked with floor to ceiling glazing and dramatic skyline views to reinforce the feeling of a floating glass box. As the plan developed, the design team took advantage of natural light and visual connections to the city landscape provided by the Bank's location on the 65th floor. The office was penetrated with shifting wall planes and materials that guide light through the space and allows the viewer a visual relationship to the city. One of the interesting design challenges was how to brand the company's identity and heritage into the design of the space.

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1.Reception desk 2.Kitchen 3.The centralised office 4.Public transit space 5.Large meeting room 6.The corridor to the small meeting room 7.The meeting room seen from the corridor

The designers chose to use the concept of pattern and grids as in a tartan plaid to create texture and interest. There are also subtle hints of Scottish tartan that can be seen as an accent on the custom bench and as incisions in the walls above the workstations. A custom carpet for the reception areas was designed to incorporate the distinct colours in the Bank's logo. The Bank is known for its heritage and solidity, as well as its creative strategy and impeccable work style. The space reflects the Bank's commitment to providing an inspiring office environment for its employees and guests.

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Food Lion Customer Service Centre Location:

Salisbury, USA

Designer: Little

Photographer: Tim Buchman

Completion date: 2007

Food Lion, a large national super market chain, underwent a huge transformation in recent years. The design team recognised the opportunity to make this a sustainable project and preserve green space by converting a vacant warehouse on the campus into a premium, LEED certified workspace. Taking advantage of the voluminous vertical space within the warehouse, a mezzanine was created to connect the space visually while utilising the height of the space to stack program. An interior “neighbourhood” inspired floor plan was created to promote the company's conservative, yet friendly culture and core value. This neighborhood concept became a way of dissecting the large, open space into manageable areas for navigational purposes. The façade of the building was re-skinned with a focus on glass to allow daylight to penetrate the environment and create an exuberant, light-filled interior. Various wood textures, warm colour palettes, interior glass walls, mezzanine flooring and exposed ceilings throughout the space began to further reinforce the warm and friendly culture, as well as define a sense of community and connection. The design was approached with a sustainable mindset from the very beginning. The entire façade of the building is wrapped in glass to

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1.The top view of the ground floor 2.Ground hall 3.Transit space 4.Reception desk on the ground floor 5.Kitchen 6.Workplace at the second floor 7.The added floor features the whole space

allow for maximum daylighting. Skylights are also strategically placed to allow for natural d a y l i g h t t h ro u g h o u t t h e d a y . D e s i g n e r s implemented an integrated system that controls the interior lighting level based on the availability of natural daylight entering the building. Sensors on the roof track the position of the sun and automatically position the solar shades to keep the light diffused and even throughout the space and obstruct the glare. The interior construction products and finishes are of low-emitting VOCs which reduce the quantity of indoor contaminants that are odorous, potentially irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants. A cafĂŠ was provided as part of the design to provide nourishment with convenience to employees without the need to travel and inviting green space areas entice people to dine, break and converse without leaving the campus. Bike racks have been installed to encourage alternative transportation methods. There are designated areas for employees and guests to easily recycle their glass, metal, cardboard and plastics in a system integrated with the overall waste management plan.

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Cicada Studio Location:

Taiwan, China

Designer:

Shichieh Lu

Photographer: Marc Gerritsen

Completion date: 2007

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The area is mainly divided into the director's office, a meeting room, a prop room, a preview room and the pre-fir ming actor-screening and editing rooms, divided by walls of books, injecting a taste of humanity into the workspace. Knowledge Workspace is a space for directors, presented with its artistic characteristic beautifully reserved in a mixture of natural elements, humanity and creativity. Sunlight shines into the space through the large windows. Under the original naked pipes and cables on the ceiling, sliding black metal doors, instead of traditional dividing walls, separate the rooms, which can be rearranged according to the various needs of art professionals. The same space can be opened and closed depending on the art professionals' different space requirements. It can be a closed-door meeting room keeping all the privacy or an open painting or photo gallery, depending on the required functions and usages. With the black metal sliding doors against stylish white base, the space is both sleek and profound.

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AGE McCANN Office Location:

Tallinn, Estonia

Designer:

HG Arhitektuur

Photographer: HG Arhitektuur

Completion date: 2009

The advertising agency AGE McCANN found a suitable home for themselves in the Rotermann quarter's Uus Jahuladu (new flour storage) by HG Arhitektuur, completed in 2008. This whole quarter has been a happening place in recent years located between the Old Town and the port of Tallinn, where new construction emerges between historical limestone warehouse buildings from the 19 th century. The new city centre has quickly gained a sound reputation for working, living and shopping. The agency needed to complete their mission of searching for a new identity or a brand image with an interior design. This Uus Jahuladu office building was designed with the characteristic random windows suggesting the use of the space and various zoning possibilities. The project became a pilot project to study how not to confine the spatial character but still to retain the original openness toned with the condition of natural light. Through the design process they discovered this condition was an important source to create a soft and cozy atmosphere, as opposed to typical glass-facade office buildings. Nowadays more people work at home with a help of mobile communication devises. The traditional work space faces a great question what it can offer to the workers. It shall be more

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1.Recreational area 2.Frameless glass wall divides the office 3.Office filled with books 4.Flexible workplace 5.Rest area 6.Flexible workplace 7.Kitchen

comfortable than home, motivating enough to leave home for work, inspiring workers to raise creativity and productivity. The approach was to offer comfortable but creative work environment by zonings with different atmospheres, offering from formal to informal. It resulted in multi-layered or rather eclectic strategy. Materials and forms are chosen to evoke nature, and details and furnishing are to be associated with homes or memories. Cabinets are located along the perimeter wall with glass wall to the corridor and plywoodfinished partition walls with built-in shelves. The core zone for the kitchen and restrooms is treated in a contrast manner; covered with smooth back metal sheet punched with bright yellow openings.

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PostPanic Location:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Designer:

Maurice Mentjens Design

Photographer: Arjen Schmitz

Completion date: 2009

In the briefing, functionality was the biggest priority. To ensure a constant quality, PostPanic purposely chooses to produce, direct, design and animate in-house to stay true to their original vision, once in production. T h i s a p p ro a c h re q u i re s t h a t t h e v a r i o u s departments of PostPanic each have their clearly divided and defined areas. In his design Mentjens took the existing concrete structure, and more specifically the large concrete columns, as his point of departure. The distance between the columns defines the dimensions of the subsequent areas. The width of production room, meeting room and staff room measures the span between the two columns, the studio up on the mezzanine measures twice this size. The tall hall, a neutral space with bold elements, at the same time functions as the entry and as exhibition space, is in use for seminars and film screenings and acts as the office’s living room. Wedged between the two columns is a monumental, oak grandstand that takes up a quarter of the studio's width and doubles as stairs to the mezzanine. The grandstand is facing a screen that's suspended above the bar. This detached bar, tiled in white tiles, is simultaneously an autonomous object and recalls an old-fashioned kitchen. Parallel to the facade, diagonally placed, is a grand table, meant for reading and dining.

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1.Projection room 2.Ground hall 3.Seminar room seen from the exhibition hall 4.The staircase leads to the workplace on the second floor 5.The furnishings of the office area 6.Office area 7.Projection room

This 16-seater (5mx1.20m) holds a lowering in its centre to store books and magazines. The first floor houses, at both sides of the landing, the staff room and the design studio. The landing and grandstand, both in oak, together form one integral object. The grandstand's steps continue just above the level of the landing, thus forming a cupboard to house the beamer. The balustrade that c o n t i n u e s o v e r t h e e ntire width visually connects the different areas on the first floor.

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Tmedia Headquarters Location:

Gorizia, Italy

Designer:

Dimitri Waltritsch, Federico Gori

Photographer: Marco Covi

Completion date: 2008

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Home of Tmedia is the new main office of a young media agency based in Gorizia, Italy. The agency deals with graphics, consulting, advertising and is made up of a young team of fifteen people. The office is situated in the historical part of the town in a former depot earlier used as a recreation gym. The work group organisation and the lightning system reflect the industrial spirit of the structure and of the space, leaving it uncovered. The space is divided into two areas: an open space dedicated to reception and team work, and a service strip including meeting rooms, administration, individual quiet space rooms, wet corners and storage. The ambitions of the agency are expressed through the use of decisive colours in the furniture, perceivable both from the inside as well as from passers by in the neighbouring narrow pedestrian streets. A thick yellow strip on the higher part of the wall marks the open space team work room, while a smaller line made of orange dots set lower on the walls, unifies all the working areas of the office, including also the administration, the meeting rooms and the individual quiet space rooms.

T传媒是一家年轻的媒体机构,从事平面设计、广告咨询等 业务,共有员工15名。公司选址在戈里齐亚历史区内一个 古旧仓库内(早先曾用作健身房),团队工作方式及照明系 统彰示了空间原有的工业化风格。 整体空间分为两部分:开放式区域——用于接待处、集体工 作区,服务区(会议室、行政区、单独工作区、储藏间)。 家具装饰色彩运用上颇为大胆,格外吸引眼球,即便是附近 人行道上的行人都能充分感受到公司的信念与追求。墙壁上 方厚厚的黄色条带将集体工作区划分出来,而墙壁下方黄色 点状直线结构则将不同的单独工作区统一起来。

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Leo Burnett Office Location:

Space to Impress, Space to Interact and Space to Create.

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In the Space to Impress, visitors and guests exiting the lift into the entry foyer are immediately confronted with a larger than life "graffiti" style portrait of Leo, an over-3metre high mural painted on the floor, walls, windows and ceiling of the main entry foyer. The energetic paint stokes capture both the man behind the brand as well as the creativity behind each of Leo Burnett's work. A cool white sophisticated counter sculpture anchors the reception area with embedded multi-media screens exhibiting past work.

Singapore

Ministry of Design

Photographer:

CI&A Photography

Completion date: 2009

In the Space to Interact, chill-out spaces and formal meeting spaces offer a variety of ways to meet and exchange ideas. A full wall-sized projection canvas and a wheelbarrow worth of trophies dominate the chill-out space, whereas the more formal meeting spaces are characterised by an air of mystery as they sit behind a muted jet black corridor. From this corridor, portholes allow peek-a-boo glimpses into the activity within. In the Space to Create, a series of open planned desks unite the office into a single creative organism. The overall energetic vibe is reflected in the design of the customised plywood tables. Coloured a variety of shades, the tabletops take on a checkered and playful quality. 88 - 89

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Desks for group meetings and discussions also line the perimeter of this vast open plan. Generous outdoor deck areas provide an alfresco alternative from the sun-dappled interiors. Ministry of Design has also integrated a 15m long anamorphic art feature that captures the aspirations of Leo Burnett towards every higher creative achievement.

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Office Berlin Location:

Berlin, Germany

Designer:

planer & franz studio

Photographer:

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Completion date: 2008

The creative base of plajer & franz studio's 45 architects, interior and graphic designers is located in one of Kreutzer’s largest industrial complexes dating back to 1898. Their sensitive approach to the listed building clearly reflects the love of detail and sense of style they are so renowned for. The striking mix of old and new is apparent as soon as you enter the light-flooded reception area: existing ribbed slab ceilings and smooth suspended surfaces contrast each other as the whitewashed stone walls and smooth plastered elements in warm mud colours, rough mastic asphalt flooring and customised furniture with sleek surfaces do. The contoured reception counter and curved wall covered in alcantara form an inviting gesture. At the same time, functionality has not been neglected: situated behind the wall is a storage area for office materials and the effective backlight also serves as lighting for the storage. The open loft-like workspaces are lined with extremely large window fronts, where individual workstations are docked on. Airy white curtains allow for separation of specific work groups when necessary. Sideboards along the windows offer ample storage and workspace for all creative tasks while tall industrial storage racks cover the opposing walls.

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The conference rooms are only separated from other work areas by frameless glass walls with specially designed door frames that seem to be floating in space. Satined surfaces and curtains allow for more or less privacy. All the latest technologies from w-lan to beamer projection are concealed within the walls, ceilings and fixtures to let the clear new design and the existing architecture come to the fore.

as well as the contrast between the industrial character of the building and the sophisticated new interior design, carry the signature of the Berlin architects: it's always the rough with the smooth and the hot with the cold, but never the lukewarm.

For smaller client meetings, the lounge in the executive office is a perfectly peaceful oasis. The couch, carpet, war m colour scheme and decorative elements create a homey environment. The iridescent blue fish of the built-in freshwater aquarium also has a soothing effect. All media technology is out of view, concealed behind the brass wall panels. Those holding the aquarium are sound insulated and can be opened completely for maintenance. The combination of function and aesthetics

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Laga Office Location:

New York, USA

Designer:

d–ash design

Photographer: Daniel Aubry

Completion date: 2007

d-ash design created an environment that fostered interaction between LAGA team members as well as clients who would be working in the space. The first thing that is noticeable is that there is no “front” door. Since LAGA had the luxury of having the complete floor, d-ash design chose not to use a door as a barrier to entry into the space. Once one exits the elevator, he is in the lobby which is flooded by sunlight that passes through the glass walls of the main conference room. Warm colours and materials were utilised to create a welcoming feeling and foster curiosity. Floors are made of concrete tile, walls are of concrete construction board, the desk is clad in cork, the conference room table is 1” acrylic, and the curtains that were installed for privacy in the conference room (when needed) are made of shammy cloth. Workstations were developed as a system which consists of a work surface, a tall open bookshelf and a privacy panel with pinable surfaces. Each designer can customise their area through the addition of panels that fit into the bookshelf as well as the location of their desk and pinable surface. In addition, senior design staff have tables for impromptu meetings in their areas, further fostering the ability to connect and collaborate. In the studio, natural light was a huge factor. There were plenty of windows, however,

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one desk could not be adjacent to another. The solution was to keep the ceiling open to the slab and expose all the mechanical equipment, paint everything in the ceiling plane white, which allows for natural light to bathe the interior of the studio in a gentle way. In areas where privacy was a concern, ceilings were dropped and sound absorbing materials used, with a combination of direct and indirect light. The overall feeling is warmth and comfort.

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Novo Construction Location:

San Francisco, USA

Designer: WDA

Photographer: Lucas Fladzinski

Completion date: 2008

WDA designed a new office for one of San Francisco's premier graphic design companies; the new work environment preserves the open, loft-like feel of the existing space while accommodating the client's need for privacy and functionality. In addition to work and reception areas, the 5,000 sq. ft. space includes a large conference room and a kitchen/bar. The design helps the company establish a new, more mature business identity, while retaining some of the playful elements of their original start-up office. The office celebrates modern architecture and the commitment to sustainable design, showcasing green materials in an open studio that promotes collaborative work. Reclaimed, wire-brushed Doug Fir planking harvested locally provides a material counterpoint to the historic plaster ceiling of the old Kohler Piano building, while housing utility services for the office. FSC certified Apple-Ply millwork, 100% recycled-content Homasote panels and coldrolled steel seconds discarded on construction sites frame the work and meeting spaces. Novo is always proud to be a San Francisco Certified Green Business! WDA created the retail concept and flagship store design for this new San Francisco restaurant. Applied at multiple locations, the design showcases the complementary nature of responsible architecture and progressive

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restaurant practices. Millwork made from recycled plant material and FSC certified flooring define a rich material palette and establish the per fect setting for gour met salads made with fresh, locally grown, organic ingredients.

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Alpha Ville 44 Location:

Seoul, Korea

Designer:

Studiovase

Photographer: Park, Woo jin

Completion date: 2007

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Before anything was done, the space was finished with bricks and blocks both inside and out. Bricks and blocks are time-affected materials. They add more natural and elegant looks with time. The designer began by using what the space already had. Considering that there were too many bricks and blocks, he divided what to show and what to hide. Bricks and blocks were remained, but other corresponding materials were used to hide them. The first floor hid functional items and maximised the reception area to show Alpha Ville 44’s image most clearly. The long information desk is placed diagonally to create tension and the pendants woven into frames on top add 3D elements. The second floor mostly kept the preexisting office facility. The third floor with the president’s office and conference room was a good space to work in as it had high ceilings and harmonious contrast of blocks and bricks. In a plane view, the president’s office and small conference room are slightly angled for privacy and the entrance from the stairs is covered in frames and looks like a tunnel.

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Theory Headquarters Location:

New York, USA

Designer:

Jennifer Morris

Photographer: Zeffdesign

Completion date: 2006

Theory Headquarters, New York City Theory, producers of sophisticated casual and business wear, turned to Mark Zeff to design their head office in New York City’s Meatpacking district. They wanted something that reflected the visionary design behind their clothing and the creative people that would utilised the space. Serving as both the headquarters and showroom for the company, it was imperative that the aesthetics of the design itself capture the uniqueness of the clothing and accessories. The result is an inspiring 5574 square-meter versatile space. Upon entering, you are greeted by a minimalistic lobby, anchored by a reception desk made of tinted concrete and surrounded by dark granite flooring. A wall which runs through the area is paneled in white canvases, which collectively create a world map exhibiting the company’s international dealings. A large staircase, made of concrete steps flanked by glass and polished stainless steel railings, leads you downstairs to the other floors. Illuminated by a large glass skylight, the metal mesh screen that hangs down from the ceiling carries natural light down through to the lower floors. Inspired by the clouds, the space is designed using an ethereal colour palette; modern lines and natural light create a feeling of soft openness. An eclectic mix

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of contemporary pieces, some designed by Zeff, as well as vintage classics outfit the showroom. The versatile space is finished with poured concrete floors and a plush curtain, which can enclose the showroom area for privacy. Workspaces in the design studio are outfitted with custom lacquered-top desks and aluminum pendant fixtures. The Executive offices have a stark and minimal feel, keeping with Theory’s black and white color scheme. Each floor has its own distinctive elements, but the design stands as a unified whole; crisp and sophisticated, luxurious and casual.

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Langland Offices Location:

Windsor, UK

Designer:

Jump Studios

Completion date: 2007

Jump Studios has completed work on the new offices of advertising agency Langland. The entire scheme includes a main workspace, a library, a boardroom, a games room and a canteen, all located within an existing office building in Windsor. Langland was previously based at another office in the town but had outgrown the space both in terms of capacity and ambition. First of f, the existing of fice floor had to be redesigned and, most importantly, reconfigured. Although the space itself had potential, the layout left over from the previous tenant was totally unsuitable. Meeting rooms and cellular offices had been placed around the periphery of the room, with open plan seating in the middle. "This really only benefited the people in the cellular offices and it blocked out the light for staff in the centre of the room," Jump Studios associate Markus Nonn explains. "We decided early on that we wanted to invert the layout and place all the office’s main functions in the centre, within one key structure that we called the 'spinal hub'." These main functions include meeting rooms, workshop, reference library, tele-conference rooms, post room and job bag area. "The spine is basically the backbone of the office containing all its hardware," says Nonn. "We saw it as a framework or grid in which to plug in all the essential elements." Seating was also built into the spine in the form of snugs and upholstered

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benches in green Tweed fabric by Bute. A selection of bespoke storage and shelving units were made to match. At the top end of the spine is the reception area with a front desk made of LG Hi-Macs topped with dark green leather. A cluster of Boule pendant lights hang above the waiting area where there is more snug-like seating. All of the workstations, comprising Frame One bench systems by Steelcase, are positioned around the spine and are split into four main open-plan zones housing the account handling, creative, digital media and studio departments. In the previous office the departments were situated on separate floors but now staff can simply walk through the spine to reach each other. Five glazed offices, designed for maximum transparency, are neatly ensconced at the far end of the office.

It is also hoped that the new office will attract fresh talent to the company. Jump Studios designed four other main spaces for Langland. The first being the library – a meeting room/social space with the feel of a private member's club, located in the listed part of the building. "We decided to work with the heritage of the building rather than against it," says Jump Studios' Fernandes. "Apart from internal meetings and brainstorming sessions this is where Langland bring their clients so it made sense that this should be a more informal, elegant space with an eclectic domestic feel." The library features a copper-tiled bar, bespoke buttoned furniture and a mixture of vintage pieces and design classics including Jean ProuvÊ's CitÊ lounge chair.

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BBH Asia Pacific Location:

Singapore City, Singapore

Designer:

Ministry of Design

Photographer:

Ministry of Design

Completion date: 2007

"Historic Warehouse Space meets Cutting-edge Global Client" in Ministry of Design's office for Advertising Agency client BBH Asia-Pacific‌ In this office like no other, both function and experience-specific spaces are choreographed around a conceptual Creative Flow, spanning two floors and 1,050 square metres of doubleheight redbrick warehouse space. Inspired by the rich context of a pre-war warehouse adjacent to the Singapore River, Ministry of Design preserved the historic ensemble of redbrick walls, solid timber floors and an exposed steel truss structural system as a backdrop to contrast a redefined modern creative office. The client's enlightened brief challenged the conventions of corporate hierarchy, focusing instead on maximising the creative processes underlining its progressive attitude. Eschewing the prized "corner office" and typical warrenlike cubicles, Ministry of Design instead designed "dream rooms" for creative inspiration and an open warehouse style seating plan for maximum interaction. Housed on two mezzanine lofts, feature "dream" spaces float physically and figuratively over an open office floor. These "dream" lofts are at the heart of the agency where ideas are formulated and hot-housed. They overlook the 100-seat open office floor, allowing the

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creative process to be showcased. Private discussions are also conducted in freestanding "pods" which dot the open office floor, and a 40-metre-long sculptural hot desk cuts a striking axis through this space, linking the entry reception bar on one end with the library lounge on the other. A bold palette of primary colours is paired with simple but surprising geometries; together creating signature experiences and key spaces which link seamlessly along a Creative Flow in this redefined office space. This project recently won the Colour My World Award and the Gold Award in the IDCS Design Excellence Awards, and will go on to represent Singapore at APSDA 2008. It was also a finalist in Frame's The Great Indoors Award 2007, The Netherlands. The project won Singapore's highest design honour – President's Design Award in 2008.

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Wieden-Kennedy Location:

New York, USA

Designer:

RSVP Architecture Studio

Photographer: Seong Kwon

Completion date: 2008

For Wieden + Kennedy, an internationally renowned advertising agency, RSVP Studio completed a renovation of their current 20,000 s.f. office located in Lower Manhattan as well as the complete fit out of an additional 10,000 s.f. of raw space. The design sought to work with some of the existing identity elements of the current office space while increasing the population, meeting space, and general layout efficiency. The primary component of the new design was the introduction of a system of low walls conceived of as 'infrastructure' for the space. These low partitions not only provided privacy and an affordable means of distributing power and cabling, they also became dramatic up-lighting through the introduction of a continuous Plexiglas cap and recessed fluorescent strip fixtures. Custom red millwork acts as a central spine within the space, providing added seating, layout area and storage. Completed on an extremely low budget, the new offices have successfully updated the company's image while providing improved facilities for its rapidly growing staff. Wieden + Kennedy is the world's only independent creatively-led global agency. Wieden + Kennedy London was founded 1998, the year the first Euro coins were minted in Pessac, France. The company has a family of around 150 people. Just check out the portrait wall in the reception for proof of its talents. The clients include

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Nike, Honda, Nokia, Guardian Newspapers, Arla Foods, Save the Children and Visit Wales and has further offices in Portland, New York, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Tokyo and Delhi. Global clients include Nike, Nokia, CocaCola, EA Games, Starbucks, Heineken and P&G. In January 2008 Wieden + Kennedy was named global agency of the year by Adweek magazine. And it’s with these folks that it sets out to create the best work of our lives.

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Kasian Toronto Office Location:

Toronto, Canada

Designer: Kasian

Photographer: David Whittaker

Completion date: 2008

The goal was to create a benchmark to guide each Kasian office location in creating environments that authentically support their culture, work practices and business goals as they evolve. The creation of a series of unique collaborative work spaces, each with transparency and visibility, the injection of agile workspaces and innovative programming facilitated the creation of an environment capable of enabling great energy, enthusiasm and the encouragement of the spirit of the team culture. To take advantage of natural light and views to the exterior, all private offices were placed along the interior core while the open office areas were situated along the perimeter. Low height glass workstation panels were used to allow natural light to filter deep into the space and to maintain the sense of openness in the office. The lighting strategy included the installation of daylight responsive controls along the perimeter walls, allowing the lighting in the open office area to adapt to the changing conditions of the daylight. As well, occupancy sensors were installed in the meeting rooms to provide further control of the lighting. The palette of materials were carefully researched and selected for their environmental qualities. As a result, over 20% of the materials

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used had recyclable content and over 60% of materials, including furnishings were manufactured within 800km of the project site. Use of materials was also reduced by eliminating acoustic tile ceilings in the open office area and by the use of polished concrete floors in the reception and marketplace. A construction waste management plan was also implemented during construction which resulted in over 65% of construction debris being diverted from landfills. As part of the office's ongoing operations, a green housekeeping plan has been implemented – office and kitchen supplies used are environmentally friendly. A recycling program has been incorporated and all staff have been educated on recycling methods. As well, Kasian runs an in-house LEEDŽ training programme to promote and educate staff on sustainable design.

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LBi Location:

London, UK

Designer: Brinkworth

Photographer: Alex Franklin

Completion date: 2008

Former Creative Director of LBi, David Hurren, w a n t e d t o c re a t e a n o f f i c e a p p o i n t i n g Brinkworth to design the solution. Brinkworth sensitively altered the structure of this building. They have studied the demand of the clients and understand how to work together to create bold, exciting and commercially successful environments for the clients. Respectful alteration to the façade maintains honesty of the existing building. Sections of the front elevation have been replaced with full height glazing whilst the entire rear of the building has been glazed providing stunning sight lines over East London. Internally, the additional glazing provides extra light in the dramatic atrium as reception space by cutting back the floor slab allowing light to flood into the basement. The bridge over the basement void and the suspended link bridge that connects the first floor and the first floor mezzanine level, contribute to making this a dynamic entrance to LBi's office space. The large, flexible basement space has been specifically designed to incorporate an auditorium for presentations, as well as space for a cafÊ and game-rooms. Whitetiled shower-spaces and bathrooms are also located on this floor. New mezzanine levels have been created and existing ones extended to accommodate

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the quantity of staff. This alteration of the building's fabric enhances the volume of the space, particularly the generous height and expresses the new levels as separate entities within the existing structure, while maximising the available workspace. Throughout the space Brinkworth have preserved industrial n a t u re o f t h e c o n s t r u c t i o n b y re t a i n i n g much of the original fabric of the building, including redundant services and pipe work and making simple alterations to allow the space to adapt to a new function. This has been complemented with raw metal finishes and strong colours to maintain the buildings industrial origins.

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Berlin Kurfürstendamm Office Location:

Berlin, Germany

Designer:

zetlmayer de winder architekten

Photographer: Mark Seelen

Completion date: 2008

A fit-out situated on the third floor of a recently completed office building in close proximity to the Berlin Kurfürstendamm, covering about 830 square metres of floor space. The task is to complement the first phase fit-out, a classical office layout with separate meeting rooms, archive, reception and kitchen. The firm created two meeting rooms – one formal and one informal – with direct access to a large archive of building material samples, fittings and surface finishes. The challenge was to allow the presentation of these samples to prospective clients without obscuring design decisions by the sheer mass of possibilities and avoiding the impression to actually sit in a storage locker. The design, a hybrid object, originates at two points on one side of the meeting room entrance. Two sculptures that in changing degrees of proximity form a seating area, frame glazed walls and eventually unite to form the walls of a cabinet consisting of flush mounted doors, sliding doors, cupboards, drawers that embrace the main meeting room. The sculptural furniture defines three different quality spaces: – The formal meeting room, all white surfaced with a strict, official character and capped by a signature white luminescent ceiling comprising an ornamental pattern of white fluorescent lights.

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– An open shelf archive with a temporary workplace for archival work, a pull-out table and integrated stools. The archives back walls consist of sandblasted glass panels that let diffuse daylight filter through the silhouettes of samples and folders. – An informal meeting room naturally illuminated by the north-facing facade with direct access to the open shelf archive. The monochrome play of light on the reduced, all white, silky matte lacquered sur faces emphasises the sculptural quality of the object.

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Toyota Tsusho Location:

Nagoya, Japan

Designer: sinato

Photographer: Takumi Ota

Completion date: 2008

Japan-based architects office sinato has c o m p l e t e d " To y o t a Ts u s h o " i n N a g o y a , Japan. The office is located on 33rd floor of a skyscraper in Nagoya city and the plan which utilises a fine view of the city is required. But the space had to be filled with continuation of meeting room and it tended to make the space closed. So the challenge was to make the space open in this condition. They made a passage of "eyes" which goes diagonally through the visitor space. People can feel the whole space in this long passage and they can feel the space extend to the outside beyond a long distance of eyes. About a wall, they made gradation from white to half mirrored glass and of colour for the floor. These are the promotion of the passage, but at the same time, they blur the line of passage like a line of sunlight. The designers try to find the most simple, elegant and convenient solution to any problem without losing the client purport.

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The overall design shows a concise style. It is clean and crisp. The use of simple black and white colour make the entire space looked bright and spacious. Clear and uncluttered lines of the construction make the work space a sense of pleasure but not impetuous. For indoor office provides a practical and comfortable room atmosphere. In this way, the design is neat, yet elegant at the same time.

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Espacio C Mixcoac Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Designer:

ROW Studio

Photographer:

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Completion date: 2009

The first training facility called Espacio C (C Space -C for the initials of Coca Cola, Training, Quality, Commitment and Creativity in Spanish) is located at the Mixcoac Distribution Centre on the southwestern area of Mexico City. It includes three separate rooms that can be joined together for common activities, snacks bar, souvenir store, data and electrical connections and storage space. The brief also required to include elements from the different brands of Coca Cola FEMSA and to reinforce the company's values in the space. Espacio C Mixcoac has two small rooms with a capacity for 8 persons each that can be used for teamwork, brainstorming, as reading rooms or for informal meetings and a large main hall that in addition to the activities already mentioned can be used for formal training sessions, lectures and presentations. The three rooms follow a concentric layout around a multifunctional fixed module. These spaces are surrounded by a wall that acts as a sound and visual barrier that isolates the training facility from the city and the rest of the areas of the plant. The wall was thought as a continuous surface on its outer side that folds to the floor and ceiling. The walls and ceiling have a Coca Cola Red epoxy paint coating and the floor is finished with a high resistance acrylic finish.

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The wall has openings that allow natural light and ventilation to the interior of the rooms. These openings are cut with a 3 degree inclination and appear both from the floor and the ceiling even cutting the foldings. A series of lines appear from these openings expanding in white to the outside and converging in different colours to the inside. These lines continue on to opposite walls to emphasise the continuity of the surfaces. The graphics on the exterior create a composition based on the Coca Cola logo formed by a continuous wave of bubbles, animals and plants. The interior walls are covered with a special anti graffiti coating that turns the full surface of the wall into a dry erase board and at the same time encapsulates the vinyl graphics protecting them from damage.

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South Beach Marketing Centre Location:

Toronto, Canada

Designer:

II BY IV Design

Photographer: II BY IV Design

Completion date: 2009

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An established, yet forward-thinking commercial / residential property developer acquired a unique land parcel in Toronto, upon which they proposed to build a genuinely unique complex that would be their debut in this city's hyperactive condo market. Deciding that standout design and luxury details would be crucial elements in their success, they engaged II BY IV Design Associates. The excitement begins with the large reflecting pool on the front deck, with its huge, white illuminated flower pots on concrete pads, against a 10 foot tall backdrop of oceanscape printed film below the white and black metal scrim of the upper building façade. At extreme right, framed in bright white, is an enormous double-door entry constructed of hot pink tempered glass, which bathes the lobby interior with a tropical sunset-like glow. In addition to large scale building and area models displayed atop classic white Calacatta marble plinths, which match the sleek, 30-foot long reception desk, the principal space includes a series of "rooms", variously delineated with tall draperies and huge, yet delicate, pierced screens, but all open to view. The model area itself is defined between rows of a dozen tall, faux boxwood hedges, reminiscent of the topiary-lined entrance to the famous Delano Hotel. The hedges are inset with marketing graphics and unit floor plans – very quickly emblazoned with "sold out" notices.

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This unique presentation centre brilliantly conveys the development’s interpretation of South Beach style, which includes glamour and functionality, novelty and tradition, humour and precision.

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Slater & Gordon Location:

Melbourne, Australia

Designer:

Gray Puksand

Photographer: Peter Clarke

Completion date: 2009

Honesty and integrity in the detailing of this legal fit-out was intended to reflect the culture of the organisation that made its mark battling for the underdog. Materials were selected without veneers, honing or polish to reflect an honest state. Plywood rather than timber veneer, a flat terrazzo floor rather than tiles, a cementious coating to bench tops rather than 2pac. The result produced a professional yet understated result that represents the client group of Slater & Gordon. Deliberate positioning of common zones encourage movement to other parts of the floor, improving health and well being. A common staff breakout zone with a deliberately different feel to the rest of the floor encourages usage as a refuge from the intensity that is working in the law. A cellular office environment was treated in the most transparent form possible to ensure as much equity of daylight as possible to the entire staffing group, and detailing consistency allowed the break-up of the cellular form to ensure visual relief along one's journey through the space.

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Hanesbrands,Inc Location:

Winston-Salem, USA

Designer: Little

Photographer:

Hanesbrands, Inc.

Completion date: 2006

The company, faced with an outgrown corporate headquarters, searched for a unique design solution in the renovation and reorganisation of their current space. The design team answered this challenge by creating a new vision and strategy that would speak to the need for connection, collaboration, flexibility, teamwork and mobility within their corporate campus. In the process of spinning off from a parent company and consolidating the multiple outlying facilities into one corporate campus, the client was experiencing extensive cultural changes internally. "Weaving innovation and function to form the common thread" became the design metaphor for the project as a symbol of their apparel manufacturing business and an inter nal connection among their employees. The project included the renovation of a 2,323-square-metre existing interior space and an additional 2,323-square-metre new space. The introduction of a "bridge" element became a unifying theme, weaving the old and the new and connecting both the buildings and the people within. The bridgeways serve as formal and informal central gathering areas, with access to open and closed conference spaces and coffee/cafĂŠ centres, stimulating employee interaction and further creating a connection to the outdoors with broad exterior views.

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To remedy the problem of an overcrowded work space, designers replaced closed, private offices and high-walled workstations with open, flexible workstations, creating an accessible, fluid floor plan. The reorganisation of space produced an air of openness, exposing more daylight and transparency to external views. Within the new workplace, employees are more accessible to one another, paving the way for collaboration, unity and community. Graphic panels are strategically designed and placed to reinforce the corporation's new brand and identity and offer the flexibility needed for that identity to continually expand and evolve. The cafeteria, a large multifunctional gathering space, is illuminated with dramatic sculptural "trees" draped with layered custom resin panels and lit from within. These "trees" connect the indoors to the outdoors and create a warm canopy that provides public and semi-private gathering areas as well as place for change and respite from the typical work area.

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Inteks, Dogu-Bat覺 Off覺ce Location:

Istanbul, Turkey

Designer:

Nagehan Acimuz

Photographer:

Camenzind Evolution Ltd.

Completion date: 2007

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The office contains two executive management rooms, director rooms and two meeting rooms. The main aim and the character of the area that have been tried to achieve is to create the space as peaceful as possible. The timber covered rooms, transparent glass rooms, completely open spaces and closed spaces including wide greeting areas and the spacious circulation spaces have been attached to each other. Through to the circumstances of the differently sructured building and because of only the front elevation part that looking towards the view has 5 different places to let the light in,the other parts of the office space used to stay in darkness. The glass covered rooms had mostly used due to the this reason and located at the back side of the office space. It brought a tangible meaning with the light entering into the space in an horizontol plane and the two opposite materials one getting into another in the vertical plane. However,only the limited natural light coming from one of the elevation, using transparent glass made a big difference to pass the light rest of the office space and made the atmosphere much more balanced and well-lighted. Aiming to achieve a warm and natural ambiance, choosing the right materials was one of the most significant topics that have been studied. Therefore, the designers have tried to keep the materials as natural as they already are 2


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and their characteristics textures protected. For instance, the veins and the textures on the stone coverings and also the knots on the timbers...The primarily used materials were natural stone and timber, glass and carpet and these provided to create a complete natural and soft space as much as it could. On the one hand,the timber walls and shutters, transparent glass and opaque glass have made it possible to see the office space within different angles; on the other hand it made keep the office space's privacy.

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VZ Aarau Location:

Aarau, Switzerland

Designer: IDA 14

Photographer: Gaston Wicky

Completion date: 2008

VZ Aarau is a financial services center for neutral, independent advice in areas such as insurance, asset management, pensions and mortgages. The company is headquartered in Zurich. For two years, IDA 14 has been cooperating with VermÜgensZentrum. What began with an employees’ cafeteria, was continued in the conversion and extension of different branches of VZ in Switzerland and Germany. IDA 14 could design a new space allocation plan for VZ and realise it in the following branches: Aarau, Basel, Frankfurt, Geneva, Luzern, Thun and Zurich. Other branches are adapting their appearance to the new plan. Furniture such as floor lamps, wall lights, and pendant lamps, wardrobes and shelving, carpet and curtains were specially designed for or modified. The material monochrome approach is marked by the wooden furniture from Horgen Glarus, with walnut panel and floor and artistic object present in all rooms.

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Freese Shipping Group Location:

Stade, Germany

Designer:

LESON Innenarchitektur x Objektmanagement

Photographer:

Eberhard Petzold (LESON)

Completion date: 2009

The task was to plan for a reputable shipping company in a newly-built modern and contemporary business-look building. Components such as sur face optimisation were based on a sensible space planning, in conjunction with optimum technology and attractive design. The cubic building structure with forward and backward jumps was optimised based on the interior design and just on this basis, a successful symbiosis of interior and exterior was realised. In the glass, and upstream development of the core, a straight double flight of stairs is arranged, which led to the space expansion of the square of office space. Suspended circular luminaire in the stairwell loosened the otherwise rectilinear layout of the staircase up. The first floor features an open and bright spatial structure, which is only divided by furniture elements. These elements form the basic spatial structure of the floor. In this way, the zoning areas are created, such as the meeting room, the open work and the archive. The reception is a purist design, emphasised by means of functions of the recesses and in addition, a bag storage is created. The milled logo of the company at the reception is impressive despite the monochrome colour scheme. The floor of the Board is also designed

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with the concept of the reception centre and right and left areas of management and the conference room. Here, the structures are separated by glass walls, with a light and openlooking appearance.

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Fuel Advertising Location:

Toronto, Canada

Designer:

BARTLETT & ASSOCIATES LTD

Photographer: Tom Arban

Completion date: 2009

Fashion and tourism are the focus of their client, a Canadian subsidiary of global advertising agency Draft / FCB. The designer's mandate was to deliver a creative and engaging message to motivate employees, attract new hires, and engage clients in a loft-style space in an early 1900's warehouse. FUEL's trademark, "The Power of the Possible," led to the design aesthetic: "Power, Punch and Pop." Power is presented in establishing a significant presence and sense of arrival: bright red wall in reception contrast with pure white bench seating; super-scaled trademark is shown on the wall; directional perspective with corrugated metal ceiling panels are installed in Reception and corridor; over-scale sliding doors lead into the Boardroom. Punch is presented in sharp colour accents that energise the space: thirteen-foot high plexi screens are used; vivid plexi colours contrast with the clean white backdrop and laminate workstations; the colour changes from red in Reception, to pink and orange in Client Services, to lime green and white in Creative. Pop (art) is presented in 1970's retro fabrics and inspirational sayings: pop art Marimekko fabric panels on the walls of the Lounge and CafĂŠ vibrate with the colour schemes

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of the Lounge (purple, white and green) and Creative; inspirational sayings from John Lennon, Kurt Vonnegut and others in black on white canvasses make link into the powerful corporate trademark established in Reception. T ight budgeting demanded imaginative solutions. The loft space established the basis; choice of materials reflected existing metal ductwork, the refinished wood flooring, economical Artopex furniture and the power of the printed word. The industrial nature of the space is reflected in the raw, tactile character of the corrugated metal ceiling panels in reception, with holes punched for exposed light bulbs, the mechanical fastenings attaching the plexi tiles to the metal studs, and the open steel stud framework of the top portion of the feature plexi screens.

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Pansar Location:

Sibu, Malaysia

Designer:

Design Network Architects Sdn Bhd

Photographer:

Lau Min Ngi/Ar. William Khoo Boo Chuan

Completion date: 2007

The Pan Sarawak Trading Company or "Pansar" (as it is known locally) was established in Sibu in 1961. It started as a trading company specialising in construction hardware and equipment; although its business nowadays has diversified to include Marine, Wood and Industrial Engineering, Electrical & Office Automation, Computer Services, Shipping and Insurance. It has grown into a leading products and services company with thirty subsidiaries and associate companies throughout Malaysia. This most recent renovation exercise is for the Headquarters in Sibu, which is also the founding office. The existing Headquarters is in a 6 storey office building stoutly occupying a prominent corner in downtown Sibu. The renovation exercise is conducted in stages: floor by floor, zone by zone – in order to maintain business operations. The renovation of the other Pansar branches is a process through which the corporate brand is being developed for the headquarters – to showcase Pansar's products and services. In all of these renovations, the project brief was to ESTABLISH CORPORATE IMAGE through DESIGN. In physical terms, the brief appears straightforward and include the upgrading of the ground into an exhibition area; to provide new conference room, meeting facilities and work space. Services upgraded over the years to be

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relocated and streamlined, and a new floor to be constructed over the existing RC ground slab. The ground floor slab had suffered damage over the years when this outlet served as a customer service centre for heavy machinery and parts. In an effort to exhibit the company new image, the renovation was carried on outside to include reconstruction of the external canopy.

approach; creating an exhibition and lobby space which is anchored by the staff offices and conference rooms. The conference room is a serene light paneled timber box; open ended to better engage with the adjacent spaces and seats twelve people. The rustic nature of the enclosing wall and ceiling contrasts neatly with the sleek and modern conference chairs. The design for meeting rooms is less formal; belying the nature of their function as space for walk in customers and impromptu discussions. The lobby now affords more free space for showcasing the company's products; the circulation corridor is widened to include spaces for exhibits.

The site has several existing constraints – the lift shaft that cannot be relocated due to cost and location of the main entrance which is to remain in its original position. Added to these factors is the extra condition of an extremely frugal project budget. The first two factors predetermined the floor layout of the scheme; the route to the lift lobby at the rear of the ground floor plan marked out the need for a circulation corridor from the main entrance. Part of the solution was to adopt an open plan

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Cogeco Headquarters Location:

Trieste, Italy

Designer:

Dimitri Waltritsch, Leonardo de Marchi

Photographer: Marco Covi

Completion date: 2008

The City of Trieste is among the world's most important ports within the coffee trade market. Cogeco is a firm dealing as an intermediate between the raw goods and the coffee roasting plants. The project consists in the interior renovation of the company siege, underlining the two distinguishing factors which characterise the firm: the worldwide commercial relationships and the fact that Cogeco provides specific knowledge and laboratory test. These points have been particularly enhanced in the entrance lobby and in the proof and taste laboratory room. The lobby of the Cogeco siege is characterised by a multi-layered folded wall, an abstracted map where only the parallels of the globe have remained, which hosts a series of "exotic" coffee names coming from all over the world, and by a big chemistry formula of the caffeine, which marks the corner and gives evidence of the specific knowledge. In such a way, one is immediately transported in a quick ride through the globe, and at the same time given a clear statement of the company's know-how. The proof and taste laboratory is the place where the company makes a series of tests on the raw goods in order to provide a certificate of quality (roasting, checking dimension and smell, tasting, etc), and where most of the commercial deals are made. Coffee sample bags are exposed on a coloured shelf marking

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the perimeter of the room, while one of the proof tables hides the "spitting pots". The space is again dominated by a big map folding on this table, a very detailed Goode Homolosine projection of the world, where precise geographic indication about the origin of the most important coffee types are given, adding a visual layer to the proofing experience.

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Neumann International Location:

Paris, France

Designer:

S.Drei Architektur

Photographer: Angelo Kaunat

Completion date: 2008

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The Neumann International currently directs a growing number of headquarters worldwide. The creative overall concept takes into consideration a spectrum of possible prerequisites; the offices are situated in modern high-rise buildings similar to that of a historical palace and because they are rented premises, the interventions made will be designed in such a way that all changes can be reversed to its original state. The base repertoire is comprised of a "room in room" concept with consistent uniform furniture, partitioned walls and wooden boarding with integrated indirect light, the use of the colour white as well as a functional pattern that would respond to the specific needs of the various working situations within the company.

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Sinclair Knight Merz, Perth Location:

Perth, Australia

Designer:

Anthony Ewing, Zenifa Bunic

Photographer: Adrian Lambert

Completion date: 2009

SKM is a leading engineering, sciences and project delivery firm and has several project offices in Western Australia, as well as "home office" staff that were previously divided across two sites in the Perth CBD. It had been a long term SKM goal to bring together the home office staff in one location. The brief clearly outlined key business drivers for the fit-out which included: Provide a working environment that attracts talent and creates a unique and engaging work space; Provide a greater choice and control over when, where and how staff work, improving flexibility and productivity; Enhance communication and collaboration between staff within and across different business groups; Differentiation from competitors; Workstations that were attractive yet meet the technical requirements of a diverse workforce including engineers, planners, architects, economists, scientists, project managers, technicians and administrative staff. To address these drivers a number of functional design solutions were used including: Generic Floor Plates to support flexibility; Mixed Use work settings to support collaboration and Knowledge transfer; Meandering Circulation Zones culminating at interactive zones to support interaction and communication; Centralised built zones with workstations at perimeter to support openness/visibility/ business connectivity; Task based work settings

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to optimise work style choice; Modularity of spaces and kit of parts approach to furniture to support connectivity not integration and standardisation not customisation; Use of graphics and considered visual communication to enhance the workplace. Mixed used work settings placed adjacent to meandering circulation paths were employed to support interaction and communication. Interactive zones were located at the culmination of main circulation paths with built space, enclosing various style meeting spaces, utilised to separate these areas from the focused work spaces. This promotes business connectivity and visibility across the floors without compromising on functionality.

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Market City Office Location:

Mumbai, India

Designer:

Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd. (Sanjay Puri)

Completion date: 2008

A 1,394-square-metre derelict factory warehouse with a large volume offered an opportunity to create an office with a distinct identity. Spaces based on functional needs were created within the large original volume, each with a clearly discernible character and yet juxtaposed against each other to form a coherent whole. One enters the office into a high volume and the main circulation spine that leads one further inside, is flanked by two-level fluid structures on either side. One houses the corporate departments and is enveloped by a free flowing punctuated skin of stacked plywood while the other houses the legal department and is sheathed in a kaleidoscope of coloured glass. The main staff seating is within the large volume and is suspended over one side of this is an egg shaped conference room. Glass bridges connect the three volumes allowing each its own identity. The original cement sheet pitched roof was removed and a curvilinear roof to add to the fluid character of the spaces within was constructed transverse by a skylight of varying width directly over the main circulation spine accentuating the main path of movement while allowing natural light into the office throughout the day.

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The design achieves an architectural overture to the interior spaces creating a unique assemblage of smaller volumes within the large original volume and creating the feel of walking through an interior street where the visual perception is always dynamic.

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Newmont Mining Location:

Washington, USA

Designer:

Anthony Ewing, Louise Clarke, Nadia Paulse

Photographer: HBO+EMTB

Completion date: 2007

HBO + EMTB provided design, documentation and project coordination services for Newmont Mining's new integrated fit-out. Motivated by the need to relocate local and interstate staff to one central location in Subiaco in Perth's inner west, Newmont Mining was seeking a new space that was efficient, flexible and also designed for longevity. The innovative design solution is based on a simple and clean aesthetic to compliment base building architectural features such as large arched windows. Focusing on flexibility, the large floor plate is a combination of open plan and closed office areas with centralised shared facilities, meeting rooms and breakout areas. Modular furniture and workstations have been included so staff members can adjust to suit personal preferences. This also reduces the cost of churn for future changes in staff numbers or office configuration. Sustainability was an important design driver and as such the design solution incorporated environmentally responsible elements wherever possible. The design team worked closely with both the client and the project consultant team to identify ways to maximise the strict project budget. The base building was being upgraded at the same time, HBO + EMTB coordinated with the base building upgrade team to ensure the best outcome for the client.

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TTE Location:

Tokyo, Japan

Designer: sinato inc.

Photographer: sinato inc.

Completion date: 2008

Client demanded the meeting room with movable walls so that they can hold a monthly big meeting by moving them away. Generally, the movable wall is constructed from divided panels and the users can fold and place them at the corner of the room. But here, it is like a big sliding door. It projects out from the room and influences other place when opened. Beside the meeting rooms, there is an open space like a lounge or a free work place and the movable wall that comes from the meeting room partitions there makes a new closed room. In the open space, there are doors so that we can enter the room when it partitioned by the movable wall. But when it is opened, the doors make no sense. They are just ornaments in the open space and they make strange scene in this office.

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NORTH Office Location:

Portland, USA

Designer:

Skylab Architect

Photographer:

Jeremy Bittermann

Completion date: 2008

NORTH is a branding agency that was seeking a new kind of office structure to make creative work. Workstations are replaced with modular structures, furniture and equipment defined a ro u n d a c t i v i t y . C o l l a b o r a t i o n i s b a s e d on portability and a cluster-on-demand breakaway from the traditional static office. The building, former home to a printing business, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The base camp tent–the historic building shell– is left untouched. Interior walls and structures come to the edge but are not fixed to the shell. A single connection point provides fiber cable and utility function. Pine paneling, raw steel and a carpet tile mural on the floor are the predominant interior features. Like an expedition that collects equipment that can handle the unknown challenge, the eclectic materiality of the movable office is selected for the ability to tackle different solutions to the design problem. A cantilevered think module is vertically stacked in the centre of the space. It reveals a newly articulated view of the West Hills through clerestory windows in the building. A series of interspersed glass and metal panels define the edit module, two soundproof rooms without doors. Smoke plush carpeting and mirror-like edit stations make editing a destination without wasting carbon. It's dually

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private and transparent. Taking a universal icon for quick creative thought and communication, the media module is Post-it Note yellow. A commercial grade kitchen and adjacent dining area with picnic tables, wall mural, and topographic carpet tiles redefines out-of-doors inside. A visitor module of smoke walls and ice-white lighting is curated with print, sound, and new media inspirations fostering an everchanging creative forum and connection with the local community.

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RMS California Location:

Newark, USA

Designer:

Resolution: 4 Architecture

Photographer: Bernard Andre

Completion date: 2010

Directed by the vision of Hemant Shah, CEO and founder of Risk Management Solutions, Res4 was requested to implement an environmental transformation into the design of RMS's new U.S. Headquarters, similar to the work completed by Res4 at their Hackensack, NJ office. Despite the ongoing economic crisis, the company's growing success was taken in high consideration during the master planning over the next 5-10 years for the potential 440 employees. By creating smaller, more efficient private workspaces, it allows for larger communal and conferencing spaces in results of a creatively competitive and inspiring ambiance. In response to RMS's technological advances, a 24-monitor media wall is a primary focal point, in efforts to continuously project a library of current catastrophic bullets and targets, relating to the company's purpose of providing products, services, and expertise for the quantification and management of catastrophe risk. With centralising the majority of enclosed spaces and glazing all peripheral faces, visual transparency from all internal points to an exterior band of fenestrations and natural light is achieved. Infiltration of natural light reduces the need for artificial light in the open workstations surrounding the exterior shell. RMS’s global awareness is reflected through the materials & finish choices as well as the lowenergy/consumption of appliances & plumbing fixtures.

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Darcons Corporate Location:

Chihuahua, Mexico

Designer:

Arquitectura en proceso

Photographer:

Francisco Lubbert, Jorge Cajiga

Completion date: 2007

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The site is located at a suburban lot of a middle size city in northern Mexico. As one drives towards it and away from the city, the building appears aligned with the road as an arched gate of a medieval town: looking through it one gets the scenery of the rural fields that surround the city. The building was conceived as a frame that captures part of the landscape and at the same time defines a plane that divides the intercity from the suburbs. The skin of the building plays a dual role: on one hand it is the transparent material that allows the view through it, and on the other hand, it is the opaque continuous skin that defines the shape of the frame and protects the interior from solar irradiance. This skin was manipulated in order to differentiate the public space from the internal activities of the company: the main reception and the costumer rooms are outside the envelope raised above the ground as a Piano Nobile and organised as self defined entities. The operation space is contained within the envelope and flows throughout the building in a three dimensional open plan that honors the hierarchical organisation of the company. In order to solve the continuity of the circulation the mass of the building was divided in various transversal slices, each presenting an intentionally different profile and two of them defining the geometry of the north and south elevations. The sequential juncture of all the 2


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slices creates deviations and convergences between the internal operational route and the external costumer route. The geometry of the volume is shaped according to a juxtaposition of three rotated orthogonal axis structures. This was primarily done in an effort to recreate the space complexity produced by a urban grid designed in the style of the 18th century. The west elevation also benefits from the rotated planes by casting shades onto itself and minimizing direct sun exposure. The rule was meant to be broken at the main entrance where the opaque skin suddenly sift direction to frame a cantilevered volume that flies above the portico. This creates a gesture of urban scale to emphasise the hierarchy of the entrance and contain the atrium of the building prior to the stair flight.

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Ferrier Hodgson Location:

Sidney, Australia

Designer:

Andrew Cliffe/The World Is Round Pty Ltd

Photographer:

The World Is Round Pty Ltd

Completion date: 2007

It is not often you find an inner-city office that gets more interesting as it ages, yet the fit-out of Ferrier Hodgson designed by Andrew Cliffe at The World is Round is a case in point. Located in Harry Seidler's architectural masterpiece Grosvenor Place, Ferrier Hodgson required a classical design focused on functionality and longevity. "The design wasn't about revolutionising design principles; instead the client wanted a fit-out to represent their structured professional brand and a contemporary art collection to gain in critical and commercial prestige." says interior designer Andrew Cliffe of The World Is Round. "The emphasis was in allowing all employees to access the wonderful views of the city and harbor, whilst the privacy and hierarchy of Ferrier Hodgson's partners was maintained," says Cliffe. The slick interior with a material and furniture palette that is elegant, rich and honest portrays Ferrier Hodgson in a sophisticated and professional manner, while the cutting edge art collection adds a raw and provocative finish to the space. On the 13th level of the Grosvenor Place, where the mainstay of business is corporate liquidation and business resurrection, the relationship between the core business, interior

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and art collection is quite literally remarkable. Harbor views and contemporary works including sculpture, painting and photography by Australian artists interplay in communal spaces, meetings rooms and corridors, both stimulating and nourishing employees with new ideas. There is also a commissioned wall drawing by Caroline Rothwell Tessellated Spider Orchid in the foyer which anamorphically stretches across 8 metres of wall space. This blend of hyper real, constructed and natural imagery is characteristic of Rothwell's architectural style and is beautifully balanced by her distinctive installation Birdland hanging elegantly from the adjacent wall.

The conservatively luxurious environment developed by Andrew Cliffe uses stone wall tiles, reconstituted stone flooring, black glass, timber veneer wall paneling and rich brown leathers to encourage a feeling of prosperity and restraint. The lighting is sculptural adding for m and texture. The detailing is refined and understated, enhancing the beauty of the selected finishes. There is simplicity to the palette which demands respect. The art presents an alternative view point however introducing edgy up to date topics.

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Digitas Health Headquarters Location:

Philadelphia, USA

Designer:

KlingStubbins

Photographer: KlingStubbins

Completion date: 2009

Understanding the firm's culture was key to establishing the design direction. The typical employee is young, tech savvy, casually laid back, multitasking and group activity oriented, the very definition of the Y generation. This generation blends work and social life, does not relate to corporate hierarchies of space, and is more interested in technology and software than personal privacy or square footage. They don’t like formal environments, preferring an informal space that can be adapted easily for different activities. The client desired an industrial loft like aesthetic with mid century influences and a touch of Baroque for drama and whimsy. Pure white free standing office volumes sit on a highly reflective floor made of recycled plastic under industrial lighting and exposed ductwork. The main client conference room features 12-foot high red Baroque sliding doors, red rubber coated seating and a white glass table that doubles as a write board. A projection screen descends within in the gold frame doubling as a blackout shade and projection screen for HD client presentations. Thirty-foot diameter "pods" clad in translucent corrugated p ro v i d e p r i v a t e w o r k s p a c e f o r c re a t i v e staff and encourage individual expression. An existing 19 th century cast iron stair was restored, backlit with LED panels, and connects additional office space on the floor above.

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T h e l a r g e c a f é a re a i s t h e h e a r t o f t h e company’s culture. Like a great room, it is used for every type of gathering from serious client meetings to rock and roll performances on the built-in stage, creating a dynamic energy that encourages creativity and community, retains employees, and has clients eager to return.

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Otto Bock Location:

Berlin, Germany

Designer:

GNÄDINGER Architekten

Photographer:

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Completion date: 2009

A new building presents itself in the centre o f t h e N e w B e r l i n – t h e S c i e n c e C e n t re Medical Technology at Potsdamer Platz. The new building is the representative office in the capital city for the medical technology company Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH. The building owners Otto Bock, the team of Gnädinger Architects and the media designers Art+Com developed this unique public stage for the topic of movement, which is the first of its kind in the world. An exhibition invites visitors to "discover what moves us". Behind the extravagant exterior with its convex and concave, tapered lines, three levels serve as exhibition space on over 500 square metres. The fourth level is for training and conference rooms and the top floor serves as a dialogue platform for interdisciplinary communication between doctors, patients, therapists, orthopedic technicians and manufacturers. Inside, the functional sur faces surround a central access and technical core. The zoning of the plan with a windmill-like access system allows the planning of different room sizes. Here, the architects arrange the floor space on the periphery and along the glass cladding, so that even behind the dynamic façade, daylight is guaranteed throughout the room, giving the building high quality as a residence and workplace.

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The interior is consistently minimalist. The surfaces are white, with silver-gray stone or carpet on the floors. Even the furniture and the exhibits are predominantly white. At the core, in contrast, are coloured glass panels with integrated TV monitors to provide information. Dark, wooden panels create atmospheric accents in the elevator and a few select places. Illumination is provided by means of socalled "light cells", which are freely arranged, round light fields of various sizes and heights. The central, three-storey, steel staircase in the exhibition area was designed as a giant, sculptural light object. The translucent foil on the underside is fully backlit.

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Lexmark Location:

Milan, Italy

Designer:

Progetto CMR Massimo Roj Architects

Photographer:

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Completion date: 2010

T h e c e l l , t h e d ro p s o f w a t e r, t h e f o re s t , transparency, colour: these are the principal concepts around the development of the new headquarter of Lexmark, designed by Progetto CMR, a company specialised in Integrated Design, applied to all the fields of architecture. This is a single floor designed in a functional manner for all the departments, 1,650 square metres that can accommodate sixty-five employees, and gives them the highest comfort, blending in an organic way the latest technology available, taking also care on a sustainable approach. The path winds through different environments, each one is characterised by natural elements: the Earth, from everything arise, welcomes employees and guests in the new reception area; the Forest, whit directive and operation offices, representing environment and therefore the communication; the Oasis, a pleasant and safe place, designed to stop and exchange, marks the entrance into the commercial area and in the shared spaces (a 10-seat meeting room, the demo and break area, reconfigurable, is necessary, as a large conference room with seventy seats); finally, the Glaciers, symbol of energy saving, welcome office administration, the training and dining room.

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To achieve this result, which fully reflects the corporate philosophy, the project team of Progetto CMR, coordinated by the partner of Progetto CMR, the architect Antonella Mantica, has joined the management and operators by defining the characteristics of the interior until the finally implementation. Lexmark products underline the design theme and the concept of sustainability and low impact to the environment, also described in the company slogan "Print Less, Save More", is found throughout the offices' location of each room. Along the corridor, are also placed "cells", circular spaces that allow Lexmark customers to test concrete eco-friendly featured printers.

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Tokyo International Forum Location:

Tokyo, Japan

Designer: UN Studio

Completion date: 2006

The Tokyo International Forum is a giant civic complex that had to accommodate cultural performances and business events yet direct significant pedestrian traffic through the nexus of four subway lines and two major train stations. The Rafael Vi単oly Architects PC design solution provides significant public amenities as it integrates the large and complex programme into the urban fabric. The Forum consists of the Glass Hall conference centre, four elevated theatres, and an outdoor public plaza at ground level; an underground concourse unites below grade all the programme elements, including an underground exhibition hall, and connects to the subway network. The Glass Hall, set along the railroad tracks at the eastern boundary of the site, is one of the boldest structures in Japan, consisting of two intersecting ellipses that enclose a vast central lobby above the concourse level. This immense glass and steel enclosure is supported by a dramatic, 750-foot-long truss system overhead, supported on only two columns. The 197-foothigh laminated glass curtain wall is transparent to visually unify the elements of the complex, yet is designed to withstand extreme structural stress in an earthquake-prone area. Pedestrian bridges connect the Glass Hall to the performance halls, four roughly cubic volumes, arranged sequentially by size along the west edge of the site and elevated to allow

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the public plaza to pass beneath; from north to south, the volumes contain a 5,000-seat theatre, 3,000-seat flexible function space, 1,500-seat music hall, and 600-seat black box theatre. An outdoor public plaza occupies the space between the Glass Hall and the overhanging theatres. The plaza provides a corridor through the site, but is planted and enclosed by a granite wall (which also blocks noise and vibration from the transportation infrastructure) to provide a space that is both sheltered from the city and given monumental character by its size and by the surrounding buildings.

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SWS Office Building Location:

Trento, Italy

Designer:

Ruatti Studio Architects

Photographer:

Andrea Martiradonna

Completion date: 2007

The project for the renovation of the old premises of a wine industry in Mattarello (Trento) envisaged the preservation of all the existing edifices: an office block, a barrel vaulted warehouse, and a connexion building in between. The outside of the office block, built in 1987 with prefabricated panels, has maintained its aspect. The designers proposed only a sort of "make-up" essentially based on the application of a coat of metamerical paint, revealing all the volume’s faceting and the placing of adjustable sunshades mounted on the existing windows. The only expansion is the conference room's glassed bow-window. The wall closing the west façade of the warehouse has been replaced by large windowed panels, following the structural rhythm. These windows are equipped with a motorised adjustable sunshade system, reducing the impact of the sun irradiation. The new entrance's courtyard is defined by the west façade of the connexion building, the south wall of the office block and the north warehouse's wall, with its own glassed bubbles. The inside setting of the two-storey office block has large etched glass partitions defining the private space of the single offices. The warehouse, accommodating the operation

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headquarters is organised as a large open space, with wall partitions only 2.2 metres high, setting free the view of the vaulted barrel equipped with an insulating polystyrene false ceiling hidden beneath a wooden lath panelling. On the east side there is an extension accommodating the senior engineer's premises. The partition walls are realised with cellular concrete blocks. The building is equipped with a "whole air system" providing air treatment, cooling and conditioning. In addition there is a floor panel system providing heating and supplementary cooling, depending on the season. During winter it works as a traditional panel system; during summer, in the beginning and the end of the day cold air circulates to create a cold mass while the air system provides the air conditioning. Lighting is provided by a BAS system, witch automatically dims the light's intensity depending on the general conditions.

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CaballeroFabriek Location:

Hague, The Netherlands

Designer: GROUP A

Photographer:

Scagliola/Brakkee

Completion date: 2008

The CaballeroFabriek, a for mer tobacco factory building on the Binckhorst industrial estate has been transformed into a lively environment, comprising studios and offices for companies in the fields of Culture, IT and Media. The original factory building from 1953 has been retained, and recent additions were demolished. The industrial character remains intact while new functions stand out by their contrasting design, which refer to the corporate identity of cigarette brand Caballero. One of the main challenges was to redevelop the CaballeroFabriek in such a way that the former factory building could become an environment where companies could easily meet, interact and inspire each other. This vision has been translated by GROUP A into a spatial concept that stimulates creative and innovative activities and cross-fertilisation between the different companies. As a result, the design has introduced lounge areas, wide corridors and common spaces. The newly created wide corridors double as informal meeting areas and have become the spine of the CaballeroFabriek. Daylight is another key item in the building; the sliding doors that give access to the offices and studios are made almost fully from transparent Rodeca in order to create a light, open and

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accessible work environment. The building is surrounded on three sides by water, and encircles an inner yard. This yard has been enlarged by demolishing the loading zone, thus providing the tenants with a large outdoor terrace. Both entrances are situated next to this terrace, which enhances the lively character of the CaballeroFabriek. The entire factory grounds have been rearranged, with the use of existing materials. For instance, Stelcon sheets have been used to mark the parking lots. The grounds also comprise the former boiler room building opposite to the factory, which can be used for events and dinner parties. The CaballeroFabriek is not only meant to be used by tenants, but also has a relevant public function. Visitors from outside the factory can drink coffee at the espresso bar and rent meeting rooms.

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Financial and Commercial Department of Voestalpine Stahl GmbH Location:

Paris, France

Designer:

Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Photographer:

Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Completion date: 2009

A portal to the Voestalpine The new sales and financial centre and the existing "Blue Tower" form the entry to the plant of Voestalpine: two complementary structures representing the complementary units of Voestalpine. The horizontal shape of the new building dialogues with the existing vertical tower. The building is seen already from a far distance. The cantilever of several storeys covering the entrance area of the building is an inviting gesture. It symbolises the ambition of a modern and innovative company. The open access area is a meeting place. The new sales and financial centre The gentle slope under the cantilever leads into a spacious lobby. The ground floor is dedicated to services for all employees of the company – shops, travel agency, library, documentation. A walkway following the inner curve of the building forms a mall. Access to the upstairs levels is restricted. Transversally the building is divided in three zones: Individual offices are situated close to the facades. A central zone serves for meetings, providing space for team work including copy facilities and small coffee areas. Inner atriums are open over all storeys. They provide natural light for the inner zones and divide the building in sections.

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Each atrium is closed by a glass roof. Roof integrated opening wings serve for natural ventilation of the office space (chimney effect). The atriums are planted. The conference area on the roof The conference area is situated in a very prominent position on the upper floor. It is directly accessible from the lobby by a dedicated lift. A group of meeting rooms can be combined in various configurations. A large terrace, a wooden deck, offers a wide view over the industrial site. The faรงade The faรงade is largely transparent providing sufficient natural light for the 20mx50m wide building. Opaque horizontally sliding openings allow natural ventilation. Shading is assured by motorized steel elements made of a golden coloured steel mesh.

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The Outlook Location:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Designer:

Architectenbureau cepezed b.v.

Photographer:

Architectenbureau cepezed b.v.

Completion date: 2008

American-style, extremely moder n office complex with an open, light, pavilion-like ambiance, considerable free height at each storey, and extra-wide office bays. The building lies at a strategic and internationally readily accessible location at Schiphol Centre, opposite the head office of the Schiphol Group. The project has been realised in two phases and covers more than 38,000 square metres of office space as well as offering 850 parking places. Of the first-phase section (19,898-square-metre of office space and 450 parking places) more than two-thirds is occupied by the Dutch head office of Microsoft. The project was faced with a few exceptional preconditions: the high groundwater level, substantial noise pollution due to air traffic, and a complicated location directly adjoining the Schiphol Rail Tunnel. In addition, the throughput time of the project was exceptionally short. Efficient layout makes it possible for the owner, Schiphol Real Estate, to respond rapidly to the individual spatial wishes of diverse tenants. The main structure consists of a series of alternately interlocking longer and shorter office bays. Two subterranean layers and the plinth of the building contain the car parks. The office floors are entirely open and are mutually linked by large voids and representative staircases. The combination of a steel skeleton

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with hollow-core slab floors is exploited to the full in an intelligent and economic construction that enables extra-wide office bays with large spans and a minimum amount of columns. A free storey height of no less than 2.90 m gives a pleasant sense of spaciousness. The faรงades have been largely implemented in glass without vertical posts, so that much natural daylight can enter. The voids, too, with roofedover lighting strips above, contribute to an abundant incidence of daylight.

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AMP Corporate Real Estate Location:

Melbourne, Australia

Designer:

Gray Puksand

Photographer: Peter Clarke

Completion date: 2008

The design of the AMP workspace aimed to achieve a sense of Connection, engender communication, and to foster a community. The workshop process exposed a stratified organisation that valued its intimacy; however its management understood the need to communicate and to be nimble. Staff were committed to reduce stratification, however, not at a large loss of privacy. The design provided a series of nooks that acted as pinch/decision points linked by a subtle change in floor finish and lighting. This effectively ensured people travel along the routes designed and hence avoided the traps of encroaching upon the individuals privacy. All routes lead to the light filled "town square" or European style market place, that becomes the centre of the community. The town square has elements that reflect the urban style, laneways, a "bocce" pitch, and arbour. All these elements link the space to the outside, to feel away from the enclosed glass box that is the modern office building. Linear elements emphasised routes/paths and guided the eye to the "town square" beyond. Poly carbonate cladding and timber mullions replaced traditional glazing to the quiet rooms to treat them as markers within the space and move away from expected solutions within a workspace. A language was established to link all the zones, and critical to this language was the

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use of "Eco Core" flooring and ceiling product that uses FSC certified timber. The use of integrated planting in all elements of the space contributes to the common language that was developed and avoided the need for planting to be added at the end. All fabrics selected were of renewable resource components, all boards were EO or FSC certified. All paint finishes were zero VOC and flooring selected all had sustainable properties. All furniture selected was GECA certified or had high sustainable properties. The layout of staff and desks was considered and used to maximise daylight and minimise glare in the space, for screen based tasks.

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Corporate Office for United Ricefields Location:

Gurgaon, India

Designer:

Morphogenesis

Photographer: Amit Mehra

Completion date: 2006

United Ricefields is an export house of rice. Previously, a rectangular shed of about 30x15 meters, is designed and transubstantiated into an office space. Armed with simplicity, a volume of a space is scooped out and inserted into the existing structure to give it a mass. The addition of the volume also suffices to the need of designed spaces within the office. The double-loaded corridor technique is optimised to utilise the maximum space available; activities spread themselves on both sides of the thoroughfare while retaining their identity. A single staircase is a design element of the project forming the main access between the floors. Wood in conjugation with stainless steel in the balustade brings the staircase to life. Bereft of any slab, the staircase is held together by the depth of the staircase beam running underneath the staircase hereby enhancing its beauty. Gypsum is used as the main infill material inside the structure, right up to the ceiling in order to bring an idea of porosity. In combination with veneer and stainless steel, gypsum board and acoustic panels help to bring out the shape of a barrel cut in half, thus continuing the flow of form in the interior spaces. To accentuate the closeness to nature, wherein the soul of paddy lies, a palette of earthy colours is incorporated. The interiors are further enhanced by hues of browns, beige, black and

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white. Usage of lighter colours hence makes the rectangular interior look broader and more spacious. Vinyl, tiles, and granite slabs are engrossed as the flooring materials. In order to move away from the cubicle-like desktops, more open and personalised desks have been designed. Maximum utilization of space is the forte of the design. All in all the United Ricefields office stands out for its minimalistic approach towards the design of the interior spaces without having created a chaos in utilising the materials for the interior space precinct.

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Mecklemburg County Office at Freedom Drive Location:

Charlotte, USA

Designer: Little

Photographer: Cameron Triggs

Completion date: 2007

When the county decided they needed more space and wanted to consolidate several of their different offices, they chose to purchase and retrofit a 1970’s mall located in a part of town that had been in an economic decline over the last decade. They saw this opportunity as a chance to revitalize a depressed area while at the same time drastically improving the working environment of many of their employees. The design team had two major challenges: incorporate the diverse county groups with very diverse clients into a shared space and do it within a very restrictive budget. To answer these challenges, designers focused on the creative use of cost-effective materials to create an inviting space for employees and their clients who are often in difficult and stressful situations. Designers also had to balance the public, semiprivate and private spaces, bearing in mind that there is a wide range of end-users who would be interacting with the space. Colour played an important role in the design and bright, cheerful colours were incorporated into carpet patterns, accent walls, and furniture panels. These bright colour accents were balanced by light background colours that were chosen to maximise daylight. Windows wrap around the exterior of the building and giving those who may have

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formerly worked in a windowless environment a connection to the outdoors and enhancing the beauty and security of the space. Skylights are also found throughout the space and have a Kalwall finish to diffuse the light. During the day, there is often no need for any of the lighting to be turned on. Exterior fixed sun shades and pulldown interior shades diffuse any harsh or direct sunlight. Low emitting VOC materials such as paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants were used throughout the space improving the air quality. Green guard certified furniture and finishes were also incorporated, with all of the seating and keyboards being fully ergonomic. This project is currently pursuing LEED-CI Certification.

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Vakko Fashion Centre and Power Media Centre Location:

Istanbul, Turkey

Designer:

Rex Architecture P.C.

Photographer:

Rex Architecture P.C.

Completion date: 2010

When the CEO of Vakko and Power Media approached REX to design and construct a corporate headquarters within one year using the abandoned skeleton of an unfinished hotel, the requested design and construction timetable would normally have been unthinkable. Fortuitously, the unfinished hotel had the same plan dimension, floor-to-floor height and servicing concept as REX's design for the California Institute of Technology's A n n e n b e r g C e n t re , w h i c h h a d re c e n t l y been canceled. By adapting construction documents produced for the Annenberg Centre to the abandoned concrete hotel skeleton, REX was able to direct the start of construction just four days after Vakko and Power Media first approached the firm. REX divided the project into two structurally independent components. The “U-shaped” concrete skeleton – completed by a fourth side – is dubbed in the Ring, and contains conventional, flexible office space. At the Ring's centre, a new six-floor steel tower – named the Showcase – contains unique programs, including an auditorium, showrooms, meeting rooms and executive offices, as well as all vertical circulation and restrooms. By separating the structure into these two independent components, a time-consuming forensic analysis of the existing concrete skeleton was rendered unnecessary while the structural design of the Showcase was simplified. The

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resultant savings in time allowed construction to start immediately on the existing skeleton while simultaneously providing an eight-week period to design the rest of the building. A beautiful and refined architectural image was critical to maintaining Vakko/Power's public profile; yet, the clumsy structure of the abandoned hotel was impossible to hide given the project's compressed schedule. REX embraced this constraint by designing an exceptionally transparent and thin glass faรงade for the Ring. By slumping a structural "X" into each pane to increase the glass's strength, the glass's thickness was reduced and the need for perimeter mullions was eliminated. The resulting ethereal glass "Saran Wrap"

subtly reveals the Ring's pre-existing concrete skeleton and suggests the Showcase behind. The Showcase, meanwhile, is clad in mirrorglass, cloaking the steel boxes with a miragelike exterior, and enlivening the building's interior to kaleidoscopic effect. By innovatively reusing an existing structure, REX reconciled the nor mally competing requirements for speed and design excellence in the Vakko Fashion Centre and Power Media Centre. The result is a unique example of adaptive reuse, and a new architectural landmark for Turkey.

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Corporate Office Location:

Gurgaon, India

Designer:

Morphogenesis

Photographer: Amit Pasricha

Completion date: 2007

The building had a large out of scale central open space designed with little or no consideration of the obvious heat gain issues throughout the building. The start point of the design was to try and temper this large central space and make into a central hub of activity. The central courtyard has a series of multi level air-conditioned terraces and event spaces. Since the brief specified more than fifty percent of the office spaces to be of a non-workstation format, a street typology was employed to create spaces which look into each other both in plan and in section. The west face of the building has been given a combination of Balinese gardens along with cavity wall construction which buffer the offices on that face from direct heat gain. The building has considerably deep office floor plates. To moderate the scale of these in proportion to the work areas, a central art/sculpture gallery has been sandwiched in between creating inner and outer layers of offices. Given the sheer scale of the building, the design of spaces within has been approached with almost a product design attitude. The resultant is the creation of various individual entities placed within a large volume with a degree of coherence by way of the treatment of these spaces. A ceremonial symmetrical landscape pattern was evolved to compliment the monolithic building to take the emphasis off the enormous scale of the spaces. The unusual

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forty-five degree cant of the building created unruly spaces which have been dealt with by inserting shell like structures into the building camouflaging and integrating scores of large and otherwise unworkable triangular spaces.

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Schuurman Group Location:

Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Designer:

Bekkering Adams Architecten

Photographer:

Christan Richters, Bernard Faber, Jansje Klazinga

Completion date: 2008

The accommodation for the Schuurman Group is situated on the business area Boekelermeer in Alkmaar, a small town in the north of the Netherlands. This prime location is seen from the highway A9 and is adjacent to a natural reserve. To profit from the qualities of the location, the building is designed as a freestanding object, whereby each side has its own specific character and appearance. The volume has uplifted corners to give room to the special functions of the programme. Lines of glass, big windows and transparent domes in the roof of the warehouse contribute to an excellent and sustainable work environment. The strong lines of the exterior give the building a distinct expression and allow the landscape to flow through the building, making it a strong and iconographical building. The building has an efficient layout with a warehouse area of 12-metre high and three floors of office space. On the top floor a patiogarden across the building brings light deep into the building. It also provides a visual and physical link between the offices and the warehouse-area. In this way the patio works as an important spatial, as well as an organising element, while connecting the warehouse and office space. With a preference for natural and beautiful effects, the designers look for possibilities to

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combine materials with the environment. The corridor lights for example are formed like wild flowers on a wall. Natural materials as wood and stone are recurring elements throughout the building, making it a high-tech as well as a comfortable environment. The project has a comprehensive approach. Several sustainable measures have been incorporated in the building, such as concrete floor slabs as a thermal active system, subterranean hot & cold storage, and a low energy lighting and control system, set up as a Philip's pilot project.

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Sipos Aktorik GmbH Location:

Nuremberg, Germany

Designer:

wurm + wurm

Photographer: Ester Havlova

Completion date: 2009

The new building of the Sipos Aktorik GmbH is designed as a compact volume, embedded into the easily hilly landscape at Altdorf, which in its spatial effect is more similar to a large mansion than a factory. The building is divided into three parts: The assembly hall with attached automated store-room, in front of this they added the twostorey administrative tract and afterwards to both ranges a storage hall with goods receipt and goods issue. The proximity of the individual operating ranges is to make possible a maximum of internal communication. The roof of the production hall is occupied with skylights shaped as a bar; the lighting of the work stations reaches thereby daylight quality. This light impression on the inside is still strengthened by the bright colour of the construction. On two sides, high window fronts with integrated glass doors enable contact to the external space. The steel structure of the production hall is modular developed, whereby the manufacturing area is optionally expandable up to the double size. The functional separation between assembly area and the two-storey office area is abrogated by space-high glass walls. This conveys internal communication between these different working environments.

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The office space is kept pleasant at a moderate temperature by an innovative cooling system with a cooling ceiling of metal. As front material shingles of stainless steel were selected, which support the clearness of the shape of the building.

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K-Boxing Headquarters Location:

Shanghai, China

Designer:

CL3 Architects Ltd.

Photographer:

CL3 Architects Ltd.

Completion date: 2007

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Occupying a brand new 7-storey office building for their administration, sales and design activities, the headquarters is organised vertically into main reception and conference centre on Levels 1 and 2, sales and general office on Levels 3 to 5, executive offices on Level 6, and design and workshop, with an outdoor deck, on Level 7. In order to unite all these activities, the project involves creation of visually connected volume of spaces with a series of openings through the floors. This is also reinforced with visual transparency between the front office and back office with glass partitions, creating a dynamic and energetic environment for work and social activities. Use of a strong corporate red colour and powerful graphics further add to the identity of this corporation.

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Registrar Recorder Office Location:

Los Angeles, USA

Designer:

Lehrer Architects

Photographer:

Lehrer Architects

Completion date: 2009

The goal was to create an efficient, yet pleasant space for those employed in the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Elections Operations Centre. More efficient storage space was also needed to house more than 1,200 pallets containing voting material and 5,000 new ballot reading and voter accessibility devices. Space was also allocated for the tax, birth, marriage, property, and death records for the County of Los Angeles, which are all stored here. Beyond the warehouse workspace, 18,000 square feet were provided for administrative offices. Several cubicles for those on the main floor of the warehouse, a break room/ kitchen, and restrooms were also designed. Constructing a safe, streamlined, welcoming, and flexible space for all employees – 40 yearround, up to 600 during voting season – was key to the design plans. Lehrer Architects tackled this design project by first reducing the projected expenses by 25 percent by taking the Development Commission’s original, awkward, over-budget plan and redesigning it to create an efficient, streamlined work place. The architects considered colour, size, placement, and basic proportions in configuring a space that effected a positive change in how employees work. The administrative offices, which have standard ceiling heights, consist of several cubicles

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1.The top view of the office area 2.The large-scale banner over the office area 3.Administrative office area 4.Storage seen from the administrative office area 5.Kitchen 6.The top view of the storage 7.Storage

designed in muted grays and slate blues. These offices open up to the huge scale of the oncegray, cavernous warehouse – a space mirroring the enormity of the work that goes on there. Here in the warehouse was an opportunity to implement bright, bold colours –clearly contrasting the administrative area – and it proved to be a thrifty way of making large-scale change in the space. Bright reds, oranges, and greens energise the entire area, including the 12-foot high divider walls placed in different areas of the warehouse. A bright-red wall leads into the space beyond the entrance and offices in front of the building.

creative funding, the clients worked with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the One Percent for Art Programme to commission a local artist, UCLA Professor, Rebeca Mendez. The artist created a hanging banner measuring 15 feet wide and 132 feet long. Titled Tree by Tree, from Sea to Mountains, 2008, the panoramic sequence of photographs runs from the Pacific Ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains, showing trees, water, and sky, and turns the cavernous space into a more intimate-feeling spot.

A critical architectural move was the use of mega-banner technology to give scale and intimacy to the huge warehouse. The architect envisioned large-scale banners that could display symbols or imagery. In a matter of

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SUNONE Location:

Bangkok, Thailand

Designer:

Department of ARCHITECTURE Co., Ltd.

Photographer:

Wison Tungthunya

Completion date: 2009

Located in a predominantly residential area, a new location for a software developer– SUNONE presents designers with a great challenge dealing with quality of living for existing residence and working condition for the new comer. In order to preserve serenity of an area, respect privacy for each residence and simultaneously create pleasing working environment for staff, pattern of horizontal screening was introduced to the project. Not only does it create visual barrier between inside and outside; allowing no direct sight from inside to surrounding residence, but does it serve as light filter generating array of light quality for interior space. Interior strategy was designed to promote flexibility and transparency in work environment. In contrary to the traditional office space, SUNONE provides a range of work settings including bench desks completed with task lights for concentrated work, and informal places such as lounge/bar setting for group meeting and chats. This socially oriented space is intended to improve the possibilities for social interaction among staffs rather than previously tended electronic communication. Truly the most delightful feature of an interior space is the design of interior screen that scattered throughout space. While exterior screen reflects technological character of company's field of business, interior screen,

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on the opposite, directly reflects adventurous personality of the owner and staffs. Industrial material like colorful PVC strip curtain has been cleverly incorporated through the building to reflect energy and liveliness of these extremesport lovers. Besides operating as space divider and enclosure, this screen, with its transparency property, also functions as an indicator of an area’s privacy level. By using PVC strip curtains, openness and transparency of office space are maintained. With deliberate architectural strategy, the two building typologies, office and home, can perfectly fuse in one environment regardless of their architectural style. By creating a work space in the low corporate presence, SUNONE has successfully provides a place that encourages both collaboration and relaxation among its staff.

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Cocoon Office Location:

Zurich, Switzerland

Designer:

Stefan Camenzind, Marco Noch, Susanne Zenker

Photographer:

Camenzind Evolution

Completion date: 2007

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Cocoon is located in Zurich's Seefeld district on a beautiful hillside, which enjoys excellent lake and mountain views. The location's distinctive flair stems from the exceptional park-like setting – a green oasis into which Cocoon snugly nestles. Flanked on three sides by mighty, age-old trees, the elliptical structure reads as a freestanding sculptural volume that gracefully spirals up from the park. The stainless steel mesh enveloping the building combines visual privacy with restrained elegance. The bold stand-alone building embodies an innovative conception of interior spatial organisation and interaction with the s u r ro u n d i n g e n v i ro n m e n t . W i t h i t s s p i r a l massing, Cocoon may be conceived as a sort of "communication landscape" that creates a unique spatial configuration and working environment in a matchless setting. The stepped, upward-winding sequence of segments also shapes the character of the building interior. All spaces are arranged along a gently rising ramp, which wraps around a central, light-flooded atrium. The space planning concept dispenses with the traditional division into horizontal storeys in favour of a seemingly endless sequence of elliptical floor segments. By eliminating the usual barriers to communication, this generates a unique spatial experience and working environment that unlocks a host of intriguing possibilities for interaction and co-operation. The floor space 2


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design provides for fully flexible partitioning together with the adaptability necessary to meet the shifting needs of future users. Together, the various elements – lift, spiral ramp, segments and stairwell – constitute a clearly structured, versatile circulation system that provides for both the desired interaction and the necessary flexibility to accommodate alternative uses. A light-flooded, upwardly widening atrium forms the centerpiece of Cocoon. Around this, the circulation and communication ramp winds its way upwards in gently curving contours, to provide a fluid link between all the internal spaces. As the ellipses expand with each turn of the spiral, the skylight void opens up in a stunning spectacle.

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Index Andrew Cliffe/The World Is Round Pty Ltd Ferrier Hodgson 254 Andrew Isaacson National Australia Bank 48 Anthony Ewing, Louise Clarke, Nadia Paulse Newmont Mining 228 Anthony Ewing, Zenifa Bunic Sinclair Knight Merz, Perth 218 Architectenbureau cepezed b.v. The Outlook 302 Arquitectura en proceso Darcons Corporate 248 AS&P – Albert Speer & Partner GmbH Commerzbank China 36 Bartlett & Associates LTD Fuel Advertising 202 Bekkering Adams Architecten Schuurman Group 338 Brinkworth LBi 146 Chai Mui Koon, Grant Morrison American Express, Singapore 12 CL3 Architects Ltd. K-Boxing Headquarters 350 d–ash design Laga Office 100 Department of ARCHITECTURE Co., 206Ltd. SUNONE 362 Design Clarity BankWest 24 Design Network Architects Sdn Bhd Pansar 206

Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes Financial and Commercial Department of Voestalpine Stahl GmbH 296 Dimitri Waltritsch, Federico Gori Tmedia Headquarters 84 Dimitri Waltritsch, Leonardo de Marchi Cogeco Headquarters 210 GNADINGER Architekten Otto Bock 266 Gray Puksand AMP Corporate Real Estate 308 Gray Puksand Slater & Gordon 172 GROUP A CaballeroFabriek 290 Habif Mimarlık Standard ünlü 42 HG Arhitektuur AGE McCANN Office 72 IDA 14 VZ Aarau 190 II By IV Design South Beach Marketing Centre 166 Jennifer Morris Theory Headquarters 118 Jump Studios Langland Offices 124 Kasian Kasian Toronto Office 142 KlingStubbins Digitas Health Headquarters 260

Lehrer Architects Registrar Recorder Office 356

ROW Studio Espacio C Mixcoac 162

LESON Innenarchitektur x Objektmanagement Freese Shipping Group 196

RSVP Architecture Studio Wieden-Kennedy 136

Little Food Lion Customer Service Centre 60 Hanesbrands Inc 178 Mecklemburg County Office at Freedom Drive 320

Ruatti Studio Architects SWS Office Building 284

Maurice Mentjens Design PostPanic 78 Ministry of Design (Leo Burnett) Leo Burnett Office 88 Ministry of Design (modonline) BBH Asia Pacific 130 Morphogenesis Corporate Office 332 Corporate Office for United Ricefields 314 Nagehan Acimuz Inteks, Dogu-Bati Office 184 One Plus Partnership Limited Nanjing Sales Office 30 planer & franz studio Office Berlin 94 Progetto CMR Massimo Roj Architects Lexmark 272 René Walkenhorst Main Trading Hall of the German Stock Exchange 6 Resolution: 4 Architecture RMS California 242 Rex Architecture P.C. Vakko Fashion Centre and Power Media Centre 326 Rottet Studio Royal Bank of Scotland Group 54

S.Drei Architektur Neumann International 214 Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd. (Sanjay Puri) Market City Office 222 Seiki Mori / studio ARRT Vanke – "Kingmetropolis" Sales Office 18 Shichieh Lu Cicada Studio 66 sinato Toyota Tsusho 156 TTE 234 Skylab Architect NORTH Office 238 Stefan Camenzind, Marco Noch, Susanne Zenker Cocoon Office 368 Studiovase Alpha Ville 44 112 UN Studio Tokyo International Forum 278 WDA Novo Construction 106 wurm + wurm Sipos Aktorik GmbH 344 zetlmayer de winder architekten Berlin Kurfürstendamm Office 152


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