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Austrian practice Be Baumschlager Eberle set itself an admirable challenge with its new, six-storey office block, which goes by the intriguing, unusually abstract name of 2226. Designed by founding partner Dietmar Eberle and his team, its aims are twofold: to be radically low-tech and as sustainable as possible by dispensing with conventional, energy-guzzling mechanical heating and ventilation; and to engender a sense of wellbeing among its occupants. Temperatures inside the…
Image Credits Eduard Heuber
Everyone has a gruesome tale of a crummy hostel where they’ve rested their head, begrudging their environs at the behest of their wallet. That might be why, on a visit to London’s newly renovated Generator hostel, onoffice is in the illustrious company of journalists from Vogue and Vanity Fair: everyone, it seems, has an interest in seeing how hospitality design is filtering down to the lower end of the market.…
Image Credits Nikolas Koenig
Designed by architect Jean-Marie Roy in 1964, this church in Sainte-Foy, a suburb of Quebec City, had become vacant in recent years, so the city launched a competition for its reinvention. When Montreal-based firm Dan Hanganu Architects won the commission, in conjunction with Côté Leahy Cardas Architects, the project became all the more personal. Hanganu and Roy were close friends, so the former telephoned the latter to break the news.…
Image Credits Stephane Groleau
There is an underlying calmness to Brodie Neill’s Clerkenwell studio. Residing at the top of a seemingly endless stair, the stark whitewashed brickwork, matching furniture and dark wood floors are low key to the point of reticence. Neill’s small team work and chat quietly while Britpop fizzles rather than blares in the background. With Milan’s Salone del Mobile around the corner, by rights it should be a madhouse. At this…
Image Credits John Millar
Everyone likes a story about the nerdy kid who becomes the coolest. For GamFratesi it’s a story that came true at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair. The couple, Stine Gam (Danish) and Enrico Fratesi (Italian), first exhibited in 2007, among the bright young things at the show’s forum for new talent, the Greenhouse. Seven years and a string of successful products later, the show’s organisers invited GamFratesi to be 2014…
Image Credits Christian Åslund
The world’s gaze may have swivelled away from South Africa following the mourning of Nelson Mandela, but the design community’s focus remains fixed here. This year, Cape Town takes on the mantle of World Design Capital, and proves itself a city capable of producing world-class workspaces. Just off Nelson Mandela Boulevard stands the Atlantic Centre, home to branding agency 99c. Locally based studio Inhouse Brand Architects was asked by the…
Image Credits Micky Hoyle
The practice of working from home is given an unusual twist at the San Francisco offices of online property rental marketplace Airbnb, where employees can conduct meetings in rooms modelled on some of the homes listed on the company’s website. Upon entering the atrium of the former manufacturing facility in San Francisco’s SoMa district that houses the company’s new headquarters, the first thing staff or visitors see when they look…
Image Credits Carlos Chavarria / Leslie Williamson
An innovative facade makes for smarter, more expressive architecture. Here’s how three new landmark office developments are working hard from the outside in. Public engagement with architecture can often swell when a building acts as a dynamic organism, changing and reacting to its surroundings throughout the day. When it comes to office buildings, there’s nothing less friendly than a lifeless, ominous block, but with city high-rises multiplying and growing taller,…
Image Credits Christian Richters
Openness and inclusivity aren’t words universally associated with school life, but at St Ambrose College, Greater Manchester, a truly original approach to layout by Sheppard Robson has achieved just that. Tasked with the usual puzzle of spatial arrangement – trying to squeeze the government-standard-sized classrooms, assembly hall, canteen, corridors and breakout space into a tight plan – the practice elected to amalgamate all the space assigned to corridors and communal…
Image Credits Hufton + Crow
From its rainbow-coloured headquarters on a quiet back-street wedged between Camden High Street, Regent’s Canal and Kentish Town Road, media giant Viacom transmits to tens of millions of homes across Europe. MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central are the best known of more than 50 channels broadcasting from this office, one of the American company’s two main European hubs. MTV had previously resided here for 20-odd years, but the building was…
Image Credits David Churchill

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