The area around Old Street roundabout in east London has become synonymous with the tech industries. Christened the Silicon Roundabout in wry homage to California’s Silicon Valley, the distinction is an important one: whereas San Francisco’s technology and software companies inhabit large purpose-built business parks south of the city, London’s tech boom occupies disused office blocks and light industrial buildings in the city centre. All this makes the decision of a decidedly old-school company, tie-maker…
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Following a gestation period that seemed as drawn-out as a Viking Saga, the new visitor’s centre at Stonehenge is finally open. When a building takes 30 years to complete, it is almost inevitable that the finished article is met with a general feeling of “Is that it?” In some ways architects Denton Corker Marshall must have felt they were in an impossible situation. Competing with a 5,000-year-old Neolithic monument would be at best a folly…
Image Credits Peter Cook
One of the developer’s favourite anecdotes to tell about renovation of the Ambler Boiler House is that when he first saw the project, his son was starting second grade, and now he’s in college. Over those 13 or so years, Heckendorn Shiles Architects (HSA), based in Ambler’s neighbouring town of Wayne, Pennsylvania, has worked on scores, maybe even hundreds, of other projects alongside this one. Now that the labour of love is complete, the cherry…
Image Credits Don Pearse
Crossrail looks set to transform travel across the capital when it opens in 2018, but until then, Londoners have to begrudge the crater-sized holes it is making across the city. One of these craters obstructs almost the entire south-west facade of The Office Group’s latest site within Paddington Station, making the address – 19 Eastbourne Terrace – temporarily futile, as street access is impossible. Still, the inflicted nuisance outside is a necessary evil in the…
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Tech start-ups with the cool factor turned up to 11 are ten-a-penny these days, so it’s refreshing to see a corporate giant like Walmart put its dollar behind something as funky as its São Paulo offices. “They reached us through another office we designed: São Paulo’s Google headquarters,” says Guto Requena from the design studio that takes his name. “It was a direct invitation and we were the only ones considered for it.” Requena, along…
Image Credits Fran Parente
13 Feb

Workplace wonderland

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  Written by Jenny Brewer
Peldon Rose has designed a Lewis Carroll-inspired interior for the Office Space in Town’s Waterloo site. The serviced office features an Alice in Wonderland theme, with a lounge zoned by faux-rose-dotted hedges, topped by a chequerboard ceiling, and a glossy corridor lit by with intermittent strip lights along the walls, simulating the journey through the rabbit hole. A large statue in reception depicts Alice climbing through the rabbit hole, overlooking a reception desk that resembles…
There are few symbols that demonstrate corporate power more effectively than an office tower. For the puffed up worlds of finance and law, a purpose-built, spanking great structure that casts literal shadows over the competition lends an organisation tremendous authority. The most recent examples of ego building gave the City of London its most famous landmark, 30 St Mary Axe (better known as the Gherkin), commissioned by insurance giant Swiss Re and later sold for…
Image Credits Brett Boardman
30 Jan

Boulay school by Paul Le Quernec

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  Written by Jenny Brewer
Buildings by French architecture practice Paul Le Quernec are often sculptural monoliths. The firm’s 2011 design for a nursery in Sarreguemines, created with fellow French architect Michel Grasso, is a sweeping mass of concrete, with a drooping arched entrance Hadid would be proud of. A more recent project, a cultural centre in Mulhouse, is equally monolithic but much more angular, comprising triangular sections clad in black tiles, with a neon pink entrance. Here at the…
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28 Jan

Neuehouse by Rockwell

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  Written by Jenny Brewer
One need only hear about NeueHouse’s high-profile visitor roster and sold-out $1,000-per-month memberships to know it’s not your standard co-working office. Described by its entrepreneurial founders as a “private workspace collective”, it’s more Shoreditch House than start-up incubator, with an interior that merges industrial cool with cosy university common room, where members are encouraged to work and network in equal measure. Intended to attract creative professionals in design, publishing, tech, film, fashion and arts, facilities…
Image Credits Eric Laignel
22 Jan

Pinterest HQ in San Francisco

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  Written by Helen Parton
Where the concept of “getting employees involved the design process” is concerned, I always have a vision of it being a bit too much like enforced fun, like a company away day or seasonal party. I’m thinking staff grappling passive aggressively with pipe cleaners to indicate they would quite like a corner office, thank you. At Pinterest, they really mean it. Unsurprisingly, really, for a California-based image-sharing service that has a strong design, DIY and craft…
Image Credits Naho Kubota
It’s a dismal, soggy day when onoffice makes the trip to Rochdale’s new council headquarters, but inside – if it weren’t for the rain lashing against the windows – you’d never know. Past an impressive but unpretentious five-storey glazed entrance, topped by a collection of hanging oversized fluorescent tubes that seem to slash through the air, stands a vast, light-filled atrium that cuts through the centre of FaulknerBrowns’ contemporary S-shaped building. A spine of skylights…
Image Credits Hufton + Crow
16 Dec

WWF-UK by Hopkins Architects

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  Written by James McLachlan
On first impressions, Woking seems an unlikely place to find the World Wide Fund for Nature’s new UK headquarters. The grey Surrey town is hardly distinguished by its enthusiasm for zoology. What it does have, though, is excellent connections to London, a significant factor in the decision to uproot its 300 staff from a quiet industrial park in Godalming to somewhere better connected to the capital. Its striking new home (known as the Living Planet…
Image Credits Richard Stonehouse
The distinctive rounded rectilinear forms of the Court of Justice in Hasselt, Belgium, are the calling card of Berlin-based architect J Mayer H. A quick perusal of his firm’s portfolio confirms it: the Ada1 offices in Hamburg has curved oblong window boxes that pop out from its facade, while Schlump One, another Hamburg block, is brought to life with his knack for organic shapes. This project, however, is a departure from the retro-futuristic monochrome aesthetics…
Image Credits Filip Dujardin

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