Last month’s World Architecture Festival awards was another line up of gorgeous new buildings; everything from a cinema in Galway to a Shanghai shopping centre (and a hearty congrats to the Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, winner of this year’s World Building of the Year).
We were rather taken with the C&P Corporate HQ in Graz, winner in the Office Completed Buildings category.
Designed by the local INNOCAD Architecture practice, the seven-storey building is a wonderful cubist creation of light and space; all glass and suspended ceilings, creating a new landmark for the ever-expanding Puntigam area of the city.
The transparency of the structure works as a subtle nod to C&P’s values (they’re a real estate company; one of Austria’s biggest), while a repeated logo pattern throughout underlines the building’s HQ status.
If incorporating corporate identity into the design was a neat trick, so too was the curved atrium across all seven floors, the see-through layers allowing natural light to come flooding in (but also an automatic sun-shading system, which will be handy come mid-summer) and the sleek communal zones, including a rooftop terrace.
There’s a strong biophilic aspect to the building’s environment, with greenery all abloom in work and private areas, while the contrast of exposed, rough concrete with all that glass and expanded metal ceilings is beautifully balanced.
The ‘porch’ areas, outside but still very much within the structure, and the white outer grid give a real sense of flexibility and movement.
The real estate company’s HQ in Graz, Austria won a World Architecture Festival award