Archinect - News 2015-11-28T04:30:57-05:00 NBBJ proposes 3 moving walkways to replace London's Circle Line Julia Ingalls 2015-09-11T05:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-13T10:19:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of relying on a subway that breaks down and causes interminable delays, what if the 17 miles of London's Circle Line were replaced with three moving walkways, much like the ones in airports, that allow pedestrians to step on at three miles per hour and then amble over to a fast lane of 15 miles per hour?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to&nbsp;James Pinkerton, an architectural assistant at the London office of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a>&nbsp;which proposed the idea,&nbsp;the travelators would be easier to maintain than a traditional train system precisely because of its three separate walkways. If one broke down, the "two further lines would run smoothly," forming a ceaseless band of movement that wouldn't need to pause for stops or be held up by one solitary malfunctioning train. Travelers could simply walk on and walk off.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We came up with this idea that benefits the city as a whole," he explained to me in a brief phone interview. Pinkerton&nbsp;was also part of the NBBJ team that created the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shadowless tower</a>, which was designed from a s...</p> Kaiser's anemic new Oakland hospital leaves us a bit ill stoicrise 2014-07-15T15:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T20:02:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I have absolutely no doubt that Kaiser Permanente's new hospital in Oakland is a big step up from its predecessor in terms of the facilities offered to patients and their loved ones. But in terms of how it looks and feels outside - even by the dismal standard of recent American hospital design - the stocky compound that opened last week is enough to make you sick."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NBBJ's biosphere design for Amazon Seattle HQ becomes even more organic Archinect 2013-08-22T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:46:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="734" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Updated designs have surfaced for Amazon's new headquarters in downtown Seattle. Instead of the biospheres' uniformly diamond-shaped supporting structure (compare with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous renderings</a>), the new images we just received from the project's architects, NBBJ, show a much more organic web of struts, described as "Catalan spheres."</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler?</a></p> NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters Archinect 2013-05-21T18:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T17:48:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory, the three intersecting biodomes replace an earlier plan for a six-story office building and would establish a visual focus and &ldquo;heart&rdquo; for the three-block project, according to plans filed with the city. The spheres will offer &ldquo;a plant-rich environment&rdquo; filled with species from mountainous ecologies around the globe, chosen for their &ldquo;ability to coexist in a microclimate that also suits people,&rdquo; according to the plans.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NBBJ Appoints Tim Leberecht Chief Marketing Officer cyost 2013-05-08T08:43:00-04:00 >2013-05-08T12:40:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> NBBJ, a global architecture and design firm, today announced that it has appointed Tim Leberecht as its Chief Marketing Officer. Leberecht joins NBBJ from Frog Design where he led the marketing organization from 2006 to 2013 and helped transform the company into one of the world&rsquo;s foremost design and innovation consultancies. He will direct NBBJ&rsquo;s worldwide marketing, business development and communications from the firm&rsquo;s San Francisco office.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled to have Tim joining us,&rdquo; said NBBJ managing partner Scott Wyatt, FAIA. &ldquo;With his experience positioning Frog Design at the forefront of design innovation, and his continuing mission for brands to provide value, he&rsquo;s exactly the person we were looking for as our first-ever chief marketing officer. His presence here underscores our ambition to become a leading force in transforming human experience and business performance through design.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m honored to join a firm with such a strong legacy, ethos and ambition,&rdquo; said Tim...</p> NBBJ to design embedded outdoor spaces for Samsung's Silcon Valley facility Archinect 2013-01-28T15:22:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T20:13:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Steve Jobs talked about his connection to the outdoors. So we said, 'Let's take that approach. Let's make sure every employee has access to the outdoors within one floor.' So we took a series of two-story buildings and stacked them on top of each other, and put gardens in between them.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Open Doors form Open Minds? Nam Henderson 2012-03-19T14:07:00-04:00 >2012-03-21T12:29:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architects often walk clients through it to show how an open environment works. There&rsquo;s not a private office or cubicle anywhere, and there&rsquo;s constant low-level hubbub: people in motion, and gathering into small groups. The tour makes some clients nervous; they wonder how their own workers would concentrate in such an environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lawrence Cheek examines&nbsp;new trends in office designs which focus on providing employees room to roam and thus to think. Specifically, he looks at three examples the Seattle offices of Russell Investment, The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters as well the offices of the architectural firm be hind the first two examples, NBBJ which occupies two 38,000-square-foot floors of a midrise office building it designed in 2006.</p>