Archinect - News 2016-12-11T03:11:13-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149958698/forget-ball-pits-amazon-is-growing-over-3-000-plant-species-to-fill-its-new-downtown-seattle-hq Forget ball pits – Amazon is growing over 3,000 plant species to fill its new downtown Seattle HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-19T17:33:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:10:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vo/vou6d4ab222ddejn.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the spheres will be packed with a plant collection worthy of top-notch conservatories, allowing Amazon employees to amble through tree canopies three stories off the ground, meet with colleagues in rooms with walls made from vines and eat kale Caesar salads next to an indoor creek. [...] &ldquo;The whole idea was to get people to think more creatively, maybe come up with a new idea they wouldn&rsquo;t have if they were just in their office,&rdquo; said Dale Alberda, the lead architect on the project at NBBJ</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">benefits of greenery for employee productivity</a> is well established, and any good tech company needs to play up the "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115745518/archinect-s-lexicon-serendipity-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">serendipity machine</a>" game, Amazon is taking this to an architectural level:</p><p><em>The spheres will have meeting areas called treehouses, and suspension bridges high off the ground that will be just wobbly enough to quicken the pulses of employees who walk over them. &ldquo;Amazon said, &lsquo;Make this fun,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Mr. Alberda, the architect.</em></p><p>More on Amazon's new downtown digs:</p><ul><li><a title="How long until Amazon conquers downtown Seattle?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955450/how-long-until-amazon-conquers-downtown-seattle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How long until Amazon conquers downtown Seattle?</a></li><li><a title="1-star Amazon reviews of famous architecture texts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140411729/1-star-amazon-reviews-of-famous-architecture-texts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1-star Amazon reviews of famous architecture texts</a></li><li><a title=" From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87912010/from-apple-to-amazon-the-new-monuments-to-digital-domination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination</a></li><li><a title="NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947081/clerkenwell-design-week-2016-top-picks Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 - Top Picks Ellen Hancock 2016-05-24T10:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:30:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bq/bqpm3zqgph5phz0s.jpg" width="650" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year when London's design district opens its doors to the public for Clerkenwell Design Week and shows the rest of London and the design industry what it has to offer. An impressive showcase of distinct and accomplished talent the three-day event spans; furniture and product design, interior design as well as architecture. This year&rsquo;s event includes over 120 spaces and directly engages 100 local businesses.</p><p>For its seventh year the team have employed the help of local architects OMMX to create a new masterplan that navigates visitors and links eight temporary exhibitions as well as commissioned installations.&nbsp;<br><br>With so much creativity on show we thought we would make a few suggestions.&nbsp;Here are Archinect's top recommendations:&nbsp;<br><br><strong>Open Showrooms - open throughout the festival</strong><br><br><a href="http://bustler.net/events/ongoing/7641/domus-open-showroom-clerkenwell-design-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Domus&nbsp;</strong></a><br>50 Great Sutton Street<br>EC1V 0DF</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nb/nbs75imjhk00s50o.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://bustler.net/events/ongoing/7643/fr-vi-open-showroom-clerkenwell-design-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Fr&ouml;vi&nbsp;</strong></a><br>Broad Yard<br>Turnmill Street<br>EC1M 5RR</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5l4b05i8woqzxlg6.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://bustler.net/events/ongoing/7642/herman-miller-open-showroom-clerkenwell-design-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Herman Miller&nbsp;</strong></a><br>102-108 Clerkenwell Road<br>EC1M 5SA</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yp/ypdvyw7kk4zju5me.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://bustler.net/events/ongoing/7639/knoll-showroom-opening-clerkenwell-design-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Knoll&nbsp;</strong></a><br>91 Goswell Road<br>EC1V 7EX</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/aya8wxxbandlj655.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://bustler.net/events/ongoing/7640/morgan-open-showroom-clerkenwell-design-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Morgan&nbsp;</strong></a><br>1 Dallington Street<br>EC1V 0BH<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ge/genrrz2i0djntauk.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Exhibitions...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945565/nbbj-s-vr-venture-managing-partner-steve-mcconnell-and-john-sangiovanni-co-founder-of-vr-firm-visual-vocal-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-23 NBBJ's VR venture: Managing Partner Steve McConnell and John SanGiovanni, co-founder of VR firm Visual Vocal, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #23 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-16T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1d/1d0eqs8a90vy719t.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today's podcast guests are <a href="http://archinect.com/nbbj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a> Managing Partner Steve McConnell and John SanGiovanni, co-founder of Visual Vocal,&nbsp;a new company bringing virtual and augmented reality systems to the architecture industry. As <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942834/nbbj-is-launching-its-own-vr-platform-with-the-help-of-ex-microsoft-entrepreneurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an investor in Visual Vocal</a>, NBBJ plans to foster the company in all of its design processes, using its collaborative platforms to communicate among designers, clients, and users, at all stages of project development. With a beta program launching this summer, Steve and John gave me a taste of how NBBJ plans to use the service, why it invested in the company in the first place, and how ubiquitous VR stands to dramatically change the architectural process.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#23 with&nbsp;<strong>Steve McConnell </strong>and<strong>&nbsp;John SanGiovanni</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_to_One_Episode_23_NBBJ-Visual_Vocal.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942834/nbbj-is-launching-its-own-vr-platform-with-the-help-of-ex-microsoft-entrepreneurs NBBJ is launching its own VR platform with the help of ex-Microsoft entrepreneurs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T18:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T12:33:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8ufquipqn8q0ja8.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NBBJ and Visual Vocal will leverage current-generation VR and augmented reality (AR) systems, with a near-term focus on mobile VR platforms for optimal accessibility and scale. While a number of firms in the design industry have examined the promise of VR, this partnership marks the first instance of an established design firm incubating a VR startup inside its own offices and developing new tools to improve decision-making and remove waste from the design process.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the VR-desk on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Virtually Inevitable &ndash; VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147294519/virtually-inevitable-vr-and-ar-irl-on-archinect-sessions-51" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtually Inevitable &ndash; VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51</a></li><li><a title="&quot;A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.&rdquo; &ndash; VR's promising future in architectural communications " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146593376/a-blueprint-can-give-you-an-idea-but-this-cements-it-for-you-vr-s-promising-future-in-architectural-communications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.&rdquo; &ndash; VR's promising future in architectural communications</a></li><li><a title="Are virtual reality systems sexist?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578296/are-virtual-reality-systems-sexist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are virtual reality systems sexist?</a></li><li><a title="Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136435407/using-virtual-reality-to-bridge-the-gap-between-architect-and-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client</a></li><li><a title="Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97789711/drury-architecture-students-are-experimenting-with-virtual-reality-technology-oculus-rift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136344570/nbbj-proposes-3-moving-walkways-to-replace-london-s-circle-line 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vs/vshff91769th8wb9.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4u/4ule4bqoq4t8sbhr.jpg"></p><p>According to&nbsp;James Pinkerton, an architectural assistant at the London office of <a href="http://archinect.com/nbbj" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/sk0ujux6dnc5v5c2.jpg"></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="http://archinect.com/news/article/123135161/nbbj-proposes-strategy-for-creating-skyscrapers-that-don-t-cast-shadows" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shadowless tower</a>, which was designed from a s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104251805/kaiser-s-anemic-new-oakland-hospital-leaves-us-a-bit-ill 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4q/4q3fcgc3546yeq31.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80087624/nbbj-s-biosphere-design-for-amazon-seattle-hq-becomes-even-more-organic 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dn/dnb1uz08p1y8aqjm.jpg" width="650" height="929" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/57685917/apple-vs-amazon-whose-new-headquarters-is-cooler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kl/klev4v502bkrc4md.jpg" width="650" height="395" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72742224/nbbj-appoints-tim-leberecht-chief-marketing-officer NBBJ Appoints Tim Leberecht Chief Marketing Officer cyost 2013-05-08T08:43:00-04:00 >2013-05-08T12:40:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/22/22ggwfo5i0yqp4zr.jpg" width="650" height="464" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/66437050/nbbj-to-design-embedded-outdoor-spaces-for-samsung-s-silcon-valley-facility 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ad/add5703b77eb02c81ebcd0028bf45d13.jpg" width="600" height="330" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/41973983/open-doors-form-open-minds Open Doors form Open Minds? Nam Henderson 2012-03-19T14:07:00-04:00 >2012-03-21T12:29:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vh/vhpu9qiohbe3hkgd.jpg" width="650" height="435" 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>