Archinect - News 2017-07-21T04:56:10-04:00 Tomorrow — Art Share L.A. to unveil their redesign by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects Justine Testado 2017-06-14T13:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-14T14:01:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects</a> teamed up with notable non-profit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Share L.A.</a> to redesign the group's creative art space at the corner of 4th Street and Hewitt, in Downtown Los Angeles' Arts District. Art Share L.A. will officially reveal the new design during an open house tomorrow night, June 15 from 7-10 p.m.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo via Art Share L.A.</em></p><p>The open house event will feature a talk by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Lorcan O'Herlihy</a>, exhibitions, poetry, and performances. Event is free, but space is limited. RSVP&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Here's a quick peek of LOHA's redesign.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Entrance. Rendering courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.</em></p><p>The redesign for the colorful 28,000 square-foot building features a more flexible, open reconfiguration of&nbsp;galleries, classrooms, a theater, and other multi-functional spaces with live-work studios.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Galleries.&nbsp;Renderings courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Theater.&nbsp;Rendering courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Proposed plan. Courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.</em></p><p>In case you missed it, listen to Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent...</a></p> Inside the MVRDV House, the firm's new family home-style office Justine Testado 2016-07-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:34:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> settled into their new office headquarters inside the remodeled Het Industriegebouw, nestled in the heart of Rotterdam. Now dubbed by the firm as the MVRDV House, the building was originally&nbsp;designed by iconic Dutch architect&nbsp;Hugh Maaskant in 1952.&nbsp;The new 2,400 square-meter interior is modeled like a family home, filled with ample working and gathering spaces that reflect the &ldquo;work hard, play hard&rdquo; balance many firms strive for in their office's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>Now with 140 employees based in Rotterdam,&nbsp;&ldquo;[t]he expanding MVRDV family needed a new house,&rdquo; says MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs.&nbsp;MVRDV's new office has&nbsp;&ldquo;everything that [a] home requires, a living room, a dining room, a sofa for the whole house to sit together,&rdquo; he described.&nbsp;Surrounded by various creative start-ups and design firms, MVRDV believes they fit right in their new neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photos &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>The Family Room serves as the firm's main communal space for social interaction...</p> Office Space: Clive Wilkinson on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #20 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-25T15:55:00-04:00 >2016-04-25T16:59:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shortly after starting out in Frank Gehry's office in the early 1990s, Clive Wilkinson founded his own firm in Los Angeles, and has since designed far-reaching workspaces for such big-name clients as Google, the BBC, 20th Century Fox and Microsoft. I spoke with Clive about the evolution from cubicle farms to &ldquo;serendipity machines&rdquo; in office design, and his thoughts on co-working spaces. Also turns out he&rsquo;s not a huge fan of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's "spaceship" campus.</a></p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#20 with&nbsp;<strong>Clive Wilkinson</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Projects mentioned in the episode:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>Clive Wilkinson's home at Norwich Drive</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>Clive Wilkinson's home at Norwich Drive</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>Clive Wilkinson's home at Norwich Drive</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>Pallota Teamworks</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>FIDM Annex</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>"Super Desk" for The Barbarian Group</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;...</p> A garden is the roof of a meeting room in a loft office by jvantspijker Jaakko van 't Spijker 2015-11-03T11:28:00-05:00 >2015-11-03T11:29:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Jvantspijker urbanism architecture has redesigned the main space of an old steam factory in the Delfshaven neighborhood of Rotterdam, to become an open loft office. A central glass meeting room, with a pantry and stairs leading to the plant-filled roof organizes the large warehouse space in a single sweeping gesture, transforming it into a generous and optimistic working space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The transformed office space is situated in a waterfront factory, called &lsquo;De Fabriek van Delfshaven&rsquo;. De Fabriek is a multi-tenant building in which a large number of creative offices are housed. In the last two years, this factory has become a vibrant working community where design studios, software companies and progressive small businesses are housed together in one of the oldest areas of Rotterdam.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The central design idea behind the transformation of the office was to keep the scale, transparency and lightness in place and to connect the office to the main atrium of the building. Therefore the central elem...</p> Need another idea for the Bigger than a Breadbox competition? Check out "La Cabane" by Julien Franc Wahlgreen Justine Testado 2015-02-14T12:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T12:46:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inspired by the vintage French Citro&euml;n Type H cargo van, "La Cabane" designed by independent creative director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julien Franc Wahlgreen</a> functions as a room within a room that can enhance the increasingly common working-from-home experience. Plus, the structure's beach shack or quaint treehouse resemblance creates a fairly inviting environment to get in the zone.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Built in a Copenhagen duplex apartment, La Cabane (which translates to "hut" or "shack" in English) can be placed at the top of a staircase so the user can walk right into their workspace. Constructed by cabinet maker Gustav Sandeg&aring;rd, La Cabane's wooden flaps can be opened widely to create an extra 2.4 square meters of workspace, letting in natural light and providing enough wiggle room to comfortably house one person.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to Wahlgreen, opening and closing the flaps becomes a daily ritual that can help the user mentally switch from "work mode" to "family life"/non-work mode. La Cabane's pared down plywood exterior looks l...</p> The Open-Office Trap Archinect 2014-01-08T13:16:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:11:12-05:00 <img src="" width="580" height="526" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The open office was originally conceived by a team from Hamburg, Germany, in the nineteen-fifties, to facilitate communication and idea flow. But a growing body of evidence suggests that the open office undermines the very things that it was designed to achieve.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Big changes are coming to conventional office buildings Archinect 2013-09-05T14:04:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:48:26-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Corporate America is moving away from conventional layouts where an employee's status is measured by the amount of space he occupies. Instead, more compact, playful designs are coming into favor. People can do their jobs almost anywhere with their cellphones and laptops, the reasoning goes, so let's make the office a place where people are stimulated by close interaction at their workstations and chance meetings in inviting public spaces such as lounges and coffee bars.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> HOTELLO. Somnia et Labora. A Portable Office Archinect 2013-03-22T19:08:00-04:00 >2013-03-22T20:16:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hotello is a portable space, packed into a trunk. Hotello contains all the necessary elements needed to work and rest. It consists of a metal structure that supports a translucent and sound absorbant curtain. Hotello can be combined and aggregated in different configurations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Domus visits Maio at their nice Barcelona studio Archinect 2012-12-10T13:50:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T18:17:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is divided into two sections. One of these, the working area, is dominated by its single central desk, which is 12,5 metres long, without any divisions or boundaries. This desk is shared by graphic designers, architects, data visualisation experts, video artists and anyone who the team can share experiences and collaborate with.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The architects have shared the following images and text about their project with us...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The project, designed by architects Anna Puigjaner and Guillermo Lopez, members of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAIO </a>design team, involves the conversion of a space that formerly housed a washing place into an open studio for professionals from different fields of architecture and design.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The existing 40-meter long building was a continuous space, with variable sections and extremely poor lighting. Hence, the proposal focuses on the opening of a patio, literally conceived as an outer room, to improve the interior lighting. This outer room divides the 40 meters of the initial space into two areas. The front area is open to the street and left empty to accommodate activities related to the public, such as meetings, events, exhibitions ... - while the rear side houses a 12,5-meter long table and is intended as the main workspace.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The thickness and warmth of the three new, large windows opened in the patio has b...</p> From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz anthony dong 2012-05-20T11:18:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T07:11:52-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The original rationale for the open-plan office, aside from saving space and money, was to foster communication among workers, the better to coax them to collaborate and innovate. But it turned out that too much communication sometimes had the opposite effect: a loss of privacy, plus the urgent desire to throttle one&rsquo;s neighbor.</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="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> Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts Archinect 2011-09-28T12:05:23-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The showpiece is a staircase smack dab in the middle of the first-floor work room that leads to a second floor with a gaping white void painted red inside. Taranta says it's &ldquo;reminiscent of a large droplet of water ready to fall from the ceiling.&rdquo; Uh, yeah. If a &ldquo;large droplet of water&rdquo; looks exactly like a vagina.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New Ways of Designing the Modern Workspace Archinect 2011-08-05T20:08:31-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="427" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the end of his life, Robert Propst, creator of the cubicle system, called his invention &ldquo;monolithic insanity,&rdquo; yet we seem unable to tread down any other path. Longstanding calls for the Redesign of the Cubicle continue...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>