Archinect - News 2014-12-20T00:22:16-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/113973577/red-bull-s-inaba-designed-office-is-the-antithesis-of-trendy-workspaces Red Bull's INABA-designed office is the "antithesis" of trendy workspaces Justine Testado 2014-11-18T19:05:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T13:42:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14z3frrna9e26req.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When it comes to a high-energy drink giant like Red Bull, most would probably expect their corporate offices to reflect the sporty, frat bro-friendly culture that the brand overwhelmingly attracts. Not a single hint of that can be seen in the company's newly designed office in New York by Brooklyn-based architects <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106366/inaba-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/paddue86ipd16k51.jpg"></p><p>In fact, Red Bull's New York office looks generic and insignia-free -- which is not common for large companies. INABA states that the design doesn't integrate the latest theories of workplace productivity nor is it driven by narrative or graphic imagery. It ignores workspace interior trends like grand-scale gestures, playful recreational lounges, or urban-chic office decor. On the other hand, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no-brand minimal aesthetic</a> is a growing trend itself as well.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jz/jzn4krxmqkbt9gc7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yi/yinastae02xmvmc4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/up/up63mzq57r15f8zf.jpg"></p><p>The office's "timeless" and brandless design questions the standard that corporate offices must be a spatial representation of the company and the brand qualities of which it established itself. "Red Bull&rsquo;s New Yor...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98679839/how-hbo-recreated-the-studiedly-zany-offices-of-silicon-valley How HBO Recreated The Studiedly Zany Offices Of "Silicon Valley" Alexander Walter 2014-04-25T18:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T18:48:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/caa908dd6c2f0fd15436b89ea1c96a51.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Silicon Valley is a meticulously researched show [...] and the work spaces that appear on screen are no exception. Production designer Richard Toyon, the man responsible for the visual storytelling, called up friends all over Silicon Valley to get a peek inside the offices of Facebook, Google, Zynga, and others. Security often prevented Toyon from taking pictures inside the buildings, so he made due with mental notes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98088984/our-cubicles-ourselves-how-the-modern-office-shapes-american-life Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:38:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f3f7d30dfedb18fb895ac37f81ac071e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And hierarchies don&rsquo;t disappear when you place everyone at a communal table or &ldquo;superdesk&rdquo;; they persist in more subtle modes of workplace interaction. I suspect that people thrown into open plans might even miss their cubicles. And there are features of cubicles&mdash;such as the need to partition wide spaces&mdash;that I suspect will continue to be useful and never go away; these needs precede the invention of the cubicle itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the development of the American workplace in Archinect's feature article, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</em></a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97257546/it-s-a-living It's a Living Nam Henderson 2014-04-04T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T15:06:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/foq3nkwww4j1fwls.jpg" width="296" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Saval goes to great lengths to show how oppressive structure exists not just as a matter of corporate policy but in the very architecture of the workplace&mdash;the physical boundaries within which the business of business is carried out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jerry Stahl reviews&nbsp;<em>Cubed</em>, Nikil Saval&rsquo;s lush, funny, and unexpectedly fascinating history of the workplace.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/jaywbabcock/status/451909963388973057" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Jay Babcock</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81134707/big-changes-are-coming-to-conventional-office-buildings 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2e061d84b77c37d2cbb576962b11816f.jpg" width="514" height="339" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/49257914/a-minneapolis-warehouse-reborn-as-artist-style-chiropractic-office A Minneapolis Warehouse Reborn as Artist-style Chiropractic Office Design at Minnesota 2012-05-24T16:04:00-04:00 >2012-05-24T16:08:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfyzb5jcamx0o6ro.jpg" width="514" height="193" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Beauty is not an additive act but rather a coherent aesthetic. Anything else would be irrelevant. We have been advocating a total and integral environment for both physical and mental wellbeing, in other words, a healthy environment must work on all levels." - Ali Heshmati, '92 graduate from the School of Architecture at College of Design</p></em><br /><br /><p> Darin Duch, Associate Intern Architect at Laboratory for Environments, Architecture, and Design (LEAD, Inc.), and Ali Heshmati, owner of LEAD Inc., recently completed work on Ambiente Gallerie, a new artist-style chiropractic office located in Northeast Minneapolis. Duch and Heshmati both graduated from the School of Architecture in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.</p> <p> The project was designed for Dr. Kari Boudreau, who wanted to integrate art and design into a healing space for her business, formerly Art of Chiropractic.&nbsp; The 1910 warehouse has an open space flanked with exposed brick walls decked with original paintings, floating cloud lighting, and sheer fabric convertible rooms that resemble ultra modern pods. The massage and exam rooms utilize curved, boomerang pivot doors, "Duchamp doors" covered with a translucent skin of fiberglass that offer privacy without feeling confined.</p> <p> "Beauty is not an additive act but rather a coherent aesthetic. Anything else...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49015334/from-cubicles-cry-for-quiet-pierces-office-buzz 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xc/xc0yxwjmr78dgsmq.jpg" width="514" height="316" 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" "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/514x/vh/vhpu9qiohbe3hkgd.jpg" 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>