Archinect - News 2017-08-22T07:21:11-04:00 London’s Walkie Talkie Tower, previously titled "UK's worst building of the year", sells for a record $1.7 billion Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-27T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T13:08:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The price, a record for a single U.K. office property, is remarkable given that the building will face ongoing maintenance costs, JPMorgan Chase &amp; Co. analysts including Tim Leckie wrote in a client note. LKK, which sells Chinese herbal medicines, paid a 13 percent premium to book value for the property even as Land Securities&rsquo;s shares trade at a 26 percent discount, he said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Land Securities Group Plc&nbsp;and Canary Wharf Group Plc agreed to sell the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly</a>-designed&nbsp;Walkie Talkie for 1.28 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) to Hong Kong-based LKK Health Products Group,&nbsp;founded in 1992 by the Lee Kum Kee family, whose primary business sells a variety of condiments.</p> <p><em>Asian investors have poured into London&rsquo;s office market in the year since the Brexit vote, capitalizing on the weak pound to buy towers for record-high prices. Hong Kong real estate developer C C Land Holdings&nbsp;<a href="" title="C C Land to Buy London&rsquo;s Cheesegrater Tower for $1.4 Billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">paid</a>&nbsp;1.15 billion pounds for the Cheesegrater tower in May.</em></p> Factory and Office Headquarter Annex by SUBdV Architecture Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-30T14:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T11:51:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by a Brazilian architecture firm SUBdV Architecture, this Factory and Office Annex in S&atilde;o Paulo, fuses high-tech architectural design strategies with local low-tech construction methodologies. <br></p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fa&ccedil;ade</a> system references the traditional <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian</a> &lsquo;cobogo&rsquo; shading screen, which controls the filtration of indirect sunlight through the operable windows on the south and west facades, while also creating a thermal mass which prevents the penetration of hot air in the interior spaces.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <figcaption>Photos by Rodrigo Chust</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <figcaption>Photos by Rodrigo Chust</figcaption></figure><p>Generated through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">parametric</a> scripts, the various geometric configurations of blocks produce&nbsp;different sized openings and differently-angled light reflection planes, allowing for the optimal combination of both shading and illumination.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>The building's double-height ground floor contains a material storage facility, first and second floors are dedicated to administrative office space for the factory and a showroom of the factory's products.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>De...</p> New Harwyn Alucobond Office Pods Continue To Revolutionize Modular Design Sponsor 2016-11-07T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-11-09T00:08:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=November2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=November2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harwyn Office Pod</a> is a portable home office born from founder Jason Fremder&rsquo;s need for a demarcation between home life and profession life.</p><p>Fremder explains the idea for the pod was born simultaneously with the birth of his first daughter &ldquo;my home office was no longer a quiet sanctuary&hellip;one sunny afternoon, when working in the backseat of my 4WD in the driveway at home, the idea for Harwyn struck me like a bolt of lighting.&rdquo;</p><p>The award-winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harwyn</a> office pods have taken the design world by storm offering beautifully designed prefabricated modular spaces. The small team at Harwyn is dedicated to innovative design working with the &ldquo;100 to 1 concept ratio&rdquo; which, as the designers explain, &ldquo;&hellip;for every 100 great ideas we put to paper, one will emerge as exceptional to make its way from sketchpad to design.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Today the brand, and designs, have evolved as well as the company&rsquo;s clientele. In a recent installation for a residential dwelling in Austr...</p> Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-31T18:35:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T18:35:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Apple Inc.] reached an agreement to rent about 76,000 square feet of office space in the South of Market neighborhood&rsquo;s 235 Second St. [...] the area has some of the highest monthly asking rents in the city at about $66 a square foot. [...] Apple and Facebook have been notable holdouts as Silicon Valley giants like Google and Linkedin gradually expanded their footprints in San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&#8203;More news from Apple and San Francisco:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck</a></li><li><a title="Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus</a></li><li><a title="Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall.</a></li><li><a title="Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li></ul> Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-28T12:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T23:06:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The heart of the campus, designed by SHoP Architects and interior designer Studio O+A, is a multistory &ldquo;commons&rdquo; &mdash; a glassed-in network of circulation and gathering spaces fronting Third Street. [...] Uber said that the design of the Mission Bay office would mark a departure from the open office plans that have become so trendy in recent years. Instead, the Uber workstations will be arranged in a series of work areas, each with access to shared support and collaborative work zones.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SelgasCano creates a stunning members-only workspace for ‘creative nomads’ Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:57-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is to serve this world that Second Home has come into being, a former carpet factory off Brick Lane in east London within whose seductive interiors a fragment of Superstudio&rsquo;s techno-nomadism has, possibly, come to pass. [...] The architects are Jos&eacute; Selgas and Luc&iacute;a Cano [...] who have just been announced as the designers of next year&rsquo;s Serpentine pavilion. They bring to this, their first UK project, lightness and grace as well as invention, and an awareness of when to stop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano to design 2015 Serpentine Pavilion</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</a></p></li></ul> Office Rents Cut at One World Trade Due to Tenant Shortage Alexander Walter 2014-05-28T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:03:45-04:00 <img src="" width="262" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The owners of the tallest tower at the World Trade Center are cutting office rents just months before it opens because of slow leasing activity. Only one private tenant has signed a lease at One World Trade Center in nearly three years: a one-floor deal with advertising firm Kids Creative that was signed last week. The 3.1-million-square-foot skyscraper, formerly named the Freedom Tower, is 55% leased.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> RIBA selects Theis and Khan to design its new London administration center Justine Testado 2013-12-02T20:28:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:36:13-05:00 <img src="" width="530" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since our last update on this competition, Theis and Khan was recently selected to design RIBA's new administration center at 76 Portland Place, London, W1. Theis and Khan has won previous RIBA awards and was shortlisted in the RIBA Stirling Prize and Manser Medal in 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Six teams shortlisted for design of RIBA&rsquo;s new administration center in London</a></p> MVRDV’s Transformation of Disused Dijon Mustard Laboratory Completed Alexander Walter 2012-07-13T14:58:00-04:00 >2012-07-13T15:09:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rotterdam's MVRDV has completed the transformation of a disused mustard laboratory in Dijon, France (previously on Bustler) into an innovative call center with an education center, incubator and social program.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously in the Archinect News: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV to Transform Dijon Mustard Lab into Call Center</a></p> Henning Larsen Architects Wins New Office Building for Nordea Bank Alexander Walter 2012-04-26T15:50:00-04:00 >2012-04-30T12:14:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Henning Larsen Architects and a team consisting of Signal Architects and SLA Landscape Architects have won the competition for Nordea Bank&rsquo;s new office building of 40,000 m2 in &Oslash;restad North, Copenhagen, next to the premises of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the Concert Hall &ndash; Koncerthuset. The building will comprise Scandinavia&rsquo;s largest trading floor of 5,500 m2 with a view of the green area of Amager F&aelig;lled.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mecanoo / Royal Haskoning to Design New Eurojust HQ in The Hague Alexander Walter 2012-03-22T15:58:00-04:00 >2012-03-22T15:59:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Mecanoo / Royal Haskoning joint design team is the winner for the realization of the new The Hague headquarters of Eurojust, an agency of the European Union handling the judicial co-operation of cross-border criminal matters. The jury [...] announced the winner this week.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Google's Newest Office Looks Like A Space Station With Foosball Tables Alexander Walter 2011-12-19T12:25:02-05:00 >2011-12-30T18:00:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by PENSON, Google Engineering's new London offices are a giddy exercise in science fiction set decoration, replete with smooth white surfaces and bold solid colors. I'll admit that as I paged through the publicity images, it was a little hard to take them seriously.</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> MVRDV to Transform Dijon Mustard Lab into Call Center Alexander Walter 2011-05-02T13:50:00-04:00 >2012-10-04T11:44:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The French city of Dijon and Teletech International have chosen Rotterdam architects MVRDV to transform a disused Dijon Mustard laboratory completed in 2004 into an innovative call center with an education center, incubator and social program. Completion of the 6,000m2 refurbishment is planned for 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>