With their stunning architectural designs, it’s no wonder that these offices are (or, soon will be), the marvels of the commercial world. Far from the unattractive architectural designs of the 70s and 80s; office buildings are becoming increasingly innovative in design, with shape fluidity complimenting the building’s surroundings.
Ren Building, Shanghai
The Ren Building, Shanghai has been proposed by Copenhagen’s Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The concept features two buildings which form the Chinese sign for “The People”.
According to www.big.dk, ‘The first building, emerging from the water, is devoted to the activities of the body, and houses the sports and water culture centre. The second building emerging from land, is devoted to the spirit and enlightenment, and houses the conference centre and meeting facilities. The two buildings meet in a 1000 room hotel, a building for living.’
Basque Department of Health, Guardian Sunguard, Bilbao
As noted on barbourproductsearch.info, ‘The new glass facade greatly improves the carbon signature of the building and meets the strict demands of heritage planning, where certain characteristics of the building must be maintained, whilst also dramatically improving the energy performance of the building as a whole.’
Designed by the architects Juan Carlos Coll Barreu, ‘the double façade dramatically improved the building’s thermal performance as well as meeting the acoustic, fire and safety requirements. It also allows for the natural appearance of the building to be viewed through the glass façade.’
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Pacific Design Centre, Hollywood CA
Featuring a red, green and blue building, the colourful structures make for a stunning landmark in Hollywood, CA.
As noted on pacificdesigncenter.com, ‘The 1.6 million square-foot campus…serves the needs of the design, entertainment and arts communities by providing dramatic public and private spaces for screenings, exhibitions, lectures, meetings, special events and receptions.’
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Audemars Piguet Museum, Le Brassus, Switzerland
Another stunning design by Copenhagen’s Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is the Audemars Piguet Museum. According to archdaily.com, the building was ‘Conceived as a spiralling glass pavilion embedded in the landscape. BIG’s design – entitled Maison des Fondateurs – will take visitors on a narrative journey through the company’s 139-year history.’
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DNA Towers, Abu Dhabi
The proposed project, DNA Tower, designed by James Lawcy Bertecture, would support residential, commercial and retail developments on Reem Island in Abu Dhabi.
When describing the concept of the building, jameslawcybertecture.com commented:
‘The DNA Tower symbolizes the evolving and sustainable development of the United Arab Emirates through an evolving repository of genetic information across generations. Depicting the genetic blueprint of our human body composition, this high-rise building mirrors the complex, twisting structure of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).’
Image: Credit to jameslawcybertecture.com
Floating Towers, Singapore
According to www.e-architect.co.uk, ‘The Singapore tower design strategically manoeuvres within the highly regulated building environment to maximize the full potential of the site: Four individual towers are vertically offset from one another and suspended from a central core. The skyline of floating towers directly relates to the surrounding building volumes and explores the most attractive views towards the city centre and an extensive green zone to the north.’
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Urban Cactus, Rotterdam
According to inhabitat.com, ‘Because it sits on a harbour, the architects decided that the tower needed a natural “green” image – which has manifested itself in a stacked set of rotated, swoopy plates.’
‘The units all seem to have been given an enormous amount of exterior terrace/garden space due to the alternating forms. This also affords greater angles of natural sunlight to penetrate into the interior of the units themselves.’
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L’Oreal Stockholm, Sweden
When describing the concept of the building, IAMZ Design Studio commented:
‘We tried to reflect the notion of sunlight on calm water. The organic shapes mirror the feeling of movement, which in turn reflects the spirit of natural beauty – a core value of the company, its products and how customers are intended to feel – beautiful and fresh.’
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