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In order to accommodate the growing numbers of people taking part in its training seminars, WMF (a major German engineeringcompany) decided to construct a new communications centre that would offer more space. The plans provided by the architects responsible place the emphasis on variability in capacity provision to allow for different sizes of seminar and training venue. The synthesis of functionality achieved within an inspiring architectural environment epitomises the very best of modernity, pragmatism and accessibility.
Millennium Plaza is an office and retail building located in the city centre of Warsaw. It offers modern office space tailored to individual needs of clients. Six floors of the building comprise retail premises, fitness club, café, hairdresser, restaurants and Millennium shopping arcade.
Increased space provision combined with greater variability and flexibility in the utilisation of that space was required in order to enhance the working environment enjoyed by the bank’s staff. What better solution, then, than to combine the two facing existing structures with a glass atrium as a common roof and a bridge linking the two upper floors. The passage below the bridge structure was also incorporated within the overall functional and architectural concept.
“In the first instance, it was important for these clients that the rooms in the newly constructed building would be bright, friendly, contemporary and offer a simple yet compelling elegance. At the same time, the materials used and the interior architecture had to be consistent with the shipping and maritime environment in which this partnership primarily practises. Consequently, the reception and the interior rooms of the archive on the ground floor, for example, have been designed along the lines of containers on a ship,” explains the Frankfurt interior architect responsible, Susanne Leson (Dipl.-Ing.) in outlining the spec.
The ThyssenKrupp Quartier is both an architectural masterpiece and an emblem of the conglomerate’s forward-looking development. Innovative architecture and sustainability were the key criteria for the corporation’s new headquarters. The ensuing ensemble comprises individual L-shaped buildings. Applying the “shell-core” principle, they surround a common centre: Q1, a 50-meter-high cube-shaped building at the heart of the complex that houses the company’s head office. It has a transparent core bordered to the north and south by two imposing panoramic windows that reflect the bodies of water and grass areas around the site, providing a symbolic naturalness amid the “raw shell” of the façades.
As the epitome of a successful company with over 300 world famous brands Procter & Gamble did realize a space solution that is both functional and representative. Thus, with the DORMA Variflex Hüppe operable partition system meets the requirements to make the space variable only and to make a creative statement.
An architectural icon and Birmingham landmark, Fort Dunlop was for many years the headquarters and factory of the Dunlop Rubber company, but for the last quarter century stood abandoned until its dramatic redevelopment by regeneration specialists Urban Splash into office and retail space.
"This tower is a fluid mass that bursts through the ground like a geyser under permanent, calculated pressure," explains architect Jean Nouvel. He is describing the Torre Agbar, a 142 metre high office tower block of concrete and glass that rises above Barcelona’s city centre.
The Grade II listed former Regent Palace Hotel, located just off Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, was redeveloped to provide a mix of office, retail and restaurant space around a central atrium. This environmentally intelligent building has energy saving technology, a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and is one of four quadrant blocks undergoing restoration and redevelopment at the southern end of Regent Street.
Originally built in 1979, George House is positioned on the north side of George Square, Glasgow’s principal civic square. A £6.9 million revamp of the prominent 1970’s city office block included a complete revitalisation of the building’s internal space.
In the heart of Islington, a neglected 1980’s office block facing demolition was dramatically transformed into a hub of activity by Alford Hall Monaghan Morris as an award-winning contemporary urban office space with its mix of public atrium, café, and roof top terraces. The redefined six storey building retains the original structure but has been completely remodelled inside and features retail units on the ground level and a stunning new full height atrium.
In 2008, architects mori:projects C Wald M Phillips designed an 800 m2, two-storey suite of offices for a legal practice extending above the roofs of Stuttgart. Their remit was to combine an investor’s layout with the needs of a legal practice for the firm of Schaudt, Attorneys at Law, in order to create an interior design to enhance office process efficiency.
Three former barracks buildings with protected heritage status and a new building in the north of Düsseldorf are the place where Grey, an international marketing agency, masterminds its creative concepts. The brick buildings are of different sizes and used to house cavalry and infantry regiments. They have been comprehensively renovated, and some have also been extended. The historic façade has been complemented by extensively glazed exterior walls.
THE SQUAIRE - an elegant name for a stunning building. The omega-shaped edifice is 660 meters in length, making it Germany’s largest office complex. It accommodates 7,000 office staff on nine floors. It is an exceptional space with optimal transport connections: right next-door to Frankfurt Airport, Europe’s second largest airport, and hovering above a mainline train station.
Banks naturally have exacting security requirements. Given that bank buildings have a sizeable workforce and high-frequency public traffic, safety is another essential criterion that must be fulfilled. These two high-priority requirements must be satisfied as comprehensively as possible, ideally without one compromising the other. DORMA offers integrated solutions to satisfy these sometimes conflicting demands, as demonstrated by the head office of Sparkasse Münsterland Ost in Münster.
The Munich company Serviceplan Argenturgruppe is one of Germany’s leading advertising agencies. Now its Berlin branch has extensively renovated its premises on Oranienburger Straße. In the attractive and newly designed penthouse suite, the executive board requested that flexible and transparent room partitioning systems be employed in order to enable this area to be as widely and flexibly used as possible.
As Philadelphia’s first major office high-rise in more than 10 years, the Cira Centre adds an impressive contemporary element to the city’s historic architecture. Designed by famed architect Caesar Pelli, the 436', 28-story building is sheathed in glass, contrasting with the limestone exterior of the neighboring 30th Street Station. The skyscraper offers a state-of-the-art office and conference center, a modern restaurant/lounge, and a fitness center.
Designed by Ingenhoven Architects and built on the Kirchberg plateau in Luxembourg, the new and elegant glass palace housing the European Investment Bank (EIB) is the epitome of energy efficiency and transparency. Thanks to the innovative, integrated design, the new building of the EIB in Luxembourg is the first on the European continent to receive “Bespoke” certification according to the British standard BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology), scoring a "very good" for its environmentally compatible concept.
The new administration centre of the Belgian energy utility WVEM in Torhout is an architectural highlight that serves as a model for a new generation of energy-efficient office buildings. Crepain Binst Architecture, working in cooperation with VK Engineering, has succeeded in combining impressive design with innovative energy concepts.
Manpower Inc.— one of the world’s largest staffing agencies — has built its international headquarters on 2.7 acres of riverfront property in downtown Milwaukee. Beginning with the re-use of urban land, Manpower was committed to building green, which influenced every step of design and construction. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded LEED Gold certification in April 2009.
The BPI Commercial Bank operates in Portugal, with about 1.7 million customers - from individuals, companies and institutions - through a multi-channel distribution network comprising 642 retail branches, 39 investment centers, 30,000 partners, structures dedicated the company (47 centers) and the Institutional Clients (6 centers), telephone banking (BPI Direct) and home banking service (BPI Net).
The new address for future-aligned technologies and forward-looking lifestyles is the two towers that make up Singapore's Fusionopolis. Over a total of 24 storeys and 120,000 square metres, the Japanese star architect Dr. Kisho Kurokawa has designed what he terms a “layered city”. With 24 of these vertically arranged “layers”, the build fuses together a complexity and diversity that would other wise only be found distributed over many locations.
With its new 86,000 sqm Group headquarters located on the former site of the Gatzweiler brewery between Viersener Strasse and Brusseler Strasse, the telecommunications giant Vodafone has created a huge space for the 5,000 employees destined to occupy the complex. Boasting 19 floors and a height of 75 meters, this future German HQ is one of the new landmarks setting the city of Düsseldorf apart.
Dubai is one of the most advanced business metropolises in the world, yet it is still essentially defined by its traditions. One of the spectacular modern buildings here is the headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Dubai: the curved façade of the fascinating steel and glass combination engenders glittering reflections of the water with constantly changing colours.
The office and building complex designed by Zaha Hadid lends an architecturally elegant expression of openness to downtown Beijing. A major project comprising four towers interconnected by bridges and walkways, this ensemble with its fascinating contours and intricate lightness presents a compelling external aspect.