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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.
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 West Bend Mutual Insurance company recently completed a $57 million, 210,000 sq ft expansion of its headquarters in West Bend, Wisconsin. The original structure built 10 years previously had already been recognized for green innovations. Both enclosed offices and open area work spaces have separate climate controls, considerably reducing energy usage overall. The expanded West Bend Mutual headquarters duplicate this feature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 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.
The spectacular GAP 15 office complex, built on the former site of a major German post office facility, comprises an approx. 90 metre high tower with 24 storeys and a five-storey wing extension. The two building sections are interconnected by a bridge and a glass roof.
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.