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Category: Offices

Extension Des Bureaux De La Setec International / by Sériès Et Sériès


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The headquarter of the International SETEC, located in Vitrolles in the south of France, formerly EPAREB (Etablissement Public d’Aménagement des Rives de l’Etang de Berre) was built in several phases. Firstly, in the 70s, Jean Prouvé implemented “Petroff system” developing a three-dimensional structural steel sheet and plexiglass panels on the front. This device would allow to cover a large area without increasing the bearing points, which in turn was covered by aluminium stiffeners attached to the work front.
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WAF 2012 Winner ‘Hotel and Leisure’ : Victoria Tower in Kista, Sweden / by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

The Victoria Tower in Kista, Sweden, designed by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, has won the hotel category. The judges praised the high level of ambiition which resulted in a solution that succeeded in urban terms and was also carried through to the guest experience. It was, they said, ‘refreshingly original in a genre where corporate hospitality interiors predominate’.
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WAF 2012 Winner ‘Office’ : Darling Quarter, Sydney / by Francis-Jones Morehenthorp

The Darling Quarter, in Sydney, Australia, designed by Francis-Jones Morehenthorp, is the winner of the offices category. The project, which creates a new urban quarter on the edge of the city, was praised by the judges for its exciting form and massing and the creation of a landscape that is accessible to the public.

They were also impressed by its environmental credentials, scoring 6 stars (the highest possible) in Australia’s Green Star ratings and by its ‘exemplary corporate social responsibility’. And they also liked the interactive lighting that was available for use by the public.
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CRODA in México D.F. / by usoarquitectura

The project for the redesign of Croda offices – an international company specialized in the production of chemical products with natural origins – was an interesting process in which architects Gabriel Salazar and Fernando Castañón were involved with the client to change, not only the space, but the way they work. Important modifications had to be done in the same space to generate a new environment.

To create changes from the interior it is very important have an open communication channel all the time, especially to transmit the new work trends to the entire organization. One of the main problems was changing the offices from closed to open space, which was solved by implementing bench furniture systems to increase the team work and limited filing space per person to use less paper.
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ZHA’s Port House, Antwerp: Construction Works Begin

Top architect Zaha Hadid launches construction of new Port House

The leading British architect Zaha Hadid gave the official order to begin construction work on Port House, the new headquarters for Antwerp Port Authority on the Kattendijk dock. The order was given in the presence of the Flemish ministers Hilde Crevits and Geert Bourgeois, port alderman Marc Van Peel and Port Authority CEO Eddy Bruyninckx. Once the new headquarters is handed over in 2015 the Port Authority will overcome the urgent shortage of space in its present headquarters. But beyond that the new Port House will stand as a symbolic gateway to the port area. The actual construction work will start on 1 October 2012 and will take 33 calendar months.
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INTERCAM, Mexico City / by SPACE

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The design concept for the INTERCAM offices is based on providing customers with an atmosphere of solidity and reliability with a fun atmosphere inside while still capturing the essence of the bank. The project, located in the Lago Zurich building in Plaza Carso, consists of 3,800 m2, on two floors.

The public floor is a fundamental element of the project since it has a spacious reception area, meeting rooms for customers and meeting rooms for suppliers, canteens for customers and a currency exchange service counter. It should be noted that the customer canteens were designed to make the customer feel that they are eating in the comfort of someone’s home. Details like the marble wall with the logo, the granite floor in the reception area and the lattice wall in reception, give the space a sense of seriousness while also capturing the cheerfulness of the bank.
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Rossignol Global Headquarters / Herault Arnod Architectes

Rossignol Global Headquarters / Herault Arnod Architectes © André Morin

The image of Rossignol, a historic leader in the world of skiing, is intimately linked to the mountains and to snow. The project for its global headquarters has nothing to do with the stereotypical office building, but is a tribute to nature and to the peaks, but also to technology, which is inseparable from top-level sport. The plot stands in the middle of a plain surrounded by mountains. It is a stretch of former farmland, marshy and perfectly flat, bounded on the northern side by the Lyon-Grenoble motorway. The architecture has been designed specifically for Rossignol, a fusion of the company’s functional and fantasy aspects, in a surprising and minimalist form: it is inspired by board sports, by fluidity of motion, and also by relief, snow and glaciers sculpted by the elements. The roof, which envelops the whole project, is topography in osmosis with nature and the landscape. Its organic, timber-clad shape echoes the profile of the mountains that surround the site.
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Bureau 100: A New Office / by NFOE et associés architectes

NFOE et associés architectes, founded in 1912, recently moved its offices into Old Montreal. The building, the first skyscraper in Montreal – better known as the New York Life Building (1887–89) – stands out from its surroundings for its exuberant cladding of Scottish red sandstone and red granite from the Thousand Islands. NFOE’s Bureau 100 facing the historic Place d’Armes square, is thus integrated with an environment that evokes the history of the firm founded by Ernest I. Barott (as Barott, Blackader & Webster) in 1912.

Bureau 100: A New Office / by NFOE et associés architectes

Situated in the heart of the city, Bureau 100 is surrounded by several large projects associated with Barott, including the majestic Aldred Building (designed by Barott in 1929 and regarded by many as his most accomplished work), the modernist highrise for the Bank of Montreal’s head office (designed by Barott’s firm and inaugurated in 1960), the Royal Trust Building (designed by the American firm McKin, Mead & White, with the participation of Barott, in 1912), and the National Bank of Canada Building (a 1965 project for which Barott acted as consulting architect for the firm David, Barott and Boulva of which his son, Peter T. M. Barott, was one of the founders). [Reference: www.vieux.montreal.qc.ca]
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