Office Building Design

No longer marked by gray, uniform rows of cubicles, offices have become more personalized and employee-centric than ever, giving people a more comfortable place to spend their working hours. New approaches to office customization and the way employees interact are breathing new life into the workplace.

Rendering courtesy of BIG

February 16, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The factory will immerse employees and visitors in nature from all sides.

Sodexo's Institute of Quality of Life has produced an expansive report that examines global workplace trends. The report argues in favor of a “people-centric” approach to workplaces that places the well being and value of employees above all else.  Image: Pixabay

February 15, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest Sodexo report on workplace trends explores 10 factors that are impacting the global wo...

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Rendering courtesy of PLP Architecture.

February 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Friars Bridge Court will provide a transition between the unvarying height of the buildings to th...

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Rendering courtesy of SOM

February 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Over 1,000 employees will work in the HQ building when completed.

 Completed in May 2016, the 131,000-sf headquarters for the law firm Stoel Rives is located on the top nine floors of the Park Avenue West tower in Portland, Ore. While its conference rooms are enclosed for privacy, natural light reaches the interior spaces through the use of clear glass relights in the solid wood doors. All offices are enclosed in glass to allow natural light into the center of the plan as well as to create a more transparent, collaborative environment. Some glass doors and panels are trimmed with timber framing to match the room’s interior materials and design (pictured). The Building Team included ZGF Architects (architect, interior design), KPFF Consulting Engineers (SE), Interface Engineering (MEP), Alternatt Associates (acoustics), and Lease Crutcher Lewis (GC). Photo: Nick Merick.

February 06, 2017 | John Caufield, Senior Editor

The hottest material in workplace design—interior glass—opens offices to light and collaboration....

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February 03, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The top bar is 500 feet long, spans 180 feet between the bottom two bars, and cantilevers out 60...

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Rendering courtesy of CetraRuddy

December 13, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The office, designed by CetraRuddy, will be completed in 2017.

Photo courtesy of ESI Design

December 06, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The campus’s new ‘front door’ is designed to immerse visitors and employees into the company’s gl...

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Photo: Shawn Collins, flickr Creative Commons

November 16, 2016 | BIG

The headquarters will be located at Kings Cross, London.

Rendering courtesy of Under Armour

November 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The campus will be located in Baltimore’s $5.5 billion Port Covington redevelopment project.

Rendering courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox

November 03, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Murphy Development Group is looking for tenants for the $800 million project.

Photo Credit: Rasmus Hjortshoej courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

November 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building also marks the first BIG project in Philadelphia.

Photo: Hufton & Crow via Zaha Hadid Architects

October 26, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The office is located in Moscow’s southern district.

Rendering courtesy of BIG

October 05, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 65-story tower will be primarily office space and has an estimated development cost of $3.2 b...

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The OH-1 redevelopment project in Tokyo, one of that metro's biggest projects, is designed to recall the past and look forward to the future. Image: courtesy SOM / © Methanoia

September 23, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Mitsui Fudosan and SOM join forces to create OH-1, a mixed-use complex with a prominent public sq...

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Rendering courtesy of Foster + Partners

September 22, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The glass building provides the illusion of floating above a stone plinth.

Sterling Bay's proposal for a 958-foot-tall office tower is among an array of development and redevelopment projects it has in the works in Chicago. Image: SOM via skyscraperpage.com

September 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building is one of several projects that are filling this developer’s plate in this city.

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Image courtesy of Aedas

September 08, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 18-story building is designed to resemble a moss-covered river pebble in Taipei’s Nangang Dis...

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Photo Courtesy of ESI Design

September 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The crown jewel of a three-year makeover project, the LED columns bring the building’s lobby to l...

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September 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A study found temperatures in the low 70s reduce worker performance.

As part of the design for its corporate headquarters, SRAM, a bike parts maker in Chicago, held a contest for employees to design bike racks for their workstations. Perkins+Will was designer on this project. Photo: Michelle Litvin Studio courtesy of Perkins+Will.

August 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Technology is redefining how offices function and is particularly salient in the growing trend of...

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A pair of designers in DCI Artform’s satellite office in Chicago utilize the firm’s “digital cave” to create a virtual product display for a client. CannonDesign provided architectural, MEP, and A/V services for this project. JC Anderson was the GC. Mechdyne Corp. provided the cave’s video screens.Photo: Christopher Barrett Photography courtesy of CannonDesign.

August 12, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, AECOM, and Thornton Tomasetti top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the na...

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Lenovo Campus Global Headquarters, Beijing, China. Lenovo Co. Ltd. (owner), CallisonRTKL (architect). Photo courtesy of CallisionRTKL.

August 12, 2016 |

Turner Construction Co., Structure Tone, and Gilbane Building Co. top Building Design+Constructio...

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Lenovo Campus Global Headquarters, Beijing, China. Lenovo Co. Ltd. (owner), CallisonRTKL (architect). Photo courtesy of CallisionRTKL.

August 12, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, HOK, and Perkins+Will top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s...

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A growing number of Americans are opting out of office work. Employers can make the office environment more appealing—and in the process foment innovation—through better workspace design and by allowing greater latitude in where work takes place, according to a new survey conducted by Gensler. Image: Pixabay

July 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A poll of 4,000-plus U.S. workers finds the most innovative among them spend less time at the off...

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CF Møller designs LEGO world headquarters complex in Denmark

A four-story atrium sits at the center of the proposed LEGO world headquarters building. Renderings courtesy CF Møller. Click here to enlarge.

July 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 52,000-sm complex will incorporate many familiar motifs from the popular plastic building blo...

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CetraRuddy designs office tower for Manhattan’s Meatpacking district

The 412 W. 15th St. office complex in New York City will have 8,200 sf of outdoor space on six terraces. Renderings courtesy Rockpoint Group. Click here to enlarge.

July 11, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Plans originally called for a hotel, but the architect and developers adapted their design for co...

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Cranes are springing up all over downtown Seattle, where 65 buildings are currently under construction. Image: Downtown Seattle Association 

July 06, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Development investment is twice what it was five years ago. 

Infrastructure investment, led by transit-oriented projects, is driving economic growth in many of America's largest cities. Image: Transwestern

July 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Competitiveness and economic development are at stake for cities, says Transwestern.

Taipei 101, a 2.1-million-sf, 1,667-foot-tall office building in Taiwan that was completed in 2004, was chosen by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as the winner of its 2016 Performance Award for efficiency and sustainability. CTBUH also selected what it considers to be the best tall buildings in four regions of the world. Image: @Taipai Financial

June 29, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat selects winners in four regions.

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