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.

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.

Ability to focus, not perks, is top concern for office employees

Open concept meeting space in an office in Redmond, Wash. Photo: Wonderlane/Creative Commons.

June 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Open-plan offices found to worsen distraction problem.

 

WilkinsonEyre designs diamond-patterned Bay Park Centre for Toronto

Bell Park Centre. Renderings courtesy WilkinsonEyre and Ivanhoé Cambridge. Click here to enlarge.

June 15, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A sloping plaza with trees, grass, and gardens connects the two downtown towers.

The Millennial workforce is growing fast. An estimated 10,000 people turn 21 every day.

June 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms, particularly those that design hotels and offices, gain a competitive edge by knowing...

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Form4 designs curved roofs for Stanford tech park

Innovation Curve Technology Park in Palo Alto, Calif. Renderings courtesy Form4 Architecture. Click here to enlarge.

June 10, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Fabricated of painted recycled aluminum, the wavy roofs at the Innovation Curve campus will symbo...

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JLL Report: Retail renovation drives construction growth in 2016

Construction of the Sky 19 Plaza in Bismarck, N.D. in 2016. Photo: Consolidated Construction/Creative Commons

June 03, 2016 | JLL

Retail construction projects were up nearly 25% year-over-year, and the industrial and office con...

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Office building and multifamily tower revitalize Philadelphia cathedral

The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, with the 3737 Chestnut building in the background. Courtesy BLT Architects. Click here to enlarge.

June 01, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director  

The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral capitalizes on hot property to help fund much needed upgrade...

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Floor-to-ceiling glass floods the interior spaces with daylight and provides scenic views of the wooded areas that surround the property. Photo: Warren Patterson Photography. Click here to enlarge.

May 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Lean construction techniques were used to build 275 Wyman Street during a winter that brought mor...

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A recent survey of 1,003 U.S office workers finds a high percentage of them are pretty happy about their jobs, in terms of their own productivity and success. Image: Adobe's “Work in Progress” report.

May 24, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But most employees still see their companies falling on the dull side of the cutting edge. 

The ground floors of Oceanwide Center's two towers will be lifted up five stories to create an “urban room” with pedestrian crossings. Image: Foster + Partners

May 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One of Oceanwide Center’s buildings will be the city’s second tallest. 

Photo Courtesy of Personal Comfort Systems

April 13, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Not only can the Hyperchair reduce heating and cooling costs and maximize employee comfort, but i...

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A sculpture by the Italian artist Giovanni Balderi stands in front of a travertine curtainwall in the lobby of 601 Massachusetts Avenue, a mixed-use building in Washington, D.C., designed by Duda|Paine Architects, which encourages clients to consider the inclusion of art in their new buildings. Image: Courtesy Duda|Paine

March 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Turan Duda says clients are receptive, but the art must still be integral to the building’s overa...

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Rendering Courtesy of Google

March 16, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The original canopy design scheme is still in place, but the plans now call for it to be opaque....

Expedia unveils design for Seattle waterfront campus

The Expedia courtyard accommodates visitor arrival and drop-off, all-hands meetings, outdoor meetings, and recreation. It will be encircled by a new approximately 600,000-sf four-story office building. All renderings courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Click here for larger view

March 10, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Transparency and outdoor areas will give the complex a Pacific Northwest vibe.

 

CBRE: Workplace wellness on the rise

Photos: Pixabay (Treadmill desk photo: CBRE)

March 09, 2016 | Craig Beam, CBRE Healthcare

As insurance premiums and deductibles continue to rise, both employees and employers are evaluati...

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Corporate real estate executives are compelled to create workplace environments where a more diverse, younger workforce can excel. Image: CRBE's Glendale, Calif., office

March 06, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new CBRE survey finds more companies leaning toward “smarter” workspaces. 

Photo Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

March 01, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The “un-bank” design ditched the stuffy design elements typical of financial institutions and, in...

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All images and photos courtesy Ted Moudis Associates

February 26, 2016 | BD+C Editors and Ted Moudis Associates

The report, from Ted Moudis Associates, encompasses over 2.5 million sf of workspace built over t...

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Asia’s modular miracle

A 230,000-sm factory in China’s Hunan province spent several months producing modules for the 57-story J57 Mini Sky City tower, in Changsha. Using advanced prefabrication techniques, China-based contractor Broad Sustainable Building erected the tower in less than three weeks. Photos courtesy Broad Sustainable Building

February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A prefab construction company in China built a 57-story tower in 19 days. Here’s how they did it....

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Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a pr...

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Rendering: Millerhare

January 25, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The five million-sf project includes two office towers, a residential tower, retail space, and a...

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Rendering: Nike

January 21, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The expansion looks to combine design elements inspired by human movement, speed, and the strengt...

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JLL: Slowdown not expected for office market

Photo: Paul McCoubrie/Creative Commons.

January 14, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The booming sector had an occupancy growth rate 1.3 times that of new supply in the fourth quarte...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
January 14, 2016 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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John Buck Company to develop CNA’s Chicago headquarters

Renderings courtesy John Buck Company

December 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 35-story building will have plenty of column-free space.

 

HOK collaborates with IFMA on new workplace strategy research report

Photo: Nate Burgos/Creative Commons

December 09, 2015 | HOK

Report cites work-life balance as the top reason for implementing “distributed work” strategies....

Is ‘green’ still a selling point in the office sector?

Ambler Boiler House, on a brownfield site in Pennsylvania, was reinvented as a Class A office with geothermal heat pumps and a graywater reuse system. The Building Team: Heckendorn & Shiles (architect), Elton & Thompson (SE), Bala Consulting Engineers (MEP/FP, Cx), Alderson Engineering (geothermal), Domus (CM). Courtesy Bala Consulting Engineers

December 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Some developers are missing an opportunity by downplaying sustainability at a time when demand fo...

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Amazon's Denny Triangle campus in Seattle. Rendering courtesy NBBJ

November 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Up to 4 million kilowatt-hours of energy will be saved each year.  

Real Madrid gets new headquarters designed by Rafael de La-Hoz

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepiped-shaped volumes. Renderings courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

November 06, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepip...

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Renderings revealed for proposed curvy and lush second office for Apple

The 777,100-sf development by Landbank Investment on Central & Wolfe in Sunnyvale, Calif., is just five miles from Apple’s current Cupertino headquarters.

October 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The project has been dubbed as another “spaceship,” referencing the nickname for the loop-shaped...

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