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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.

All renderings courtesy HOK

May 14, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

The building’s design is inspired by the design of its fleet of cruise ships—with flowing lines....

All renderings courtesy Steven Holl Architects

May 02, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Steven Holl Architects designed the project.

Open Text’s 160,000-sf office in San Mateo, Calif., is showcased as an example of the type of office space that is designed to promote employee well being and facilitate social interactions “and a fusion of ideas.” Image: HOK Forward report 

May 02, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The report provides insight into the relative importance of such things as amenities and occupant...

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Half of corporate and government offices offer wellness programs

Photo by from Pexels

April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nearly 30% of worksites offer programs for physical activity and fitness, according to the CDC....

It’s time for office amenities to get to work

At Campari Group’s new North American headquarters in New York, four distinct bar-like experiences offer more than just a place for employees and guests to blow off steam. Photo courtesy Gensler

April 08, 2019 | Amanda Carroll, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, Workplace Leader, Principal, Gensler

Amenities with the greatest impact on effectiveness and experience are those that directly suppor...

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Flight in Denver Colorado

All images courtesy Dynia Architects

April 08, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Dynia Architects designed the building.

April 05, 2019 | Jodi Williams and Jake Devost

From retention and career advancement to the ethics of inclusion and diversity, these five trends...

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A rendering of an Innovation Center that would be part of a larger expansion of the Port San Antonio, which has become a platform for connecting cybersecurity and digital innovations with leading global industries. Image: Port San Antonio and Gonzalez/Mogas Architects

March 10, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Expansions would accommodate cybersecurity, aerospace, and defense tenants, and help commercializ...

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March 06, 2019 | Swapna Sathyan

The relationship between workplace design and company culture isn’t all that different from a tan...

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Main lobby of Hyatt Hotel's headquarters

The main lobby of Hyatt Hotels’ 240,000-sf headquarters in Chicago, which has achieved WELL Silver certification. This open office space gives its occupants choices for noise and temperature levels. Gensler was the interior designer, Power Construction the GC. Courtesy International Well Building Institute.

February 15, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Owners and developers are driving demand for wellness features and practices—active stairways, bi...

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400 Georgia facade

All renderings courtesy OSO Design + Westbank Projects Corp.

February 15, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

OSO and Merrick Architecture designed the building.

Gym and fitness center at 3form

Courtesy 3form

February 11, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

3form, a materials manufacturer, did a top-to-bottom remodel of its Salt Lake City headquarters c...

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Duluth HQ lobby space

Courtesy Duluth Trading Co.

February 05, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Plunkett Raysich Architects designed the project.

A rendering of an office lobby that is produced by Vantis, which combines design and offsite manufacturing for interior construction. Image: Vantis

January 14, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Vantis is positioned to integrate design with offsite customized fabrication.

Employees working in an open office
January 11, 2019 | Allyson Dalton

The Harvard studies on the unintended effects of open office defines it as space where 'one entir...

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Google building

Courtesy brionv, flickr

December 18, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 1.7 million-sf campus will expand the company’s New York City presence.

Employees in green space at apple's current Austin location

Apple's current Austin location. Courtesy Apple.

December 13, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The company will also build smaller expansions in six other U.S. cities over the next three years...

Tech startups are vying for rent-free office space, with access to full amenities, for 24 consecutive months on the 3rd and 4th floors of Wells Fargo Center in downtown Los Angeles, which is also in the process of making its massive atrium more attractive to workers in the building and the surrounding neighborhood. Image: Brookfield Office Properties

December 04, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is part of a larger campaign to burnish the image of L.A.’s Wells Fargo Center. 

November 28, 2018 | Adam Glaser

The big HQ2 takeaway is how geography and mobility are becoming major workplace drivers.

Photo: John Gillespie, flickr

November 13, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Both cities are on the East Coast.

uCity Square, an innovation center in Philadelphia, has ambitious growth plans for the next decade. Image: University City Science Center

October 25, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This innovation center has several office, lab, and residential buildings in the works.

Stantec conference room

Courtesy Stantec

October 25, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Stantec worked with Ankrom-Moisan Architects on the design.

Epic exterior with terraces

Courtesy Gensler

October 08, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Gensler designed the building.

Courtesy TEN Arquitectos

October 01, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

TEN Arquitectos designed the building.

412 W 15

Photo: David Sundberg

September 19, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

CetraRuddy designed the office building.

Taylor Made Canadian HQ

Courtesy Ware Malcomb

September 17, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

ZZen Design Build was the general contractor for the project.

Aerial view of MPK 21 green roof
September 05, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Level 10 Construction was the general contractor for the project.

August 27, 2018 | Janet Pogue McLaurin

The degree of open or enclosed doesn't matter in high-performing work environments. If the space...

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The 121 Seaport building in Boston includes two floors of prime retail space, and a tree-lined promenade at its base. Image: CBT

August 17, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Exterior design cuts waste, saves energy, says Building Team members.

August 14, 2018 | Ambius

A survey of 1,000 office workers in the US and UK found that men value health insurance above any...

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