The Crystal by schmidt hammer lassen architects; photo courtesy of the architects
Realised as an extension to the existing premises of one of Denmark’s leading financial services companies, Nykredit, this slanting parallelogrammically-shaped building has been developed by the Danish architectural practice schmidt hammer lassen architects. Named the Best Structural Design of the Year at last year’s LEAF Awards, the 6,850-square-meters glass-clad structure rests ‘on a single point and a single line’ while studio’s ‘holistic approach to the environmental strategy enabled ‘to combine a completely transparent office building with an exceptionally low energy-consumption at 70 kWh per square metre.’ (more…)
NIK office building by Atelier Thomas Pucher; photo by Andreas Buchberger
Reminiscent of a supersized, three-dimensional chessboard, this eye-catching five-storey office building has been completed by the Austrian practice Atelier Thomas Pucher in collaboration with Bramberger architects. Realised in 2010 to house offices of a branding agency, the €1-million development is located in Austria’s second largest city of Graz, on the banks of the river Mur. (more…)
Glas Italia Headquarters in Macherio near Milan; photo courtesy of Glas Italia
The renowned Italian manufacturer Glas Italia has unveiled its new glossy headquarters located in Macherio near Milan. The 11,000-m2 steel-and-glass building has been designed by Glas Italia’s long-time collaborator, architect and designer Piero Lissoni who incorporated the original black-steel frame of what used to be an old factory and cladded it with vertical sheets of thermo-insulating U-glass. (more…)
Small scale and sustainable architecture: the Shibuya-based practice Naruse-Inokama Architects created these beautiful post-its shaped like little houses. The paper is made from wooden waste collected at the construction sites the architects have been working on.
The Austrian manufacturer for contract and office furniture Bene presented at this year’s Orgatec two new room deviding systems designed by the Vienna based designer Johannes Scherr. We met him and got some background information about the higly flexible systems. Enjoy!
The Dutch manufacturer Casala presented at this year’s Orgatec a large range of chairs all consisting of the same shell, combined with different bases. ‘Parker’ was designed by the German studio Kressel+Schelle and we got the chance to talk with the designers about the project personally.
We are still in Valencia. At the designboom mart in a beautiful Art Nouveau market hall in the city’s centre the young Korean designer of Appree presented his highly poetic ‘Leaf-its’. The stickers are available through the designboom shop. The market will be open until 3rd October from 5 – 10 pm.
'Villa + Office Tardin-Pittet' by TARDIN PITTET, photo by Corinne Cuendet, Clarens
The Swiss architectural practice TARDIN PITTET realised this extension of a single family home which was built in the 1940s in the North of Lausanne. In order to gain additional space for an office the gabled roof was replaced by a flat and a second floor without slants was created. A wooden cladding was mounted on top of the old facade to improve the thermal insulation.
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