Archive for ‘Office Bldg’

May 7, 2012

Post Tower | Murphy/Jahn

Architects: Murphy/Jahn
Location: Bonn, 
Height: 162.40
Area: 73,501 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn

The split, shifted oval is oriented to the Rhine, Siebengebierge and the city, facilitates views from the city, and minimizes negative wind effects through its aerodynamic shape. The building rethinks the type of high-rise office tower in relation to function, technology and user comfort.

In plan the split oval halves are separated by a 7,20 m wide space. The connecting glass floors at 9-story intervals form skygardens, which serve as communication floors and elevator crossovers. The glass elevators of the low and high zones run in the center of the skygarden, providing views and orientation.The building has a twin-shell façade. The outer shell is completely out of glass, enabling natural ventilation, especially in the spring and fall. The outer shell protects from rain, wind and noise and allows for placement of the sunshades. Glass from floor to ceiling optimizes daylight. Cost comparisons show that the total cost of climate concept and twin-shell façade is equal to a conventional system. Operating costs are reduced by 60%.Daylight, natural ventilation, solar energy and the idea that the skin of a building modulates its own climate have not yet been integrated as essential components in commercial design. The inclusion of these methodologies is the goal here. Through this, we can rediscover and fulfill our natural instincts and intuitive actions. The result: A building with high technology and low energy.

http://www.archdaily.com/231521/flashback-post-tower-murphyjahn/

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March 11, 2012

CR 16 Office And Residential Building | BLK2 Architekten

Architects: BLK2 Architekten
Location: Caffamacherreihe 16, 20355 , Germany
Completion: 2010
Client: CR sechzehn Hamburg GmbH & Co.KG, Germany
Gross floor area: 41.387 sqm (35.216 qm office / 6.171 qm residential property)
Project Team: Peter Lehmann, Martin Sieckmann, Annette Niethammer,
Michaela Bluhm, Michael Gutena, Hannes Beinhoff.
Photographs: Klaus Frahm / Artur Images

The strong unity of the surrounding perimeter blocks in the city of Hamburg as well as the dominating existing Unileverhaus frame the combined office and residential development with strong urban and architectural presence. The design embraces these contradicting conditions by using a calm figure developed out of the perimeter block structure for the office building. The radically minimalist and modern architecture exposes its urban face to the Caffamacherreihe.

An elongated elegant overhanging part of the structure appears in a sectional profile as part of a frameless glazing double facade. Around this glass section wraps a band of anodized aluminiumsheets in brass. The facade is divided in story high, vertical strips of glass and closed panels with integrated blades. By minimally varying the width of each panel a surprising dynamic and irritation in the percipience of the absolute plane and elegant façade is created.

The residential building steps in between the existing Deutschlandhaus and the new office building CR 16, as a strong sculpture.

http://www.archdaily.com/206874/cr-16-office-and-residential-building-blk2-architekten/

March 11, 2012

Westpark Bochum | Archwerk Generalplaner KG

Architects: Archwerk Generalplaner KG
Location: , Germany
Project area: 1,850 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2005
Photographs: Peter LippsmeierArchwerk – Sascha Völzke

The IG Metall [Metalworkers’ Trade Union] JAHRHUNDERTHAUS headquarters lies very close to Bochum town centre in the Westpark on Alleestrasse. The draft envisages two parallel blocks running north – south, connected by a transparent hall. The east wing contains 9 storeys and on the west side the top two floors project outwards by approximately 4.40 metres. The west wing contains 4 storeys (a 2-storey high assembly room (divisible), the catering area on the 2nd floor, and the seminar area on the 3rd floor). Access to the building is by way of a glass-roofed hall with a path from the Alleestraße (main entrance) via a steel-structured, four-level stairway to the Westpark. The difference in height of the terrain (approx. 7.00 m) is made both visible and useable in the hall by four stepped, steel platforms. The floor plan enables a number of variable uses to be made due to the combination of restaurant, foyer and assembly rooms.

On the ground floor (at Alleestrasse level) connected to the hall there is a divisible assembly room, an Internet venue, and a youth room. The office areas on the upper floors are accessed via lifts from the hall. On the 2nd floor (at the level of the Westpark, roughly + 7.00 m), in the west wing there is a catering establishment open to the public. It and its terrace face onto the Westpark and have here an additional, separate entrance.

The building is designed with flexible office use in mind and can be laid out as group offices, as a double-loaded corridor with cubicles or also as an open-plan office. The floors are easily divisible and can be leased flexibly (3.00 metre room height). The basement houses a conventional underground car park with 86 parking spaces with ramp access to Bessemerstrasse.

The exterior appearance is defined by clinker masonry with a perforated façade or, in the case of the inner side looking onto the glass-roofed hall, by an aluminium and glass facade. The perforated façade contains stove-enamelled aluminium windows. The facades of both blocks which look inwards onto the reception hall are of glass. The hall’s load-bearing structure is made of steel. The roofs are flat. The glass-roofed hall has a roof composed of overlapping glass panels with a suspended, movable, textile sunshade (greenhouse-type shade netting).

http://www.archdaily.com/144208/westpark-bochum-archwerk-generalplaner-kg/

February 12, 2012

Sarphatistraat Offices | Steven Holl Architects

Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: Amsterdam, 
Local architect: Rappange & Partners
Project year: 1996 – 2000
Photographs: Paul Warchol

In Amsterdam, on the Singel Canal, this renovated building is the former federal warehouse of medical supplies. The main structure is a four-storybrick “U” merging internally with a new “sponge” pavilion ont he canal. While the exterior expression is one of complementary contrast (existing brick adjacent to new perforated copper), the interior strategy is one fusion.

The porous architecture of the rectangular pavilion is inscribed with a concept from the music of Morton Feldman’s “Patterns in a Chromatic Field”. The ambition to achieve a space of gossameroptic phenomena with chance-located reflected color is especially effective at night when the color patches paint and reflect in the canal.

The layers of perforated materials, from copper on the exterior toply wood on the interior, contain all services such as lighting, supply, and return air grilles. The perforated screens developed in three dimensions are analogous to the Menger sponge principle of openings continuously cut in planes approaching zero volume.

“Chromatic Space” is formed by light bounced between the building’slayers. At night, light trapped between screens sometimes appears as thick floating blocks of color. At other times the passing sun creates a throbbing color wash or moving moiré patterns.
The complex is entered through the original 20th-century brick courtyard. Passing through the interior reveals gradually more porous spaces until reaching the Menger sponge pavilion overlooking the canal. While the major portion of 50,000 square-foot project is workspace for the social housing company’s employees, the large sponge space is open to receive all uses from public gatherings to performance events. Given back to the community, the immediate canal edge has a new boardwalk.

http://www.archdaily.com/201033/flashback-sarphatistraat-offices-steven-holl-architects/

February 11, 2012

55 Baker Street | Make Architect

Architects: Make Architects 
Location: , England
Client: London and Regional Properties Ltd
Collaborators: Arup, Blyth & Blyth, DP9, Expedition Engineering, Hann Tucker, HBG, Indigo Lighting, Jason Bruges Studio, Safe Consulting Ltd, Tweeds Construction Consultancy
Project Area: 75,000 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Zander OlsenMake ArchitectsThis radical renovation of a 1950s office building transforms the site into an important new urban amenity. While providing an exceptional range of flexible and highly efficient office spaces, the scheme enhances activity at street level by offering an enriched mix of uses and introducing a substantial new public space to the streetscape.

Three glass infills or ‘masks’ span the voids between existing blocks to create a new facade for the building, with the central glazed section enclosing a seven-storey atrium which is open to the public. The ground floor of the building has been entirely re-clad and devoted to retail units, cafes and restaurants. At the rear of the building, a new development of 23 houses offers affordable, key worker and private accommodation.

In addition to the cost savings represented by retaining and refurbishing the existing building, the scheme has been designed to minimise environmental impact and optimise energy efficiency and has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

http://www.archdaily.com/200378/55-baker-street-make-architects/

 

February 6, 2012

Office building ZAC Seguin – Boulogne Billancourt | ECDM Architects

program: development of the BIA building in Seguin oriented tertiary
client: Nexity
location: Keystone Area, ZAC Seguin – Boulogne Billancourt (92)
area: 60,000 sq.m.
Cost: M €
Contest: 2011

The Grand Landscape

The emerging realization of a point, a building that extends above the canopy Boulonnais is an opportunity to rethink the relationship of the new neighborhood of Keystone with the Grand Landscape. This punctuation highlights the metropolitan character of the site by generating a tracking device distance. Its status, its dimension and the values ​​it carries, the Trapezium is a singular territory constituting the Greater Paris. The site is emblematic of the changes that have transformed our industrial cities, these paradigm shifts that have enabled the implementation of a highly complex environment taking into account the needs of a postmodern society now. Therefore, the vertical to be introduced should allow to give clear expression of a territory where the organization defines a living thought of as a delicate balance between mineral and plant, between full and empty nesting complexity of a dense area and attractive. Our proposals were designed as single elements of an urban mixed, composite, where the residential, commercial and green spaces are one unit. The wide open spaces of the Seine Valley as detailed outlook released on the Keystone-through an extensive park, paths, a rack fragmented islands organized around delivering open a horizontal reading of the register and tense urban . There is in our projects a horizontal component which is fit assertive, delineate the boundaries of the park and accompany the banks of the Seine and emergences, punctuation considered in resonance with other highlights of the loop of the river such as the tower horizons or verticals coming of Seguin Island.

Valley of the Seine is in crossing the Grand Paris, punctuated by towers. One thinks of Defense, the Front de Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the neighborhood of the Gare de Lyon, and many other architectural interventions scattered on the linear river, river geography and landscape favoring emergences. In the landscape of Boulogne near the river, it seemed essential that the collusion between the settling elements beyond the general template of the neighborhood. Both projects are designed in conjunction with a skyline own site. The context here is both the district and the Grand Landscape. We thought our projects as entities in resonance with existing emergences: Horizons Tower, head of the Pont de Sevres, emergences coming as those provided on the Ile Seguin. These three entities form a triangle, the project has taken an angle, one end.Therefore, it is proposing a center of gravity and a volumetric principle of gradation that establish a link with the template of buildings erected along the quay and a complicity with the prow of the Ile Seguin.

Based on this fact, we moved the center of gravity of our projects to the northwest of the plot to establish a link with the buildings along the quay, but especially not to generate an effective leader that falls directly competes with that of Seguin Island. Indeed, the prow of the Ile Seguin legitimacy geographical leaving no room for what would be a de facto substitute. The shape of the plot, this triangle does not constitute a rounded bow itself, any analogy to skippers would be fortuitous. Besides a trapezoid does not bow. Therefore our projects have been designed to allow the framing of views and perspectives, implementing, at the junction of the park and pier, a watershed landscape. Program requirements have led us to design two projects of different nature, structured by two distinct approaches to ensure the safety of persons and property. Refuting any formal a priori, we chose to develop two projects, two concepts structured by two regulatory options to organize the height.

Origami

The specific demand for building height as an accumulation of reference planes under the accessibility of ways to fight against the fire has led us to ask ourselves how the various project components can be superimposed to generate a deployment planning. Rejecting any idea of ​​making some infra-structural elements, any road or rail, any exogenous element in the very nature of a commercial building, we offer a project conceived as the deployment of a territory in a logical landscape. Like a modern-day Babylon, it is built on the building, living roofs, give them a use value. This is a project tectonics, origami where the territory is pleated in successive plans. The base is considered as a topographic event, an inclined stratum, a garden made in successive plans. Extrusion perfect plot, perfectly defines the base in the island keeps strictly within the alignments and templates islands that line the shore. At the end of the tip, the volume rises to pinch a privileged view of the park. On this base is placed a cube levitating at the base truncated by the topography of the base. The volumes are articulated by hyphens, landscaped by strata – the interfaces between plant and mineral. This cube is perforated in the center by a large patio across the entire project of 89 m high.This device provides a reading against the light volume and highlights the lightness of the volume. The whole is surmounted by a greenhouse, large vertical garden that comes complete in a phasing, the verticality. The slenderness ratio that characterizes the towers is not appropriate here, the height limited to 89 m leads us to emphasize other qualities of the height.

Turn induces an authoritarian values ​​and guns: density, compactness, rationality. Without denying these obvious qualities and capabilities to meet specific expectations of the program, our project and reinterprets them in complex architectural oxymorons. It’s about being compact and light, dense, slender, streamlined and composite. Our project is built with the desire to escape the formal fatalities related to verticality to develop this expanded notion of landscape, when we can see and be seen far away. Therefore the facade had to be both limits, alignment, constitutive of urbanity, and also landscaped element, vertical landscape made of solids and voids, foregrounds and depth of field similar to a filter, a sheer, architecture and move towards a more tenuous the possible when it comes to staging a lifestyle rather than a building. The specificity of the request allows us to offer you a highly specific project, atypical, to rethink the height as a formal point of view that in the uses and values ​​that this proposal allows.

A vertical open

It is therefore a vertical open for an accessible building designed on the principle of an organization that induces a connection with the innovative environment. The building pops out of the soil gradually, mindful of its roots, what is the basis of its innervation. It rises gently as an invitation to travel by a circuitous route. The terraces spin, the full and empty intermingle. As it rises, the construction becomes lighter, more transparent, wide terraces generate porosities between inside and outside. At the top of the last 20 meters, the mineral disappears almost completely in favor of a large garden suspended vertically extended. Without imitation it offers strong connivance with the tower Horizons, a marker of the other end of the Trapezium. We propose a building consisting of three parts: a base, and one was a hanging garden, a three-step gradation of the mineral to the lightness and abstraction.

http://ecdm.eu/?p=3993

February 6, 2012

IGH office building lot D5 ZAC Seguin – Boulogne Billancourt | ECDM

program: development of the BIA building in Seguin oriented tertiary
client: Nexity
location: Keystone Area, ZAC Seguin – Boulogne Billancourt (92)
area: 60,000 sq.m.
Cost: M €
Contest: 2011

The Grand Landscape

The emerging realization of a point, a building that extends above the canopy Boulonnais is an opportunity to rethink the relationship of the new neighborhood of Keystone with the Grand Landscape. This punctuation highlights the metropolitan character of the site by generating a tracking device distance. Its status, its dimension and the values ​​it carries, the Trapezium is a singular territory constituting the Greater Paris. The site is emblematic of the changes that have transformed our industrial cities, these paradigm shifts that have enabled the implementation of a highly complex environment taking into account the needs of a postmodern society now. Therefore, the vertical to be introduced should allow to give clear expression of a territory where the organization defines a living thought of as a delicate balance between mineral and plant, between full and empty nesting complexity of a dense area and attractive. Our proposals were designed as single elements of an urban mixed, composite, where the residential, commercial and green spaces are one unit. The wide open spaces of the Seine Valley as detailed outlook released on the Keystone-through an extensive park, paths, a rack fragmented islands organized around delivering open a horizontal reading of the register and tense urban . There is in our projects a horizontal component which is fit assertive, delineate the boundaries of the park and accompany the banks of the Seine and emergences, punctuation considered in resonance with other highlights of the loop of the river such as the tower horizons or verticals coming of Seguin Island.

Valley of the Seine is in crossing the Grand Paris, punctuated by towers. One thinks of Defense, the Front de Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the neighborhood of the Gare de Lyon, and many other architectural interventions scattered on the linear river, river geography and landscape favoring emergences. In the landscape of Boulogne near the river, it seemed essential that the collusion between the settling elements beyond the general template of the neighborhood. Both projects are designed in conjunction with a skyline own site. The context here is both the district and the Grand Landscape. We thought our projects as entities in resonance with existing emergences: Horizons Tower, head of the Pont de Sevres, emergences coming as those provided on the Ile Seguin. These three entities form a triangle, the project has taken an angle, one end.Therefore, it is proposing a center of gravity and a volumetric principle of gradation that establish a link with the template of buildings erected along the quay and a complicity with the prow of the Ile Seguin.

Based on this fact, we moved the center of gravity of our projects to the northwest of the plot to establish a link with the buildings along the quay, but especially not to generate an effective leader that falls directly competes with that of Seguin Island. Indeed, the prow of the Ile Seguin legitimacy geographical leaving no room for what would be a de facto substitute. The shape of the plot, this triangle does not constitute a rounded bow itself, any analogy to skippers would be fortuitous. Besides a trapezoid does not bow. Therefore our projects have been designed to allow the framing of views and perspectives, implementing, at the junction of the park and pier, a watershed landscape. Program requirements have led us to design two projects of different nature, structured by two distinct approaches to ensure the safety of persons and property. Refuting any formal a priori, we chose to develop two projects, two concepts structured by two regulatory options to organize the height.

Periscopes

Here more than elsewhere the vertical, the height has to do with the geography of this unique site, wedged in a meander of the Seine River and bordered by a unique topography. The slopes of Meudon dominate in a wide curve a territory plan extending to the capital. As soon as we take a little height, that the eye exceeds the average height of constructions is a wide field of vision that opens 360 degrees, with the hills of Meudon as a backdrop to the west and the Parisian panorama to the east. This perception is reinforced by the autonomy given to the plot. If there is a special relationship to the river, to the matrix, the privileged views are deployed on 360 °. Rise a few tens of meters and a unique relationship is established between the building and the area of ​​Greater Paris. This is not to trivialize this relationship in a formal indifference. The tower and sees the tower is seen. This trade is anything but impersonal, anonymous or neutral. The nature of this gaze must be characterized to exchange further. The eyes meet between symbolic points that we identified and your building.

The building like a periscope will look, will frame exceptional views of the Grand Landscape. This is to give these acute emergencies, not to trivialize a formal neutrality in relation to the landscape. Like a painter or photographer, we have framed vistas. With a simple gesture towers installed reciprocity with the focus point: La Defense, Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Manufacture de Sèvres, the bed of the Seine. It’s about seeing and being seen in an otherness. We implement a strong sense of belonging to a wider territory, a territory rich in history and this prestigious. The hybrid programming of your program with the singular request for two types of commercial buildings has led us to intimately mix verticality and horizontality. The project brings together a tower and two elongated emergences in a unique writing. The building is unitary. It spreads horizontally and vertically in successive folding, delimiting its folds framing the landscape. This whole system comes to float above a floor at the height generating split wide vistas between the docks and park. So there is a strong horizontal component which holds the island, organizes the boundaries of the parcel, urban organization supports implementation of the Trapezium by extending alignments and templates and deployment height which overlooks the Grand Landscape. The base, what the ground that we propose is to anchor the project in descent from the surrounding urban structure. A tower is above all an above ground for a project connected with an urban reality that participates in the organization of a neighborhood. The compactness of the base allows us to identify large outdoor spaces free. This is to generate surfaces planted host that offers a gradation between the public and the building. A number of programs open on these outdoor areas with the desire to find supplements for the outdoor cafeteria, the lobbies, or home.

The first two levels are included as a single volume, physically and under the fire regulations. So this is a very open volume largely transparent linking the dock and park. In these two levels are focusing all local collective organized around a double height. Commercial spaces are designed to be compact, rational, flexible and scalable. On this level, we offer large trays of approximately 5,000 m², which allows us to have 25 700 m² of meeting the requirements of the Labour Code regarding fire regulations. The upper trays are part of the regulation applicable to tall buildings. The project is designed to streamline the most kernels. Their compact size and central location to distribute surfaces extremely versatile in terms of livability. A large majority of trays has extensions in the form of terraces or balconies. It is proposed hanging gardens, the exterior surfaces protected from the wind as supplements work surfaces. In research on opening a beautiful environment, we felt it important to suggest areas less formal, less “tertiarisées” contributing to the definition of identity to the building through the implementation of a framework lives.

http://ecdm.eu/?p=3952

February 6, 2012

British Embassy | Tony Fretton Architects

 

 Set in its own grounds facing onto Ulica Kawalerii on one side and a park on the other in an area of the city devoted to embassies, the British Embassy in Warsaw has a serene and formal quality. Its long form is centralized by an attic in an elementally neo-classical way and underlined by the longer figures of the walls and railings enclosing the site. The building is explicit in its conservation of energy; its glass elevations function as the outer skin of a double façade, which provides substantial thermal insulation in winter and relieves heat in the summer. The outer layer, delineated by pale bronze aluminum mullions and mirror glass, reflects the sky and trees of the surrounding gardens. Behind this is a more substantial façade of windows set between solid piers and spandrels in a modulated composition of a similar palette. The pale polychromy of this arrangement is a distant relative of the painted stucco buildings of the school of Schinkel, which can be seen across Europe from the Hague to Oslo and here in Warsaw.

Architect: Tony Fretton Architects
Location: UI. Kawalerii 12, Warsaw, 
Design Build Contractor: Mace Limited
Executive Architect: Epstein Sp zo.o
Structural/Services/Acoustical Engineer: Buro Happold Polska Sp.
Quanity Surveyors: Arcadis
Security Consultant: David Goode Associates
Landscape Architect: Schoenaich Landscape Architects Ltd
Landscape Execution: RS Architektura Krajobrazu
Space Planners: Forme UK
Architecture Execution: EMKAA Architekci
BREEAM Construction: TPS
Façade Specialist: Saelzer
Project Area: 4,300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Tony Fretton Architects

One enters the Embassy grounds through a Gate House on Ul. Kawalerii. A carriageway leads to a stone clad porte cochère at the centre of the façade. The ground floor is reserved for public activities and features a large space for exhibition and events, and a café that opens onto the garden. Occupying the remainder of the ground floor is the area for Consular Section and UK Border Agency complete with a public waiting area accessed via its own entrance from a route through the grounds. The administrative offices of the Embassy are located on the first and second floor. With an acoustically absorbent ceiling, carpeted floor and double façade, the offices are places of calm efficiency. Workspaces are amply lit with daylight from the glass facades and two generous planted courtyards in the centre of the plan. In the attic at the second floor is the Ambassador’s suite, which looks out on either side to extensive roof terraces.

A variety of material finishes are used in the interior. Structural columns are expressed and the windows set between them have mullions and spandrels in light bronze anodised aluminum. The floors are terrazzo or carpeted. The foyer coat cupboard and café screen are made of walnut panels.

Each floor has its own identity through the association between its parts and their relations to the outside world. Public spaces in the ground floor flow from one to another and into the grounds. Open office space in the first floor is given a degree of separation by the interior courts. In the comparatively small Ambassador’s suite the offices will have the scale and quality of cabinets, a theme that continues in the small spaces for sitting that are cut out from the wide areas of planting filling the roof terraces on either side. In its larger form the roof planting relates the terraces to the grounds around the Embassy and the park beyond. With these simple gestures, the Embassy maintains its role in the culture and fabric of Warsaw.

The building has been designed with safety and security as a priority. Mace’s integrated design and construction team, led by Tony Fretton Architects, worked closely with structural engineering company Buro Happold, specialist advisors David Goode Associates and façade specialists Saelzer to develop a façade that can withstand the impact of an explosive device.

In addition to strengthening the building’s security the double façade has significant environmental credentials. It acts as an environmental barrier to the harsh Polish winters and warm summers. The glazed outer skin on the South, West and East facades is positioned one meter beyond the inner skin to create a cavity. Mechanical louvres at the top and bottom of the cavity are closed in winter to retain the heat, while in summer they can be opened to cool the building. The heating and cooling system inside the building has variable flow and adjusts in accordance with fluctuating temperatures outside. These combined solutions significantly reduce the building’s energy consumption. Another sustainable design feature is the carbon dioxide driven ventilation, which has been applied to the exhibition area. This system adjusts the mechanical ventilation levels in accordance to room traffic and has been applied to the exhibition space where occupancy levels will fluctuate. All heating needs for the building are generated from a connection to Warsaw’s district heating system, negating the need for a boiler.

http://www.archdaily.com/131780/british-embassy-tony-fretton-architects/

February 6, 2012

Sustainable LEED Gold Office Tower | Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects has recently won the international architectural competition to design a 188 meter office tower in the financial district of central Warsaw, . The 60,000 m2 high-rise building is to replace the existing ‘Ilmet’ building and will stand out as a modern landmark clearly identifiable in the Warsaw skyline by its unique elegant shape and appearance. The Jury was impressed by the high quality and innovation evident in the urban, architectural and technical concepts of the winning design. The future building will offer a number of attractive public areas and serve to complement the project’s prominent setting, as well as the entire neighborhood.

Sustainability was an important issue as the building is designed to reduce energy consumption with the goal of qualifying for the highest levels of sustainability certifications as BREEAM Excellent or LEED Gold status.

The building consists of three individually stepped rectangular volumes with increasing heights towards the east. The façades create a subtle rhythm in the cityscape by slightly shifting inwards and outwards, and the inclined roof lines preserve optimal light conditions for the adjacent buildings.The design of the building offers a spatial coherence between roof and street level. The lobby at street level, with its spectacular shaped ceiling, corresponds with the sloping shapes of the rooftops, making the building perceive as a sculptural object.The open lobby allows the people of Warsaw to pass into and through the building, connecting the plaza and park in front of the building with the courtyards of the historical tenement houses to the south.The building is designed to reduce energy consumption with the goal of qualifying for the highest levels of sustainability certifications as BREEAM Excellent or LEED Gold status. The modular façade system with floor to ceiling glass elements, provide high levels of transparency as well as full integration of sun shading and light reflection shutters. The sloped rooftops are equipped with photovoltaic cells and elements for harvesting rainwater. The total sustainability approach is a combination of intelligent building management and minimizing technical installations by using passive elements.

http://www.archdaily.com/186752/sustainable-leed-gold-office-tower-by-schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects/

January 23, 2012

The New Canadian Embassy in Bucharest | WESTFOURTH Architecture

THE NEW CANADIAN EMBASSY IN BUCHAREST
Bucharest, Romania
Construction 2003- 2005

The embassy is located in a part of Bucharest known for elegant urban villas surrounded by gardens. The zoning regulations determine the limits of the building envelope above ground. As the resulting volume was insufficient to accommodate the building program, a considerable part of this program expands into an underground level covering the entire expanse of the site.

Clear separation of the public from the private functions was a key concern. In this project, the task was handled by placing the public and rather large immigration department below grade with a separate entrance from the street. The private, administrative and diplomatic functions are distributed above ground on three floors and a penthouse that is used for receptions and protocol.

Below grade access to the immigration department occursis via a double-glass corridor that protects the ceremonial entrance from the noise and agitation of Kiseleff Boulevard. Access to the main lobby is in the middle of the ceremonial plaza that is created between the glass link to the underground and the main volume of the building. The plaza allows direct vehicular access to the front door of the lobby for special events. The embassy’s cubic volume is flanked, at the north and south, by sunken gardens that allow natural light to the level below ground.

The building takes its cue from modernist Bucharest and expresses its function in simple form without a dominant façade. Different functions are marked on the elevation and throughout the interior with intentional gestures that articulate the program. The double-height hall on the west side is crossed by a glass catwalk leading to the library above. In turn, the library space is marked by a horizontal glass that is slit into the self-weathering copper of the façade. The distinct ceremonial role of the penthouse is marked by large windows and a terrace topped off by a slim overhanging roof. The south façade is clad with glass louvers that relieve the opacity of the copper enclosures on the rest of the building.

http://www.westfourtharchitecture.com/en/project.php?__id=6