Scarecrow Communications is an advertising agency in Mumbai, India. The office is bright and open, with colonial undertones throughout. Although the walls and furniture are almost exclusively white, the office is “spiced” up (forgive the pun) with the use of vibrant colours, artwork and green lighting fixtures. Overall the office is very aesthetically pleasing, which is especially nice given that we haven’t really featured many Indian office spaces on this blog, and its nice to see that the country has creative spaces that compare to the best of them!
The new office of Scarecrow has a Mini Auditorium, where world’s greatest ads and other inspiring work will be shown continuously, here, industry personalities and renowned people from other creative fields can take inspiring sessions for students and young talent. Besides, the design of work station has been derived from form of a pool table.
This executive office was designed by Fitzsimmons Architects, who are based in Oklahoma city USA. The large square metal ducts running the full length of the space were kept in place and incorporated into the design due to the low budget allocated for this office redesign. In fact, to keep the costs down the architects kept much of the existing fabrics and utilised them for the creation of design elements.
because the space is long, narrow and low, the design focused on the creation of a sense of motion, and exaggeration of existing proportions.
In 2009 BAM designed and built the new corporate headquarters of the Co-operative group in Manchester. The building was designed to be highly eco-friendly and sustainable. The building even achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating, the highest score ever attained.
The building is 325,000 square foot and spreads across 16 floors, it features a large central atrium and the majority of office space is open plan.
The internal layout allows flexible use of the space and state-of-the-art technology. An integrated energy system promotes renewable energy. CHP units can run on pure plant oil harvested and refined from Co-operative farms. A sustainable drainage system stores and recycles water as needed.
This spectacular space is the office of the Chamber of Commerce in Amiens, France. The office is a perfect marriage of history and modernism, with a wonderful exterior facade of greenery and glass finishing off the look. The space was designed by chartier-corbasson architectes, who have created a memorable yet professional office!
It’s not often that a historical style building gets an add on that completely transforms the space into something so updated and professional whilst still giving off the presence of the past history created. The hillside addition is a gorgeous space in a perfect setting of the Bouctot-Vagniez Town Hall in Amiens, France.
The design studio 3XN recenty designed the Dutch office space of KMPG, in a city called Frederiksberg. The building was created with a focus on environmentalism and sustainability, both in the design and construction.
The level of energy consumption is reduced to a mere minimum close to zero by controlling the inflow of light, by heat regulation through the use of an active façade with solar screening, by angling the building according to daylight and by a strategic orientation of the interior office space also accordingly.
The well known architects Gensler have recently designed a sustainably-built skyscraper, soon to become the tallest tower in China. The Shanghai Tower will be 632 meters, it will be one of the newest super-tall editions to the sprawling Luijiazui Finance and Trade Zone. Hopefully this will turn into a green trend for Asia, something which is desperately needed!
The skyscraper will feature a high-performance façade that shelters no fewer than nine sky gardens, a rainwater recycling system, and a series of wind turbines perched beneath its parapet.
Morgan Lovell recently fitted out and designed the offices of Hydrogen Energy, a company with offices in Surrey. Hydrogen Energy is a company that is dedicated to tackling climate change, and so they wanted their new Surrey offices to reflect both their corporate identity and their commitment to the environment.
From the start, we sourced all their furniture and other equipment from the UK to keep long haul transportation to a minimum. We chose recyclable desktops and furniture made from long lasting materials, and we installed the most energy efficient lighting systems available.
To create a natural, outdoor feel, we built three special break out zones for informal meetings – one on decking by the river next to the office, another in the open-air courtyard, and the third inside with a forest scene across one wall. And once we had finished the project, we made sure that we offset all CO2 produced during the fit out – Hydrogen Energy’s new office is truly carbon neutral.
HOK is a global architectural firm that specialises in planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities. Their London office is rated LEED Gold, which in case you are unaware means that it is quite environmentally friendly, with only LEED Platinum being a higher rating. The London office is green to its core, beginning with the actual construction project. The company’s plentiful resources allowed it to become the first LEED Gold building in the United Kingdom. Designers selected low formaldehyde and low volatile-organic compounds when selecting the finishes, furniture, and carpet.
To add to that environmentally friendly build, the London branch also features a central patch of grass which is keenly used by the company’s employees to have lunch and just generally relax. There’s even a picnic table with a classic red-and-white checked tablecloth at one end, and small trees interspersed throughout the building.
TNT Express is a shipping company that specialises in speedy courier services of various kinds. The company ships items all over the world, with a capacity of over 30,000 vehicles and 50 aircraft that allows them the infrastructure to deliver and ship parcels quickly (or at least thats the idea anyway!). They’ve just opened a new HQ in Hoofdrop which is in Holland. The office is sustainable and as green as can be, achieving LEED Platinum ratings, and taking TNT one step closer to their goal of being the first carbon-neutral shipping company in the world. The office space was designed by the architectural firm Paul de Ruiter.
These offices are very nice indeed, I especially love the little private nook areas which are intended to act as hotdesking spaces. However the office does perhaps lack a bit of colour, who says environmentally sustainable design needs to be bland? What do you think?
[Pictures by Oliver Schuh, via Office Snapshots]
The Paris based architectural firm influx studio has designed a concept building it calls the ’algae green loop’. The design is aimed at being an algae retrofitting of the marina city towers in Chicago, USA.The concept aims to use the natural CO2 absorbing characteristics of flora to help decarbonise urban environments. The buildings recognise the growing need for sustainable cities, something which many of us realise will only become more and more pertinent as the world continues to ceaselessly develop. By retro-fitting and using pre-existing structures not only would they be creating a new environmentally friendly building design, but they would also be working very realistically towards a zero footprint project.