Ajando Next Level CRM by Peter Stasek Architects

A very unusual loft has been created in the Mannheim harbor district. The complete ajando team will live and work there starting in January 2013. The internationally renowned architect Peter Stasek and the loftwerk architect office located in Karlsruhe are behind the corporate architecture concept of the loft. It was inspired by the quantum physics of Wheeler, the architecture of Josef M. Hoffmann and, of course, the information expertise of ajando.

Material is not the building material of our world, but rather information. This is not the position maintained by some Internet-addicted, social media nerd, who cannot imagine anything beyond World of Warcraft, Foursquare and Twitter. No, John A. Wheeler, one of the most well known quantum physicists of our time, made this claim. He and his colleagues already discovered decades ago that material is an illusion. In reality, our world is composed of information. With this knowledge in the back of their heads, our team of architects at loftwerk as well as the architect Peter Stasek went to work developing a concept for the ajando loft in the Mannheimer harbor park You might consider such a project impossible. How can you design something so thoroughly material such as a loft in an old industrial building if there is no material at all? But you couldn’t be more wrong! These creative minds recognized the connection: Information is not only the essence of our world, but also the essence of ajando.

And that’s as true as true can be! Real information is only obtained when we combine, visualize and present the right data in the right way. Information that inspires and motivates people. This is a very fundamental core skill at ajando. “The dynamics of this information flow can be seen as the driving element of the complete company,” Peter Stasek explains. Consequently, the architecture office made the data and information flows of ajando visible in our corporate architecture concept. This starts with the layout of the rooms, for example. “The concept for the paths and the room are one and the same” is the motto, which was formulated by the famous Viennese architect Josef M. Hoffmann. “Just like with information, the visitor is to be guided in the most direct way to the place where the reason for his visit is maintained, consulted, processed and forwarded,” according to Mr. Stasek. As a result, the loft from ajando becomes a live cross-media platform in real life with perfect usability. An ajando room is created for social and informative convergence, for dialog and the sharing of ideas.

Even the design of lighting is part of the corporate architecture concept. “The illumination of the corridors, the lobby as well as the open-plan office were designed under the motto “Light as a wave, light as a particle,” our architect Mr. Stasek explains. Single-color, wave-shaped LED strips will illuminate the outer walls draped with textile starting in mid- October. Sound installations will also give them another aesthetic dimension. The brick masonry opposite shines in colored light as a contrast. White snowflakes fall softly and continuously in the half-open stairway shell – a projection of light. “The gliding of these light particles mirrors the information flow at ajando and consequently displays the complete strategy of the company as a binding and never resting element,” Mr. Stasek comments.

Project by (Firm name): ajando Next Level CRM
Client: Ajando GmbH
Location of site: Hafenpark Mannheim, Industriestrasse 35, 68165 Mannheim, Germany
Program: The loft office ajando has a total area of about 750 sqm and comprises of entrance area, lounge area, open space office on the main floor, open space office on the gallery, conference room, 3 director and management offices, sanitary rooms and kitchenette.
Principal designer: Architect Peter Stasek
Design Team: Luana Kroner-Stasek, Dimitrios Ciatipis
Collaborating Architects: Loftwerk Karlsruhe
Area: 750.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Claus Morgenstern
Lighting Design: Licht-Team Speyer
Interior Design Supplier: Raum-Konzepte Sabine, Kümmel OHG

source: stasek.de

MAPFRE Complex by TSM Architects

The project is a Commercial Complex where all the MAPFRE services may be found. MAPFRE is a Spanish transnational insurance company with presence all over South America. With a total built up area of 7,872.84 m2, it is composed of a Commercial Office two story building, a Medical Center with two levels, a Chapel and a six stories Columbarium building, and finally a Wake Area, plus two basements. The entrance to the complex is through a large square with slope.

The chapel has been placed on the left side of the entrance, with seating for 100 people. It has been design so it could hold most types of Christian services. It is more like a neutral temple. The external and internal cladding is a flagstone which is extracted from quarries in the Peruvian state of Arequipa. Inside, the altar has been decorated with a back of wooden veneer and with a top natural skylight. The altar table is an inclined marble table. The lighting fixture includes LED strings inside the windows to always give the effect of daylight permeating through them.

After the chapel services, you enter the reception area for the Columbarium, starting on the second floor and they spread over 6 floors. The building has been mainly covered by ellipsoid sun louvers to keep a more private atmosphere inside without compromising the entrance of natural light.

Towards the right side, also facing the street, the Medical Center has been located. Its glass façade has been design as a multiple combination of different types of glass that goes from light and transparent to dark and almost opaque. The reception, offices and services, such as pharmacy, X-ray, laboratory, etc. are on the first floor. The second floor consists of medical offices and administrative areas.

Between this two volumes are two pedestrian paths, one that continues along the ground, right next to the chapel and columbarium, to reach the entrance to the Wake rooms. And the other, an open cement stair that leads to the internal main plaza, with each step lighted by LED hidden strings.

To enter all five independent Wake rooms you must go through a common area, which has the same flagstone cladding. Between this area and the basement there is a vertical connection with a specially sized elevator for the entrance of the funeral procession with the coffin. In the basement there is also the mortuary room through which the coffin and body passes before being taken to each wake room.

The main Square or Plaza is located on the second floor, on top of the wakes, it is accessed through the open stair.From the Plaza you can access the commercial office building, consisting of 2 floors. The building has the same glass façade finished of the Medical Center. It is a continuous façade that makes them look like one bent building. The firstlivel is the customer reception area as well as customer care offices and the more private offices are on located on the second floor.

TSM Asociados SRL: Arch. Alvaro Grimaldo, Arch. Roberto Borda
MAPFRE Complex – 2013
Ave. Industrial 3614 – Independencia
Lima 28, Peru

source: tsm.com.pe

Office of Technology company by TSEH Architectural Group

It is always a pleasure to design for people which are very close to our spirit and especially to our professional field. We are lucky. We have worked with such customer.
The main activity of the company «SarMatEnergy» – is the design of complex engineering structures, such as oil and gas pipelines, oil stations and others.
According to this kind of business in interior’s concept we choose black element such as wire as a symbol of this natural resources.They seem to fall from the ceiling to the working tables and give electra energy. For this elements we designer a uniquely construction.

Glass is decorated with an special images-working drawings and diagrams from projects which made in the SarMatEnergy. The ceiling is left almost untouched.
The workspace is located on two stories – open and free, on the perimeter – glass cabinets in the center on each stories – conference room.

Desk in the Info-point in the lobby is made of black metal rough pipes. Coffee-room zone on the second floor is circled by black metal rough tubes which bump into floor/ceiling.
This tubes rest on the floor by metal balls (ball and socket joint) which were an automobile detail in the past.

Individual production is still weak in Aktau. We take this into account in our project. So, everything in the project, accept a basic construction materials and metal structures was brought from another country.
Field supervision was carried out remotely. The architects were at the the site only two times.
Simplicity of design was to prevent and reduce the number of errors and wrong decisions taken at the construction site without the architect.
S = 895 м2
2012-2013, the Republic of Kazakhstan, Aktau, 15 md

source: tseh.com.ua

Gdynia Port Pilot Station by NANU architecture

Gdynia and its Port is well known for its modernism buildings from the thirties of the twentieth century. Whole city was designed and developed from scratch just in 10 years. In the early thirties on a plot at Chrzanowskiego Street a House of Pilots was developed. From that time the surrounding plots has not been built until modern times. In 2011 we were asked to design a modern pilot station on a plot just opposite the historical House of Pilots. Main challenge was to create a contemporary response in the demanding environment of historic buildings.

The result is a simple white box form with large, different size openings randomly positioned on elevations. Natural choice of materials due to the site context. White plaster refers to the surrounding modernism. Copper window treatment, copper mesh and panels referes to colors of the port facilities. Program includes an office spaces, bedrooms for pilots, gym, workshop/garage and utility rooms.

Architects: NANU architecture
Location: Poland
Design Team: Maciej Nagórski, Marcin Długi
Area: 993 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Magdalena Ubysz

source: nanu.com.pl

Headquarters B&F Wien by Delugan Meissl

Funerals are an important part of every culture. Both operative as well as administrative spaces are located at the new headquarters of the funeral parlour B&F Wien – Bestattung und Friedhoefe GmbH. A core element of the new building is the client area comprising exhibition areas for tombstones, urns and coffins. The building is situated on a main access road, which has run alongside the central graveyard since the graveyard was extended in the 1920s. Mindful of the existing visual axes –Entrance number 2, and the crematorium in the north-west, the new building makes reference to the archaic buildings in its environment. A green and weather-protected courtyard constitutes the transitional space between inside and outside.

Ceiling length glass panels and the white ALUCOBOND® façade form an optical connection to the green exterior and generate an uninterrupted, atmospheric landscape. The external landscaping opts for plants and structures pertaining to classical graveyard design and complements isolated stand-alone structures with discreet timeless green space.

Project: Bestattung Wien, Simmeringer Hauptstr. 339, Vienna, Austria
Design: DeluganMeissl Associated Architects, Vienna, Austria
Fabricator: MA.TEC Stahl -und Alubau GmbH, Neutal, Austria
Construction: Riveted / Screwed
Year of Construction: 2012
Product: ALUCOBOND® Light Grey Shine & Anodized Look C34
Photos: Hertha Hurnaus

source: 3AComposites.com

PGE GiEk ConcernHeadquarters by FAAB Architektura

The building is located in the center of Poland in the town of Belchatów (60 000 inhabitants). The office building is the headquarters of PGE GiEK Concern – the largest energy producer in Poland (40% of the Polish overall electricity volume). Distinguished in the company scope is the quarry in Belchatów, one of the largest opencast lignite quarries in Europe (35 million ton of raw material yearly). One of the PGE electric power plants – also in Belchatów- isnoteworthy: producing yearly an estimated 31 trillion watt-hours (Wh) of electric energy.

The office building location is not accidental. Settled on the fringe of a housing district, with 6 000 inhabitants, it is the first element of the local service center and at once shapes the frontage of the new city plaza. A portion of the office employees, residing in the nearby area, resigned from the everyday use of private or public transportation. In a very undeniable manner, this aids in the reduction of pollution.

Within the building, apart from a wide range of office space dedicated for 230 employees, lies a cluster of conference rooms, a staff canteen/lounge and a center for the digitization of paper documents.

The form of the building was, in part, inspired by the scope of the PGE GiEK Capital Group.
Mining lignite is represented in the ground level areas, finished with rusty black slate. Production and transmission of electrical energy reflected in the upper levels: electric transmission cables characterized with black cement composite panels and electric energy (glass) running in between. The building is endowed with an atypical structural framework – upper floors are supported by a multilevel, irregular steel truss weighing 160 000 kilograms. Its implementation is a result of formal inspiration taken from mechanisms encountered in the extractive and production industries. While its dynamism recalls the movement of particles creating electric energy.

Light, specifically access to natural light, is the dominating element in the interior design for the building. An overwhelming majority of interior space is lit by natural light. This includes staircases, corridors, conference rooms as well as traditionally artificially lit areas such as print/copy rooms, employee lunch-break rooms and toilets. Close to 92% of the interior space has access to natural light, making it difficult to overestimate the quality of the office work space. The building is equipped with twilight sensor fixtures which adjust the luminosity of the artificial light to that of the natural light. This has enormous impact during morning and evening hours as well as on overcast days. Exceptional access to natural light and the use of twilight sensor fixtures result in lower electric energy consumption.

Within the framework of the project lies a recreational area for employees, including a terraced square on the ground floor and open garden terrace on level one. These features ensure the users the possibility of rest and relaxation during often very long work days. It is worth to add that the water reservoir (comprising an element of the square) is treated with the aid of a technology using minimal amounts of chemicals and has properties similar to that of natural, clean lake water. Landscaped elements are irrigated with rain water collected from the building roof, surface parking and sidewalks, to a special underground water storage tank.

The building belongs to the group of projects in which we tried in an intelligent manner to join “low-tech” and “high-tech” with the widest possible ecological solutions.
The building is a pioneer in new urban tendencies – thanks to its location – it reduces the carbon footprint by minimizing the need for private and/or public transport to and from work daily. Many employees walk to work or ride their bicycles.

In the project scope laysthe first in Poland artificial water reservoir, whichdue to a special technology (based on the minimal chemical treatment) has the properties similar to that of natural, clean lake water.

The building was granted permit for use in May 2013.

Name: PGE GiEk ConcernHeadquarters
Category: Office Building
address: Poland, Lodz province, Belchatów County, 5 Węglowa Street, Belchatów
buildingfootprint area: 1,770.0 m2
total area: 8,300.0 m2
volume: 31,120.0 m2
site area: 11,779.0 m2
Project documentation: 2010-2011
Construction: 2011-2013
type of commission: 1st place in closed competition

Architecture and coordination: FAAB Architektura Adam Białobrzeski| Adam Figurski
Architects: Adam Białobrzeski, Adam Figurski, Maria Messina; collaborator: Paulina Filas
Construction: KBiI
Sanitary systems engineer: Sinap
Electrical systems engineer: Bema-projekt
Skylight structural engineer: EsoxProjekt
Landscape architect: OgrodyDankiewicz
Acoustics: Fabryka Ciszy
Photography: Bartłomiej Senkowski

source: faab.pl

NTI Head office by Liong Lie architects

Liong Lie Architects has designed the new interior of the NTI head office in Leiden, Holland. NTI stands for more than 70 years of cutting-edge distance education.

The new learning according to NTI is the ideal combination of online learning and classroom meetings.

The assignment was to link flexible working and learning to a strong brand experience of NTI (‘Flexible learning starts here’) and achieving maximum effect with limited means: ready-made elements are used in such a way that they look special and create a maximum effect.

The colourful corporate identity of NTI shines bright with enthusiasm and exactly that enthusiasm is incorporated in the design of the interior. The corporate colours are also used as a means of orientation and colourful prints of open landscapes enhance the atmosphere.

Varied learning spaces are designed: work lounges, 1 persons focus rooms and also informal learning while sitting at the bar.

The call centre seems an enclosed space with matching acoustics when you are seated, but as you stand up you enter a wide open space where you can have contact with your colleagues.

There’s an open and welcoming atmosphere because of the use of open floor plans and bright colours.

Client: NTI
Location: Schuttersveld 6-16, Leiden
Program: Education, office and callcentre
Total m2: 2200 m²
Total amount of rooms: 7 classrooms: total 500m2
Callcentre: 60 work spaces
Office: 95 work spaces
Architect: Liong Lie Architects
Design team: Liong Lie, Roeland de Jong, Michael Schuurman, Rajiv Sewtahal
Project management: Goed4U, Leidschendam
Photography: Hannah Anthonysz
Timespan: 7 Months: design including realisation
Builders: FDV Groep, Giessenburg
Electrical engineering: Elektro Groeneweg Installatie BV, Rotterdam
Walls: Plan Effect, Geldermalsen
Flooring: Kampschreur BV, Zoeterwoude-dorp
Acoustic panels + prints: in-zee, Schiedam
Security: Hillsafety, Alphen aan den Rijn
Airco: Compair, Capelle aan de IJssel
Interior builders: Dokter Interieurbouw, Barneveld

source: lionglie.com

Gwent Records Office by Stride Treglown

Ebbw Vale steelworks was once the largest in Europe.
Its closure in 2001 sparked a regeneration programme that cleared the site of all buildings except the listed General Offices, for which a new use had been found. The building was to be developed as a new home for Gwent Records Office, a visitor centre for the area, offices and function rooms. Gwent Archives collects preserves and makes accessible archives relating to the area it serves. The architects developed a design theme that alludes to the site’s rich history to complement the building’s existing finishes. The General Offices building is an extensive and grand Edwardian red brick and stone building. It remains largely as built, retaining its clock tower, large drawing offices as well as its board room and chairman’s office. The new extension is a modern design which features flat, shaped and curved forms.

The material used was Alucobond® Spectra Light Grey, Indiana Copper and Corten Steel. Internally much of the original building and its finishes remained.

Doors, ironmongery, the grand stone staircase and glazed wall tiling dados all remained and have been repaired, or restored where necessary.

Project: Gwent Records, Steelworks Road, Ebbw Vale, UK
Architect: Stride Treglown Davies, Cardiff, UK
Fabricator/Installer: Booth Muirie Ltd / Severn Insulation Co Ltd, UK
Construction: BM120 cassette panel system with recessed joints
Year of Construction: 2011
Product: Alucobond® Spectra Light Grey, Indiana Copper
Photos: Booth Muirie | Photosignals

source: 3AComposites.com

Dutch Consulate and NSBO by estudio KAW

The Honorary Consulate and the office NSBO represent Netherlands in Barcelona. The NBSO office is dedicated exclusively to the promotion of Dutch trade and investment. It is set up by the Ministry of Economic Affairs specifically to support Dutch businesses in their international activities. Prestige and representativeness are the right words to describe a so-called command. It is a small project but with a great responsibility.

The most important feature of this design is transparency. Given the small size of the space, the offices have been divided by a translucent vinyl of a white tulip field fixed on glass partitions. This is a very representative image of the country. The somewhat informal atmosphere is monochromatic; white was used as predominant color. To regulate intense natural light, as well as support for a satisfying sound insulation, curtains of absorbent fibers have been used. The customer service desk meets the bulletproof required protective demands. The laminate flooring is a high resistance type considering the large public attendance at the office. The furniture that divides the workspace from the service areas is a multifunction piece, all in one, library-archive-telephone-printing-kitchenette.

project: Dutch Consulate and NSBO (Nederlands Support Business Office) in Barcelona
Architect: Ana Fernandez, estudio KAW
Client: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Program: Office refurbishment – Interior design
Area: 2×26 sqm
Construction costs: €81.340
Location: Barcelona City
Address: EDIFICIO PRISMA, Avenida Diagonal 611, 4º en 6º
Status: Accomplished project February 2012
Particularities: High Security Systeem
Photographer tulip field: Richard Zomerdijk
Photographer: Idoia Unzurrunzaga

source: estudiokaw.com

Tourism Idea Office by SUMA Architektów

Tourism Idea Office is based in an old appartment in City center of Cracow. Complete renovation took few mounths and now the office is complete and fully prepared to work. The office was design to fullfill the needs for 14 employees and is filled with italian office furniture.

Concept of the office was designed by young architectural studio – SUMA Architektów.
The main idea was to keep as much of existing structure as possible, such as door frames, radiators, windows etc. The new electrical net was design the way it not interfear with existing wall structure. Antother aim was to create a space that says „ the company has energy to change the world” using low-cost funds.

The office is devided in 4 main areas.
At the entrance we reach the reception area with waitnig spot for the clients. Next room is the biggest and it is an open-space office with direct conection with meeting room / relax room. The last area/room is an calling center.

Meeting room/ relax room has direct connection with kitchen and it is equiped with flat screen TV and playstation.

Base colors used in this project are white and grey and aditional accent coulors are yellow and green, what makes this interior very fresh, clean and energetic.

Project: Tourism Idea Office
Design: SUMA Architektów
Project Team: Jakub Jan Surówka, Michał Matejczyk, Paulina Wacławik
Completion: December/Grudzień 2013
Location: Kraków, Poland
Area: 100 m2
Photos: Tomasz Prokop

source: sumaarchitektow.pl

Controlar Headquarters in Alfena by Adoff.Zurcatnas

Controlar Headquarters in Alfena by Adoff Zurcatnas

What? – Concept / inspiration
In the current context of globalization, based on a process of technical revolution, the development of companies in the field of technological innovation, such as Controlar, has been marked by a physical dematerialisation and smaller requirements in terms of space and scale compared to traditional industry. In this regard, and based on the pre-existence of a large building which serves as a “skin” to maintain, the concept of action is based on dividing the interior space in “boxes” spaced to the existing construction and arranged according to the program and spans in the original facades. This proposal aims to build within the built and add without touching in order to integrate without merging two distinct approaches to architecture, the existing and the new proposal.

Why? – Choices / motivation
The choice of partition of the space and the space between “boxes” and to the “skin” allows the profusion of natural light from the roof and facade into the interior of the nave of the building, allowing illumination of traffic, leisure and working areas. This objective of sustainability has also generated concern about the issue of cooling, which is restrained to the interior of the rooms, restricting the consumption needs to each of the spaces. In this concept of organization through independent “boxes” it is built up an “outdoor space” within the interior of the building, in a logic of gradual dissipation of accessibility, in which the entire infrastructure network is developed so that access for maintenance and change is facilitated.

How? – Materials / products
In order to stand out the “boxes” from the “skin” the whole building was standardized through the use of grey colour, contrasting with the white used in new construction in which the application of materials from the industrial imaginary, such as polycarbonate and metal, assumes a finishing language with the reinterpretation of their natural characteristics in order to achieve a bright space and of easy maintenance due to their reflective and plane surfaces. This concept of sharing space through the use of “boxes” allows its implementation through the reproduction of economic light structures with the development of typified construction details targeting rationalization of construction.

Architecture: Adoff.Zurcatnas Arquitetos Associados
Project name: Controlar Headquarters
Location: Alfena, Valongo
Area: 900m2
Year: 2013

Office building by ISAP

ISAP is an Architectural Design firm based in Noida , India into delightful built spaces. We conceptualized and built an eco friendly office for ourselves keeping in mind that the energy consumption should be low and a natural ambience should
pervade the building.

Local materials like Orange coarse sand, Hollow brick walls were use for insulation and finishing of the building. No paints have been used in the exterior finishing of the building. The colors are natural character of the local coarse sand. Net result was a drastic reduction in consumable energy by 40%.

Even in the harsh hot climate of Delhi the building retains minimum solar thermal energy during the day time for radiation in the night keeping the building cool.

Studio Name – ISAP
Type -Office
Character – Eco sustainable with Climatic conditions & Environment.
Location – NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Year Complete – 2013
Plot Area – 350 Sq. Mtr.
Built up Area – 12000 sqft
Material Used -Local Coarse Sand (Badarpur) Plaster in Exteriors, Natural Stone

L.S.G. HEad Office Building by Urban Office

Surrounded by constructions pertaining to Socialist architecture, the building stands out due to its contemporary
features, illustrative of other times and different aspirations. By contrast, the neighbouring buildings, specific
to communist architecture enhance the value of the building.

Compound geometry of the building is defined by boxes which “bombard” or dot the façade, which confer a certain
degree of urban porosity, meant to reduce the massiveness of the building, in order to offer a gradual transition to the surrounding residential area. Having such powerful vibrations on the façade, we decided to attentively and minutely divide the rest of the façade, using vertical panels with minimal joints. Windows are placed in the same line with the finishing, so as to achieve that flatness specific to Northern architecture.

Ground floor boasts an above ground parking lot, a patio and enjoys free access from all directions.
By using laborious details we tried to achieve an elegant finishing to suit cantilevered volumes, which play multiple roles in this composition…they serve as daytime smoking areas from a functional point of view and overnight they turn into night lighting elements, integrated into the building computer (BMS).

The building enjoys state of the art technology, because the beneficiary is an engineering and installation company, which boasts advanced technological developments on the European markets. The photovoltaic panels placed on the roof produce electricity to cover the needs of the building, which also boasts triple glazed windows and a 15 cm thick thermal insulation.

The zoning urban plan restricted the maximum height of the building to 24 meters, with receding upper floors. The
height restriction limit has been observed and implemented into the volumetry of the building. To us, it was the opportunity to integrate European architecture into Bucharest’s architectural patchwork.

Project name: L.S.G. Head Office Building
Architects: Lilian & Iana Captari _ Urban Office
Structural Engineering: Mircea Neacsu, Incona
Mechanical, Electrical Engineering and H.V.A.C.: Gerhard Lipcovich, LSG

Location: 89-91, Hagi Ghita str., Sector 1, Bucharest, Romania
Area: 2,200 Sq m, 7 stories; 24 m high
Design: 2010 – 2012
Completion: May 2013
Photo: Arthur Tintu

source: urbanoffice.ro

L‘Office 64 de l‘Habitat by Arotcharen Architectes

The housing association, l‘Office 64 de l‘Habitat has built a new company headquarter in Bayonne in southern France. The fact that the building is an ecological example is proudly presented for visitors to see. Green architecture is not merely a theme or topic it is taken literally. Indeed, the slender block of office accommodation, clad in a green ALUCOBOND® façade, looks like a greenhouse thanks to the additional glass frontage on the south facing side. The low entrance building in front of the slender slab has a “green roof” covered in vegetation.

That is not only an image promoting feature, the exterior is part of a climate control concept which, instead of relying on a battery of technological services, prefers natural methods. Vegetation on the roof acts as insulation and stores rainwater. The space between the glass outer skin and the building façade acts like a temperature buffer for the building within. The solar energy collected there is almost sufficient to heat the offices without other WELL-WRAPPED power sources in a mild winter. In a hard winter, two fuel cells are used in addition, and the north and south office blocks can be heated independently of one another.

In summer, on the other hand, heat built up in the offices is primarily prevented by using night cooling and by the switchable glass slats which let the wind in. The concrete construction‘s slow thermal behaviour and the sun protection, which is individually controllable in each office, ensure a natural, consistent temperature in the building. This means that only the meeting rooms require compact, decentralised cooling systems. The architects have focused on simplicity in their choice of
lighting and materials. Good use of daylight, by means of limiting room depth and using glass walls, saves electric lighting. Materials are joined reversibly, the bare concrete surfaces are only partially clad. That improves the thermal behaviour of the building as well as the replacement and recycling options for individual materials.

Project: L‘Office 64 de l‘Habitat, Bayonne | France
Architects: Arotcharen Architectes | France
Construction: Office building
Year of Construction: 2011
Energy standard: THPE, très haute performance énergétique
Product: ALUCOBOND®, Colour: spectra autumn 915
Pictures: Mathieu Choiselat
Plans: Arotcharen Architectes | France

NATO Headquarters by Interplan2 Architetti

Located just outside of the town of Lago Patria in the region of Campania is the future home of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples. NATO took ownership of the new site in Lago Patria in May 2012, which promises to propel JFCNP into the future by providing a bold and technologically savvy home for one of NATO’s most visible commands.

Built at a total cost of more than 164 million Euros, the new installation will enable JFCNP to execute the full spectrum of steady state and contingency operations. A state of the art Joint Operations Center and a conference complex that offers 10 virtually “wired” meeting rooms will help make daily operations and inter-command communications more efficient.

Lago Patria is an installation that captures the imagination and inspires one to look toward the future. Reflecting pools, the elegant facades made of ALUCOBOND® in Silvermetallic, unique shapes, and a distinctively modernist interior design make Lago Patria more than just a military headquarters. The news site’s facilities can also be considered modern art that capitalizes on form and function. Tall interior office windows and skylights bring in natural light reducing the building’s energy consumption. The technological plant will use ice and water to cool buildings, a forward thinking concept that is environmentally friendly.

Lago Patria is an “open headquarters” designed to foster cohesiveness and increase efficiencies. A ceremonial courtyard in the center of the main complex offers a relaxing space to meet while discussing issues over a café from the coffee bar located just steps away. The Community Center, which resembles a wedge shooting towards the sky, will be home to the All Ranks Club which offers a commanding view of Lago Patria and the Tyrrhenian Sea on the horizon.

It is sure to be the professional setting for numerous Alliance and national events. While at the Community Center, you might choose to grab a bite to eat at the International Mess, shop at the SAVE Center, get a haircut, mail a letter at one of the post offices, catch up on the news at the library, go to a lecture in the 352 seat theater or visit one of the many concessionaires. Built to support more than 2,000 NATO staff members and three separate commands, Lago Patria will be a busy operational headquarters location; however, the site offers even more room for future expansion. This flexibility makes Lago Patria the ideal place for future NATO growth and regional development.

Project Name: NATO JFC Headquarters, Naples, Italy
Street, City: Lago Patria – Naples
Material: ALUCOBOND Silvermetallic nr. 500
Quantity: 47.404,21 m2
Construction Type: Cassette on bolts
Building Owner: NATO, JFC Naples, Project Management Office
Planning (Architect): Interplan2 Architetti
Fabricator/Installer: ISA S.p.A., Calcinelli (PU) – PROGALL S.r.l., Osimo (AN)
Year of construction: 2009-2011
Copyright pictures: Photographer DANIELE DOMENICALI

source: 3A Composites GmbH

SMA Solar Academy by HHS Planer + Architekten AG

Being world market leader in the fields of inverters, the company SMA Solar was in need of a
training centre in striking distance to the existing facility. The new building was built on stilts on
an existing parking area. Construction and design resulted out of the site’s proximity to the river
Fulda and energetic isolated operation. Large-format integrated photovoltaic elements are acting
as roof and façade.

Thus the building’s envelope consisting of solar panels and ALUCOBOND in
White high-gloss unifies technical demands with the aesthetics of a pending light structure. Material
and construction of wall, roof and soffit are fading. In the upper floor the lobby, training rooms and
building equipment serve as showroom to demonstrate the building technology. The building is
independent of the public energy supply and is working energetically self-sufficient.

Architect: HHS Planer + Architekten AG │ Kassel, Germany

Location: Niestetal │ Germany

Material: ALUCOBOND White high-gloss

Year of Construction: 2010

Construction: Riveted / Screwed

Photos: Constantin Meyer Photographie

source: 3A Composites GmbH

Bausch and Lomb HQ office by 137kilo

The project is the Poland headquarters of a large pharmaceutical corporation. The client wanted the office space to highlight the company’s scientific heritage while providing a high quality working environment for its employees.

Research labs and contact lenses – the client’s main product – served as our inspiration. White exposed ceilings combined with glass surfaces combine to create a light and transparent space. This seemingly sterile aesthetic is balanced by green walls along the space’s main visual axes and functional solutions which encourage teamwork and relaxation.

An open-space arrangement was used for many of the workspaces. The open space is punctuated with meeting room domes which also delineate the office’s various departments.

The domes are meant for less formal work meetings. Their high-tech inflatable surfaces invoke the client’s main product – contact lenses. The domes’ internal steel structure provides rigidity and adherence to fire codes. The domes are connected to ventilation and air conditioning systems – creating a comfortable work environment.

The client’s desire to provide a comfortable work environment is manifested by the “fun room” which features a library, a foosball table and an adult-size playpen.

Work spaces are some of the project’s key elements. Each four-person work area invokes the “+” symbol (an element of the company’s logo) and has a small tree in its center. Employees at each area are responsible for watering their tree, which underlines the company’s commitment to team work.

CLIENT: Bausch and Lomb
SCOPE: Concept, technical design, supervision
DATE: December 2012
TEAM: 137kilo + Beza Projekt
Anna Łoskiewicz
Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik
Jan Sukiennik
Bartłomiej Popiela
Krzysztof Benke
Alicja Getka
Robert Kłoś
Tomek Korzewski

wall graphics: Tymek Jezierski
photos by: Jacek Kołodziejski

Conceptual minimalism by BllendDesignOffice

Informed by conceptual minimalism, the new interiors were designed to relocate the multidisciplinary architectural & design studio, based in Athens, Greece. The target was the interior to reflect the studio’s aesthetic and environmental concerns; the architectural dialog starts from the landscape [scape], yet the building is not a mere accumulation of materials on XYZ axis, but a procedure which allows the ‘essences’ of space, materials, light and human condition to blend in order to achieve simplicity.

The interior design is striped to an aesthetic, yet not functional minimalism. Different functions and routines are concentrated in the same section of a space that allows for different team members to interact and work together on a project basis.

The open plan space is emphasized by clean lines, big glazed openings that allow plenty of natural daylight in the interior, enabling line and plane to become the basic structural and aesthetic elements.

The choice of a light color palette combined with material and textural variety allows for space and function unity. Unfinished concrete finishes elevate to the walls to add a contrast between white-soft and rough-grey.

The furniture was custom designed and produced for the needs of the studio, not only for the sake of design and function, but also to allow for the symbolic nature of materials and structures to emerge. The notion of architecture as concept is emphasized by the selective use of art pieces which play again with color and texture-finish.

Architectural studio: BllendDesignOffice
Website: www.bllend.com (under construction will be launched 10th Sep 2012)
Location: Athens Greece
Completion Date: July 2011
Design Architect & Project Manager: Helen Brasinika
3D renderer: Anastasia Rokkou
Custom manufactured structures and Furniture: GADA Greece
Photographer: Vaggelis Rokkas