Category Archives: Architecture

Top 10 Offices

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It’s a sad truth, but most we’re going to end up spending our working days in terribly uninspiring environments. Those fluorescent panels, cookie cutter cubicles and motivational posters may be soulless, but design sensibility often carries a premium that is slashed from the bottom line of ‘Big Business’. There are some progressive companies, however, who push the envelope of design to provide their employees with a truly invigorating work environment. To celebrate the office as a place where work can be beautiful, The Coolist have gathered 10 of the most amazing office spaces in the world. My favourite is Manchester Square Interior by SHH, it’s more gentleman’s club than office, but I love the idea behind it. What’s yours?

The Torres House

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Set high in the Sierra Madre mountain range, the Torres House seeks to establish an intimate contact with the natural environment in which it is located. Discreetly open towards the street, the house is accessed by crossing over a fountain from which a huge oak tree emerges, impressive both for its size and its beauty. Once on the porch, a grand mural-like door -constructed of marble, wood and steel- welcomes the visitor.

Inside, the entry hall merges into an area of contrasting materials consisting of Santo Tomas marble and volcanic stone walls. From this area there is a visual continuity with the rest of the house and with the garden that was left in its natural state as a small oak forest.

In the living room, conceived almost as a glass box, one can experience the view to the Sierra Madre peaks in the distance and the garden near by. Owing to its location within the mountain, where winters can get really cold, there is a fireplace for the family to gather around in the evenings.

From the dining room and the media room, one can access the roof terrace and enjoy the splendid views of the Sierra Madre as well as of the city of Monterrey. Here the musical background of the sounds of nature is in sharp contrast to the roar of the city below.

Nomiya, Paris

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Nomiya is a pop-up restaurant, situated high upon the roof of the Palais de Tokyo in France, where it provides awe-inspiring views of the city. Seating just 12 people, it provides a unique and intimate eating experience with all of Paris’ beauty within sight and is open until July 2010.

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I love the idea of placing a small, intimate restuarant in such a desired and lofty location. It is a clever design that uses its surroundings to emphasise itself. For the lucky few that manage to get a booking there, it will surely be an unforgettable experience.

Casa Q

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via The Coolist

Nestled on the hillside in Spain’s north coast, Casa Q is a grand achievement in contemporary design. Composed of a series of offset, asymmetrical rectangular sections, Casa Q is a black obelisk in Norte De Espana. The home rests on a wood-slatted patio overlooking a pool and the town below. Inside, the home that appears to have few windows is surprisingly bright, as large skylights add to it’s architectural mystique.

I like the general design of the building, it’s quirky and the black colour is unusual but works well in this instance. The angular shapes give the building a modern look. It does kind of look like a few shapes thrown together in a pile, but I like that, and feel that it is a good representation of contemporary architecture.

The Shard at London Bridge

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via Shard London Bridge

The Shard at London Bridge is a skyscraper currently under construction in London Bridge, besides the Underground and Train station. When completed in May 2012, it will be the tallest building in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe. It has so far secured contracts to contain a hotel, offices, restaurants and a viewing platform open to the general public, with owners anticipating 2 million visitors a year. Its design is said to echo a shard of glass and change with the sky and seasons. I think it is a great design, and will provide a great contrast to the existing buildings dominating the London skyline, and will enhance it in the run up to London hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.