Design & Architecture: University of Tokyo, Japan

Constructed as part of the University of Tokyo‘s campus, Kengo Kuma and Associates has completed the ‘Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building’ in Japan. Instead of hard materials commonly associated with architecture of this type, the design incorporates natural elements in order to present a smooth and organic frontage. The facility comprises galleries and lecture rooms […] Read more

Cool offices: Flamingo offices in Shanghai, China

Wooden house-shaped volumes are inserted into this office in the attic of a converted industrial building in Shanghai, by Chinese architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, creating a contrast with raw concrete fittings. To accentuate the location of the offices for strategic design and research consultancy Flamingo in the roof space of the building, Neri&Hu constructed house-shaped volumes with pitched roofs […] Read more

Steelcase reports Q1 results

American professional furniture manufacturer, Steelcase, reported first quarter revenue of USD 723.1 million and net income of USD 21.0 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.17. Excluding net restructuring benefits, adjusted earnings were $0.12 per share. In the prior year, Steelcase reported $667.1 million of revenue, diluted earnings per share of $0.10 and adjusted […] Read more

Steelcase will close manufacturing facility in France

Together with the publication of its Q1 2014 results, American professional furniture producer, Steelcase, announced that it has initiated procedures with the applicable works councils regarding a project to exit a manufacturing facility just outside Strasbourg, France and transfer its activities to other existing facilities in the EMEA region to safeguard the company’s global competitiveness. […] Read more

Cool offices: Coca-Cola headquarters in Toronto, Canada

figure3 has recently delivered a new headquarters design for Coca-Cola located in downtown Toronto. The 100,000 square foot office is designed using a combination of social spaces, focus spaces, brand experiences, and conference areas to both bring balance to the workplace and make it work best for Coca-Cola’s Toronto staff. See also our previous posts about Coca-Cola […] Read more

Cool offices: Yelp by Studio O+A in San Francisco, USA

San Francisco’s Studio O+A created the multi-storey office space for online city guide and directory company Yelp. The company relocated from a smaller suburban office to one of central San Francisco’s oldest high-rise buildings – a 1920’s 26-storey Art Deco structure by local architect Timothy Pflueger. With Yelp occupying the second to 14th floors, the brief for […] Read more

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