Conversions: former London shoe-polish factory into RIBA award-winning charity offices

Architecture 00 repurposed an old London shoe-polish factory into The Foundry, a contemporary social justice center and recent winner of a 2015 RIBA London Building of the Year Award and RIBA London Regional Award. Located in Vauxhall, this well-decorated adaptive reuse project blends a light-filled modern aesthetic with the factory’s 20th century industrial character. The […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: Rhijnspoor Building earns highest BREEAM award for an educational building in the Netherlands

The Team RSG-designed Rhijnspoor Building in Amsterdam was recently awarded a BREEAM Excellent certification with 4 stars – the highest score ever given to an educational building in the Netherlands. The sustainable building was designed for the Amsterdam University building of Applied Sciences and features a solar aluminum facade, intelligent lighting and climate control, a […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: Deloitte’s Amsterdam HQ by PLP Architecture

Deloitte’s new Amsterdam headquarters just achieved a landmark in the world of green building by scoring the highest BREEAM rating ever! The project’s 98.36 score beats out One Embankment Place in London, making it one of the world’s greenest office buildings. Dubbed The Edge, the new building was designed by London-based PLP Architecture and it […] Read more

Cool offices: Hoare Lea Lighting office in London, UK

Hoare Lea’s new London office in the Grade II listed, BREEAM ‘Excellent’, Western Transit Shed won both the ‘Workplace Lighting’ and the ‘Low Carbon’ Awards at the Lighting Design Awards 2014. ‘Winning both the ‘Workplace Lighting’ and the ‘Low Carbon’ awards for our office in the Western Transit Shed is an excellent result. It shows […] Read more

Cool offices and conversions: Nightclub into Corio’s offices in Madrid, Spain

3g office has completed the design of a new office space in Madrid for Corio, a Dutch property and shopping centre management firm. The new headquarters, located in a protected building from the point of view of heritage, required a complete renovation to transform a former nightclub in offices. The resulting 1,200-square-meter (12,917-square-fet) premises should conform to […] Read more

Cool offices: Finnkino in Helsinki, Finland

Gullstén-Inkinen has designed a new office space for Finnkino, Finland’s largest movie theater chain. Finnkino’s headquarters moved to a new location in summer 2013. The premises are in the new Aitio Business Park. The building aims to achieve Finland’s first BREEAM Excellent environment certificate. The brief was to design spaces that supports and matches Finnkino’s […] Read more

BREEAM Excellent Library of Birmingham

After five long years, the stunning £188.8 million Library of Birmingham has officially opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo and engineering consultancy firm Buro Happold, Britain’s largest public library replaces Birmingham’s Central Library with what is possibly the world’s most luxurious-looking structure that features a […] Read more

Conversions: old Victorian building into BREEAM ‘very good’ school

The new Hilden Grange Prep School, designed by HawkinsBrown, is a £4.4 million redevelopment of an old Victorian building located in Kent, UK. The building is organized around a sunken assembly and dining hall with floor-to-ceiling glass doors which open up towards external dining areas and an outdoor amphitheatre. It achieved a low carbon footprint […] Read more

LEED to recognize BREEAM energy credits

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) will now recognize energy credits from Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) International, the United Kingdom’s green-building rating program, in applications for LEED certification. The credit recognition will only apply to new-construction buildings that first achieve BREEAM certification. To begin, only energy credits in BREEAM International 2011 will […] Read more

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