The Serena Williams Building—a workplace for 2,750 occupants at more than 1 million square feet—is the largest structure at Nike World Headquarters. We led the design of all aspects of this complex building and program, including core and shell, interior design and furniture selection, and branding integration. Beyond its sheer scale, the project presented three principal challenges:
Mole Architects has completed two new purpose-built workspace buildings in London’s Design District on Greenwich Peninsula. The newly-created pedestrian quarter, master-planned by HNNA, features 16 architect-designed buildings and establishes a permanent home for creative industries – designers, artists, and makers of all types. The intentionally eclectic assortment of buildings is arranged along and connected by narrow alleyways leading into intimate courtyards and a new market square.
A ‘trailblazing’ building and a representational entryway to the city are arising with the new construction of Mercator One in Duisburg, Germany. The distinctive retreating fan-shaped façade that pivots at the short ends guides the streams of travelers and commuters from the flanking central railway station together with pedestrian flows from the inner city. At the same time, its out-of-the-ordinary silhouette that spawns new and surprising sightlines, again and again, turns the roughly 100-meter-long, 17-meter-wide, and 26-meter-high structure into a landmark for the surrounding urban quarter.
The project is a corporate office for a developer in Ahmedabad. It is surrounded by dense urban fabric. The site is located in an upcoming residential area of Ahmedabad. It has ongoing construction sites all around. Presently, the site area experiences lots of unwanted noise with the movement of heavy vehicles all around the day.
Commercial and industrial buildings are characteristic of the area for which this project ‒ based on design plans for the «Äussere Lorzenallmend» district ‒ was developed. Two construction phases are planned: During the first construction phase, an idiosyncratic, comb-like, three-story building volume is formulated and subsequently enhanced with a high point on Chollerstrasse. A spacious access ramp leading to a plateau opens up the new building. The two building wings enclose the entrance space.
The HeidelbergCement AG headquarters provide space for 1,000 staff. AS+P consistently pursued the client’s claim of “Concrete Excellence”: With curved façade elements, tree-like struts in the foyer, and the casino ceiling, the building shows the diverse potential of concrete as a material with a sustainability concept based on the Platinum Standard.
An emblematic building that marked the urban expansion of Tunis and one of its very first business districts is getting a facelift from top to bottom. ETRATON reinvents the structure thirty years later, preserving some of its old distinctive features and resuscitating the building’s role as an urban landmark bordering a main artery of the capital city. ETRATON’s ground floor hosts a double-height car showroom and highlights the sculptural aspect of the old staircase. All other floors are dedicated to office spaces. The building’s corner entrance is given particular attention and imitates the pointy lifting of a stage curtain announcing a spectacle of light and landscapes.
The site overlooks Shimabara Port and Mt. Unzen, so we planned an office where people can work while enjoying the view. By slanting the exterior wall, we planned to block the view from the street while at the same time securing the view.
In a strong commitment to innovation, the building has a charred wood façade that follows the Shou Sugi Ban method. This traditional Japanese technique consists of burning the outer layer of the wood, achieving a unique and attractive facade with great properties. Applying a controlled burning of the wood ensures excellent fireproof protection of the façade, as well as protection against humidity, solar radiation, and insect attack.
The Kaleidoscope is a living and working building located at a factory site in central Vietnam. The surrounding region is known for its severe climate: a hot wind blows throughout the dry season and typhoons and floods during the rainy season. The building is placed between the hill and the sea and frames a series of diverse—kaleidoscopic—views in directions and times. The project aims at creating a protected space from the harsh tropical climate and enhancing the user’s contact with nature through various architectural devices.