The Nanxun Blossom Hill is a boutique hotel tucked away in Zhouzhuang, China that’s been recently renovated by Dariel Studio. Inspired by the quiet, hidden beauty of nature found in Nanxun and its Southern China style gardens, the interior design studio combines contemporary western design with the heritage of the building and site for a tranquil retreat away from the busy city life of Shanghai.
Over the last decade we’ve watched the concept of coworking move from being a fringe idea to a global movement. Whether they are offices built primarily for coworking or those that incorporate specific elements into traditional environments, the concept has been cemented into the canon of office and workplace design.
In large lecture halls and auditoria, it is crucial to understand from the beginning how active the learning will be, and what combinations of activity may occur. It is fairly common at the start of a project for institutions to request extensive adaptability and flexibility.
The San Francisco office of Perkins+Will was recently certified LEED Platinum by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The project’s rigorous performance goals were achieved with a holistic sustainable design approach. The primary design principle was to employ passive strategies to limit solar gain, encourage natural ventilation, and harvest daylight.
When we think of “culture,” so much of that is tied to a physical location. And that’s just as true of work cultures as urban ones. But here at Goodway Group, a digital marketing company with over 400 U.S.-based employees, we have a work culture that’s earned high marks on Glassdoor and kudos from Fortune‘s Great Place to Work initiative and the Society for Human Resource Management—and we all work from home. In fact, around a dozen of our team members live in RVs.
Global design firm Stantec will strengthen the coast-to-coast reach of its US Buildings practice while broadening its civic and commercial capabilities through the acquisition of RNL, a Denver-based, 134-person integrated architectural, interior and urban design firm. A recognized industry authority in transit facilities, urban design, workplace, civic, higher education, and mixed-use facilities, RNL also embraces a companywide strength in sustainable design.
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Hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are increasingly examining the design and aesthetic of their facility to appeal to patients and potentially shorten inpatient stays, according to a CNN report.
The approach, known as evidence-based design, compels architectural designers and hospital officials to contemplate "the tiniest of details," like minimizing the distance between the nurses' station and patient rooms, perfecting acoustics and selecting hardware to improve infection control, according to the report
Research shows that working outdoors can increase creativity and productivity. Whether for socializing or quiet concentration, outdoor settings are prime destinations where we connect, collaborate and rejuvenate. They are the natural extension of great workplaces.
A considered approach to office design could help employees become even more productive - so why are so many companies still getting it wrong? Organizations are realizing that they are fighting a war for talent. As that intensifies, employees are behaving more like customers, being choosy about who they work for and looking for organizations that convey particular values and culture through their workplace. What they’re looking for is more humanity in the office and environments that energize them and connect them with the organizations values – and one another.
Office superstore Staples has recalled 124,000 Hazen Mesh Task office chairs due to a potential fall hazard.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall on Tuesday, saying that the legs on the base of the chair can break, posing a fall hazard.
Steelcase was recognized today as one of the most community-minded companies in the nation as a part of the Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light. The company’s expansive involvement in community programs – including a mix of volunteered time, product/service donations and financial gifts – led to the recognition, which Steelcase also earned in 2016.
Jumpseat Collection is a complete line of seating that can be used anywhere space is at a premium. Each version of the patented JumpSeat builds on the same baseline features. The JumpSeat’s innovative design combined with its space-saving and streamlined characteristics are perfect for the healthcare, corporate, education, retail and residential markets. The JumpSeat Collection consists of the JumpSeat, JumpSeat 90, JumpSeat Wall and the new JumpSeat Emerge.
Revenue increased 2 percent, or approximately 4 percent on an organic basis, in the first quarter compared to the prior year, while orders increased 1 percent. The Americas posted revenue growth of 3 percent, which included revenue from a very large project in the manufacturing sector. Orders in the Americas declined 3 percent compared to the prior year, driven by reduced demand from large customers.
Office 3.0 – first previewed in plans in the middle of last year – is the new headquarters for the Agnelli Foundation cultural institution in Turin, Italy.
Design contracts and new project inquiries reached their highest point in May, and have stayed in positive territory every month in 2017.
Buildings are by far the most permanent part of the workplace. With an average lifespan of about 80 years, many buildings outlive the occupants they serve.
Recent construction trends favor wild designs, featuring buildings that push the boundaries of engineering, market return and consumer popularity. Buildings are also redefining height limitations; at least eight of the world’s tallest buildings are planned to top out within the next five years.
When planning an office design project, it is surprisingly common for businesses to neglect the design of their meeting rooms. After all, in a typical office building, meeting rooms are not in constant use and many facility managers take the approach that the room simply needs to be big enough to fit people in.
UK employers are falling short of fully supporting mental health in the workplace, with half of UK employees say their workplace has a negative impact on their physical, mental and financial wellbeing, a new survey claims. And according to the Global Employee Benefits Watch 2017/18 from Thomsons Online Benefits of over 2,000 office workers around the world, multinational organizations are not using benefits effectively to improve employee wellbeing and provide a positive workplace experience. Almost 40 percent of employees cite improving mental wellbeing as a life goal, yet less than half of those (18 percent), feel that their benefits scheme supports this. The situation is similar for those wanting to get fit and healthy; 44 percent of employees are keen to do this, yet less than half of them (20 percent) say their employer is helping them to fulfill this ambition.
Last week, the A&D industry gathered in Chicago at the Merchandise Mart for the 49th annual contract furnishings fair known as NeoCon, and Architizer was there to scour the show to discover the best new products ranging from seating and desking to lighting and flooring. Because there’s a lot of ground to cover, we’re splitting our NeoCon recap into six roundups beginning with the best of acoustical and privacy products.