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Project • By OPENBOOK ArchitectureOffices

PwC Portugal

The intervention at the PwC offices in Lisbon comprised organising and optimising the space and its occupation through the redesign of social, work, and collaborative working areas.Inspiration, innovation, and leadership are keywords in the PwC positioning that we wanted to see reflected in the workspace and, for that reason, were the basis of inspiration for the project.The level of customisation was high, impregnating the space with a design that reflects the brand's DNA, transmits its values, and increases the attractiveness of the office itself. The first step was to break down existing barriers, enhancing collaborative work and providing maximum comfort. After that, with a refined geometric design, the brand has been transposed into a... More

Project • By OPENBOOK ArchitectureOffices

CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut

Impact, employees’ wellbeing, and a culture of collaboration were the 3 axes that guided the architecture project for CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut's new headquarters in Lisbon, designed by OPENBOOK Architecture. The new CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut office is designed for people - employees and clients - to meet the needs and expectations of those who inhabit it. The architecture has given special emphasis to the creation of different types of spaces, designed to encourage informal, individual and teamwork, with different levels of silence and concentration requirements. The first impact matters. That is why CMS Rui Pena e Arnaut's Offices were designed to reveal the prestige and distinction associated with it, right from the lobby. An imp... More

Project • By Vittorio Grassi Architetto and PartnersOffices

Porta Romana 19

The redevelopment of the building, with the entrance from Corso di Porta Romana 19 within the historical center of Milan, represents an innovation for the way of approach and the design sensitivity, making a perfect synthesis between historical tradition and contemporary design. The intervention completely renews the building by creating a new glass roof in a contemporary language, harmoniously fitting into the historical context and respecting the architecture of the building underneath. The characteristic features of the intervention are the redesign of the internal facades, the new loggia on the penultimate floor and the new glass structure on the roof. The latter, born from the demolition and reconstruction of the existing pitched roo... More

Project • By Vittorio Grassi Architetto and PartnersOffices

Cassala 22

The building is located in Viale Cassala 22 in Milan in an urban area close to the railway where managerial, residential and commercial activities coexist. The Project provides a series of interventions that want to renew the internal and external aspects of the property, while maintaining its offices use. The project involves the renovation of the building envelope, the construction of a volumetric expansion on the back of the existing building of 862.59 sqm of SLP and the general renovation of the electrical and mechanical systems, as well as various interior refurbishment works such as the construction of a new entrance hall on the ground floor which allows indoor access to the six levels of offices. The existing facade made of ribbon... More

Project • By HEDBanks

Northern Trust 333 Wabash

Working with the Northern Trust Corporation team HED led a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to the design of the space at 333 South Wabash, located just off Chicago’s famous Grant Park. Spread across 17 floors, totaling just under a half a million square feet, the company decided to first build out a prototype of the new design ideas within the space to test them in action. HED’s research-driven process began with an assessment of workplace strategy and current portfolio usage, intensive weekly pre- and post-occupancy surveys, walkthroughs, open houses, verbal feedback and huddle sessions. This feedback rich prototype testing process ultimately allowed the project team to demonstrate available solutions to compare cost, loo... More

Project • By OPENBOOK ArchitectureOffices

MMC Village

Architecture and interior design project for the new Marsh & McLennan Companies’ headquarters in Lisbon (Mercer, Marsh and Guy Carpenter). An office designed to enhance group culture and staff engagement.    More

Product • By MuraflexPLANIKA


PLANIKA demising demountable office wall systems are fully demountable offering versatility and flexibility of design in any space without the long-term commitment of conventional drywall construction. Its steel structure is robust and its modularity makes it easy to interchange panels and add furnishings in no time. Electrical and plumbing ready, safe and easy to clean. PLANIKA is the perfect solution for all settings including office, retail or hospital, and other healthcare services. More

Project • By PCA-STREAMOffices


Thanks to PCA-STREAM’s project, the complex at 173–175 Haussmann recovers urban legibility that measuring up to its exceptional location a stone’s throw away from Place de l’Étoile, magnified by a majestic entrance at the bow of the building.   Finally brought together in a coherent manner, via an overhaul of distribution, the new complex offers floors that are flexible, open, bright, and pleasant, fitted out by RF Studio with a view to addressing the challenges of tomorrow’s workspaces. They are supplemented with outstanding common areas designed by PCASTREAM, including a triple-height atrium serving as a new village square for employees, but also a livable landscaped terrace.   A hybrid g... More

Project • By PTW ArchitectsOffices

Atlassian Office Fit Out

This expansion of the global headquarters in Sydney CBD consisted of an addition of 2600 sq m over two floors. Trialling a new global design direction, and with user experience a high priority, extensive consultation with the client and specialist consultants informed the brief, conceptual direction and detailed resolution.   Neighbourhoods of open plan working zones are interspersed with clusters of built environment housing a variety of meeting rooms, collaboration spaces and custom booths. Distinct colour palettes identify each neighbourhood and are carried through in the graphics and wayfinding solutions. Large scale custom graphics and a commissioned mural provide focal points and an individual identity to each floor, while rein... More

Project • By Elkus Manfredi ArchitectsOffices

Charles River Associates

Working closely with the CEO and employees of international consulting firm Charles River Associates (CRA), Elkus Manfredi Architects has transformed the company’s headquarters and four additional offices to express the firm’s culture, support the performance of its exceptional staff, and attract the world’s top talent.   Elkus Manfredi Architects’ transformativeworkplace redesign of CRA’s Chicago office at One South Wacker Drive unifies the company’s existing two-floor office and replaces the previously dim, dark, crowded environment with a daylight-filled, expansive workplace within the original two-floor footprint.   Elkus Manfredi’s Vice President and Workplace Strategist, Linda Ma... More

Project • By Square Feet StudioOffices

Corporate Environments

Our design process began with a deep dive into the legacies that precede Corporate Environments. We explored the history of Florence and Hans Knoll and their contemporaries–the modern masters they worked closely with, including Mies van der Rohe, to produce the iconic workplace furniture loved for decades and still produced by Knoll’s exacting standards today. We studied the details of the existing 1960s warehouse building and it’s consistent, though subtle, references to Mies van der Rohe. We developed an appreciation for the modernist dream of pre-fab mass customization present in DIRTT. What we found through our design research was that Mies formed a common thread in all three legacies, thus providing a lens through whi... More
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Section Perspective

Project • By Square Feet StudioOffices

The Interlock Lobbies

A series of volumetric explorations, the lobbies at The Interlock are the public-facing circulation hubs strategically placed throughout this large, mixed-use development’s ground plane. The most prominent lobby is a two-story space located at the crossroads of a hotel and multiple retail and office tenants. We designed it as a monolithic charred wood block, with sculpted elements revealing an underlying layer of rich, warm wood signifying active gathering spaces. Branching out are thin concrete bridges connecting people to and from other areas, which makes this lobby the very heart of the development. We carried this language of sculpted space to the various smaller public lobbies for clarity and connection throughout the project. More

Product • By GispenHUGG


Physical and acoustic separationWith the introduction of the HUGG flexible workspace we offer a solution for the continuously changing office environment. In this enclosed workspace for-one, employees can work at the office safely and keep concentrated on their task. Not a luxury these days when not only an acoustic separation but also physical distance is required. The acoustic walls not only absorb sound, they also provide a physical separation while keeping in touch with the rest of the office. More

NewsNews • 26 Jun 2020

I IN designs cinematic workplace in Tokyo

In Tokyo, the Mitsui Fudosan Company tasked I IN Architects with designing a new type of office space for Warp Studio. Rather than conventional desk work, the aim here was to create a type of office space where several different project teams and groups of people could work together concurrently in an environment that feels like a single space.  Tomooki Kengaku At the heart of the large open space is a sunken sofa area where workers can spend their office time in a way that suits them best, allowing for choice and relaxation. The feeling of working alone at home and the freedom that comes from that was taken as inspiration in the design of the spaces.   Tomooki Kengaku Throughout the office space, soft textures and mat... More
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Waiting Area — Now
Waiting Area — Before
Waiting Area — Now
Lobby Area — Before

Project • By Arper SPAOffices

Back to our Spaces

As we prepare to re-enter our work and usual spaces, we have created new proposals for our shared environments. We know that some changes are necessary. We need a little more space around us. We are experiencing the need to be adaptable in how and where we work—rethinking our kitchens and home offices as we rethink how we come together in waiting areas, break out spaces, meeting rooms, co-working areas, and public spaces. Paravan Mood, © Marco Covi   Reimagined Spaces with AdaptabilityArper has always put flexibility at the forefront of our designs and promoted a sense of balance between work and personal life. In the following proposals, we have reimagined spaces to showcase the adaptability of our products to suit t... More