Commercial Design 37-1C
Design ideas and approaches abound in this Commercial Design Trends edition. Check out global architecture firm Woods Bagot’s winning design for a Design Excellence Competition regarding the 131 Henry Street, Penrith redevelopment. Not sure what creating a fun call centre environment might be like? We feature a colourful version here themed on a beachside setting. Plus, is the humble book a thing of the past? Far from it, if our surprising featured library is anything to go by – everything from solar orientation to maximising use for all is considered. Plus, how does New Zealand’s natural relaxing vibe into an office environment – a collection of free-standing acoustic screens succeeds on an aesthetic and acoustic front.
Civic & Institutional
Young Kiwi's design ingenuity takes flight
New Zealand is a small country known for big ideas and the Grand Prix winner of this year’s international Lexus Design Awards demonstrates just that – a portable water distiller with life saving application
21st century company towns, imagined
Taking inspiration from company towns of the industrial revolution, these futuristic visualisations predict what life could look like if well-known firms again created purpose-built houses and towns for employees
A new generation library
This arresting rounded library concept takes into account everything from solar orientation to ready access to certain areas outside main library hours. It is specifically designed for both locals and tourists
A sustainable Grand Prix?
The high octane, big spectacle world of Grand Prix racing might seem like anything but a bastion of green thinking. However, this new Grand Prix facility laps traditional thinking with a building and build programme that reflects sustainable thinking at every turn
Brutalist pyramid given a new life
Brutalist architecture looks like it will still be standing when humans are long gone and this Brutalist pyramid is certainly one enduring example – a symbol of dictatorship in a past life, it will soon be transformed into a social and educational hub
Supreme Commercial Project Award goes to school
Winning project team for Te Raekura Redcliffs School overcame major challenges to achieve a result that benefits children as well as the community
A rethink of a school yard overcomes a problematic obstruction in this clever design
Thar she blows – concrete celebrated with a splash!
Looking a little like a diving whale’s giant fluke, the Thomas P Murphy Design Studio Building makes the most of the fluid lines that concrete can achieve.
Smart city forms its own mountain range
So what constitutes a smart city district? User-value technology and self-driving cars are two futuristic aspects of MVRDV's eye-popping competition entry for the new Tencent headquarters campus. Others include that the buildings together sculpt out the form of a mountain range
Mind that gap
Hanging out over a massive sink hole, this hotel come cantilevered viewing platform clings to its mountain ridge through strategic, environment friendly engineering feats
Extravagant simplicity – new Osaka hotel draws on diverse city themes
This vibrant hotel design balances the aesthetic of Japanese minimalism with the extravagance of an urban world saturated with colours
Exquisite game lodge invites the outdoors in
A lavish place with barriers between the lodge guests and the wild. No? Well, how about a strikingly modern, wide-open lodge that invites the outdoors in? This gorgeous lodge allows guests to truly immerse themselves in their surroundings.
Natural opulence with a difference
The new Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan – situated near the popular Badaling mountain range section of the Great Wall – features interior architecture and design by CL3 Architects. The hotel celebrates its heritage context and also green-living awareness.
The perfect pilot – a post-pandemic studio
Global workplace expert Unispace has built its first Covid-responsive workplace in a prime example of physical meets digital in a post-virus era
Was that your phone? No, that was the façade calling
Smart phone wizardry makes its impact in architecture, with the technology used on a green campus building façade with a difference
Manhattan office reflects refined fit-out
Looking as much like a plush hotel as offices for a design-focussed real estate firm, this quietly strategic fit-out offers diverse business functionality
The future for commercial interiors?
Hogan Lovells’ new office will serve as a truly diverse, inclusive and sustainable workplace to help attract talent, drive innovation and deliver the best experience for their employees and clients
World class design to revitalise Penrith CBD
Penrith City Council, Western Sydney, has announced the winner of its design excellence competition to reinvigorate the former Council Chambers at 129-133 Henry Street, into a new commercial building
You're calling from where?
We often expect call centre helpers to be based in faraway places. But what if your on-line expert is chatting from a relaxed beach setting? This beach-themed call centre is designed to bring out the best in its employees
New Zealand inspired biophilic office backdrops hit the market
We all know how serene and empowering a walk on New Zealand's beautiful beaches and nature trails can be. Now the restful attributes of our natural splendour are the inspiration for Backdrop – a quiet, nature-themed screen for offices and other spaces, in fact anywhere where restful zone separation is a plus
Apple store opens in heart of historic Rome
One of the world's most futuristic companies has opened its new retail store in Rome's Palazzo Marignoli, breathing new life into the grand historic building
A river between rocks – a poem inspired this stand-out exhibition centre
ShuiFa Info Town Property Exhibition Centre is a rather spectacular exhibition in its own right with a sculptural presence on the outside that is more than matched when you step inside – finding the entrance is the easy part, taking everything in is another matter
A gleaming glass jewel is the latest showcase for Apple's sleek product range
Apple Marina Bay Sands presents a new visual dynamic on the Singapore waterfront and a celebration of light – the futuristic building is by the engineering and design team at Foster + Partners
This minimalist pop-up store was designed with sustainability in mind
A sustainable ethos and minimalist aesthetic inspired the design of this pop-up store in Japan. See how this designer used a site in mid-demolition to create a space of reverence and contemplation