Foster + Partners breaks ground on Ferring Pharamceuticals headquarters in Copenhagen

September 6, 2016 by  
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Foster + Partners just kicked off construction on Ferring Pharamceuticals’ new light-filled headquarters in Copenhagen . Surrounded on all sides by water, the 39,000-square-meter office building takes advantage of its waterfront position with a glass envelope that captures surrounding views and natural daylight. The visually striking building is built like an inverted pyramid and the generous use of glass gives the structure a floating appearance that contrasts with the heavy plinth on which it sits. Located near the Copenhagen International airport in the city’s Kastrup area, Ferring Pharamceuticals’ new country headquarters design is strongly informed by its surrounding urban landscape. Since the site is flanked by predominately low-rise development, the architects designed the building facade with a strong horizontal emphasis and clad the structure almost entirely in glass to take advantage of views. The headquarters’ triangular form was dictated by the shape of the waterfront site and is set atop a large stone plinth that protects the building from flooding. Six glazed floors and a cantilevered roof canopy are stacked atop the plinth and are arranged in such a way to create self-shaded spaces on each floor. A large atrium punctuates the heart of the building and comprises the entrance lobby, cafe, breakout spaces, conference facility, and other social, collaborative spaces. The areas for quiet individual work, such as the offices and laboratories, are tucked away at the edges. The workspace layout was determined by in-depth studies of the company’s work culture. Daylight streams in to illuminate the workplaces from all sides. Related: Foster + Partners’ Droneport will launch aerial vehicles to deliver medical supplies in Africa “We wanted to create a very strong base that directly connects to and celebrates this unique waterside location and lifts the building above that level – so that there are uninterrupted views from the ground floor to the strait and the surrounding harbour,” said Grant Brooker, who led the building design. “For such a significant project it was vital that the building reflected the personality of the organisation and that it would create a collaborative and flexible working environment to carry them through the next century.” + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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Google is going to get its fancy headquarters after all thanks to LinkedIn deal

July 14, 2016 by  
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Tech giant Google  will be able to build its massive canopied greenhouse headquarters designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio after all. When the Mountain View City Council gave most of the land Google needed for the new HQ design to LinkedIn last year, most people thought Google wouldn’t get to build the ambitious project after all. Heatherwick and BIG even a revealed scaled-down design  in the hopes of making things work. But after cutting a three million square feet land deal with LinkedIn, Google can now have the original design  it always wanted. The land deal includes 2.4 million square feet of real estate that’s not yet developed, and 1 million square feet of developed land, which includes LinkedIn’s present HQ. The swap will allow Google to pursue their original designs, and LinkedIn will be able to construct a new cohesive HQ. Related: BIG and Heatherwick unveil scaled-down designs for Google’s Mountain View HQ It seems like the city of Mountain View is pleased with the deal as well. Mountain View Director of Community Development Randy Tsuda told the Silicon Valley Business Journal, “This actually works out well for both parties, and the city of Mountain View.” Mountain View Mayor Pat Showalter said the city “look[s] forward to continuing our relationships with these active corporate citizens.” Some of Google’s plans will still have to go through the Mountain View City Council, such as the tech giant’s dream of constructing housing on one of the sites where LinkedIn had once planned to put their new HQ, Shoreline Commons. LinkedIn’s plans had included retail stores and restaurants, and Mountain View officials have expressed a desire to see some of those plans go through. Syufy owns around 15 acres of Shoreline Commons and planned to build a health club and movie theater there, and Google VP of Real Estate and Workplace Services, Northern California Mark Golan said Google is “generally supportive” of some of those ideas. Golan said, “It’s almost serendipity in terms of the holdings both parties had. It’s a very creative solution we think led to a win for everyone.” Via ArchDaily and the Silicon Valley Business Journal Images © Google/BIG/Heatherwick Studio

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