Various Architects turn an industrial Oslo building into contemporary offices

August 17, 2017 by  
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A historic building in Oslo’s locomotive industrial zone has been transformed into contemporary offices filled with natural light. This adaptive reuse project, called Lokomotivstallen, has been praised as a positive example of recycling and historical restoration in the city. Designed by Various Architects , the modern offices house the rail-based intermodal company CargoNet. The 3,000-square-foot building has a peculiar rectangular footprint that’s much longer than it is wide with a 205-meter-long facade and seven-meter width. To break the structure’s narrow monotony and to widen the footprint of the floors, the architects inserted timber boxes into the facade. Meeting rooms are located in the wooden boxes. The timber additions are of varying sizes and heights, and each are faced with a south-facing floor-to-ceiling glazed wall to let in maximum daylight. The largest wooden box houses the cafeteria that serves as the building’s central meeting area. Related: Various Architect’s Stunning Collapsible Stadium The original brick facade was preserved although the interior was largely gutted to make way for the modern office spaces . A new elevator tower that connects all the floors is also clad in brick and topped with a trademark railway clock. The office building comprises eighty desks distributed between five open landscape areas and can be rearranged to fit different needs. Micro spaces are interspersed throughout the office and provide quieter private working spaces. + Various Architects Images by Ibrahim Elhayawan, Dawid Nowak

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MIT and Google design a temporary office meeting space that drops down from the ceiling

September 30, 2016 by  
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MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and Google teamed up to design this innovative system called Transformable Meeting Spaces. The structure can be pulled down from the ceiling to enclose a 10-feet-wide and 8-feet-tall space that can fit up to eight people. Users can simply push the structure up once the  meeting ends. Related: Stacked timber beams act as multi-use office furniture in this renovated barn in Belgium https://vimeo.com/183045783 The retractable shell is fixed to the ceiling and constructed from 36 interconnected fiberglass rods. Felt lines its interior in order to muffle the outside noise, while plywood sheets envelop the structure as an exoskeleton. + Self-Assembly Lab Via ZDNet

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21 unarmed Dakota Access Pipeline protestors arrested during prayer ceremony

September 30, 2016 by  
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Protesters demanding the end of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline had another run-in with police this week when the Morton County Sheriff’s Department interrupted a peaceful prayer ceremony at two sites on the reservation. About 40 law enforcement officers arrived in armored vehicles and arrested 21 protestors total. The ceremony apparently involved the planting of willow and corn – hardly actions that could be mistaken by law enforcement as violent or threatening. In a press release , the police department alleges that a protester on horseback charged at an officer. However, video of at least three riders on horseback doesn’t seem to match the description made by the officers. According to the Indian Country news site, Kyle Kirchmeier, the sheriff of Morton County, has come under fire in the past for spreading false information about the protests – including allegations that the protesters had pipe bombs. (As it turns out, the objects he claimed were bombs were actually sacred pipes used in ceremonies.) Related: What is the Dakota Access Pipeline project? We explain… The arrests follow multiple standoffs between the police the peaceful protestors who have gathered to air their concerns over the proposed oil pipeline , which could destroy sacred Sioux sites and poses a danger to the soil and groundwater that the Standing Rock tribe depends on. In early September, the oil company backing the project, Energy Transfer Partners, unleashed security dogs on the protesters, resulting in several injuries. In the past month, there have been dozens of arrests for trespassing on construction sites and blocking equipment. While the US government has attempted to block the pipeline , the continued conflict shows that the battle is far from over. Via EcoWatch Images via Tomas Alejo and Tony Webster

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Googleplex designer’s sky offices above London would suck people up from their homes

December 15, 2015 by  
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Clive Wilkinson , who design the original Googleplex, came up with a quirky design that puts a satirical spin on the idea of office spaces. His design envisions a layer of single-level workspaces that hover above cities and suck people up from their homes via pneumatic tubes . Entitled ‘The Endless Workspace,’ the project is a tongue-in-cheek proposal meant to “solve” London’s commuting problems. Read the rest of Googleplex designer’s sky offices above London would suck people up from their homes

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7 Bright red shipping containers repurposed as modern offices in Israel

July 17, 2015 by  
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Selcuk Ecza Headquarters looks like a small country village in Istanbul

March 20, 2015 by  
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