- Adobe Utah Campus \ WRNS Studio
- Boll Lamp for Atelier-D \ Jonathan Dorthe
- P50 Apartment Renovation VdC01 \ A2OFFICE
- PLATAFORMA ZERO \ A2OFFICE
- HOUSE AM OBEREN BERG \ Alexander Brenner Architekten
Posted: 09 Mar 2013 06:30 AM PST
WRNS Studio has completed The Adobe Utah Campus in Lehi City, Utah.
As a global leader in digital media and digital marketing, Adobe has attracted some of the nation's top talent, people that are inspired, that want to be a part of something truly important and exiting. Employees expect to find more than just a job at Adobe – they expect to find a place that encourages them to do something incredible with their creativity and drive, and ultimately their lives. As a result, customers continue to delight in the products they craft.
In 2009, Adobe made a surprising acquisition of Utah-based Omniture as an initial step towards its vision of combining its content creation tools with Omniture's industry leading web analytics, targeting, and digital marketing optimization technologies. In 2010, they hired WRNS Studio as master planner and architect and RAPT Studio as interior architect to develop a new 680,000-square-foot campus in Lehi City, Utah.
From the very start, Adobe sought to find a different kind of environment for this campus. They wanted their employees to experience their new workplace as a reflection of their most inspired selves, a source of motivation and connection, high energy and thoughtful repose. The campus had to be flexible, functional, sustainable, and fundamentally unique.
Lehi City is located between Salt Lake City and Provo, approximately thirty minutes from each. Long and narrow, the 38-acre site that Adobe selected flanks Interstate 15 and is bifurcated by a four-lane public road. Adobe chose this site for its proximity to major population centers, public transit, its exposure to the Interstate, and its expansive vistas to Utah Valley, the picturesque Lake Utah, and the striking Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges. The Interstate is interpreted in the master plan and architecture as a natural phenomena, on the scale of mountains and rivers, to be embraced and celebrated for its dynamic drama. The campus is highly visible to passersby, reinforcing Adobe's commitment to creating something special and unique to help attract and retain top talent.
The master plan draws upon the site as a driver for workplace energy and Adobe's creative spirit by offering a metaphor for the dramatic topology of the Utah Valley. The master plan for the site includes expanded office buildings and can be described as three flowing lines (three, roughly 200,000 square foot office buildings and an 80,000 square foot amenities building) and two spaces that are captured by the lines (a grand atrium and a campus green). Just as the sweep of the mountains shape the inhabited valley, the long sweep of the office floors – scaled to propel the natural metaphor and facilitate workplace interaction – define and embrace the two primary campus spaces. The four-story office buildings are long and narrow, providing all employees with access to natural light, expansive views, and a direct connection to the outdoors – the very reason so many choose to live and work in Utah. Open stairs and eccentric cores maximize flow and connectivity between work groups in this open plan, collaborative environment.
At the heart of campus life is a grand, light filled Atrium, which pulses with activity throughout the week. The Atrium links every workplace and amenity, one to the other, while connecting to the landforms and landscapes that define the site. Emblematic of Adobe's commitment to transparency and connection, the Atrium acts as an all-hands space, town center, festival area, and place of quiet reflection with views of the mountains to the South. Spaces for work, play, exercise and eating are arranged strategically around the Atrium to facilitate interaction and a strong sense of community.
Central to Adobe's desire to create a strong sense of place was providing employees and passerby with a direct visual connection to its culture of hard work balanced by recreation, sport and health. In response, spaces for each spin out from the Atrium and engage the surrounding landscape. Likewise, the expansive glass facades make visible the activities within – showcasing not only people working but also eating in the café, exercising in the fitness center, and playing on the basketball court.
Reflecting Adobe's longstanding commitment to sound environmental stewardship, the campus is targeted to achieve a LEED Gold certification. Phase 1 (Office Building I – 200,000 square feet; Amenities Building – 80,000 square feet; and Atrium) is now complete.
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Project: Adobe Utah Campus, Lehi City, Utah
+ All images & drawings courtesy WRNS Studio | photo by Tim Griffith
Posted: 08 Mar 2013 08:23 PM PST
The Boll Lamp is inspired by Scandinavian design and is handmade in Montreal out of a light birch structure, which is wrapped in bands of sycamore veneer. This sculptural lamp is created with bands of different widths, assembled to create an elleptical shape. When the light is turned on, the particular woven grain of the wood is accentuated. The lamp has a Mid-Century Modern feeling to it and it will definetly add a warm glow to any contemporary room.
Designed by Jonathan Dorthe for Atelier-D.
Posted: 08 Mar 2013 07:59 PM PST
This intervention was made in an apartment located in a rooftop penthouse, with 18 years old, with a dark and heavy interior. It was asked to do the best intervention possible spending a small budget, previously defined.
Two decades ago, the initial design did not anticipate the need for a toilet placed in the social area of the home to serve the visitors and the daily use. It was therefore necessary to perform both, a division and a multiplication (depending on the point of view): one of the toilets was divided into two, one of the toilets has led to two. And with this need, a new door entered in the house: an event!
Moreover, the apartment was already pretty well divided, social and private areas of the house were hierarchically organized. Some existing residual spaces were transformed into storage lockers, and mirrors were placed to increase the sense of visual space.
All existing carpentry was painted white. All of toilet ceramics have been reused in an economic way: the black and beige colors gave rise to the dominant painted white; the ceilings have been designed with openings that the imagination does believe that are made of natural light.
The ceramic floor in the existing social areas of the house was all covered and homogenized with white cork plates. This new material covered entrance hall, kitchen, laundry, pantry, living room and ended on the walls of the new toilet. In the area of the bedrooms remained the existing floor.
The exterior balcony and terrace with about 110m2 of floor area were redesigned. It was used wood, that brought it’s smell and comfort. The 270º view did the rest.
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Title: P50 | Apartment Renovation VdC01
+ All images courtesy A2OFFICE
Posted: 08 Mar 2013 07:18 PM PST
A small space with just over 20m ² was the site for the deployment of this kiosk in the Casa da Música Metro Station in the city of Porto, Portugal.
This project was based on the idea of “pause”. Pause between commuting routes (home-work-home, home-school-home, etc.) where one color dominates: the yellow. As in the trilogy of chromatic lights os the semaphores, symbolizes a moment of pause, is among the movement and stopping.
The yellow as the predominant color, requires the interaction with neutral colors to highlight. Thus, the space is organized hierarchizing areas of public access with yellow and neutralizing (visually) the restricted areas with gray.
Being a space of reduced dimensions, we tried to create different types of spot lighting, treating exhibition spaces individually, creating gradients and focal points in the visitor’s attention.
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+ All images and drawings courtesy A2OFFICE | Photo by Alexandra Marques
Posted: 08 Mar 2013 05:59 PM PST
Alexander Brenner Architekten has completed a house named HOUSE AM OBEREN BERG in Stuttgart, Germany.
When approaching the building via the access road an in-depth layered picture is discernible. The northeast side of the house is an addition/a combination of white cubes. Each of them is recognizable as an individual structure when viewed from close up, but seen from a distance, they merge to form a unified whole.
As you enter the house from the north-east via the two-storey entrance hall, the floor-to-ceiling glazing facing southwest opens up onto the garden. One can look out over the pool in front of the house, and across the valley towards the hills opposite.
In this entrance hall (as in the whole house), visitors are aware of an interplay of open and enclosed spaces stretching between transparent expanses of glass and protective walls. This layout satisfies both the occupants' need for security and, on the other hand, for openness and a connection with the surrounding natural landscape.
If necessary, the house can be divided into units of varying sizes without major constructional work being required, thus offering its occupants maximum flexibility and permitting a suitable way of living for every lifestyle and family situation. This multi-generational villa is a new and sustainable reinterpretation of the old dream of a house that can grow and shrink within the same building shell.
The house's southwest orientation, its generous glazing and the dark floors ensure maximum passive solar gains. A large-surface solar system on the roof and a geothermal heat pump complement the energy concept.
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Project: HOUSE AM OBEREN BERG
+ All images & drawings courtesy Alexander Brenner Architekten | photo by Zooey Braun
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