Why should office buildings be sprawling gray complexes in uninspired shapes, filled with depressing gray cubicles in which workers sit and long for a glimpse of nature? For a space so integral to a company’s most important functions, offices tend to be far too bland – but not these 12 buildings. Like a breath of fresh air in a stale room, the architecture of these structures is a welcome change, from high-energy urban penthouses to peaceful glass lookouts in the woods.
White Mountain Office, Sweden
Collaborators: Frida Öster and Jonatan Blomgren
Geology Consultant: Geosigma AB
Construction: Albert France-Lanord Architects Albert France-Lanord Architects
Client: Bahnhof AB
Construction Area: 1,200 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman
Deep underground in a former anti-atomic shelter is the White Mountain Office, a 1200-square-foot complex that exploits the jaw-dropping contrasts between raw, rustic rock faces and the sleek curvature of modern glass and steel architecture. Albert France-Lanord Architects admit that science fiction films and even James Bond served as inspiration for the office structure, saying “The client is an internet provider and the rock shelter hosts server halls and offices. The starting point of the project was to consider the rock as a living organism. The humans try to acclimate themselves to this foreign world and bring the ‘best’ elements from earth: light, plants, water and technology.”
Red Bull Headquarters, London
What else would you expect from the signature beverage of the hyperactive than an office building featuring a gigantic slide? Outfitted in the brand’s red, blue and silver color scheme (along with plenty of steel), the building is thoroughly modern and adult yet retains a sense of playfulness.
(images via: design verb)
Selgas Cano Architecture Office, Spain
Everyone needs a window in their office so they can take a moment every now and then to gaze out at nature for a while and recharge before getting back to work. But what if half of your office building’s roof were open to the sky, framed by a canopy of trees? The Selgas Cano Architecture office building in Madrid is set partially into the ground with one side entirely transparent, giving employees the ideal inspiration to design more incredibly architectural masterpieces.
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Today i found Free Hugely-handy Software-Tools on SpeckyBoy.com read on and see a small selection of what is to find: (link below)
With CSS3 stealing all of the design headlines recently, and with jQuery as popular as it is, it is very easy to forget about any other image and content slider/gallery options you may have. And as such, in this post, we take a look at the best of what MooTools can offer. As you will see, the results are pretty impressive.
This is our weekly section were we highlight the Top 10 resources from any given field from within the design community. These mini-articles give us an opportunity to share some really useful resources which would be either-wise ignored and difficult to justify with a full blown article.
Floom is a super-stylish blinds-like slideshow widget for MooTools 1.2.2+.
slideGallery Docs & Download →
slideGallery Demo →
The Nivoo-Slider is an image gallery, featuring 14 different transition effects that has been based on the jQuery Plugin NivoSlider (http://nivo.dev7studios.com/).
Nivoo-Slider Docs & Download →
Nivoo Slider Demo →
For More MooTools Image and Content Sliders head over to: http://speckyboy.com/2010/08/19/10-mootools-image-and-content-sliders/
The true stone house, in the montains of Fafe, Portugal. Watch a video of the house(no English)in link below.
Photography by Feliciano Guimaraes.
“Inspired by the Flintstones, this odd house was constructed between two giant stones on the hillside of Fafe Mountains in Portugal. Like most contemporary homes, it has a front door, roof, and selection of windows, while the huge spherical boulder on the uphill side of the house and scoop-shaped end give it a prehistoric feel.”
Google Maps, here
Photos by Feliciano Guimaraes.
Photography by Feliciano Guimaraes.
For more images visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsome1/sets/72157615078780504/
See video at: http://www.likecool.com/The_true_Stone_House–Building–Home.html