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Arup satellite office space in downtown LA designed by Zago Architecture for activity-based working

Read the full article at: Arup satellite office in downtown LA by Zago Architecture designed for activity-based work, with a variety of desks, seating, collaborative hubs, sustainable design. Change in the workplace is not always readily accepted, especially if it’s perceived as radical. Sometimes, the best plan is to introduce new concepts gradually, which is exactly what global engineering design consultancy Arup has done in Los Angeles. The company recently established a satellite office in the downtown area, to be closer to key clients, and to limit travelling time for workers. Planned as a touch-down space where people could work for several hours or days at a time, the office presented a unique design opportunity, says Arup principal Jon Phillips. “For several years, we have talked in the main LA office about the idea of activity-based working, whereby people are not hampered by a fixed desk structure. In the current arrangement, no single seating solution is ideal; people need to be able to collaborate at times, and work on a set of drawings which requires space. So we explored the activity-based working concept for the satellite office – it is already in use in Arup offices in Australia.” Arup collaborated closely with Zago Architecture throughout the entire design process, giving the architects a very open brief in terms of aesthetics. Video:


Sustainable design in education building – the Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Read the full article at: At Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability, students walk the sustainable talk every day. Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at how the building by architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz achieves that aim. Integrated university halls of residence, research labs, teaching facilities and urban glasshouse, incorporate geothermal heating, natural ventilation, optimum solar gain and rainwater harvesting. Educational practice today is very much based around a hands-on approach – a belief that the greatest understanding comes from actively participating rather than just being lectured to. The Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago takes that a step further. It’s an integrated learning facility that brings together green building strategies, planet-friendly energy use, eco-farming, research and teaching labs with student housing and a social hub. Architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz reworked an existing brick structure into teaching and research facilities … and then added two new structures to create the 65,000 square metre complex. The most dramatic of these is the Ecodome – a central urban farm and laboratory under glass. The other is a new brick building which bookends the complex and provides student accommodation. Looking a little like a giant glass roll-top desk, the Ecodome’s shape optimises passive ventilation. Rising hot air is drawn out of the greenhouse while computer controlled vents allow cooler air to enter from below. This creates enough air flow through the space without the need for mechanical assistance. And the curving façade allows maximum solar gain … as well as collection and channeling of rainwater. The LEED-rated design also involves a geothermal system of 90 wells, making it the largest of its kind in Chicago. This too becomes part of the learning environment – glass floor panels allow students to see the operation first hand and read displays showing the water’s temperature as it descends or surfaces. The end result is that the Institute of Environmental Sustainability is itself a living and learning laboratory – an academic facility and integrated dormitory where students walk the sustainability talk every day. Video:


Tom Bradley International Terminal - renovation at Los Angeles International Airport LAX

Transiting through Tom Bradley International terminal Is now more like the relaxed experience passengers need Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at the long overdue transformation by Fentress Architects With a design that evokes the world-famous surf of Californian beaches, the Tom Bradley International Terminal heralds a new era in traveller comfort. With over 66 million passengers a year passing through LA airport it should be a gateway experience for the city and state. But, in the past, if your journey took you through the Tom Bradley International terminal the experience has been far from uplifting. Thankfully that's now all changed with the opening of a new terminal building designed by Curtis Fentress of Fentress Architects. The starting point for the design was a wave-like structure reminiscent of the city's famous beaches. In response, Fentress has created a distinctive arching sectional roofline which also references the arches of the iconic LAX control tower. The statistics behind the new Tom Bradley are impressive. At nearly 112,000 square metres, it's double the size of the previous terminal and is the largest public works program in the history of Los Angeles. It contains 15,500 tonnes of steel, and the steel structure allows for a column-free interior that rises to height of 31m at the central Great Hall. It also has double the processing capacity of the old terminal, with the ability to handle 4000 people an hour through Federal Inspection Services. And that should add up to 8.6 million passengers passing comfortably through the terminal annually. Of course, these days, airport terminals are more than just a place where passengers transit. They've become a destination revenue source in their own right. The new Tom Bradley centre is no exception. The enormous electronic billboards inside are one revenue source ... as well as the shopping pavilions and food and beverage outlets that have been incorporated into spaces created by the impressive interior architecture. With the new terminal now fully operational, international passengers passing through LAX can expect an infinitely more pleasant and relaxed experience to start or end their journey. Read the full article at: Video: