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Chinese Company Headquarters WAY different than U.S.

  Chinese company, Tencent, just finished its global headquarters.  In previous narratives, I have discussed US-based tech companies’ cool new headquarters (Click here to read my narrative on Apple’s HQ). This week, I have included two different articles about the same building. What is different? Technology.  In China, the government allows some technology that is not … Continue reading Chinese Company Headquarters WAY different than U.S.

Categories Architecture, Design, Narrative

The Legacy of Steve Jobs and Office Space

Apple moved into their spaceship this year.  I wrote about it while under construction and now you have probably have seen finished photos all over.  If not, here are some.But today’s narrative is not about this inspired headquarters.  Today, I want to talk about Pixar’s headquarters built in the late 1990’s.  The standards of creative office (and … Continue reading The Legacy of Steve Jobs and Office Space

Categories Architecture, Design, Narrative, Tech Industry

How Tech Office Space Sets the Bar for Everyone Else

What would you do if you had an unlimited budget to improve your company’s next office renovation?  Below is a great article detailing what some tech giants are doing to their interior design to keep their employees happy, productive and in the office.    One simple takeaway is that these companies are doing THE most innovative and comprehensive buildout you … Continue reading How Tech Office Space Sets the Bar for Everyone Else

Categories Architecture, Design, Narrative

Third Space First

You heard it here first (hopefully).  There is a new type of space for companies called third spaces.  Third spaces are places for local people to gather and eat, with areas for creative, cultural, and community activities. This is where ideas and startups are born. If this concept takes off, the next wave of development will need … Continue reading Third Space First

Categories Design, Narrative, Tech Industry

Finally! A Possible Solution to Thermostat Wars

Finally. Maybe? No shot!!  Those were my immediate thoughts when I read the below article.  The war over office temperatures has been fought for decades. The ability to heat and cool their space for themselves, is one of the biggest issues our tenants have. In Arizona, this is compounded by the heat and sunlight beating on … Continue reading Finally! A Possible Solution to Thermostat Wars

Categories Design, Narrative, Tech Industry

World’s Smartest Building

Sustainability is a huge priority for many in commercial real estate these days. The movement towards green, sustainable buildings has opened the doors for new innovations. The below article highlights a building in Amsterdam that received the highest score for sustainability in the world from BREEAM, the world’s leading assessment for sustainable buildings. Even more exciting for … Continue reading World’s Smartest Building

Categories Design, Narrative

The Open Office Trap

Yes, open office is all the rage. But there is fallout (as I get older, I can now see there is good and bad in literally everything). Below is a contrarian view on the whole open office collaborative space perspective. Around 70% of all offices are now building open office environments. And with all this openness comes … Continue reading The Open Office Trap

Categories Design, Narrative

Nesting in Office Space Design

OK, so I am not sure if this is pure genius or complete BS. Then again, I know nothing about anthropological research. Below is a short article that discusses the cultural norm of approximately seven people being the ideal group size. Your teams should be seven (plus or minus two), and your office space groups should be the same. Why? –The team can … Continue reading Nesting in Office Space Design

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Buildings That Move???

Dynamic Architecture is designing a whole new way to build buildings AND each floor moves independently while rotating. Pretty cool, huh?    Here are some highlights: 1—Each floor rotates 360 degrees, independently or in a concerted manner. Much like the fancy restaurant at the top of a building we have all been to, but in these buildings every floor rotates. … Continue reading Buildings That Move???

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Top 10 Emerging Trends in Real Estate for 2015

The Urban Land Institute is a thoughtful group of committed real estate practitioners who are global in their membership and thoughts. They have recently produced their emerging trends for 2015. You can click here for the complete document. Below I have included a few pages of Chapter 1 for a quick review, the entire document is lengthy.    Here are my personal highlights—most of … Continue reading Top 10 Emerging Trends in Real Estate for 2015

Categories Design, Narrative

Cozy in Your Cubicle? An Office Design Alternative May Improve Efficiency

Open office design, benching, and cool space layout have been topics we have discussed over the past few years. Below is a very interesting article on the start of the open office space movement and why it failed miserably. Today, we are seeing open office layouts in over 70 percent of new space designs. That does not mean the C-Suite … Continue reading Cozy in Your Cubicle? An Office Design Alternative May Improve Efficiency

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Downsizing and Space Utilization

Increasing space utilization is a goal almost all of the tenants we represent have. Below is an article that discusses the inherent difficulties of attaining the perfect space and layout. At the end of 2013, tenants were space planning to 180 SF per person. As described in this narrative previously, this brings a large number of issues to the forefront, … Continue reading Downsizing and Space Utilization

Categories Design, Narrative

Floating Office for Startups? Let’s Get Outside of the Box Today

I love entrepreneurs. I have no idea if this will work, but I saw this company and looked over the website and thought what a creative mind. AND of course, what creative office space. Blueseed (http://blueseed.co/) is a group trying to raise money to build a ship that will sit 12 miles off the coast … Continue reading Floating Office for Startups? Let’s Get Outside of the Box Today

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NAIOP’s ‘Office of the Future’ Competition

Last year NAIOP held another office of the future competition. Below are the four finalists and their concepts. Here is a summary: –Hickok Cole out of Washington DC suggested a building with a second “skin” that could help filter sunlight and change as heat and light change. –Miller Hull from Seattle talked about adaptability where contemplation and collaboration are designed into the … Continue reading NAIOP’s ‘Office of the Future’ Competition

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Colors and Productivity — 5 Big Trends in Office Design and Colors and What They Mean

Below are the five big trends in office design for 2014. Guess what? I have been ALL OVER these trends for the past two years. Talk about getting cutting edge info before it is cutting edge—read it right here and be ahead of the game. Seriously, the five trends are things I have spent a lot of time … Continue reading Colors and Productivity — 5 Big Trends in Office Design and Colors and What They Mean

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Design Forecast for 2014–Six Meta-Trends

Each year Gensler puts out a very informative marketing and informational piece that I find fascinating. I copied a couple of the key pages from this year’s piece and they are below. Get your reading glasses out or just see my highlights. They talk about Six Meta-Trends: –Mobility and performance—I have spent a lot of time on the mobility … Continue reading Design Forecast for 2014–Six Meta-Trends

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Week 5: The Best for Last or at Least the Most Expensive–Apple’s New HQ

Eighteen months ago, I sent out the initial renderings of Apple’s new campus. Now you get an insider’s view. “Apple Campus 2,” as it is called, looks like a spaceship that has landed and the price tag is out of this world as well. Five billion dollars. This was Steve Job’s last big project he … Continue reading Week 5: The Best for Last or at Least the Most Expensive–Apple’s New HQ

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Week 3–Google’s New Headquarters and a Bonus

Continuing our tour of billion dollar plus new headquarters, we turn to Google. Google is planning on building nine buildings with the now familiar pedestrian and bicycle friendly environments. When completed, this 1.1 million square foot project in Mountain View, CA, will be comprised of nine fairly traditional buildings connected by “messy” courtyards. Below is a bunch of renderings that … Continue reading Week 3–Google’s New Headquarters and a Bonus

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Week Two of Our Five-Week Review of the New Corporate Headquarters–Amazon

Last week started our five week review of new corporate headquarters with a review of Facebook’s billion dollar investment. Today, we move north to Seattle and Amazon. Can you believe Amazon has spent $1.4 BILLION in just the past 12 months on building a headquarters they are now calling a company town? Facebook wanted a low rise, garden feeling while Amazon is going with spheres … Continue reading Week Two of Our Five-Week Review of the New Corporate Headquarters–Amazon

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A 5-Week Review of New Corporate Headquarters – First up: Facebook

Some of the world’s biggest companies are designing and building World Headquarters. These are not just your run-of-the-mill buildings, rather they are unbelievable in scope and design. AND the companies we analyzed are taking dramatically different approaches. Enjoy the designs, thoughts behind them, and a more intimate understanding of the companies themselves. First up is Facebook. Over the past … Continue reading A 5-Week Review of New Corporate Headquarters – First up: Facebook

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The Slow Death of the Private Office

I continue to track the development of the new, collaborative office place including the new headquarters of some of the biggest companies in the world. But, there is starting to be increasing backlash against the open office space. I came across the article below in Fortune that details some of the negatives of having an open work space. Certain companies rely … Continue reading The Slow Death of the Private Office