Corporate art can have the feel of something found at a painting exhibition at an airport Holiday Inn. It’s bland and so inoffensive. As workplace culture evolves (and not just in creative fields), something is happening. Boring sameness is being replaced—thankfully—in favor of choices that delight and inspire. At the same time, as a trend report ahead of NeoCon points out, health and wellness continue to be priorities when it comes to designing new office spaces, extending beyond circadian lighting and standing desks to biophilic design elements such as live walls and other touches that bring the outside in.
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It’s a rare undergraduate project that becomes an in-demand work of art, but that’s exactly how it happened for Carolina Fontoura Alzaga. As an undergraduate studying art, she also happened to be immersed in bike culture. “Everyone I knew used bikes as their sole transportation, and I lived in a warehouse with 12 other people, who constantly had people over. There would be bikes stacked on bikes stacked on bikes,” she recalls, not to mention that “I had friends who ran a free community bike shop.” It would stand to reason with so many bikes and bike people, she would consequently be surrounded by bike parts too.
Designs for the Cliff Hanger Hotel by HKS Inc., a vertical hotel literally hanging off the side of a cliff of the Grand Canyon, were impressive enough to receive an Honorable Mention at the Radical Innovations in Hospitality Awards. The idea is to take the experience of being suspended in space and immersed in an environment to many sites across the world.
Los Angeles-based design office EMERGENT Tom Wiscombe LLC wins competition for the Shenyang Civic Sports Center and 2013 National Games in Northeast China. The two interconnected buildings form a multi-story complex in downtown Shenyang where people can engage in sports indoors year-round. Galleries and restaurants make the space a community center as well as a sports center.
The architectural design is based on crystal patterns found in nature. Large ETFE bubble windows pressurized with air make up the opaque skin of the building, featuring solar panels on the roof.