Modern work spaces can be constructed or redesigned – this next project is part of the latter- a former machinery shed was redesigned to suit a modern office lifestyle. Named the Black Box, this black glass-covered volume was completed in February 2012. As a result of a fruitful collaboration between Tina Tziallas Architecture Studio and Factor Design, the Black Box in Wildes Meadow, Australia, was created for a software design studio. High-performance tilt doors open to reveal a powerful connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Inside, the modern office spaces conjure a contemporary design meant to improve work quality, while the natural light flooding the space encourages people to think outside the box. This is a direct result of the building’s volumetric architecture, re-designed with an exterior covered in highly tinted external glazing, while the remaining external surfaces were rendered and painted black. Can you imagine how it feels like to work in this modern office?
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts