The new Milan Offices of software developer Autodesk pay tribute to a clean, minimalist and contemporary style. Goring & Straja Architects explain their choice: “to embody the link between Autodesk’s digital tools and the history of design, modern interior elements such as concrete workbenches, sliding glass doors, and phone booths are detailed with the forms of predigital drafting tools such as protractors, triangles, and templates“. High ceilings and large corridors ensure a feeling of space and social connectivity.
The brand’s office building in Milan (initially discovered by our site on Office Snapshots) is structured on two levels and enhanced by original decorating elements: “To reference the tradition of Italian masonry and fine craftsmanship, a long wall linking the two floors is covered with handmade Venetian plaster. The green of the wall and the warm wood of the original floors contrast with the dominant interior color, white“. The most appealing design elements are probably the wall graphic projects and drawings created by famous Italian designers using Autodesk software. Enjoy the photos!
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.