The massive renovation of the five-story, 110,000-square-foot (10,000-square-meter) office building in Iselin, New Jersey, USA was undertaken by architects KPF, with striking results: “Centra Metropark’s unique structure utilizes an asymmetrical tree-column and truss to support an extended fourth floor, providing a signature element for the project. A rectangular hole is carved in the center of the suspended fourth floor, allowing the sun to shower the ground-level grand entry plaza with light. Surrounding pyramidal landscape forms further distinguish the site“. Glass is the defining element for the deisgn, inspiring openness and dynamics.
With their futuristic approach, the architects managed to create a building that clearly stands out in its commercial neighborhood. The interiors are modern and minimalist, characterized by a simple color palette. The cantilevered rooftop covered in wood underneath adds an inviting touch to the main entrance area. [Photographs: Michael Moran]
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.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city