Bloomberg HQ to open in autumn

The Foster + Partners-designed European headquarters of media giant Bloomberg is nearing completion, the architects have reported. Located in the City of London

between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral, the stone and bronze-clad building will provide 500,000 ft2

of sustainable office space

along with two new public plazas, a restaurant arcade and a cultural hub that will reinstate the ancient Roman Temple of Mithras to its original site. Foster + Partners founder Norman

Foster said: “The design is a highly specific response to Bloomberg’s needs, it is an embodiment of the organisation and its core values, embracing the latest principles of sustainable design, and will be a magnet for global talent to the City of London.” Expansive, open floorplates are

connected by a spiral ramp that spans seven floors of the nine-storey build- ing. Wide enough for three people to walk alongside each other, it is designed to connect employees and encourage passing interactions as they travel between floors. Desks, to be arranged in circular

pods around a central table, will be designed to allow two people to sit and collaborate in front of the screen. On the sixth floor, a double-height, column-free ‘pantry’ illuminated by natural light from the atrium ceiling will be the central hub of the building and offer views of St Paul’s Cathedral.


Aeronautics inspired tower to rise in New York

Images of a 1,000-foot glass and aluminium skyscraper to be built on New York’s Fifth Avenue in Manhattan have been released. The building, 262 Fifth Avenue, is

designed by Russian architects Meganom who took inspiration from aeronautics to create the floors as “shelves in the air, from which the city is seen.” Developed by Israeli-Russian

entrepreneur Boris Kuzinez, 262 Fifth Avenue will rise next to an adjacent 12- storey limestone building also owned by Kuzinez. Demolition work has started to make way for it.

The designs feature wide ‘porthole’

windows on the eastern elevation and three 15-foot wide floor-to-ceiling window walls on the north and south, while a metal observation deck tops the skyscraper. Expansive, column-free residences have been achieved via a structural system that separates the functioning core from the living spaces. 262 Fifth Avenue is Meganom’s first

commission in the US, but the practice has worked on a number of major schemes in Russia including the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts extension and the renovation of the Kremlin Museum.

Google search ends for UK HQ

Plans for Google’s giant wedge-shaped UK headquarters near King’s Cross railway station have been submitted for planning. Proposals for the 11-storey building

designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) show a sloped structure with an extensively glazed sawtooth facade and a vast roof garden. Internally, the facility features a column-

free ‘ground plane’ including retail, and a workspace core with naturally-lit double and triple height areas for 4,500 staff. There is a landscaped roof with outdoor amenities, and a diagonal staircase connect- ing all levels. Bjarke Ingels said: “Our design is rooted

in the local character of the area, taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continu- ously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors. By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof – and market halls, auditoria and shops on the ground.”

© Google Thomas Heatherwick added that the

architects had treated the new scheme “like a piece of infrastructure, made from a family of interchangeable elements which ensure that the building and its workspace will stay flexible for years to come”. BIG and Heatherwick Studio, who are

also working on Google’s new California campus, were brought in to collaborate on the scheme after initial designs by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris were rejected by Google. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.



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