Friday, October 27, 2017

ARCHITECTURAL RECORDS: First Look at Bloomberg’s New HQ by Foster + Partners

Bloomberg London

Bloomberg’s new London headquarters, designed by Foster + Partners, reflects a concern for neighbors, both near and far. It is billed as the world’s most sustainable office building, and “in the twenty-first century, being a good neighbor means being a good steward of the environment,” says Mike Bloomberg. And as a “guest” in the city, being a good neighbor also means making an effort to “fit in,” he notes, which has informed the character of the 1.1 million-square-foot building.

Its 3.2-acre plot lies in the heart of the City of London financial district. Though it was possible to build up to 22 stories on part of the site, Bloomberg opted to conform to the ten-story height limit imposed elsewhere to protect views of St Paul’s Cathedral; in fact, the top two floors are set back so that only eight are visible.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

archdaily: New hotel in Orlando’s planned Lake Nona community

 Plans have been announced for a new hotel in Orlando’s planned Lake Nona community, which is to be designed by Arquitectonica in one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. The 16 storey Town Center Hotel will be situated at the heart of the community, featuring a motor court entrance, a lobby, a ballroom accommodating 200 guests, as well as a rooftop pool with a lounge and accommodation for private events. The tower will also be within close proximity to the airport, easily accessible by Orlando’s 68 million annual visitors and the “unique property will cater to airport travelers as well as those who intend to make Lake Nona their final destination.”


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