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Aol Offices in Palo Alto, by Studio O+A

AOL has presented us with lots of news to adapt even more to the changes on the online culture. As part of this effort, they also moved to a new office in Palo Alto, California, and brought the architects of Studio O+A to let them fully integrated with the other companies in Silicon Valley. A clean and light space, integrated work areas and a playful use of the Aol logo over color texture, made this new office environment with a web style, if you know what I mean. As the architects say, this concept is in how they treat the materials: "Key to this approach is the concept of “honest materiality”—the embrace of materials and processes that originate in the construction industry and that increasingly provide the finish motifs for modern workplace design. At AOL, for example, oriented strand board (OSB), typically used by contractors to separate spaces on construction sites, was sanded, shaped, and finished to serve as a contemporary accent throughout the complex." © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad The existing space retained a distinctly 1980s corporate aesthetic: drop ceilings hanging over every office, high cubicles separating employees into tightly defined workstations, dark finishes, and oblique lines. O+A restored the space to a clean, white canvas—exposing the ceilings, stripping the walls to reveal the structure, and generally creating a spatial equivalent to the transparency that AOL was bringing to every aspect of its business. © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad AOL’s new logo—the company’s initials in a simple white font—can be placed effectively on any colorful background. Those playful backgrounds vary throughout the headquarters and include both abstract patterns and imagery drawn from nature and pop culture. All wall coverings in the space are custom designed. © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad

Fantastic David Baker Architecture Headquarters

Despite all the beautiful offices are made by architects, not all architects offices are beautiful and creative. Do you know what I mean? Well, look at this office, from David Baker + Partners Architecture , this is a classic example of an architect office, made by architect and very, very creative. The writer of Officesnapshots, Stephen Sear, had the pleasure of visiting this office and take these pictures. I confess that I gave a little jealous, because this place is fantastic. Located in a restored building in San Francisco, CA, is a large space with multiple workspaces and conference areas. "There is a lot of wood, metal, brickwork throughout the space, Which Gives it a great old-warehouse feel. There Is Also a bike storage area in the Back That hold bike in the air, suspended by cabling. In one area of the office, there are ferry models displayed, and in another, the model Creating station", says Stephen. Check out some pictures! DB+P is skilled in navigating the personal, political, and commercial dynamics of bringing new architecture into diverse urban environments. Our work combines social concern with a signature design character, resulting in distinctive, high-quality buildings that foster a strong sense of community. In this way, our work acts as an advocate for better cities, where good architecture only counts if it does good, too. - David Baker + Partners Architects.

The Powerful and Elegant Uniopt Pachleitner Headquarters

Designed to be a landmark in the city of Graz in Austria, the building of Uniopt Pachleitner was part of a contest among more than 9 escítórios, and the winner was this, the pair of architects GS Architects. The project follows exactly the main points of the briefng of customer Michael Pachleitner, it should be powerful and elegant. He passed references such as pictures of planes, boats and cars that showed what he really wanted to this building. Nicknamed "Black Panther" has turned him into a landmark in the city and even brought a lot of potential for growth in this whole area that was built. Basically it is a solid concrete structure covered with facades of dark glass, but the way it was designed shows the differential architecture of this building. © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger The light-filled interior of the building was designed with few colors and a variety of materials. With a few serial chairs and tables all the equipment of the building was designed by the architect. © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger © Gerald Liebminger To view more details visit gsarchitects.at or take a look on this complete article at archdaily.com.

New Skype Headquarters, in Palo Alto

Like Skype facilitates communication between us, so it should be their work area, with easy connection. And with this premise they built the new office in Palo Alto, California. A fully renovated space to support more than 250 employees. The project, by Blitz Architecture + Design is tottaly opened and is based in activities areas. The concentration zones (workstation areas) are pushed to the building perimeter and benefit from natural light and lower noise levels. Collaboration zones (meeting rooms, coffee kiosks, white board areas) are centered along main access spines on each level encouraging staff to literally ‘meet in the middle’. Contemplation spaces are interspersed in the form of overlapping casual lounges. Some other words from Blitz about this project: "To support Scrum a variety of environments have been created that facilitate different interactions. A system of mobile whiteboards, or ‘Skype-Its’, is deployed throughout the space to capture ideas as they occur. The resulting workplace is a space that people want to inhabit, and enjoy using. It differentiates Skype from it’s competitors facilitating recruitment and retention." "The space reflects Skype’s spirit of innovation in a highly functional yet creative workplace designed to encourage interaction and spontaneity, as well as meet specific acoustic requirements in support of their extensive use of AV. The project is registered for and seeking LEED Silver certification."

The New Lance Armstrong Foundation Office

The new headquarters of the Lance Armstrong Foundation is a project to fill your eyes. A restoration made in a former warehouse in Texas, bringing new life to the building and the neighborhood of Austin. Are already memorable all actions and movements made by the foundation, and it was only fair that people who work there helping others have a cute and cozy space. The industrial aspect mixed with wood everywhere created a modern and clean enviroment, and how the areas were distributed shows a certain informality and freedom, perhaps a characteristic of the foundation. The renovated facility, project by Lake Flato Architects, provides office space, meeting rooms, dining facilities, an in-house gymnasium, open-air courtyard, and parking for the staff of 62. Future plans may call for adding a community-based cancer-support program to provide direct services to uninsured and underinsured East Austin residents. Achieved LEED Gold certification. Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway After 10 years of leasing space in a corporate office building, the Lance Armstrong Foundation found its permanent home in the 1950s Gulf Coast Paper Co. warehouse in East Austin, an underserved community in the process of revitalization. The design breathes new life and energy into both the building and neighborhood. Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway Photography by Hester + Hardaway

Pixelmator Giveaway - Winner

Last week we showed you the amazing Pixelmator Office, and besides that Saulius also gave us a copy of Pixelmator to give away on Abduzeedo. Today we will announce the winner! Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images. Winner Last week we launched a giveaway from Pixelmator. And the winner of a Pixelmator copy is: Samir Congratulation man! We will get in touch to you soon! And if you're not the winner and want to know more about Pixelmator, stay tunned on Twitter at @pixelmator. Some photos from Pixelmator office If you want to take a look on more photos, visit the other post at abduzeedo.com/pixelmator-office-photos-1-copy-giveaway. More about Pixelmator If you want to know more about this powerful image editing tool, visit: pixelmator.com.

Pixelmator Office Photos - 1 Copy to Giveaway

Pixelmator has been growing in a fast pace since 2007, not only in terms of popularity but their team has increased considerably too. They also have moved to a new office and thanks to Saulius, we will share with you a little bit of the workspace where the Pixelmator guys come up with their crazy ideas. But that's not all, we've also gotten a copy of Pixelmator to give away. Founded by the brothers Saulius and Aidas, today Pixelmator has 9 people on the team helping to create the software that is called "the best image editor for the rest of us." And we have to say that the working environment of those guys over there is inspiring. Based in London, it differs a little bit from those "organized" offices with everything in their proper places, and shows an area with so much life and personality into every corner. About the giveaway We'll be giving away 1 copy of Pixelmator. To win, simply follow Pixelmator on Twitter @pixelmator and tweet or add a comment below showing why you must win this Pixelmator. Next week we will be announcing the winners Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images. More about Pixelmator If you want to know more about this powerful image editing tool, visit: pixelmator.com.

The Totally Amazing New Campaign Monitor Office

I'm already a big fan and user of Campaign Monitor, the guys managed to build a beautiful and easy to use tool that focuses on using things properly. But beyond that, last week when I saw their new office I was amazed, really, is one of the best places for work that I've ever seen! After software, the most important tool to a hacker is probably his office. Big companies think the function of office space is to express rank. But hackers use their offices for more than that: they use their office as a place to think in. And if you're a technology company, their thoughts are your product. So making hackers work in a noisy, distracting environment is like having a paint factory where the air is full of soot. - Paul Graham, Great Hackers Saying that I would love to work on it would be repetitive, but I need to repeat that to be clear: how I wanted to work in that place! The architects met the needs of the team and managed to make a very cozy space focused on work. Each person has its private office, but a large dining area bring all of them together at least a few times per day, and of course there are some stuff to enjoy even more this place, such as the beautiful ping pong tables and Guitar Hero! All corners of this incredible office make me think again, will I ever have an office like this? The architect also came up with some beautiful joinery that runs the length of the new dining area to house our growing book collection. To satisfy our ping pong obsession he managed to fit in two new championship tables, some custom joinery for bat/ball storage and a touch screen scoring system. You can check the whole description of the news office at campaignmonitor.com/blog.

The Hong Kong Headquarters of M Moser Architecture

For fans of offices, we will present today an architectural firm, they are M Moser Architects. They have offices in different corners of the world, but today we'll show you their office in Hong Kong, which is simply amazing! The rooms feels very comfortable and spacious. I love these islands of glass in the middle of the room, it's modern and it shows the office's life all the time. I don't need to say that the colors and materials appear to have been carefully chosen in each area. Another beautiful office which I'm sure everyone would love to work at! M Moser is a global firm, specialising in the creation of workplace environments, corporate base buildings and campuses since 1981. Located in 11 offices around the world, M Moser is constantly evolving to serve the needs of global Clients, which vary from multinational companies and financial institutions to privately-owned businesses. Image credit: Images via M Moser Associates | Interior Design Architecture. Thanks officesnapshots.com for the tip!

The Organic Caja Vital Kutxa in Spain

Maybe it a little too late to show this project, but as our architecture cycle here at Abduzeedo started after its construction, we can do this. Since its inauguration in 2008 I was impressed by this architecture, so I think the construction deserve an exclusive article showing its beauty. I'm talking about the Caja Vital Kutxa, in Spain. The project is from Mozas Aguirre Arquitectos, and it's a building for a local bank from Madri. The shapes represent the woods and trees that surround the building, a park from Natura 2000 Networking Programme. This idea was created with strong metallic structures covered with steal panels. In the hall of the building, a big polyurethane panel was created, a amazing art piece hand painted. The idea of this project, from its concept to its external shapes, is to treat the building as a life organism in movement. © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters

I'm sure that architecture is made by emotion, a building should express sensations, rhythm and should put together art and use. A bit complex, but is this way I believe architecture must be, and I think I'm not alone, the people at Barbosa & Guimaraes agree with me, and they've shown that on the Vodafone Portugal project. Simply exciting! Called Oporto Vodafone Building, the construction has 8 floors, 3 of them are underground. The building is a shell of concrete irregular shapes, forming a kind of mosaic that plays with the acute forms of the glasses becoming a unique and formidable piece of art. The geometric forms full of movement seems to dance and convey the Vodafone idea: "Vodafone life, life in motion." This game with free-forms extends to the interior, witch was carefully planned to every single function, being a complete building, and like the architects said "monolithic building, bringing cohesion and unity to the set". © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido "In July 2006, when we were invated to the new building competition, through the media, radio, television and newspapers we could notice the following slogan: 'VODAFONE LIFE, LIFE IN MOTION.' This sentence reflects the attitude and philosophy of Vodafone. We believe that the new building should be faithful to this idea, adopting a dynamic image, conveying the sense of movement, challenging the static." Barbosa & Guimaraes © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido "The technical complexity of the building leads to a periphery structural solution, a shell of concrete, like an egg, reducing internal support to the two stairwells and three central pillars, allowing great versatility in its interior space use." Barbosa & Guimaraes © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido Photos by Nelson Garrido - ngphoto.com.pt

The Stylish Parliament Design Headquarters

Look guys, I know that every time we see those amazing headquarters from big companies out there we say "I want to work there" or "What a beutiful office", and so on. And I also know that you always think that you can't turn your small or medium studio into that kind of place. But here you will see a design studio from Portland, called Parliament Design, that will make you think that you need to redesign your office right now, at least I'm thinking about it! They got a factory style room, totally raw. And with their own hands they put their creativity to work. Exploring the black color, concrete, metal and wood, these guys built one of the most amazing studios I've ever seen. The way they combined these textures is simply fantastic, besides the attention they gave to details, which made space look even more perfect. All the spaces are integrated and explore the simplicity on each element inside the office. The choose of the lights and the way that the workspaces are designed bring a great style to the studio and pleasure to the people working there. I'm sure the creativity needs a place like that to born! Don't forget to check it out the Parliament Design website. The Original Place ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour Long Tables ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour Lath Wall ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour Firewood ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour The Studio ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour ©Lincoln Barbour