For the architects designing some of our most beautiful buildings, it certainly helps to work in a unique, well-designed, sustainable space—and we're totally green with envy over some of the architecture offices we've seen lately. From beautifully renovated warehouses and gas stations to a live/work and a mobile studio, we wish our work space was as thoughtfully and sustainably-designed as these. Architecture offices are also a good place to see a firm's skills put into action. So, whether you're an architect or not, we're sure you'll appreciate the planning, use of light and environmental strategies you'll find in these amazing projects.
Daiken-Met was having trouble finding office space to lease, so they decided to build their own temporary office out of stacked shipping containers on a leased plot of land. Located in Gifu, Japan, the Sugoroku Office can be moved in the future if necessary and provides space for an apartment on the top floor.
HASSELL’s Brisbane office is on the rise—literally—with studios located in a former bread factory. The adaptive reuse project celebrates the history of the building and shows off HASSELL’s sustainable skills by incorporating daylighting, natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, and recycling.
Located in Bangalore, India, the open-air Bamboo Symphony office is a superb example of working with natural materials like bamboo. Home to Mansaram Architects, the office makes use of natural light, rainwater harvesting, thermal mass and natural ventilation.
Tulsa, Oklahoma architecture firm, ElevenTH bought up a historic Route 66 gas station and converted it into their small, quaint offices. The original outdoor awning provides shade for a new lawn and the interior features reclaimed light fixtures, salvaged cedar planks and a vintage feel.
FFKR Architects converted the historic 1904 Bogue Building in Salt Lake City into their stunning offices. Not only did they restore and update the space, but they added 68.2 kW solar photovoltaic system, xeriscaped landscaping and received a LEED Silver certification for existing buildings.
Landscape architects spend a lot of time on site ensuring that their design is going as planned and Andreas Stavropoulos who runs XS LAND needed an office that could travel with him. He renovated a 1959 Airstream trailer into his own mobile office, which makes use of cork flooring, recycled materials, custom cabinetry, and more.
Santa Monica-based Belzberg Architects designed their 20th Street Offices with sustainability in mind and achieved LEED Gold certification. The striking modern building features a green roof, a photovoltaic system, energy efficiency strategies, green materials, rainwater collection and much more.
Houston architects Russell and Rame Hruska, owners of Intexure, wanted to keep their work close to home, so they built a live/work building with an apartment upstairs and their studio on the ground floor. Passive solar design was combined with butterfly, rainwater-collecting roof, daylighting, energy efficiency strategies and sustainable materials to create a simple and modern space for life.