Top Design Firms Indentified for 2014


April 4, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

Zeen Architecture– Design is innovating spaces. The innovation is coming out of firms producing new thinking on what it means to be a facility.   Facilities are far from the corner-to-corner-boxed room of X by X.  Facilities are embracing and presenting the internal and external intersections for light, energy and functionality.  In creating facilities  “The 10 Most Innovative Architecture Firms” have been identified.

“Fast Company put out a list of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Architecture” last week. It included many of the firms you’d expect and grounds for each of the selections. Here is part of the list along with some images of what these architecture firms had done. You can see the whole list by Shaunacy Ferro at Fast Company, here,” reports Design Trend.

Here are a list of five of the top ten:

1. SHoP Architects — For transforming the business behind erecting buildings. 

Among the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, the company designed New York City’s first modular high-rise and has taken on smaller, boutique projects. “Unlike most architects, SHoP is also diving into the real estate market, rethinking how its architects get paid by trading fees for equity in projects,” according to Ferro.

The Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. SHoP Architects

The Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. SHoP Architects

2. Zaha Hadid Architects — For being dedicated to bold curves. 

The company made a splash when it unveiled its stadium design for Qatar’s World Cup Stadium. Some thought it looks like female genitalia. “In a world of phallic towers and angular designs, Hadid’s trademark curvy flourishes stand out,” Ferro said.

Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar. Zara Hadid Architects

Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar. Zara Hadid Architects

3. DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO — For being unafraid to pick a fight. 

The Museum of Modern Art asked DSR to head up its latest redesign and they wanted to make some drastic changes. The most controversial being the total demolition of the American Folk Art Museum.

DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO designed the public spaces outside the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City. DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO

DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO designed the public spaces outside the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

4. NBBJ — For rethinking where we do business. 

The company is redesigning suburban corporate campuses for an urban future, according to Ferro. One example of this is the revamp of the Denny Triangle in Seattle. The firm partnered with for the project.

The Denny Triangle Neighborhood in Seattle. NBBJ

The Denny Triangle Neighborhood in Seattle. NBBJ

5. NL Architects — For loking up.

“The Amsterdam-based architects refuse to let valuable rooftop space go unused, topping their designs with everything from traditional gardens and terraces to cycling tracks and out-of-this-world swimming pools,” wrote Ferro.

A pool for a roof by NL Architects. NL Architects

A pool for a roof by NL Architects. NL Architects

Design in buildings is new territory to innovate bringing about change to work and live space. The contrast of historical renderings that saw room as boxes; where today, rooms are curved, angels  and embracing arc to allow for air distribution, light and sound.

Because building use most of the energy and produce emissions it is necessary to drive design to support the management of their carbon footprint used day-to-day.

New designs can start to solve environmental, emissions and safety solutions. To design to save, conserve and produce efficiency is ideal and transformative.


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3 comments on “Top Design Firms Indentified for 2014
  1. Hi the information on this blog is just amazing it keeps me coming back time and time again ,personally i met my wife using this site so i couldnt like it any more i have done my best to promote this blog as i know that others need to read this thing ,Thanks for all your effort spent in making this fabulous resource ! ok,nice one Jake

  2. Those are some properly incredible designs. It’s always so nice to see architects with vision beyond simple practicality

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