April 4, 2014
“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
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.
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.
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 Amazon.com for the project.
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.
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.