105 Corlett Drive is a striking commercial building in the Johannesburg suburb of Birnam housing the innovative advertising agency The Creative Counsel. A two-storey office building sits above a three-storey car parking podium on three double-volume cones clad in lacquered steel “scales” from ArcelorMittal. These, together with high-specification glazing of the office space, comprise a dynamic architectural envelope that reflects the ever-changing sunlight, the sky and surrounding landscape, adding an element of high drama to an otherwise serious looking structure.
Architect Paragon Architects (Anthony Orelowitz) Location Melrose Arch, Sandton - South Africa Company involved ArcelorMittal Website http://www.arcelormittal.com/construction
Cité du vin de Bordeaux
La Cité du Vin is a new museum and exhibition centre dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of the French wine industry. Situated at the junction of the Garonne river and Atlantic Ocean in Bordeaux, the centre aims to reinforce and celebrate France’s long heritage of wine making.
Architect X-TU Architects (Anouk Legendre & Nicolas Desmazières) Location Bordeaux - France Company involved Euramax Coated Products - Alucoil Website www.euramax.eu - www.alucoil.com/europe
ThyssenKrupp Headquarter Essen
ThyssenKrupp’s decision to relocate its operations from 15 different sites across the Ruhr region to a former industrial site at Essen, where the company was founded, has resulted in an award-winning collection of strikingly modern buildings amid a newly created green and peaceful urban district boasting its own micro-climate.
Images courtesy of C. Richters / AACMA / JSWD
Architect Atelier d'architecture Chaix et Morel (Misha Kramer) Location Essen - Germany Company involved ThyssenKrupp Steel Website http://www.thyssenkrupp-steel-europe.com