Published: 10 April 2005
When you develop, sell or lease office or a hotel suite, what are you offering?
For most people the answer’s fairly simple: X amount of space with Y amenities at Z price.
As Ron Nyren writes in the Urban Land feature, Global citizens, global cities on the Urban Land Institute website, dimensions in a multi-use Nanjing development in China will be quite different for different users:
“SOM’s proposed Jinling Hotel Tower will stack office, residential & hotel uses, the building’s form twisting & changing shape to embody the different programmes. Offices will occupy square floor plates, the most efficient shape for that use; the luxury apartments in the 2 middle quadrants will occupy X-shaped floor plates that maximise natural light & views; and the top quadrant will contain a hotel, also in square floor plates. The building, currently in the approval process, is expected to be completed in 2008.”
In Norway, a new headquarters building he wrote about sounds like a city within a city:
“Office buildings also are starting to resemble cities in the ways they organise space to provide the kinds of informal interaction common in urban settings. The new headquarters for Telenor in Fornebu, Norway, designed by a joint venture of Seattle, Washingtonâ€“based NBBJ and the Norwegian firms HUS & PKA, emphasises interaction & mobility in ways made possible only by wireless technology. The 210,000mÂ² facility, with the capacity to accommodate more than 7000 employees, employs an open plan throughout. All paper mail is scanned on arrival for email delivery and employees are provided with cell phones & laptop computers. Cafeterias, tea & coffee bars and shops along main internal boulevards, plus meeting rooms scattered throughout the building, provide informal & formal places that encourage employees to gather & share knowledge. Employees are assigned to work zones of about 30 people each, which provide a familiar home base with shared workspaces, but employees can move their work & meetings anywhere.”
Website: Global citizens, global cities