When people come to visit your office, there are a lot of things that you want to convey. The way your office is built and constructed says an enormous amount about your company and the relationship you are setting up with your guest.
If you’re looking to make an extension or build a new office, remember about the smaller things. They make a much larger contribution to the overall impression that you might realise.
The materials –
There are certain materials that are synonymous with the ugliness of offices. Don’t use brown concrete. The moment people see it, they’re going to want to turn around and run.
Find a material that sets you apart from other offices. A great option, for staying within a budget but creating an interesting building, is steel. Steel is customisable, great to design with, and looks great when coloured (it comes in colours other than beige, too!).
The location of the entry –
This has a big impact on how guests feel, though they don’t often realise it. People have different associations with entry locations. A door that is not immediately visible can make a guest feel they’re entering the wrong door, or that they are doing something that needs to be hidden.
A door in the centre of the building can convey a sense of confidence, especially if the design of the building emphasises it.
One of our clients chose to have their entrance on the corner of their building, a decision which makes the building unique and interesting.
We often don’t think about windows unless they’re out of place. It’s important to remember that guests will usually try to look into the building when the approach it. A wide, clear window that looks into the reception area is great. clearly visible to the guest can make them feel uncomfortable.
A lot of offices want their buildings to impress. Size seems to convey success and power.
For small businesses it’s often more practical to keep the office small. But for those who want to experiment and build something a little more impressive, steel is affordable enough to give you options when making decision on the size of your building.
Another thing most people aren’t aware of is how the building fits with the space it’s in. Most of the time, your guest won’t notice. It only really seems to make a difference if you get it very wrong, or very right.
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Ten of the Most Amazing Airports in the World
Shenzen Bao’am China.
A long, tube-shaped airport that looks similar to a plane itself. The buildings white, hexagonal motif reappears all over the building, often as glass windows that let in an abundance of natural light.
2. Spaceport America.
An airport of a different kind, this building will be the first airport to send tourists into space. The low-rise building echoes its desert surroundings, a humble beginning for a cosmic journey.
3. Old Hong Kong Airport, China.
This incredible airport was centred right in the middle of a busy city, so planes had to navigate amongst the sky scrapers to land.
It made for some pretty amazing photographs.
4. Madeira Airport, Portugal.
This incredible landing strip rises out of the ocean on concrete posts. Built into the coastline, this airport is unlike any other.
5. London Britannia Airport.
A proposed airport to be built on an artificial island in the Thames. The airport would have cost 47 billion pounds to build, and will likely never come to exist.
6. Princess Juliana Airport, Sint Maarten.
This airport is famous for the low altitude aeroplanes that pass right over the nearby beach. It has become quite the tourist attraction to stand on the beach as enormous commercial airliners scream overhead.
7. Queen Alia International, Jordan.
Built from bubble-like dome roofing & extensive concrete interiors, this stark airport is unforgivingly functional, but also strangely beautiful.
8. Hong Kong International Airport.
This airport is breath-taking when seen from above – it covers an entire island & looks almost like a small city.
9. Gisborne Airport, NZ.
An airport with train tracks running right across the runway. The aeroplanes time their landings to avoid hitting passing trains.
10. Lyon-St Exupery Airport, France.
A double for amazing buildings, the airport has a futuristic circular terminal, and the famous ‘swooping bird’ building. Undeniably unforgettable.
Creating A Structure Big Enough For Anything
Our work with farmers is always about finding the most effective way do get the job done. It’s about functionality and reliability; how can we make sure the building does what it needs to and how can we make sure that it lasts a long time.
People building farming structures come back to us because they know we’re dedicated to quality and they know that we’re flexible. Whatever you need, we can work with our engineers and designers to make it happen.
This building was a large build for machinery storage. Because of the range of machinery being used, and the frequency with which they were moved around, the building needed to be large and easily accessible.
We worked with the client to find a way to builda space that was large enough without comprising accessibility. We installed 12 metre clear span openings that allow even the largest machines to get in. The building was also accessible from both ends so there was no concern of accidentally blocking in other machinery.
We left huge amounts of room so that machinery could be shifted around and reorganised. The project came together fantastically and is now an important part of a very productive and busy farm.