In its 19th year, Architectural Record's annual Good Design is Good Business Awards recognizes exemplary architectural solutions that were instrumental in the growth and success of a range of businesses—from start-ups to not-for-profits to major corporations. This year’s diverse projects, from the in-house revitalization of a firm’s own design studios to an inner-city minor league ballfield, were singled out for their contributions to attracting and retaining talent, enhancing employee well-being, improving community relations, and, ultimately, boosting the client’s bottom line.
When a local mayor asked Costa Rican architect Álvaro Rojas to build a community center for the small village of El Rodeo, about ten miles west of San Jose, Rojas quickly understood that the commission would be a tall order despite the small size of the proposed project—about 8,000 square feet, in a town of around six hundred.
Amsterdam’s Zuidas financial district is distinguished by the work of an impressive roster of architects, such as Toyo Ito, Rafael Viñoly, and Pei Cobb Freed, all of whose designs fit into a traditionally corporate atmosphere.
It was while visiting Rio de Janeiro in 2007 to celebrate the 100th birthday of his friend Oscar Niemeyer that Richard Meier met the clients who would commission his first ever project in South America.
In the summer of 2013, when the architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa first visited the 11,500-acre Montana cattle and sheep ranch that’s now home to Tippet Rise Art Center, an hour southwest of Billings, they thought it looked like a lunar landscape.
Already a landmark on Lisbon’s skyline, the new headquarters of Energias de Portugal (EDP) was born out of the company’s desire to achieve certain goals: increased efficiency, higher productivity, and improved communication between its employees and the public.
Against the backdrop of a brush-covered hilltop in central Malawi, women in brightly colored clothing gather to cook, chat, or simply rest amid a cluster of small buildings that rises from the sparsely vegetated landscape.