Uber Global HQ a Model for Postpandemic Design

As employees return to offices, many are likely to seek out areas that somehow offer relaxed comfort amid the uncertainty of transition; and while the design was conceived years before the pandemic struck, the commons’ combination of high tech and low stress could pay benefits for some time to come.

Six Beautiful Buildings That Redefine Sustainable Architecture

The duo behind Australian software company Atlassian enlisted New York–based firm SHoP Architects and local firm BVN, to design their new Sydney headquarters. The building is expected to transform the city’s already iconic skyline when it opens in 2025. The 600-foot-tall structure that spans 40 floors, will not only fulfill the company’s promise to run on 100 percent renewable energy and operate at net-zero emissions, but it is also going to nab the title of “world’s tallest hybrid building made of timber.”

State Department Breaks Ground on New U.S. Consulate General in Milan

Managed by the Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), the approximately 10-acre campus will provide a modern platform for U.S. diplomacy in Milan and across northern Italy. In addition to the new Consulate building, the project includes restoration of the historic Liberty Building on the Consulate site and reconstruction of a pavilion on the parade ground. SHoP Architects of New York is the architect and Caddell Construction Company LCC of Montgomery, Alabama is the contractor.

New York’s First Supertall Tower Outside of Manhattan Rises in Brooklyn

After five years of construction JDS Development Group has nearly completed the city’s first and only supertall tower outside of Manhattan—defined as exceeding 300 meters, or 984 feet. The next tallest tower in the borough is almost 350 feet shorter than the Brooklyn Tower—the difference of a Statue of Liberty, plus a few townhouses stacked on top.

Big La Cienega Project Takes a Step Forward

SHoP Architects is designing 3401 La Cienega, which would include a 13-story, nearly 150-foot-tall residential building and a six-story, roughly 92-foot-tall office building. Renderings portray a pair of contemporary mid-rise structures with upper level setbacks used to create terrace decks. The proposed office building would also incorporate mass timber into its design.

Plotting a Modular Empire with Assembly OSM

Modular construction startup AssemblyOSM was founded by Chris Sharples and Bill Sharples, two of the founders of SHoP Architects, in 2019. While the Sharples brothers continue to oversee the company’s strategic direction, Andrew Staniforth took the reins as CEO late last year.

Ten Ways Cities Came Back in 2021

In March, Uber Technologies Inc. opened its new San Francisco headquarters, two buildings skinned in glass and connected by a transparent sky bridge. But the 180 glass panes that cover much of the facade are more than just for aesthetics. Designed by the technologically innovative SHoP Architects, they open and shut automatically throughout the day, allowing for natural air flow and temperature regulation. While plans were first unveiled back in 2015, the design addresses two of today’s most urgent crises: the pandemic and climate change.

Atlassian HQ Wins Best Future Workplace

The announcement was made today that the Atlassian HQ in Sydney by SHoP with BVN has been recognized as the best unbuilt office project over a deep field of major international firms.

Brooklyn’s Supertall Reaches Full Height

As the supertall skyscraper nears completion, Gregg Pasquarelli, a Founding Principal of SHoP Architects, says: “The SHoP team is thrilled to be a part of a project that is so impactful to one of the world’s most acclaimed skylines. We wanted it to remain authentic, with that baroque, Brooklyn charm, but also look crisp and modern to capture the borough’s constant state of growth and influence.”

Collins Arch Joins Two Towers with a Multistory Skybridge

Woods Bagot and SHoP Architects together with landscape architects Oculus won this competition to design Collins Arch in 2014, which was initiated by Cbus Property, calling for a landmark development for Collins Street—a major road in Melbourne with a mix of heritage buildings and skyscrapers. “The sky bridge connecting the two buildings is not simply decorative,” said Bill Sharples, founding principal of SHoP Architects.