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Timber-Clad Headquarters

Kengo Kuma Builds the Head Office for Blue Ice

— July 10, 2014 — Art & Design
Kengo Kuma has put forward a concept design for the Blue Ice head office, based in Chamonix. The design reflects the cold conditions of the surrounding area, which tend to receive a decent amount of snow throughout the year.

To combat this, the design has a sloped roof, allowing snow to easily fall off during the winter months. The office is mostly made up of timber too, which is unusual for most headquarters, however, it works well with the surroundings of the place. The design also features a terrace out the back for people to meet up and collaborate (when it's not too cold, of course).

Once again Kengo Kuma has exceeded expectations with this design.

Photo Credits: designboom, kkaa.co.jp
Trend Themes
1. Sloped Roof Design - The sloped roof design allows for easy removal of snow and could be implemented in areas with heavy snowfall.
2. Timber as Main Material - Using timber as the primary material for office buildings could create a unique and harmonious aesthetic with the natural surroundings.
3. Collaborative Terrace Spaces - Including outdoor terrace spaces for collaboration could inspire creativity and communication among employees.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Design - Architects and designers could explore the use of sloped roof designs and timber materials in their projects.
2. Construction - Construction companies could specialize in building headquarters using sustainable and locally-sourced timber materials.
3. Office Furniture and Equipment - Companies in the office furniture industry could develop outdoor furniture and equipment to cater to collaborative terrace spaces in office buildings.
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