This week, we once again take a look at cool buildings from all around the world. We’ve written about interesting features in tall buildings, wooden buildings and unusual treehouses, and now we’re looking at buildings that have incorporated the design of a wave in their exterior.
Not sure what we mean? Read on.
If you think about it, it makes sense to design work spaces with cool gadgets and amenities. After all, you are spending one third of your time there – for some of us even more. This week on the blog, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite work spaces that will have you green with envy!
Rooftop minigolf, TV-fireplace, juicer bikes, a jamming room and free food? Sounds like the perfect work space to us! Google’s Toronto HQ truly has it all, and it’s housed on the 12th floor of a building in the heart of the city. Wonder what the neighbours below think when someone’s blasting the tuba?
Here’s a full image gallery of the Toronto office via The Globe and Mail
This office is in a bulletproof location – and we mean that literally because it’s housed in an old police station! The 33,000 sq. foot office also has a nap room and a 24-hour gym. There’s also 47 TVs all around the office with – you guessed it – realtime HootFeeds! They also recently opened a second location in the city, and it’s just as cool as the original.
Corus Entertainment, Toronto
This office has a slide. Yes, a giant three story slide that takes you from the foyer to the atrium. It’s right on the lakefront and houses 11 Toronto-based operations which includes 24 tv services, 3 radio stations and over 1,100 employees.
AirBnB, San Francisco
AirBnB’s 170,000 square foot headquarters in San Francisco has a massive three-floor living green wall, an open space/lounge where creatives can work or just hang out, and individual office spaces which are made up of actual home listing replicas!
We truly saved the best for last. With a name like Inventionland, you should expect the office to be something extraordinary. And it is – the office where dreams come true looks like it’s straight out of a storybook. There’s the Pirate Ship Discovery which is a ship wrecked in the water where high-tech products and games are invented. Then there’s a giant shoe called the Nursery Nook where children’s products like toys and books are made. Go take a virtual tour, our descriptions don’t do it any justice!
Do you have any cool amenities at your workplace?
Obsession: Worlds Tallest Buildings
We’ve given our recent obsession with travel homes and vacation hotspots a rest, because we have another cool architecture-focused post we’ve been itching to share with you. Tall, looming skyscrapers are kind of our thing. We love building developments that make a statement, like our 1 Yorkville or our E Condos, but we also like admiring other awesome buildings.
These buildings are not only super tall, but they also have some pretty cool features. Check ‘em out: Continue reading
Toronto’s Luxury E Condos
It’s hard to pick our absolute favourite neighbourhood in the city because we’re a part of so many, but Yonge and Eglinton is quickly climbing its way to the top. Since we started demolition, we’ve seen a huge transformation in the area and not just on our site. Across the street the Yonge Eglinton Centre is changing before our eyes and we’re so excited to see the finished product, but until then we’ll keep you updated on what’s happening at E Condos.
We started our shoring program last week which will begin the foundation of the building and support the vertical growth when it begins.
As you can see, all the machinery is in place for the shoring process along with the materials like cement and steel framing.
Once the shoring process is complete, we plan to begin excavation and digging to create the parking garage below.
Here are some additional photos of the site, care of Urban Toronto.
It must be because we have the September blues that come every single year after a great summer, but we’ve still got that travel bug! You can probably tell because we’ve written about cool treehouses from all around the world, and amazing vacation homes all in a span of a month. It won’t stop – we recently came across some really unique restaurants in the most unusual places and thought we’d share with you our favourites.
The Seaside Restaurant, Italy
Located in the city of Polignano a Mare in the south of Italy, The Seaside Restaurant is a lovely restaurant … in a cave. It’s only open from May to October (probably because of the weather/water levels) but the view out into the Adriatic Sea is undoubtedly remarkable. The restaurant is about 74 feet above sea level, and serves fine Italian cuisine. It’s not very new either, the cave served as a feasting area for nobility back in the 1700s.
If you’re afraid of drowning or dining alongside the fishes, then this restaurant is probably not for you. Ithaa is the world’s first underwater restaurant and it’s located in one our favourite vacation hotspots in the world: the Maldives!
It’s been rated the “Most Beautiful Restaurant in the World” and that could be because it offers 180-degree panoramic views of the beautiful coral gardens surrounding it. The cuisine of choice? Contemporary European. You can even book the venue for a wedding!
Treepod Dining, Bangkok
Nope, still not over tree houses! How cool is the idea of eating in a bamboo pod high up in the sky, with the servers zip-lining to you?! You don’t have to do any zip-lining though, they hoist you up in the sky once you’re seated in the pod. The option of eating in the trees is offered at the popular Six Senses’ Soneva Kiri on the remote Thai island of Kood. Just think about the beautiful views!
Located in the SnowCastle of Kemi in Finland, we think you’re going to have to pack a down-filled jacket for this dinner party as the indoor temperature is set to -5 degrees celsius.. For those unfamiliar with the SnowCastle, it’s completely made of snow and is only open four months of the year. But don’t worry – just because the temperature is very cold, they still serve warm dishes like soup and apple pie! They’re taking reservations for their next season – which starts in January 2015.
If you’re more of a daredevil, you might be interested in hosting a Dinner in the Sky – but don’t invite us! We’re not afraid of heights, but we are afraid of hanging around in an unenclosed area that high up! We’ll stick to the At.mosphere restaurant (the world’s highest restaurant from ground level) at the Burj Khalifa, thanks!
Have you dined anywhere unusual in your travels? We’d love to know!
Yonge and Sheppard Grocery Stores: Whole Foods Coming!
It’s not like we need to give you another reason to love Yonge and Sheppard, but we figure if you got it, flaunt it and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Along with the awesome retailers coming to Emerald Park, like Metro and LCBO, our neighbourhood will be home to a Whole Foods Market in the very near future. With only one other location in Toronto, which is located in the heart of Yorkville, Whole Foods Market is an exclusive amenity that very few neighbourhoods in Canada get to emjoy.
If you’re not familiar with the Whole Foods Market philosophy, you’ll be glad to know that they are a company that focuses on catering to people with healthy lifestyles. They even have a list of unacceptable ingredients and they won’t carry foods that contain them. We’re looking at you, Aspartame. They also have a guideline of values around issues like animal cruelty, shopping local and their involvement in the community. They’ve already lived up to their community guildelines by partnering the the North York Harvest Food Bank to help meet the needs of their neighbours.
Whole Foods Market at Yonge and Sheppard will officially open on September 23 with a kick-off event beginning at 8:00AM. If you live in the area or will soon be moving into Emerald Park, come out and get acquainted with your neighbourhood and soon-to-be neighbours!
Do you remember the story of the Swiss Family Robinson? How they were stranded on an island after they were shipwrecked in the East Indies? Well, we loved the film adaptation of the book because the treehouse they made was so cool. It was definitely far more impressive than the ones we had as children! Over the years, creative individuals have sought out to create super impressive treehouses, here are some of the ones we’d live in: Continue reading
We consider ourselves to be techies – we love gadgets and gizmos and our Christmas wish list (is it too early to be talking about Christmas?) always includes the latest electronics. Knowing this, you can just imagine how excited we are to call Bang & Olufsen our neighbours – their flagship Toronto store is right down the street from Exhibit and 1 Yorkville! Continue reading