Repurposing a historic building is an admirable goal, but it will require a great deal of preparation in order to succeed. Otherwise, the project will consume an enormous amount of time, and the cost will quickly spiral out of control. By implementing the following steps, though, you can successfully breathe life into an old building and preserve its past glory for future generations to enjoy.
Review the Historical Significance of the Building
It is important to determine the building's historical significance as it relates to the local...more
In the world of architecture and interior design, every time period has a distinctive “look”. As we inch closer to a new decade, one may wonder what design trends will define the next era. There are a bevy of architectural ideas swirling around the maelstrom of design for the next 10 years.
Embracing the Old
As the second-hand and vintage clothing industry is growing in popularity, architects and urban planners are increasingly upcycling old structures. Following years of recession and the fall of industry in many cities, there is a large inventory of...more
Secondary and post-secondary education is a growing industry with no signs of slowing down. While online classes and trade programs are gaining popularity, there is still a high demand for building space at university campuses. The university experience is a culture that supports intense collaboration and personal growth. Universities must continue to meet and exceed student expectations in this area through clever campus design. Here are some elements that higher education leaders consider when planning tomorrow’s university campuses.
You're ready to upgrade your commercial interiors. It's not enough to move desks and rearrange conference rooms. You want a complete renovation that revitalizes your operations. This isn't a DIY project. You want to ensure job success by choosing the right commercial architecture firm. These key steps can help you navigate the process.
Know Your Building
If you own your building, you should have on-hand knowledge or accessibility to the requirements for interior essentials like fire protection and ADA access. If you rent your space, keep your building owner...more
While other industries experience economic turbulence, the need for rental housing is steadily rising. Employment has increased for nearly everyone in recent years, but people still aren’t able to afford to buy a home. Millennials, young professionals, and empty-nesters desire affordable apartment living that’s rich in amenities and that has a sense of community. The country’s top architecture firms give them what they want with innovative apartment building design elements and purposeful use of space. Here are some trends to watch in multifamily residential...more
Today, social responsibility is an important consideration for businesses of all sizes. Millennials dominate many markets as the top buyers, and global research from Nielsen shows that about 75 percent of them are willing to pay more for products or services from sustainable companies. These are some green initiatives and sustainable design ideas to consider.
Reduce Energy Consumption
About 50 percent of the country's energy is consumed by small and midsize businesses. While energy tops the list of expensive monthly obligations for most...more
Well-designed commercial spaces can improve productivity, lift employee morale, help attract the best job applicants, and give a good impression to clients, visitors, and business partners.
Trends in architectural design and office interior design are often reliable guides for how to create the best commercial spaces. As you consider how to construct or remodel your space in 2019, what are some trends to pay attention to?
Just as people use technology to collaborate on projects across great distances, they demand physical...more
Starting the development on a building is an exciting time. The most important variable in regards to the completion of the project is the architect. The architect is responsible for making sure that the building appears and functions as originally intended. Before you start your next project, let this list assist you in the process as you research different architecture firms.
Look For Referrals
Architects primarily receive work through networking. As you research different firms, ask your friends and associates if they have any...more
While classic choices in design and architecture maintain an element of prestige, there are undeniable trends in color and style that are worth noticing. Each new year ushers in changes – some are subtle, and others are much more dramatic. At Artech, we keep an eye on these new trends and approach each new project with current trends, client needs, and sustainability in mind.
In 2018, one of the main trends we're seeing is locality. By approaching projects with the locality in mind, it can help local economies, and provide a unique, beautiful space. Other institution-specific trends...more
With various affordable streaming services out there, movie theaters need to keep finding new ways to attract audiences and encourage them to choose a night at the theater over staying home. Providing additional food and alcoholic beverages is one way they’ve been doing this, but architecture is also key.more
At Artech, we have architects that specialize in many fields, including educational architecture. They know how to create classroom and campus spaces to promote a better atmosphere for learning, while keeping design in mind. By utilizing educational space to its full advantage, renovations and rebuilds of schools and campuses can create an area that takes advantage of both function and aesthetic. This generates an environment that benefits hard working students and faculty members alike.
An experienced architecture firm can break up the monotony of a typical box building and...more
As with every other industry, the face of healthcare is changing and you need to be prepared for what the future of your industry will bring. If you’re looking to build a new space or renovate an old space, you’re going to need a healthcare design firm with the same vision of the future that you have.more
When it comes to hiring corporate architecture firms, it is essential that you look for established professional companies with proven track records. Designing for commercial and institutional environments requires skills and certifications pertinent to each industry. You want a firm that is creative and innovative, knowledgeable in contemporary construction methodology and local code compliance, and responsive to project time constraints and budgets. Read on to see three things to look for when hiring a corporate architecture firm for your next project.more
Today, many businesses are emphasizing the importance of energy efficient design and sustainability. For our designers at Artech, the reasons are clear: 2016 was the hottest year on record, according to NASA, and the world's natural resources like water, coal, and land are becoming increasingly scarce. To add to that, buildings account for over one-third of the world's energy consumption. As such, we see the need for environmentally-friendly...more