Situated on the ground level of an existing office building, the concept for the company’s new headquarters is a ‘building within a building’. The long, narrow, linear space required a concept that would allow for flexible working conditions in a relatively narrow footprint. Based on a series of coalescing transparent boxes, enclosed offices, meeting rooms, and yoga / gym area together form the boundaries of communal spaces. These boundaries are softened and blurred with the use of materials. A raised, continuous wood floor delineates a fluid movement. The edge is detailed to give the illusion that the floor is floating over the landscaped edge. Watertight planters are detailed to sit just below the wood path, concealing the edges, while allowing for the successful growth of the plants.
The main circulation is pushed toward the outermost wall to allow light to penetrate the enclosed offices and meeting rooms, while maintaining site lights from either end. Private offices bookend the open shared workspaces and are enclosed by large sliding full-height glass partitions. These sliding partitions can be opened fully to create flexible work spaces, whereby eliminating divisions between programs if needed. The spaces are able to adapt to the working needs of different groups by allowing for the flexibility of size and privacy.
The raw materiality of the building’s core structure is left exposed and painted white to mark the 'outer building'. In contrast, the core 'inner building' is designed with warm woods and bright furniture to differentiate the two.
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