In formulating the design concept, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects focused on develop a distinctly modern representation of the company’s message while achieving high security without compromising visual openness.
The design is intended to reflect the multilayered systems that make up “information architecture,” which insures that “information structures are well planned, functional, and usable.” This solution consciously represents movement and speed, both essential to the company’s business of data compilation and distribution. The north façade’s gentle curve responds to the adjacent interstate’s ramp, expressing movement of information and people. The planning reflects the city’s interaction with the interstate and river: a rigid grid that reactively bends with the context.
Glazed stairwells express movement, while the core’s edge placement allows open, flexible floors. Employee floors are located above level four, opening views over the interstate to the river, entertainment district, and Presidential Library. A thin east/west plan invites maximum sunlight. Fritted glass echoes open office rhythms, while reducing solar gain 25% without obscuring views.
The company’s business results in heightened security, leading to the integration of an enclosed parking structure, forming a major part of the building’s base and connecting directly to the office tower at each parking level. Perforated screens conceal cars from view, while the deck’s landscaped roof plaza serves an exercise platform. All employee cars are under shade and hidden from view. The adjacent park was designed to allow neighborhood connection.
The project helped stimulate the riverfront neighborhood, further defining the city’s gateway.