A rhythm defined by strips of light guide the entry to the studio, through a subtle, minimalist portal and into a voluminous common space. With a focus on local recycled materials, recycled fluorescent tubes are reimagined and assembled as a feature light that floats above a locally handcrafted walnut and steel communal table nestled between two glass-front conference rooms. Vibrant tile handcrafted from recycled glass highlights an adjacent open kitchen with walnut veneer millwork, built-in technology display, and a state-of-the art faucet that distributes both still and sparkling drinking water. Throughout, exposed concrete structural elements including a waffle-slab ceiling and columns give a subtle raw quality to an otherwise clean palette of finishes. Raw steel elements, terrazzo flooring and recycled carpet tile (literally from the firm’s former office space) are also featured throughout the studio, and partial height partitions create numerous teaming spaces within.
The open studio takes advantage of the abundance of natural light and tree-top views allowed by floor-to-ceiling glazing on the south, west and north exposures. With the office space being located at the heart of a bustling urban artery, the highly visible space is accentuated by a criss-cross light stick pattern of LED lighting through-out the main studio, creating visual interest when viewed from the densely populated street below. The open studio and high level of transparency within the space contributes to the office’s communal nature, encouraging conversations and creative collaboration indicative of the firm's work.