This interior renovation transformed an outdated, over divided space (30% included 7’6’ ceilings) to create an open, cohesive plan, with views of trees and spaces flooded with natural light, while allowing for flexible spatial divisions.
The offices’ greatest asset is the 36” tall ribbon window facing north that runs the buildings’ length. Previously covered with black mini-blinds and hidden behind a maze of interior walls the window was muted. The interior walls were removed and blinds discarded. The window now captures northern light, saturating the spaces with natural light. The ribbon window and mature oak trees beyond are visible from every workspace unifying the office visually and psychologically.
The client, a tech company, utilizes project based teams, requiring constant movement of staff and equipment. The solution involved using a traditional product in a non-traditional way. Mechanically operated mechoshades were installed perpendicular to the windows, the shades provide flexible, quickly adjustable workspace divisions. When down, the translucent shades provide definition, without eliminating connection; when up, an open, cohesive office.
Offices for management and support spaces were tucked under the low ceiling, flanking the open office space. Two conference rooms, termed “war” rooms by the client, serve as bookends for office. Requiring additional privacy, these spaces are separated from the flexible work spaces with a glass wall with sliding panels.
The public lobby space is placed between a conference room and an orange accent wall that wraps the copy center behind. This freestanding form marks the transition between public and semi-public workspaces.