Due to unprecedented growth, Great Plains Software wanted to establish a corporate campus adjacent to their existing facility on the outskirts of Fargo, North Dakota. Snow Kreilich Architects designed the campus master plan and the company’s second building.
The master plan capitalized on the Fargo landscape, making the connection to the horizon a vivid part of the every day experience of the site, and reinforcing, through both architecture and planting, the existing linear reading of the agricultural landscape through east-west bands of crops, shelterbelts and buildings.
Echoing these themes, the new building is composed of two long east-west bars on the site. The skin of the northern bar is predominantly masonry while the south bar is largely transparent. The two bars shift relative to one another to create wind protection for the south bar and outdoor spaces. The building also emphasizes the boundlessness of the great plains that is so emblematic of this dynamic software company. Protective and anchoring masonry masses give way to floor planes detailed to seemingly float free of the structure and surrounding walls of glass, engaging the endless horizon and the vast ocean-like openness of the plains.