Great buildings very much aid in creating a great work environment, which then leads to great work. And this new office definitively fits the bill.
It’s hard to miss the building, its six v-shaped pavilions creating a strong sculptural presence. Like a series of open books, each of the thick concrete walls that nestle the office spaces open northward out towards a lake, cutting glare from the strong sun at this latitude while allowing plenty of diffuse northern light as well as parkland views to penetrate deep into the work spaces. Each pavilion is connected via outdoor arcades, which in turn also become planted pathways connecting the rooftop gardens that also adorn each concrete V.
Cuts into and slices taken out of each V allow for small punched windows and dramatic entryways, while exterior stairs also lead to porticoes allowing access to the rooftop gardens. Altogether the green roofs flow across the whole assemblage of pavilions, connecting them all and creating another layer of parkland.
There’s a lot to love here. From a building that’s overall both fun and rife with greenery to the wonderful details like the pattern of cutouts that create an additional layer of sculptural articulation as well as the bold slices to create the entries. And that green roof is wonderful, pulling double duty to keep the building cool while just being a cool space to hang out. Great stuff.