Architect/Contractor: MSI General Corporation
Owner:Guardian Software systems
The original building had been home to a number of different businesses, most recently a grocery store that shuttered over 10 years ago, only to leave the building’s first floor empty with occupied residential apartments above. The design team was given the challenge to transform this empty, dated building located in a visible section of the city into a structure that represented the technological advances of the business of Guardian Software Systems.
The site of this existing building has traffic patterns that converge at this location, making this a very impactful and visible site of the neighborhood. This visual impact was very important to the client to not only create a building with a street presence, but to give definition and direction to where the front door of the building is as well as adding green space to the existing sea of concrete enveloping this building. The existing building had no hierarchical presence or elemental balance of material or fenestration alignment. The use of the primary materials of metal panel canopy enclosure, LP Smart Siding, E.I.F.S and masonry block and brick are designed to intertwine and layer to create visual interest, hierarchy of function and balance the overall façade. Likewise, the exterior colors were selected to create a cool, clean and technological aesthetic complementing each other with the warm wood tone siding to respect some of the adjacent residential structures and to balance out the overall building presence.
The interior of the building is a basic layout using the focal corner of the building as the entry point and the location of the public areas of the office with the most exposure to the natural light and the street presence. The “core” element of the toilet rooms, coffee area and janitor closet are tucked against the stair case that goes up to the residential properties and will eventually be the access to expanded office work space as the company continues to grow. The balance of the space is designated to office component of private offices around the perimeter and an open office space central to the operations of the office. Materials and colors selected for the interior of the space are complimentary to the colors found on the exterior of the building, creating a cohesive aesthetic to the entire facility.