Architect: Johnson Design, Inc.
Owner: Hendricks Commercial Properties
Contractor: Corporate Contractors, Inc.
The concept of this interior and limited exterior remodel was to create a juxtaposition between a modern interior infill in a 19th century industrial building. This project is an incubator environment for start up businesses. The goal of the client was to create a space that is a collaborative and dynamic co-working space for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It offers a variety of memberships, ranging from dedicated desks to private office space with an exciting environment that is sure to inspire creativity and collaboration. It also can be utilized for workshops, client presentations or employee training. Open desks, event space, office space and conference rooms are available.
The response to the clients program was to keep the space open and clean, allowing the older structure to be expressed. The new interior offices and conference spaces do not compete with the complexity of the existing elements. The infill is meant to be simple, lacking hierarchy of place.
The space has been designed to be flexible, so an occupant can have both privacy and be able to interact with others. The large open interior acts as a “street,” apart from the row of infill, which speaks to the breakdown of levels of public and private zones, much like the street in a city or neighborhood. The simple lines of the infill allow and add strength the local graffiti artist wall, focusing visual emphasis on the art, and community aspect of the space.
The new space respects and brings life back to a building important to the history in the city it is located in. The architecture of the infill becomes subservient to the notion of the importance of interaction within the community of the public space. Through the creation of a clean, modern feeling infill element, the emphasis of the design allows the start up business the economic advantage of a small leasable office footprint, while having the advantage of a larger, more collaborative community space for the sharing of ideas and interaction with others.
Photos: Jim Spelman