In lieu of the stereotypical office work environment, the Ervin & Smith office desired a space that would offer diversity regarding workstation environments while allowing impromptu break-out work and collaboration opportunities. Areas to occupy range from private enclosed offices to open café style spaces and booths for individuals or casual group collaboration. Another prerequisite provided by the client was that there be very little use of color and that the rawness of the existing space is preserved in a fashion that cooperates with the new construction. In response, the decision was made to paint all exposed metal deck, steel structure, ductwork, conduit, etc. white to maintain the visual interest of these elements while creating a consistency in color value.
Jury Notes: The jurors praised the restraint and minimal palette in this interior. The plywood clad program elements and strategic pop of color becomes a rich space defining moment; spaces within space which are wonderfully articulated as furnishings placed within its industrial container.