American Institute of Architects | 2016
Business Architecture Award
North American Power
Designing the offices for North American power was all about creating a great space to work. Our clients at North American power believe that "Great things happen when you give individuals the power to change the world around them." The clients wanted to encourage a team-based environment that would coalesce and reflect the company mission to support and promote sustainable resources. Likewise, the space should embody the company's sincerity to preserve and protect the environment. Their space had to speak of green energy.
At the core of the work environment are recycled and sustainable materials branding their work place as a progressive 21st century company. The living walls form an indoor garden, with plants that oxygenate the air. Systems are exposed to make the work space more dynamic than the typical corporate cast. Live edge wood conference tables are juxtaposed against classic mid-century modern and industrial pieces to enrich the space.
A mix of furniture from mid-century masters Le Corbusier and Mies Van der Rohe, along with a collection of reclaimed industrial artifacts make the space feel more like a sophisticated New York loft than a corporate office. The cafe was designed as a place to gather around the espresso machine, sending a message to the employees that this is a cool and caring community.