WHAT: Architecture office in old factory.
CHALLENGE: Subdividing a virtually square room with windows
on only one side into usable spaces with various functions without
losing the loft-like character of the original space.
STRATEGY: The space is divided into four quadrants with varying
degrees of openness. The back-of house areas and wood shop
are tucked away to the inside corner. In the conference area, a
wall of glass bricks admits just enough light to brighten the deep room.
A bright splash of color on the rear wall lightens up the darkest surface
and focuses the visitor’s eye upon entering the office from the street.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ben Rahn, A-Frame Studio
A inexpensive twin-wall (plastic) clerestory closes off the small wood shop from the rest of the space. Where pipes and sprinklers penetrate the clerestory, a simple wood detail resolves the connection.