Brandstetter Carroll, Inc.
Brandstetter Carroll, Inc.’s relocation proved both an architectural and perceptual challenge. This team of engineers was moving from a generic building with enclosed, individual offices to an open loft in a former industrial building downtown. The loft possessed the positive characteristics of many 19th century industrial buildings: generous open space, abundant daylight from rows of large windows, and a robust character thanks to details like cast iron columns and exposed wood beams and flooring. The architectural challenge was to preserve these attributes while providing a comfortable, efficient work environment. The perceptual challenge was demonstrating to the staff that we could achieve the functional, architectural goals without the individual offices to which they were accustomed. This was achieved by creating a hierarchy of spaces with varying degrees of separation.
A curved circulation spine, beginning at the entry and defined by partial-height walls, organizes and connects the various functional spaces. Open work stations retain enough privacy to comfortably allow individual work without obscuring light and views from the large windows. Areas requiring greater privacy are layered back from the exterior walls with full-height glass partitions that admit daylight while preserving the spatial character of the loft. The heart of the office is an open, light-filled, multi-purpose area that is both a working and social space able to host a variety of activities.