This is the second office designed for this client. I used natural, recycled and recyclable surfaces extensively throughout the project. For example, the custom doors and the conference room screening are made from old growth long leaf pine salvaged from other parts of the mill. The balcony railing is also salvaged. The loft railing posts use small steel sections formed into a miniature bow truss that gently curves away from the edge of the loft. I used historic long leaf pine for the closely spaced horizontal slats wrapping up the curved posts and for the hand rail on top. The railing helps create a cocoon feeling within the loft while offering a broad overview of the entire office.
I used Steel grid patterns on the office glass walls and conference room wood slats to convey a sense of corporate and working transparency while at the same time providing a comfortable level of privacy for the occupants. These two design elements strike the balance between the company’s need for places to have private conversations, but without participants feeling as though they’re in a fish bowl, on display.