QMA Design+Build, Ventor, N.J.
Scott H. Wilson Architect Brentwood, Tenn.
Kaiser Building Co. Cranbury, N.J.
In this 1,200-sq.-ft. office space, the client, a design/build contractor, desired a bright and airy office that would provide its clients with a representative sample of the diversity, quality and creativity of its design staff as well as an example of the quality of construction services they could expect.
In showcasing this diversity, the client chose a broad range of construction materials, design styles and furnishings. Each space was designed with a “different” style. The front formal office spaces were designed as an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional materials and furniture. The studio space was envisioned to provide an “urban loft” feel with high ceilings, large 12-ft.-high windows, exposed spiral ductwork and industrial style light fixtures. To temper the industrial esthetic, painted bead board paneling, glazed French doors and custom built-in wood bookcases were incorporated to add warmth.
In order to maximize the efficiency of the floor plan of the small space, the design studio workstations were located along the exterior wall of the building. According to the entry binder, “this permitted us to create one single access way that served the workstations on one side and allowed the creation of an entire wall of document storage.” Tying in the bead board paneling throughout the space, the workstation partition was designed to continue in front of the windows and provide a ledge and a continuous horizontal band throughout the space.
The creation of the wall, not only permitted a larger and more functional desktop work area, but it also provided light with a row of windows that overlooked a heavily trafficked street.
Working in an occupied high-rise residential condominium complex posed a few challenges such as spaces to park vehicles, entrances for trades, work hours and noise restrictions.