The maze’s straightforward concept is clearly put forward by the studio’s founder architect Bjarke Ingels: ‘As you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a panopticon that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?’
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The ceiling from reception through the pantry draws one through the space, mimicking the configuration of a roulette table and the wedged slots. There is also a ticker – complete with betting lines, odds and scores that are constantly updated – that runs throughout the office that establishes movement and flow all the way down the main circulation corridor.
The branch pays homage to the historic jazz neighborhood with larger-than-life photomurals of pianist Duke Ellington who once lived in the area. In keeping with our philosophy of ecological design, CORE preserved over fifty percent of the original tenant construction, conserving both resources and money.
The project team at Studio3877 went to Detroit and Philadelphia to study the local market economies and best practices in both cities. Their research inspired the resulting 4,800-square-foot market which features stained natural wood shelving, LED lighting, large display cases, pops of a color coined “Glen’s Green,” and community-driven offerings such as an onsite chef preparing dishes in an open kitchen and cooking classes for the market’s shoppers.
The office itself is divided has a number of workstation styles – from the open and collaborative newsroom areas to the semi private enclosed spaces. There are also many different styles of meeting spaces for both large and small groups, and for both formal and informal occasions. I really like the symmetry of the boardroom pictured above.