This project provides a new home for a major retail company in New Albany, Ohio.
Strict design guidelines dictated a ‘primarily brick’ solution, but the asymmetrical conditions of the site, with a four-lane highway to the south and pleasant woods and wetlands to the north, called for a solution more complex than the brick boxes typical of New Albany. In response, the L-shaped scheme embraces the wetlands with a glass curtain wall providing maximum exposure to views and north light. To the south, curving masonry walls twenty-four inches deep shield associates from traffic noise and glare.
A complex interior arrangement contrasts the straightforward exterior. Two-story brick interiors to the south cradle bands of offices and apparel storage that loosely divide the open office areas, affording all associates natural light and views of to the exterior. A skylit interior street bisects a large central atrium as it runs the length of the building. Meeting rooms take on playful shapes and colors, while gently warped reception desks and café furniture echo the sweeping curves of the exterior.