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Never so Wright as Now

Never so Wright as Now

(Above and Below) KPF redesign of Centra at Metropark, Iselin, N.J.

(Above and Below) Image by Michael Moran, Courtesy KPF

Forget the past 30 years’ standards for office-building designs. No more cocooning for workers, removing them from the distractions coworkers, family, and especially the environment. Offices that raised cubicle walls and sealed windows from opening, have suddenly become creatures of a bygone age—the 20th century.

Today corporate studies focus on proving that personal wellbeing and performance levels improve when workers have a tree in their sightline, can see weather patterns change, and connect with colleagues indoors, as well as outdoors. As architects and designers catch up with these needs, they are also learning to pay closer attention the legacy of one architect whose work was instrumental in creating organic architecture before anyone uttered the terms “green” or “sustainable” design.

OfficeMax Workplace Interiors’ Impact magazine’s issue 17 cover story “Drawing on Perspective” taps into the implications of Frank Lloyd Wright’s thinking about the workspace. His conviction that workers needed to be brought into the natural environment

—think of window boxes that put you face to face with a squirrel, or the way spaces play with the tension of human scale—is informing today’s firms’ approach to workplace design. 

KPF’s redesign of Centra at Metropark provides a case in point. It expands views of newly landscaped grounds, through floor to ceiling glass and sunken windows. The redesign also includes a public plaza that brings daylight streaming into the building.

Read Impact magazine’s issue 17 cover story “Drawing on Perspective” here.

 

(Above) Image by Michael Moran, Courtesy KPF, (Top) Courtesy OfficeMax Workplace Interiors Impact magazine

(Above) KPF redesign of Centra at Metropark, Iselin, N.J., (Top) Impact magazine issue 17 cover

 

 

This article is sponsored by OfficeMax Workplace Interiors. For other installments in this three-part series, click here.

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