KPF Channels Wright in New Jersey Office Park Revamp

The architecture firm tapped into Frank Lloyd Wright's "organicist" principals in their redesign of the Centra MetroPark.

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. Workplaces 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.”

The cover story of OfficeMax Workplace Interiors’ Impact magazine’s issue 17 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 contemporary approaches to workplace design.

KPF’s redesign of an Iselin, New Jersey, office park 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 more at Impact‘s site.


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