A feasibility study was performed to investigate the opportunity for two separate professional service organizations, partnering together to potentially develop offices for themselves on a beautifully wooded and sloping site. The most challenging design exercise was to respect the wooded, sloping site and jurisdictional constraints, and the resulting buildable area was comparatively small and irregularly-shaped because of these constraints. The property borders a residential area; therefore, the siting, scale and materials choices must respect this context. Views and outdoor connectivity were also important design considerations, as were indoor parking and subtle architectural interest. The proposed concept was derived from minimizing the footprint by creating a two-story solution, while minimizing site work and disturbance to the tree canopy.
Service and circulation uses are located on the north side of the building where all horizontal and vertical utility runs can be achieved, thereby affording the south side of the building to be dynamically vaulted and take advantage of views to the woods and ravine. Indoor parking is strategically-located to have easy access to both levels and, therefore, both companies. The office area features private offices with shared light into the workstation area and is centered on informal meeting spaces to provide added privacy between open office areas. The conference rooms and exterior patios are located to maximize views.