Office buildings have creative license to go in many directions. They are essentially chameleons that can adapt its design to any look the owners want to project. A global real estate firm’s New Jersey headquarters was slated to exude elegance. Instead of the bustling, LED filled images that office spaces conjure in one’s mind, this was to be different. Quiet, calm, and luxurious was the brief. More hotel, less headache.
World Architecture & Design Awards 2019
Third Award | Category: Office Building
Architects: Susan Strauss
Studio: Susan Strauss Design
Country: United States
The exterior of the building, projects new age commercial proficiency. An ode to the building of the future, the façade is dressed in streamlined Trespa paneling with contrasting finishes.
Every great design begins with a great scheme. The material board consisted of richly toned walnut wood, deeply variated marble floor tile in an array of grey and taupe shades, pure black matte metal, brushed brass, and textured wallcoverings. These finishes combined in multiple configurations to create an upscale business experience.
The lobby’s feature wall plays with lighting and space, and serves as the perfect backdrop for the 16 pendant custom fixture hanging from the twenty foot ceilings. On a staircase wall, the feature wall’s motif is mimicked with wood paneling on a considerably larger scale. The detailed profile in the paneling, combined with the oversized pattern ensures it is a statement that doesn’t distract. The corridors feature wood paneling both on the walls and ceiling, combined with metal and accent lighting, and black arches at intervals. Textured wallpaper envelops the spaces in tangible luxury.
Upstairs, wood slats with brass caps line the corridors. Bespoke sconces hang from metal arches, inviting continuity from downstairs, while keeping the design original. The reception area is a well-appointed marvel. Brass rods form unique patterns on the wallpapered walls, with elegant soft seating on either side. Table lamps, floor lamps, and accent furniture enhance the hotel reminiscent atmosphere. Behind the reception desk stands two rows of curved walls. These walls rise impressively off the tiled floor, clad in custom epoxy panels. Well lights in the floor illuminate the glass like finish on these textured walls, giving them a larger-than-life, grand feel.
The office experience receives a significant upgrade when in an environment like this. A fusion of intentional design, rich textures, and perfect execution creates the ultimate boutique experience in the immense world of commerce.