Located in the Century Business Park at the Hawthorn Airport, a former 3000 sq. ft. wind tunnel building is added onto for a quickly growing company producing facial scrubs and soaps.
The program for the Project consisted of two main parts. New offices to expand the sales and marketing staff and a larger warehouse / production facility to handle the ever expanding call for new products. Utilizing the raw industrial nature of the existing building with its open plan and volume space as the warehouse and production portion of the program, a new 2500 sq. ft. addition consisting of offices, reception and conference room was designed to sit before it. Seeing the existing warehouse building as background, the addition displays the company desire to feel classic, modern and youthful and literally acts as the face to the building as it looks out to the remainder of the business park.
Maintaining the industrial nature of the site but in a slightly different way, the building is constructed from very simple raw materials. The main body of the building is an exposed concrete floor and walls which provides both rough and finished surfaces in one. Ceiling mounted plywood panels and MDF cabinetry brings the material palette warmth yet still maintains the raw nature of the space.
The main design element is the entry, reception and conference room areas. The wall and roof of this space are literally lifted away from each other to create a lightness and freedom of space thereby establishing a strong connection to the garden, sky and exterior spaces beyond. The floating wall is wrapped with a standard cement board product that is typically used as eave material on track homes. Given a unique pattern and reinforced by color, the floating wall becomes a strong graphic element calling out entry to the facility and providing the impact the Clients were looking for.