The design team’s goal was to create a highly sustainable, collaborative office space. It needed to be an open, flexible and egalitarian environment that celebrated Morley’s history, people and projects.
A “construction lab” design concept demonstrates construction methods and building code principles by highlighting the interior structure and infrastructure. Exposed ductwork and cable trays clearly show how the HVAC and power and data networks serve the office occupants. Gypsum board ceiling and wall skins are peeled away to reveal their steel and wood skeletons.
Powerful raw steel frames brace the mezzanine around the stairways. The 40-year-old wood beams’ intricate structural steel saddles and cabling reinforcement testify to the complexity of renovating an older building as a 21st-century workplace.
The branding includes highlighting the backdrop of the reception desk with a concrete slab supporting Morley’s 1950s logo, subtly attesting to Morley’s special expertise working with concrete. The bright yellow glass desk front and blue glass conference room sidelight display Morley’s brand colors.
Sustainable features include 26 new skylights, an 18-foot-tall water wall fountain for cleansing the air and muffling ambient noise, daylight-sensitive fluorescent pendants and low-VOC finishes.
27,330 sq. ft. / 2,540 sq. m.