Mars Petcare’s new North American headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, was created as the “Pet Friendly Workplace of the Future.” The candy and pet conglomerate ultimately decided on the 224,000 square feet of space in two connected buildings labeled C and D — to stand for cats and dogs. Lighting included both building facades, a 9,000 square foot outdoor dog park, and 60 acres of outdoor green space and walking paths – all designed with pet-friendly landscaping.
Servier, an international pharmaceutical company with a non-profit background, recently moved into 14,500 square feet of new office space in the Boston Seaport area. Open office areas are filled with sunlight and accentuated with linear fixtures that help to balance the bright but comfortable core, while funky pendants give collaboration areas a fun twist. The design creates a kinetic and energetic workplace within a comfortable luminous environment.
Wayfinding becomes paramount in a 140,000-square-foot office space, located on one floor. Spatial definition created by the design team provides visual orientation, connection to the outdoors, and a sense of scale for each of the work groups. Large sweeps of clean white ceiling bands were created to stretch across the length of the building from east to west, breaking down the overall scale and giving a grain to an otherwise massive volume. The open office is lighted with linear indirect pendant fixtures to evenly illuminate these planes, and balance brightness with daylight from windows and skylights. Corridors are lighted with direct downlights and vertical lines of light semi-recessed into the walls, bouncing up and down and alternating from side-to-side. The circulation corridors running north/south use a similar theme of linear geometry, in the form of horizontal pendants swimming along the corridors and clustering over gathering places.
Magnifying the quiet brilliance of many scientists, and casting light into the dark shadows of a tired, old 1980s building was the primary goal of the design team. Draper Labs is switching its focus from government contracts to the public sector for the first time in over 85 years of its history. The remarkable minds that helped Apollo 11 safely navigate to the moon in 1969 needed an environment conducive to their highest levels of performance. The interior design needed to reflect the intelligence, creativity, and ingenuity of these scientists, to help display their services and perform their crafts. The 7th floor is the first impression for the outside world. That’s where the design team started the transformation. Each programmed space utilizes a unique visual enhancement conducive to the programmed usage. Incorporating LED light sources exclusively, the design team was able to achieve lighting power densities 26% below the energy code. Further energy reduction is accomplished through automatic daylight dimming in all perimeter zones, and vacancy sensors in small offices and meeting rooms.