Thursday, June 16, 2011


Coffee Plaza  by Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Design concept and solution: Richard Meier & Partners Architects wanted to increase the visibility of Neumann, which previously had its headquarters nearby in a generic 1950s office building. The original master plan for the site called for a more nondescript office block with buildings of equal heights. The architects gave the Neumann building prominence with an oval-shaped tower and brought all three buildings closer together, expanding the size of the neighboring park. The reinforced concrete tower has a floor-to-ceiling double-glass facade, the outer layer of which extends above the roof height to shield the roof deck from wind. To create open, flexible office layouts, the architects chose a lateral core for each building. In the main tower, glass partitions divide the oval floor plans into offices, allowing daylight through; some floors do away with the partitions altogether. The interiors are finished in Meier's customary white, set off by nearly back carpets in the offices and dark gray granite floors in the restrooms, staircases, and elevator lobbies.


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