High-rise Asset Management
This asset management company in the John Hancock Tower is known for its global focus. The team’s flat organizational structure and their informal business philosophy led them to request a visually stimulating, flowing environment. The company embraced open office workspaces for all personnel; however, they asked Allegro IA avoid uniform, rectilinear rows of “cubes.”
This dichotomy of need resulted in a very strong radial geometry that contrasts with the linear shape of the building footprint. Two large circles were imposed on the floor plan and reflected in the ceiling. The farthest edges of these curves envelope two key congregating areas – the trading floor, and the lunch room. Workstation clusters form a radial fan around the circles. Most of the curvilinear effect is achieved by working with the horizontal planes against straight, vertical wall planes. Further delineation is established by a change in carpet color and a ring of programmed LED lighting. Together the plane changes distort the viewers’ perspective from the more rigid building form, while providing a direct line of sight to daylight from every workspace.
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Credits: Project management was performed by Shermen Group. MEP & FP Engineering by RDK Engineering, structural work by LeMessurier, and lighting consulting by Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting Inc. Images by Lucy Chen Photography.