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Juniper Networks Open Lab: Junos Center for Innovation in New Jersey by Valerio Dewalt Train

 
November 14th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Valerio Dewalt Train

Juniper Networks is a provider of networking solutions headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For an office in New Jersey, Juniper leased 16,000 square feet in a large office park thirty minutes outside of New York City. The space needed to serve as a showroom and collaborative center for the company’s east coast clients and partners, so it was crucial that it express the company’s unique and innovative culture.

The wood clad entry defines the architectural language used throughout the innovation center’s space.

  • Architects:Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
  • Project: Juniper Open Lab
  • Location:Bridgewater, New Jersey
  • Project Team: Louis Ray, Matt Gamache, Kurt Volkman
  • Client: Juniper Networks
  • Date of occupancy: 6 February 2012
  • Area: Gross square footage 16,000 GSF
  • Construction cost: Withheld
  • Contractor: SJP Properties, Construction Services Division
  • Consultants: WB Engineering (MEP/FP), Thornton Tomasetti (Structural)
  • Key materials (type/brand): Custom Perforated Metal Ceiling by USG, Engineered Wood by Armstrong, Custom Freestanding Light Fixtures by Alight, Frameless glass w/ custom graphic films
  • Software used: Microstation, Maxwell, Adobe Suite
  • Awards/certifications: AIA Chicago Interiors Honor Award, 2012
  • Photographer credit: Matt Wargo

Strong use of brand logo and custom designed light towers define the projects welcome center. Wood volumes call attention to the leisure zones of the office, while a spin of light fixtures pull employees and visitor through the office.

Visitors are greeted by a large elliptical form anchoring a welcome space with an inconspicuously located reception desk off to one side. An unobstructed ribbon of windows showcase the forested Watchung Hills beyond. Juniper’s logo is centered on the elliptical form that contains a board room space.

Strong use of brand logo and custom designed light towers define the projects welcome center. Wood volumes call attention to the leisure zones of the office, while a spin of light fixtures pull employees and visitor through the office.

The perforated ceiling plane throughout the public space is inspired by the blinking lights of the company’s rack-mounted equipment. Light fixtures shine down through custom perforated aluminum ceiling panels, creating a cinematic experience as people move through the space. The panels are part of a standard lay-in system, but with an irregular, digitally fabricated custom pattern of square perforations.

A custom perforated metal ceiling tile was developed and implemented to create a cinematic play of light.

The design team incorporated wood extensively in the public spaces as material for the floors and walls. To convey the company’s high-tech aesthetic, wood is used in unconventional ways, folding up from the floor to form objects such as benches and a bar for the cyber café.

Hallway corridors filter the various material layers of the space, with brand identifiers acting as focal points that pull you through the space.

Tall, standalone light poles in the shape of an inverted “L” are used in dramatic, sculptural function. Originally developed for parking lots, they are spaced ten feet apart through the public spaces; each one is rotated 15 degrees from the previous one, creating a dramatic splaying of light and referencing the angles of the starburst-shaped Juniper logo.

Strong use of glass and a restricted material palette create a dynamic working environment.

An open lab serves as the main showcase where the company’s engineers display their routers and other networking equipment to clients and partners. Most of the office is open plan. Touch-down workstations have glass partitions that allow natural light to penetrate into the interior. To provide privacy, the glass panels have a custom film, which is opaque for conference and huddle rooms, translucent for open work environments. . The pattern is the same as that of the perforated aluminum ceiling panels. The office also incorporates open innovation rooms and a multipurpose area.

A custom perforated metal ceiling tile was developed and implemented to create a cinematic play of light.

Lighting fixtures are equipped with dimmable ballasts that are individually adjustable through a computer program, enabling Juniper to monitor and control lighting costs with precision.

Zones are defined by glass walls that float throughout the space.

The servers become a feature in the space as they are seen behind glass panels.

Upon entering the office, visitors are presented with a dynamic leisure space rather than being forced to first approach a reception desk.

Seminar, conference and training spaces

Seminar, conference and training spaces

A custom graphic film that relates to the ceiling tile pattern is used to produce various levels of visibility in the office and defines different programmatic zones.

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