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Avon Executive Suites in Avon, New York by Spacesmith
March 28th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Spacesmith
Spacesmith was selected to design Avon’s product shop, image room, heritage wall and executive suite for their new Headquarters. In designing these highly visible, public spaces, Spacesmith took the design vocabulary that had been previously established for the project a step further, using materials and design elements that achieved a subtle but powerful quality of heightened luxury and beauty. As part of the Company’s goal to reduce the environmental impacts of Avon buildings worldwide, sustainable materials were implemented in this design that contributed to the new headquarters achieving LEED® Gold certification.
For the executive suite, Spacesmith combined the tradition and history of Avon with a more contemporary image by creating a warm, welcoming environment that is gracious, as well as efficient and functional. The design is light and open allowing views out and daylight in through glass walls and open vistas. A clean, modern luxury permeates the space. Hand cast, resin, feature walls delineate public and private zones.
A special feature of the executive suite is the visitors’ sequenced arrival from the elevator lobby, along a dedicated corridor to the reception lounge and the boardroom beyond. The quiet formality combined with a sense of warm hospitality is a reminder that this is, indeed, the company for women. The reception lounge planned for hosting special daytime and evening events includes a seating area with classic Barcelona chairs and a simple entertainment bar with delicate glass pendant lights that add glitter to the otherwise softly understated space.
Avon executives were closely involved in creating the atmosphere of their offices, which include personalized spaces and customized furniture to meet individual work styles and aesthetic preferences while maintaining a design consistency. Open support workstations adjacent to the executive offices allow for natural light to penetrate the space and foster ease of communication. Spacesmith was able to accommodate individual requests for support staff as well within the corporate brand and guidelines. As part of the strategy to reduce construction costs and waste existing smaller offices were repurposed for use as huddle rooms for informal meeting. All offices are fully integrated with the latest technology for lighting, security, media and communications, including motion sensors, automatic shades, and hidden video screens, microphones, and speakers. As a shared, semipublic space, the boardroom and lounge provide this technology and amenity for all of Avon’s board members and visitors.