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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

HIGHRISE OFFICE BUILDING by Rossetti Architects

 
December 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rossetti Architects

Clear, effervescent + in-line with a risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit was the client vision that inspired this eye-popping, yet sophisticated environment for the Rock Companies Executive Suite. ROSSETTI translated the “live, work, play” lifestyle into offices that are executive, yet don’t take themselves too seriously. This office interior ignited a downtown city’s resurgence, bringing life and energy into the once tired and gray city. The vibrant offices mimic the owner’s vision for the city; high-energy and elegant.  Dominate design inspirations include spaces that are clear, effervescent, and executed in eye-popping color and playful design elements.

Exterior of Detroit’s Compuware Building located in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. ROSSETTI was part of the original architecture team that designed the building in 2000 (completed 2003), Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

  • Architects: Rossetti Architects
  • Project: HIGHRISE OFFICE BUILDING
  • Software used: Illustrator, AutoCad and Revit

The city’s skyline is reflected on the walls, further painting the owners picture of a lively city. As the lighting throughout the day changes so do the reflections, further adding to the dynamic nature of the laminate, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

Inspired by the Live, Work, Play Culture

A vibrant corporate executive office located on the 10th floor of Detroit’s Compuware Building , the 27,000 SF space includes offices for a 60 person staff, a kitchen and eating area, lounges, conference rooms and a half-court basketball room. The project began in November 2010 and was completed in July 2011.

The 27,000 SF space includes offices for a 60 person staff, a kitchen and eating area, lounges, and conference rooms, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

The client’s go-for-it attitude inspired the design team to produce a playful yet sophisticated environment for the executive staff. The team’s task was to create a “live, work, play” environment that had the professional discipline of an executive office and still have the energy and playfulness of the client’s culture.

The 27,000 SF space includes offices for a 60 person staff, a kitchen and eating area, lounges, and conference rooms, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

Clarity of Color

For the interior design, the team took inspiration from painters Piet Mondrian and Joan Miro and chose a palette of primary colors for the furniture, carpet and wall panels set against bright white for clarity. To soften internal hallways, colorful blown glass “flower beds” in whimsical formations were commissioned as an alternate to real planted beds. Color adds a fresh approach to an executive office while the strict containment and organization of the color maintain a professional environment.

To soften internal hallways, colorful blown glass “flower beds” in whimsical formations were commissioned as an alternate to real planted beds, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

Illusion of Openness and Depth

To create an illusion of openness and simplicity while maintaining privacy, desk spaces where enclosed in clear glass walls, which employees call “officles” (a blend of office and cubicle). Laminated glass panels along the core wall reflect light, activity and glimpses of the city creating an atmosphere that feels connected and dynamic. Perimeter offices are transparent to allow the views and light to reach deep into the space and bounce around the numerous glass surfaces.

Creativity and spontaneity are encouraged by numerous open seating arrangements, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

Activity is Programmed

Employees can take a break and reenergize with a scooter ride through the office, or shoot hoops in the basketball court. Creativity and spontaneity are encouraged by numerous open seating arrangements and the writable laminated glass wall surfaces along the core wall, where problems can be solved in real-time.

Creativity and spontaneity are encouraged by numerous open seating arrangements, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

The live, work, play culture in this corporate executive office comes to life in bright colors and an open floor plan rich with possibilities for spontaneous activity. The client’s culture was matched with an exciting new design that is an energetic twist to what is typically a dry and formal environment.

The design of the office encourages creativity among co-workers. With its open glass ‘pods’ and offices, nothing is left to the imagination, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

Laminated Glass was chosen for all wall surfaces to be writable and reflective. Employees are encouraged to literally write on walls and problem solve in real time, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

Perimeter offices are transparent to allow the views and light to reach deep into the space and bounce around the numerous glass surfaces, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

Employees can decompress and re-energize by shooting some hoops in the half-court basketball room. The space is a replica of the one located inside Q Arena, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

For the interior design, the team took inspiration from painters Piet Mondrian and Joan Miro and chose a palette of primary colors for the furniture, carpet and wall panels set against bright white for clarity, Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

Image Courtesy © Rossetti Architects

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