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.
Weleda North America by Specht Harpman
May 14th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Specht Harpman
Specht Harpman designed Weleda’s North American headquarters within the shell of a 19th-century factory along the Hudson River. One primary design intention was to expose and highlight the raw beauty of the original heavy timber structure, its brick walls, and large windows. Our interventions respect the character of the original building, while clearly registering a new use.
Adaptive reuse made perfect sense for Weleda, which is a world leader in promoting personal health and environmental stewardship. Desks, workstations, display shelving, and wall cladding were made of wood that was recycled from the other factory buildings that used to surround the Weleda building. Several woodworkers were employed as part of a local job-training program. Plant-growing areas were built into the space, allowing staff and visitors direct interaction with the materials from which Weleda’s products are made.
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