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project team awards

2014 |

AIA Central States Region Excellence in Design – Interior Architecture Merit Award

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Originally constructed in 1947, this former Chrysler-Plymouth automobile sales and service shop on the northern boundary of downtown Oklahoma City is now home to an office suite spanning more than 21,000 square feet.  The size of the property provided a unique opportunity for an open-air design.

Most recently used as a warehouse, the previous owners had added a drop ceiling, covering the wonderful skylights¸ interior steelwork and hidden gems such as air hose devices and the original garage doors. The 35-foot high skylight now fills the space with natural light. The air hose devices now hang over desks from the exposed original ceiling, concealing electrical and internet wiring.

The stand-out feature of the industrially designed space is a row of gray and white stacked shipping containers. The 8 x 20 foot structures feature glass walls at the ends to reveal the interiors, which are dry-walled and painted. There are seven containers on the ground and stairs lead to a catwalk that connects the top six containers.  Walkways and break areas are formed by the spaces between the containers and multiple office spaces surround them.