AWARD WINNING OFFICE STACK MALLJennifer Bonners redesigned the concept of mid-rise buildingby: Lee Ka Ern (Bachelor of Interior Design of Sheffield Hallam University)Project DetailsAwarded for the 2019 ArchitectProgressive Architecture Awards.Project name is Office Stack. Located atHuntsville, ALA. Client for thisarchitecture is McLain Development. SizeAwarded for the 2019 Architect Progressive Architecture Awards. Project name is Office Stack. Located at Huntsville, ALA. Client for this architecture is McLain Development. Dimension of the mall is 329,000 square feet. Designed by Jennifer Bonner with her development team, “This X That” inside the organization that goes by the name called Mall.
The cost is withheld because currently the project is still in progress. All the photographs was taken by Adam DeTour.Applying her individual study project ” Best Sandwiches, onto her latest project, Office Stack, thus boost her to win the Progressive Architecture Award 2019. It is a rather provocative and unconventional piece of design. Bonner made each surface of the structure grow into its own existence or being.
Very much like a sandwich having their own signature ingredients. Hence, the mid-rise building having a layered varied typologies that could be interchangeable eventually produce an idea similar to a Frankenstein composition. For example in a sandwich, you can swap bacon, lettuce, tomato, or egg above or below the stack which adds a character or individuality to the typology overall. As a result, this concept gives a change to the perception of monotonous mid-rise building that surround us. Office Stack has created a broader spectrum of what can be and what cannot be. Also, it leaves a trail of hot debatable questions and countless designers to be back ontoSandwiches, onto her recent project Office Stack, which help her win the 2019 ProgressiveArchitecture Award. Its a rather provocative and unconventional piece of design. Bonnermade each layer of the structure became its own existence or being. Very much like asandwich having their own signature ingredients. Hence, the mid-rise building having alayered varied typologies that can be interchangeable eventually produce an idea similar likea Frankenstein structure. For example in a sandwich, you can swap bacon, lettuce, tomato,or egg above or below the stack which adds a character or personality to the overall typology.As a result, this concept changes the perception of monotonous mid-rise building thatsurround us. Office Stack has created a broader spectrum of what can be and what cannotbe. Also, it leaves a trail of hot debatable questions and countless designers to be back ontotheir drawing boards. The new generation has begun to seek a new era.Bonner’s First IdeaAtlanta’s tallest and most expensive wear crowns, but midrises do not get that luxury.Without them, midrises can be a bit dull. Instead, midrises have to be wear interestingfacades to stand out. But if we slice up the midrise, we can try something new. Bystacking pieces of different buildings, sandwiches break out of mid-rise monotony.Sandwiches can be stacked nice and neat, or a bit messier, full of interesting nooks andcrannies. Example: How to stack a BLT – squish three layers of fillings in between 2Atlanta’s tallest and most expensive wear crowns, but midrises do not get that luxury. Without them, midrises can be a bit dull. Instead, midrises have to be wear interesting facades to stand out. But if we slice up the midrise, we can try something new. By stacking pieces of different buildings, sandwiches break out of mid-rise monotony. Sandwiches can be stacked nice and neat, or a bit messier, full of interesting nooks and crannies. Example: How to stack a BLT – squish three layers of fillings in between 2 slices of bread. And voila! The BLT gives us five roof top buildings in one.At 329,000 feet, the premise is ready to be constructed in the real world. Located at Huntsville, Alabama, the tower includes five level stories. It can contained numerous residents to live in that space while drawing attention to each stack to carry out different functions. Furthermore, the color and facade will be the attraction point of the mid-rise building. Each facades has its own roof top, creating nearly a skyline onto itself. The distinct mid-rise tower undergo different surface treatments, (Volner, 2019) from diagrid to the standard Miesian reticulation to PoMo-ish punch windows, all articulated in different materials.It is not just an experiment, it is also not just creating a facadism movement. Its more than that. Each level of the tower has its own tenant in vivid view, giving people a clear understanding of how it operates of the building’s interior. Furthermore, the Office Stack as known as the mid-rise building has created a wider trend of how we should create an office space in a shared method. The interior space circulates nicely in each floor as they focus intently on the office interior layout plan. For example, the furniture, the lounges, the meeting rooms meandering their way between desk areas to create corridors of social space.(Volner, 2019) Each level also have a trademark central atrium that has an own individual characteristic staircase that winds up the next floor. This is to further buttress the identity of each layer of the sandwich. From stack to stack, the drop ceiling’s lighting differs. Appearing as a giant x’s in the diagrid floors to mimic the surface treatment.(Volner, 2019) Bonner’s design is a provocative effort to change the commercial development from within to the outer facade.As the color scheme is currently in pink, Bonner may need to be consider a more gender neutral color in order to appeal to opposite genders. However, the rest of the concept is so far fitting and intriguing. I like the sandwich concept as it’s playful, mischievous and fun to create onto the drawing boards relentless on how time consuming the project goes into it. Moreover, I like the fact that it is also a bit complex and detailed, concerning the interior part which they give each floor their own focused individuality and colors. According to fellow architect Paul Andersen, AIA the project “optimistically makes a very American office tower. It is a promiscuous collection of parts irreverently arranged, and the mismatch of different pieces seems deliberately organized so that each can have its own identity. Within a non-hierarchical composition, the chunks are all exceptional.” The project’s design thesis may seem almost too literal. However, to Bonner’s credit, the design allows for a new discourse within the possibilities of mid-rise typology.(Guimapang, 2019)Although they did not mention which floor is which floor exactly in their Autocad furniture layout plan but it is exciting to see it revealed to the world. One of the floors have a basketball court placed purposely in an unaligned design layout. They have categorized the furniture layout plan into four sections, toilet space, public space, relax and chill place and exercise place. However it is quite daring of her to placed the toilet at the center for each floors. I am interested how she is going to tackle the air ventilation issues. There is no obvious private space in her design as her emphasis is more to an open and shared space trend. Hence the lack of privacy. However, I do see the fun space can be used as a private space for small talks and discussion among coworkers. In my opinion, this type of layout will realize a new, fresh community that hides nothing from one another and better communicate with each other without any evil, hatred, fakes or jealousy in the mid-rise building. It will be like an open book. In order for shared space community like this to realize, one must work on themselves first. One must be good and kind to others from the bottom of their heart to begin with. To end this in a positive note, the overall plan is very effective and not a single space is wasted as it is filled up with a lot of tables and chairs. Hence, chances of employ-ability in this exclusive environment is high.