ROSSLYN, VA – KGD Architecture demonstrated their forward thinking approach and design sensibility with an Honorable Mention entry in the 2012 NAIOP Office Building of the Future design competition. Architectural practices from around the country were tasked with developing their vision for the design and operations of an office building to be opened in 2020. The competition provided designers the opportunity to investigate and address future space utilization trends while considering the impact the office building will have on urban planning, commercial real estate, and the environment.
KGD’s concept focuses on creating a flexible template for open office space that emphasizes human health and well-being. As technology is now accessible almost constantly, the role of the office is to provide inspirational space that allows people to connect and collaborate.
-Thin building floor plates allow maximum access to natural light and ventilation.
-Endless configurations of work space are possible given the column-free floor plan.
-The plan allows easy adaptability to a hotel or residential use in the future if owner needs change.
-The facade’s shading system prevents unwanted solar gain and eliminates glare from workspaces while maintaining consistent daylighting.
-Shading elements also harvest solar energy and purify the air through the use of a nanoparticle coating.