INHS was looking to turn aging, poorly organized basement space in the Henry St John’s building into a premier office space for their growing real estate & construction management departments. The departments were being collocated to increase efficiency and synergy. The design problem was focused on how to create distinct spaces for each department while also fostering connection, and creating a sense of light & openness in a cramped basement space.
To solve this problem Trade Design Build created a shared entry corridor, punctuated by a deep blue display wall showcasing INHS’s work. Collaboration was programmatically bolstered by locating the shared conference/break room and copy room off this corridor. The two departments were then organized around a shared dividing wall, solid up to 5′ to create visual privacy. The space is then defined by the wood clerestory that connects dividing wall to ceiling and allows the ceiling of the entire space to read through. This opens the space up and allows light to flood through.
- Client Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
- Date 2017
- Location 105 W Clinton St, Ithaca, NY 14850