Hollis + Miller’s Design U at JE Dunn’s downtown KC office proved to help me fulfill quite a few requirements for my blog. The JE Dunn office was amazing. I think the main reason why I was drawn to the design in the beginning was because it’s modern design. This building was finished a few years ago. Most of the interior trends that are used are styles that are still very popular or are up and coming.
The shape and the layout of the building is very simple. It is simply three differently sized rectangles. Each different rectangle serves as a different area for use. I believe that this simple shape proves better then even a square because it decreases the chances of creating a cubicle maze for the employees. Three sectors provide the employees with different avenues of moment and usage. We were able to explore mostly the first floor although I wish I could have seen more of the building.
The finishes were all very industrial. The floor was a lighter wood shade, but the walls were very interesting. There were painted a black color but had perforated metal shields on them. These shields supported various job site and employee images. The images were lit by exposed track lighting. Splashes of color were also used as accent walls walking down the corridor. I think this was very important because I believe that each company’s office space should represent their brand. Company brands are becoming more important and are a great representation for clients that are guests in your building. One particular detail that I really enjoyed was the layout of the lighting. The surface mounted luminaries were places in more of a random pattern then in a specific grid. I believe that this helps with the flow of the room. It is not telling the user to walk in one specific direction at a particular speed. The lighting indicates that guests and employees can meander down the hallway at their own pace and direction enjoying the images on the walls.
This style of lighting also intrigued me because I have seen Hollis + Miller spec lighting very similar in some of our current projects. I was alway curious to see what it looked like once installed. I believe that for a corporate office space, this was the perfect usage for the main traffic hallway.
Another piece of the interiors that I loved were the bathrooms. It was hilarious because a group of girls walked in and the first thing we did was admire the design of the bathroom. It was different and more lively then I have ever seen. The walls had a bright blue and white subway tile with a large green painted cement column at the entrance. A glazed wall with a construction related graphic was also placed near the entrance.
After seeing this new building and understanding more about the JE Dunn business, I believe that the interior of the building reflects the brand in a positive way. The interior has a very sleek industrial look to it with added pops of color and modernism added. These are the styles of projects I hope to work on. They get me excited to be able to get my hands on designing something similar and creating a design that allows employees to be proud of their brand and their company office.