DESIGN FIRM PERKINS+WILL OPENS NEW IDS CENTER OFFICE – Perkins+Will opened its new downtown Minneapolis office last month, consolidating its former two-and-a-half-story space into a smaller, single-floor footprint. The local office of Chicago-based Perkins+Will left the historic Essex Building (84 Tenth St. S.) after 15 years there.
The new office has just over half the square footage of its former space, but the design firm used floor-to-ceiling storage to make everything fit. A 12-foot-high, 200-foot-long gallery wall runs along the length of the office. The wall has cubbies for supplies and materials, small phone booths for quiet calls, and print rooms and screens for presentations.
Minneapolis office Design Principal Dave Dimond said he believes a design firm works best as a cohesive unit when the staff all work on one floor, and that he appreciates now being able to “stand up and almost see anyone in the office.”
Perkins+Will approached this space with what Dimond calls a “do no harm” attitude, maintaining the original concrete floors and exposed high ceilings. None of the office furniture is fixed to the floor, so the office can accommodate large meetings or small group discussion.
Half of the materials used in the new office were repurposed from Perkins+Will’s former location, and much of the new wood was a rapidly-renewable Aspen, Dimond said. Perkins+Will’s named its three meeting rooms after landscape architects Anna & Lawrence Halprin, interior designer Florence Knoll, and IDS Center architect Philip Johnson.
“As a design studio, we were trying to really pay homage to interior design, urban design, landscape architecture and architecture,” said Dimond.
Source: Daily Design News