The Architecture of an Architecture Office
What’s the secret to designing a work space conducive to constant collaboration among fellow architects and conversations with clients? Such was the challenge for Vertical Arts as we began drafting plans for our own office in Steamboat Springs’ Wildhorse Marketplace.
The solution: “We wanted to create an open loft space as our studio because we work close together as teams,” said designer Katy Vaughn in an article in the Steamboat Pilot. “The upstairs is open, which encourages cooperation and collaboration among the staff members.”
Design of the new studio (pictured), which debuted in January 2009, was a collaboration between Vertical Arts and several talented artists, fabricators, and engineers. Comprised of two and a half levels, the space opens up to Mt. Werner Road and uses raw materials such as steel and wood to contrast more refined surfaces and fixtures. The main anchoring element is the two-story asymmetrical steel frame located in the heart of the office. Skinned by overlapping panels of amber translucent 3form, this wall is wrapped by a steel and glass staircase that leads up to the the mid-level reception area and the working studio spaces and material libraries above. The dormers in the studio space look towards Mt. Werner and the Steamboat ski area.
[As you might have guessed, this has become a regular Vertical Arts lunchtime destination.]
We are especially proud of the efforts we have put into designing this space in a way that embraces green technologies and sustainable materials.
Our efforts–and our design–were rewarded with an award for outstanding achievement in design excellence from the American Institute of Architects Colorado West Chapter, an accomplishment we’re still blushing about.
For a closer look inside our award-winning work space, check out our gallery.