Project Type: Office Remodel; Minneapolis, MN
Client: Pulse Products
2001 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) First Place Award in the Contract-Private Sector
This remodeled space is the center of daily operations for Pulse Products’ office furnishings and commercial lighting divisions. The space also serves as a destination showroom for its products, and as an incubator space for developing new emerging ventures. Office elements are clearly split into two categories: permanent and temporary environments. Permanent spaces include the lobby, management offices, kitchen, movie theater and bathrooms. Temporary areas are work spaces that can be easily reconfigured depending on the function they need to serve. During the design’s programming stage, the figured, hard-wall permanent spaces were located in the center and selected perimeter locations of the office. This allowed the temporary spaces to have office furniture that can be flexibly clustered as necessary to display the latest in workplace furniture design and technology. To relate the permanent and temporary spaces to each other, the design promotes the notion that clients entering the space are taken on a themed ride through the variety of office environments represented by the company. The curving, stepping and overlapping forms and surfaces promote the feeling of movement within the space and draw the visitor onto the predetermined path.