As the physical and digital worlds converge, there’s a greater appreciation for each in their own right. That appreciation seems especially true for those who work with both mediums, like Hush, a design agency known for combining physical and digital features in their projects. For the interior of their new office, they decided to use only physical elements with the idea of getting the most out of their real life properties.
So our design focused on architectural basics. In a work environment where staff construct models, code, and communicate on digital platforms and view projects on flat panel displays, we highlighted qualities of movement, material, and light.
The entry was relocated to one end of the 8,800SF interior to form an extended path across the space. Visitors enter through a 40-foot long gallery tube. Above hang stainless steel panels that reflect motions and light. They then walk along mock ups, workstations, and finally to meeting rooms where they encounter custom crafted details. The frameless meeting room doors have pulls made of one-of-a-kind rounded mirror polished stainless steel plates. The meeting room tables were designed with curved edges to soften the feel of the work surface. The same edge detail runs the length of the 30-foot lounge table, which is made of ‘Pink Oak’ – oak planks treated with a combination of hand-applied paints and stains. Meeting room area rugs that zig zag around columns and walls absorb reverberations to reduce ambient sound.
Other materials were chosen for their visual effects. Sheer red curtains line the large conference room to minimize daylight and filter glare while creating a translucent border around the space that can be seen throughout the office. The meeting tables’ translucent cast resin leafs transmit light and contrast the tables’ opaque Forbo tops.