The design team* approached the 275,000 square feet of space with security, sustainability, and appropriate imagery in mind. And the end result? A LEED-certified, award-winning space — including Glass Magazine’s \”â€œMost Innovative Energy-Efficient Glass Project– Crystal Achievement Award in 2010.
Companies have moved beyond focusing on reducing costs; rather, they–Ã¢â€žÂ¢re seeking alternative work strategies (without spending their own extra money to execute their own strategies) to provide an engaging workspace–one which offers what coworking provides — community, collaboration, and productivity.
What made coworking a sensible idea is the shift in technology from big bulky desktop machines to a mobile world we live in now, where anyone can work from anywhere. That being said working from coffee shops or your couch isn’t the ideal situation. Technology liberated us from our cubicles and stuffy offices; however, it didn’t provide a better physical space for us.
NRG Energy is headquartered in the Houston Pavilions mixed-use complex in downtown Houston. Kirksey designed the 11 floors of this 262,000-sf project to ease the organizational transition of two merging companies, increase collaboration among co-workers, and successfully leverage the unique retail location for their PR efforts.
Over the past ten years, a new way of working has emerged along with people who live it every day. We call them the free radicals and, to us, they represent the future of work: they operate 24/7 through nimble, networked collaboration; they are averse to rigid hierarchies and set processes; they value career fluidity, not job security.
WWF asked Envision Design to gather a team of consultants for a sustainability charette focused on improving the overall sustainability and operational footprint of the building. The project was called \”â€œBeyond Platinum– because WWF was seeking innovative thinking on a long-term sustainability strategy, not simply meeting the requirements of the LEED rating system.