HHL Architects won a design competition for this new five-story office building, located on Delaware Avenue, adjacent to downtown. The owner’s goal was to create a landmark building that transcended the historic styles of the surrounding context, yet would be a contemporary, comfortable neighbor.
The building is placed at the sidewalk, while the entrance is transparent and highly visible from the street and the rear parking area. The ground plane of the lobby extends through and outside of the building on both the sidewalk and parking sides, to create a pronounced threshold entrance experience. The ground floor wall along the street is stone, with projecting storefront bays. The bisecting, 80′ tall wall of the entrance is black porcelain tile, which allows the adjacent glass curtain wall to reflect off the surface. The envelope is composed of metal panels, glass, and limestone. High performance glass and sun screens are used to retain the transparency, while increasing functional performance.