When a rapidly expanding medical technology company – swift medical – asked PLANT to design their new downtown office, they had one overriding request: make this space feel more ‘loft-like’ and less corporate. Their L-shaped suite wraps around a conventional mid-rise office building’s corner. We made this glazed, highly visible corner the hub of the office, with lounge-style meeting areas, harvest tables, and a stand-up brainstorming area, all clustered around a kitchen. To reference Swift Medical’s leadership in developing wound analytics software for smartphones, we designed floor patterns that intensify toward the hub like antibodies converging around a wound.
Placing low-rise workstations along the perimeter on either side of the hub maximizes natural light penetration while reducing noise between areas. Glass-walled meeting rooms, a lab prominently situated to display its going-on to visitors, and support areas are clustered inboard. Existing doors in the pre-renovated space were repurposed as tables. Kitchen counters and other millwork are reclaimed wood.