Mahwah, NJ

The Owner is a designer and manufacturer of large scale, specialized fastening systems for the military and the aircraft industry. Upon purchasing the building, the Owner asked us to design an expanded office and design area, and to fit out the manufacturing and warehouse areas.

The space available for the office area was along the entire front wall of the building (roughly 300 ft.). To take advantage of the expansive exterior glass at the facade of the building we designed each wing of the office to borrow light from the exterior wall to the farthest interior spaces. This was achieved using an integrated composition of glass transoms (over light coves), vision panels, glass block, and planters. The overall corridor wall composition provides a friendly, undulating visual experience, and useful niches within the offices for work space.

At the northern most end of the area a large executive suite was designed. The remainder of the north wing offices were positioned away from the exterior wall. The innovative office fronts preserved the light and views for the occupants. The south wing was the inverse of the north. The drafting and design department was located at the extreme south end. The offices were then positioned along the exterior wall. The office fronts allowed passage of light into, and views out of the inner corridor and service areas.

All portions of both wings had access to exterior views and natural light. Lighting options were incorporated into the design to allow for greatly reduced energy consumption during most daytime hours.

Photagrapy by George Pierce, Pompton Lakes, NJ