Integrated Architecture innovatively encompass a construction company ethos in a bold design
Floating above the West Michigan landscape, this cantilever building expresses the identity of its owner, a premier general contractor specialising in steel erection, formed concrete and pre-engineered buildings. The design solution speaks to who they are and what they do in a powerful fashion, creating a noteworthy structure that is visible from the nearby interstate. The 5,200 sq ft hovering box of glass and steel also celebrates and showcases the construction company’s ethos of facing any construction challenge. While the cantilever utilises raw space to create a powerful, essential building component, the headquarters project is simply one building with two volumes separated by a 16-foot gap.
The solid, textured concrete tower grabs the glass box and gives it solid footing. The lower box, serves as a plinth with its primarily solid form and corporate hue completing this unique and bold expression of the floating box. The lobby fortifies the concrete, glass and steel building experience, offering a glass-walled meeting room and access to the stair tower and the lower level, home to the company’s tool room, carpentry shop and truck garage. The simple rectangle also reveals the company’s metal building expertise. A double cantilever, the upper office is defined by two, 16-foot-deep trusses which frame each workspace while creating interior room for the coffee bar and conference areas. The initial cantilever extends 100 feet from the concrete wall while the second extends 16 feet from the trusses to the outer walls.