Each year, Architectural Record publishes an issue highlighting the best commercial interior designs. This year, PDR is honored to be featured in the October issue for our work with Vitol. An international energy and commodities trading company, Vitol is located in Houston, Texas at One Grove Street in the Upper Kirby neighborhood. The article, which showcases the beautiful space as captured by Aker Imaging, goes on to describe the trading floor saying, “contemporary art and smart design elevate the trading floor from the merely utilitarian, creating a dynamic and elegant environment for Vitol’s work.”
Miriam Sitz, web editor and writer for Architectural Record, visited Vitol and recalls her experience when she toured the energizing environment. “A floor-to-ceiling glazed wall on the northern side floods light into the main level’s 300-desk trading floor, which is flanked by glazed private offices, conference rooms, a support-staff suite, and a cafeteria and gym. Three corner terraces connect employees to the outdoors, offering ample opportunities to take a break. A U-shaped mezzanine level with reception and glass-fronted meeting rooms surrounds the square theater on three sides, while windows on the east and west faces allow even more daylight to penetrate deep into the floor. A double-height marble wall alongside the engineered quartz staircase creates visual continuity between levels. It’s a reminder that all of PDR’s design choices were made within the constraints of Vitol’s manifold information infrastructure requirements.”
Vitol has a beautiful art collection throughout the space, but PDR’s striking white acoustical ceiling brought a unique breathtaking aspect to the trading company. Described as, “a striking white acoustical ceiling, composed of a seemingly random array of angular protrusions, floats above the trading floor, demarcating the large arena below and emphasizing its 24-foot-high ceiling. ‘We knew the ceiling was going to be the wow factor,’ says PDR lead designer Amy Collins. ‘You can see and experience it from almost everywhere in the space.’ Fabricated from recycled plastic milk cartons, the 8-by-8-foot panels make as strong a visual impact as the works of art on display, while keeping the sound to a low din.”
The article ends with a quote from Vitol’s CEO, Mike Loya who hopes the new work environment will enhance the way his employees work. “We want to see that translated into profits, because at the end of the day, we’re here to make money,” says Loya.