Midstream Energy Services Firm
In with the new
- PDR Service Design + Architecture
- Industry Sector Energy
- Office Houston
- Project Goal Well-Being, Collaboration, Employee Experience, Innovation, Inclusion, Talent Acquisition
In with the new… midwestern minimalism that is.
Entrenched in the culture of the Midwest, this firm wanted their new office space to reflect the region’s heritage. The area is characterized by the beauty of the Great Plains and the Great Lakes, rolling rural landscapes, and carefully tended farmlands. The people treasure their serene countryside, focus on family traditions, share a concern for others, and value straightforward hard work to maintain their close-knit communities.
Family, Community, Simplicity
So, it was only natural that the new workspace should celebrate family and community, express an appreciation for teamwork and innovation, and convey a “no-fuss” attitude focused on simplicity.
The design needed to meet specific goals related to both form and function. Functionally, we had to ensure the space enhanced the firm’s culture of camaraderie, encouraged cross-pollination of people and ideas, created a memorable impression on visitors and employees, and respected and anticipated current and future business needs.As to form, the firm envisioned an evergreen rather than trendy approach to aesthetics; a neutral design language focusing on operational excellence, integrated warmth using natural elements, and maximized daylight that capitalized on glass partitions that also represented its transparent culture.
Although at first glance some of these goals appear to be contradictory, in truth, our team prides itself on melding seemingly opposing elements into a unified, seamless whole. This was the overarching challenge of the project and one that particularly inspired our design approach.
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