After revitalizing their corporate headquarters, a global investment management firm selected Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) to bring their neighboring offsite IT location up to new standards. The existing 22,000 sq ft high-rise space was not conducive for future growth and lacked the amenities required to attract top talent. The client needed a space that would capture the innovative nature of their business through a modern aesthetic, helping them attract the top IT talent in the Milwaukee marketplace.
The design team was challenged to transform an obsolete floorplate of exterior offices, dimly lit workspace and underutilized amenities into a transparent, adaptive environment. Influences from technology informed the aesthetic providing a modern look and feel while respecting the timeless quality established by the headquarters. The entrance sequence is guided by Arktura Vapor® Trail ceiling system, drawing attention into the open office and view of the cityscape. Inspired by pixel units of programmable color from a computer display, this corridor of perforated light travels through the space wrapping surface elements, supporting the larger picture of intersecting work zones symbolizing visual and virtual connection. Illuminated hues of green and blue indicate a positive market and bring energy to the minimal palette composed of glass, metal and pure neutrals. Natural wood tones common to the headquarters provide warmth, while activating the brand. This space distinguishes the client within the Milwaukee marketplace meeting attraction and retention goals while homage to the brand is effortlessly recognized.