DESIGN : Gensler
CONTRACT : HITT Contracting
PARTNERSHIP : Washington Woodworking
METAL SURFACE BY : pure+freeform
Even before crossing the threshold of the main entrance of Ballston Point, you are greeted by an exceptional feat of architectural design by Gensler, who have created a sort of canopy that guides you into the building using WOOD-SKIN Tailor Made technology. The aluminium exterior with a faux wooden texture is designed to withstand all weather conditions, while the interior, a complex and sinuous three-dimensional surface in veneered birch, sprawls out into the space of the lobby to become first a ceiling, then a wall, in an uninterrupted curvilinear flow, enveloping the visitor in a wave of wood where an integrated bench offers a comfortable place to rest. Wood-Skin then continues its journey inside the building to the elevator area and then the fitness facility.
This installation perfectly represents the potential of WOOD-SKIN technology and Tailor Made applications. In addition to the wooden cladding, WOOD-SKIN worked side-by-side with Gensler on the engineering of the surface, from the concept to the on-site installation done by Washington Woodworking.
Not just a treat for the eyes, but a complex surface designed down to the millimetre to seamlessly integrate lighting fixtures and furnishing elements such as the built-in upholstered bench.
SHORT INTERVIEW TO STEPHEN RAMOS, DESIGN DIRECTOR OF GENSLER
In your opinion, which are the strengths of this project?
4300 Wilson serves as an exemplary model of a repositioning. It helps to redefine the Ballston market through a unique amenity experience, enticing both visitors and future tenants into a completely novel workplace journey.
How was your experience in working with the WOOD-SKIN team?
The whole creative and collaborative working process with WOOD-SKIN was amazing. It felt like WOOD-SKIN became an extended part of our design team and partnered with us to develop and maximize the impact of this stunning feature in the space.
What do you think WOOD-SKIN brought to your project?
WOOD-SKIN provided us with a highly flexible system that allowed us to create a defining design element that moves through the space and leads our occupants in precisely the journey our client wished to emphasize in the space.
PHOTO CREDITS: Gensler Design