Navistar Defense wanted a contemporary plan that incorporated functional office and desk areas with a reception space that captured the corporate culture of the company. The dichotomy present between the need for effective work space and the need for a space to accommodate and entertain corporate visitors provided a unique challenge.
OTJ designed an articulated “hinge” space to allow for all parts of daily operations to perform in an open and collaborative manner while also accommodating the need for entertaining. The reception desk acts as that hinge, combining the functions of reception, conference, and bar/pantry. The shifting form directly relates and changes according to use and becomes a “machine” for both work and entertaining. To enhance the idea of connectivity of the spaces, glass doors and walls were used for all offices and conference rooms.