In spring 2007, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture moved to its new office in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood. We are the largest tenant in this eclectic, creative community called TAXI, in a new building designed by Will Bruder.
At a little more than 10,000 s.f., design of the new space presented both an opportunity and challenge. We treated the office project as we do all our projects: users as clients, mission and goals, input and feedback from all staff, and keeping within budget and schedule. The goals consisted of no closed offices; “phone booths” for conference calls and small, private meetings; large meeting rooms with teleconferencing; studio “neighborhoods” for flexible project teaming; an “action center” for charettes, team meetings, yoga practice or parties; a coffee bar/kitchen with commercial-grade espresso machine; and LEED® Silver certification, which it achieved.
The space speaks successfully to our unique character. One wall in the lobby is made of steel and decorated like a refrigerator door with the typical “family photos,” travel magnets and historic mementos. Another wall, made of sunflower husks, is a changing exhibit of work currently on the boards or under construction, and the colorful linoleum flooring is designed as a “You-Are-Here” map. Our office is powered by 100% wind energy.