The No Picnic Office addresses the reality that although some buildings cannot be touched because they have been deemed historical landmarks, sometimes they need to be modernized not only for safety, but also for sanity's sake.
Architectural firm Elding Oscarson did a wonderful job bringing the No Picnic Office into the 21st century without compromising its historical integrity. Open, airy, spacious and bright, they not only created a space perfect for one of the largest design consultancies in the world, they actually highlighted what they were able to conserve of the original building.
Through the use of a strategically placed metal wall over an awkward mezzanine that slices the space lengthwise in two, this wall actually acts as a mirror that reflects more natural light as well as the creates the illusion that the space is double its size.
The No Picnic Office Looks Like an Open Dance Studio
1. Reflective Workspace Design - Opportunities for creating workspaces that use reflective surfaces to maximize natural light and create the illusion of larger spaces.
2. Preservation Through Modernization - Innovations in architectural design that balance the preservation of historical landmarks with the need for modernization and functionality.
3. Integration of History and Innovation - Design approaches that showcase and highlight the historical elements of a building while incorporating modern elements for a contemporary workspace.
1. Architecture and Interior Design - A niche for architects and designers to specialize in finding creative solutions to modernize historical buildings while preserving their integrity.
2. Office Furniture and Accessories - Opportunities for manufacturers to develop reflective surfaces and furniture designs that enhance natural light and create visually spacious work environments.
3. Historical Preservation and Restoration - A growing industry dedicated to preserving and restoring historical landmarks, with a focus on integrating modern elements to enhance functionality.