The thin profile of this new headquarters for Cummins’ Global Distribution Business unit preserves open space for a new urban park and reinforces the “street wall” of a major downtown thoroughfare. A carefully calibrated façade, with integrated fins and shades, minimizes heat gain and glare while maximizing transparency and urban views.
A series of double height social hubs—each with a signature staircase—create spaces for collaborative work and chance encounters. The narrow floor plates allow the interior to be entirely day-lit. The sculpted tower, with its inflections and projections, adds a striking landmark to the city.
The office spaces are tailored to encourage all kinds of working – collaborative, focused, social, active, contemplative, informal. We have created a variety of workspaces including private meeting rooms, team rooms, open collaborative areas, focus booths and informal gathering spaces like the double height “social hubs” connecting the floors. These social hubs offer expansive views of downtown and the new urban park.
We collaborated with Cummins in an iterative process that looked at the design of the project at all scales and from many perspectives: accessibility and inclusiveness, visual and thermal comfort, low-energy consumption, life-cycle analysis, water retention and re-use, educational opportunities, maintenance and safety, and opportunities for future change.