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Foster + Partners completes office building for PGA Tour with "generous overhanging roof" in Florida
United States Architecture News - Jun 25, 2021 - 11:21 2672 views
Foster + Partners has completed a new office building with a "generous overhanging roof" in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
The new workplace, designed for the PGA Tour, is situated within the stunning natural wetlands of TPC Sawgrass golf course.
Foster + Partners' design takes health and wellbeing to the core of design and blurs the boundaries between the lush landscape and the interior spaces. Three levels have been designed under a single roof overlooking a newly-created lake.
By creating shaded outdoor terraces and generous amenities in the interior of the project, the design embraces new ways of working and collaboration.
"On our very first visit to the site at Sawgrass, we were inspired by the quality of the landscape, the interplay of light and shade and the water," said Nigel Dancey, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners.
"This led to our very first sketches, maximising light and views beneath a generous overhanging roof that creates shaded external terraces and plaza spaces. The building was then set amidst a ‘natural‘ lake on axis with the famous 17th green."
As Foster + Partners team emphasizes, nature becomes a key design element in the design, which incorporates principles of biophilia – an inherent affinity for nature found in humans – that is proven to enhance staff wellbeing and improve the quality of the workplace.
"The focus has been on creating a rich experience throughout the building, while enhancing the connections with the surrounding landscape and flooding the building with natural light and fresh air," said Foster + Partners.
The low-slung three-storied structure is surrounded by a verdant landscape and a newly created lake defines a dramatic arrival experience.
The floorplates are divided by an atrium that runs the length of the building, an atrium is designed at the heart of the building to provide a generous space for company-wide events.
Flexible formal and informal meeting spaces are scattered around the atrium with generous amenities for staff. The two building blocks are connected by 20-foot-wide (6 meters) bridges that encourage chance meetings, and allow for informal gatherings along the edges, without impeding the flow of people.
A grand central stair cascading down the central atrium creates a dynamic spatial and visual flow between successive levels. Flexible workspaces are located on the wide terraces along the atrium and the far ends of the building on the upper floors to support an increasingly mobile workforce.
Looking onto the lush landscape surrounding the golf course, the western end of the building contains a new staff café and gym on the ground floor, creating a new social focus for staff.
The architects used the glazed façades and atrium to take a natural light within the building, the glazed façade also allows for panoramic views out to the surrounding landscape.
"The building’s raised floor aims to futureproof the building with the flexibility to change internal configurations over time," added the firm. Inside, the team used a simple and understated palette of materials that act as a backdrop to a vibrant and energetic workplace.
"The new Global Home for the PGA TOUR has been the product of a true collaboration. Working closely with the fantastic team at the TOUR, we have collectively delivered a building that will allow the TOUR to flourish and nurture its talent," said James Barnes, Senior Partner, Foster + Partners.
"It has been an incredible opportunity for us to realise a complete vision – from the overall orientation of the building to the interior finishes and detailing," Barnes added.
Foster + Partners is working on a second project with the PGA Tour, the second project will be the design of a new digital media building that will help create an integrated campus at TPC Sawgrass.
The firm is currently working on Dogpatch Power Station in San Francisco, designed as part of the huge Dogpatch Power Station transformation, the new scheme will contain new homes, hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops, with seven acres of parkland and open space.
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