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An Inside Look at Autodesk AEC’s Playful Daylit LEED Platinum Headquarters
The first thing that struck us is the extraordinary amount of daylight in what looks like a typical office building. An atrium at the entrance hints at the unique office spaces with two small yellow glassed meeting rooms hovering above. The upper story workstations wrap around the open floor plan with glass enclosed meeting rooms at the core. The result is not only good light but good sight lines, making full use of the open floor plan. Lights automatically dim or shut off when the sun shines in.
Adjacent to the lobby is the gallery crowned with a unique wooden atrium. The undulating plywood forms come up from behind the receptionist desk and flow above the display area. Their intricate form was developed using Autodesk’s Inventor software which was used on the fabricator’s CNC machine. The gallery is a walk through of some of the more intriguing buildings Autodesk is a part of, with models and projections of the projects on the wall, including a prefabricated mid-rise. The connecting hallways have a surprising lighting system that runs up from the ground and wraps to the ceiling.
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