Gallery: An Inside Look at Autodesk AEC’s Playful Daylit LEED Platinum ...

The first thing that struck us is the extraordinary amount of daylight in what looks like a typical office building

The original 65,000 square foot building shell was bumped up to a LEED Gold Core and Shell before Autodesk renovated the interior to achieve a LEED Platinum certification for Commercial Interior. Using their Revit software, they made a detailed 3-D model of the space using laser measurements as described by Phil Bernstein FAIA, VP of Industry Strategy. The model was inserted into their Ecotect Analysis tool to develop the environmental strategies.

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.

The project was also a demonstration of Autodesk’s vision of integrating owners, designers, and builders using the design package Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), which is intended to promote integrated design amongst all stake holders. Now the word is all about Building Information Modeling or BIM and fully integrating software between all building professionals from bricks to cities.

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  1. Andrew Michler April 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I did have a meeting in the yellow room and it was most certainly “different”, sorry I didn’t get a photo. To be fair most meeting rooms are normal glazing.

  2. archmac April 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Ah, but your photo’s do not do ANY justice to the bright neon yellow of that conference room glass, nor do you show the equally obnoxious orange and blue glass in other conference rooms. I always hated having meetings in any of those rooms…it felt like I had been sent back in time to some LSD-influenced office design from the 60’s. Weirdness for weirdness’ sake…an interesting design intellectually, but not at all a pleasant space to work in.

  3. karenwil April 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Having Lights that automatically dim or shut off when the sun shines in is wonderful! The lights which run along from the door to ceiling are great. The Abak environments is progressive design and is standardized so it will work in my different spaces.

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