After purchasing the abandoned factory on Kent St., the Kickstarter team brought in Ole Sondresen Architects to transform it into their dream headquarters. Ole Sondresen also enlisted the help of designer Camille Finefrock with the landscaping and interior design.
What start-up office space would be complete without giant arcade games?
The new offices use materials recycled from the original structure, paying homage to the building’s historic roots. Steel trusses rescued from the former roof were used to frame out a central courtyard core, which draws light and nature into offices and collaborative areas. Recycled denim insulation was also used throughout the structure and 40% recycled fly-ash was incorporated in all of the poured concrete structures. 80% reclaimed materials were used in the mill work package, and low-energy LED lighting was implemented in 95% of the light fixtures in the space.
But enough about the inside of the building. The headquarters’ crowing jewel (literally) is the 8,500-square-foot green roof that sits atop it, providing an oasis in the city for employees. In addition to being a relaxing spot for Kickstarters to recharge their creativity, the planted roof also acts as natural insulation for the structure, absorbing CO2 emissions and reducing the urban heat-island effect. And when employees feel peckish, they can even grab a healthy snack from the roof’s staff-operated vegetable, fruit and herb garden.
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