Urban Outfitters HQ Renovated from Abandoned Navy Yards
The new campus enjoys lawns, a dog park (employees are allowed to bring their dogs to work), a gym, places to eat, a yoga studio, and even a farmer’s market. Julie Bargmann’s D.I.R.T. studio, who is known for transforming derelict industrial sites into happening public spaces, designed the exterior landscaping around the buildings. Pathways surrounding the campus are reminiscent of railway lines and old broken up concrete pieces were artfully repositioned into “Barney Rubble,” a sculpture in one of the plazas.
One downside of the move and renovation is that more employees do drive now than they used to to get to the headquarters, but the space has improved performance, decreased employee sick days and encourages a healthier lifestyle. The project recently received an 2010 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture.
Images ©Lara Swimmer
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