Strung along the interstate as far as the eye can see are suburban office buildings. Some of these very disciplined buildings are layered horizontally, while others are striped vertically. Some of these buildings are glass, some are precast, some are metal panels or some combination of the above. Each of these buildings argues in favor of one flavor over another, when the choice is arbitrary. The 3Com building incorporates all the available choices; expressing a certain discipline in its lack of discipline.
An aluminum and glass skin wrap the south, east and north sides of the building enclosing the office and laboratory zones. The west side is separate — an edge defined by a line of precast panels running parallel to the Interstate meant to be seen by a car traveling 70 mph. Between the west wall and the office zones is an interior street lined with resources of an implied downtown that support the campus population, including fitness, food service, concierge and retail functions. Beyond this “downtown,” blocks of workstations are divided into neighborhoods by secondary streets. The ambiguity between the interior, offering all the services of a real city, and the surrounding suburban sprawl remains purposely unresolved.
VDTA recently completed further renovations to this 510,000 SF corporate campus that include a training center, all campus cafeteria, servery and fitness center. Named by USA Today as one of the five most important buildings of the 21st Century, the recent renovations to the Atrium Corporate Center allow the building to continue to compete in the corporate real estate market.
Photography © Barbara Karant, Karant + Associates / Matthew Dula Photography