Lipson Alport Glass Associates (LAGA) is a leading package design firm. Their needs for a new headquarters building were small but complex, including studio space, offices for program managers, administrative, conference spaces, project “war” rooms, and a market research center. LAGA’s clients and staff expect the highest achievement in design when they come to the company; the building had to support this expectation.
The design “repackages” the entire building. A new “front” is defined by two boxes of equal dimension. The first is a “black box” of brick which hovers twenty feet off the ground with no visible means of support. This form houses the conference and research centers for the company – these inward looking spaces require visual and acoustical privacy. Slipped under this form is a glass box which is suspended above the ground at a shallow angle. This element houses one of the studios for artists in a setting reminiscent of an amphitheater. The ambiguity between these closed and open forms is evident, and suggests the unexpected and surprising – a visual image which meshes with LAGA’s approach to their work.
Photography © Barbara Karant