设计推进发展
Setting a New Standard

全美最大的废弃物环保处理公司,“Waste Management”(美国废物管理公司以下简称“WM”)邀请我们在休斯顿为其设计一个新的总部,这将推进该公司进一步的可持续发展计划。对可持续发展的热忱构成了WM的公司理念,这也成为设计团队构思新的总部空间时着重体现的方面。

WM, the largest provider of environmental services in North America, partnered with us to create a new Houston headquarters that paves the way for a more sustainable future. A passionate commitment to sustainability is integral to WM’s ethos. In concepting a lively new space with our design team, this was the side of the brand most deserving of celebration.

▼空间概览
overview of the space ©Peter Molick

WM新的总部共九层,位于休斯顿的美国银行大厦(Bank of America tower)内。传统办公空间中常见的临窗独立办公隔间的数量被大幅缩减,取而代之的是大面积开放式布局,这使办公室的每个员工都可以欣赏到窗外的景色。每层还统一设有健身房、哺乳间、临时私人空间、游戏区和用餐区。

The new light-filled headquarters, found on nine stories of Houston’s Bank of America tower, reduces the number of private offices in favor of an open floor plan where the majority of employees can look out to views of the city. Amenity spaces include wellness rooms and those designated for nursing mothers on each floor, spaces for private reflection, game areas, and a café.

▼大面积开放式布局使员工有更多机会欣赏窗外景色
open floor plan display views of the city ©Peter Molick

▼开放办公区
open working area ©Peter Molick

而真正使WM总部融为一体的是楼梯间那面贯通九层,装有自动灌溉系统的绿植墙,亲生物的运用加强了人与自然的连结,有益于各层员工的身心健康。

The central beacon unifying the offices, however, is the nine-story, self-irrigated living wall that flanks the staircase, bringing biophilia and its proven health benefits to every level of the office.

▼装有自动灌溉系统的绿植墙
self-irrigated living wall ©Peter Molick

“WM的总部搬迁与公司的核心目标一致——始终致力于可持续发展的未来。” ― WM,首席执行官, Jim Fish

“新总部较高的空间灵活度还将满足WM日益变化的办公需求。” ― WM,首席执行官, Jim Fish

“WM’s relocation into our new headquarters is central to our purpose—always working for a sustainable tomorrow.” ― Jim Fish, President and Chief Executive Officer

“Our new space is intentionally designed to be flexible to the current and future needs of our WM family.”–Jim Fish, President and Chief Executive Officer

▼从上方看楼梯空间
view of the staircase from upper floor ©Peter Molick

 

凸显品牌文化
Placemaking that Celebrates an Iconic Brand

WM作为环境保护行业的先行者,我们的设计团队需要将WM对于可持续发展的使命融入到每一个设计环节中。引人注目的生物墙由绿色和黄色的植物构成,体现了WM的品牌颜色。斜列排布的木色金属条和白色亚克力板,形象地表现出公司“WM”的标志。

WM being a leader in sustainability, our design team needed to weave the company’s mission into every solution. The dramatic living wall consists entirely of green and yellow flora, referencing WM’s brand colors, and a diagonal fretwork of metal and acrylic panels that recall the company’s logo.

▼由环保木材构成的WM品牌形象展示长廊
a showcase framed by sustainably harvested wood ©Peter Molick

▼木色装饰条以斜向交叉平行的排布方式表现品牌标志
palette referencing WM’s brand colors ©Peter Molick

位于大厦的30层,是WM8,000平方英尺的展览空间,访客在穿过一系列由环保木材构成的WM品牌形象展示墙后,出现在眼前的是一个等比例还原的WM卡车驾驶室模型,员工和访客进入驾驶室真实感受如何操控垃圾车并模拟行驶多条运输路线。如同在游戏厅开赛车一样,驾驶者的分数会显示在驾驶室后面的排行榜上。

On the building’s 30th floor, an 8,000-square-foot gallery leads visitors through a showcase framed by sustainably harvested wood echoing WM’s logo. Inside, a full-size WM truck cab invites employees and guests to drive through a virtual simulation of multiple garbage truck routes, complete with actual controls and effects. High scores are displayed on a leaderboard behind the vehicle. 

▼从长廊看卡车驾驶室模型
view of the truck cab from the showcase ©Peter Molick

▼等比例还原的WM卡车驾驶室模型
a full-size WM truck cab ©Peter Molick

 

可持续发展
An Exemplar of Sustainability

WM不只是计划在废物管理行业的保持可持续发展领先的势头,它还希望将可持续发展践行于各个商业领域。由于WM新总部位于的休斯顿的美国银行大厦,是美国第一座LEED v4.0铂金认证项目,我们的团队在整个设计过程中也都非常注重材料的使用。所有建筑材料都通过了我们的化学危害预防清单审核,且皆为低排放、本地采购、第三方认证的回收材料,例如,装饰用的玻璃墙砖完全取材于废弃汽车挡风玻璃。

WM doesn’t just plan to lead the larger waste management industry in sustainable practices; it also aims to be recognized for its sustainability leadership across all business sectors. With the headquarters’ place in Houston’s Bank of America Tower, the first LEED v4.0 Platinum Core and Shell Certified project in the U.S., our design team paid particular attention to the materials throughout. Building materials were vetted against our Precautionary List for chemical hazards. Designers selected low-emitting, locally sourced, third-party certified, and recycled materials to be used throughout the office.  For example, the decorative glass wall tile is made entirely of post-consumer car windshields.

▼取材自废弃汽车挡风玻璃的装饰墙
the decorative glass wall tile made entirely of post-consumer car windshields ©Peter Molick

 

包容和归属感
A Sense of Inclusion and Belonging

包容性对于现代职场至关重要,之于WM,则意味着确保员工在新的环境中能够自如的参与到团队合作中。我们的设计团队为此提出了具有针对性的设计解决方案,例如调整开放式工位和独立办公室比例,以缓解传统办公室文化中的隐含阶级象征。开放式的办公布局也为员工提供了工作的便捷性,可以灵活地在合作和独立办公模式间切换,并且大多数员工工作时也能欣赏到城市的景色。

Inclusivity is paramount to the modern workplace, and for WM, that means ensuring employees feel welcome and open to collaboration in their new environment. Our team created a guidebook to help inform WM on inclusive design solutions, such as standardizing workstations and private offices, helping to ease the implied hierarchy of traditional office culture. The open floor plan also affords employees flexibility in where they work, with a choice of collaborative or individual spaces and over 90% of the latter featuring views of the surrounding city.

▼团队和个人可以跟随自己的需求调整办公场景
flexibility in working area ©Peter Molick

 

防疫对策
Post-Pandemic Workplace Readiness

持续的新冠疫情仍是办公空间设计需要考虑的因素之一,WM新总部在每一层都设有专门区域,用于数字化显示各层办公室布局、员工工位和会议室预约详情。公区定时限流的对策可以保障员工在相对安全的社交距离下就餐和交流。我们还为WM分布各地的50家办公室制定了重返办公室的战略,细致每个工位的健康和安全防护方案,还有标识设计。

As COVID-19 remains a necessary workplace consideration, WM’s new headquarters feature branded digital kiosks on every floor that displays the office layout, assigned seating arrangements, and meeting room bookings. Temporary capacity limits ensure workers can safely distance even while collaborating or eating in the communal café. We also helped WM develop its return-to-office strategy for 50 of the company’s largest offices, evaluating each seat, creating health and safety protocols, and designing signage.

▼室内布局保证社交距离
furnitures keeping safely distance ©Peter Molick

▼休息区
restarea ©Peter Molick

项目名称:美国废物管理公司总部
业主:美国废物管理公司
建设地点:美国休斯顿
设计单位:Perkins&Will
建筑面积:26,477平方米
建成时间:2021
可持续性:LEED V4 ID+C白金级认证
摄影:©Peter Molick
奖项:
2021年,年度最佳设计奖,美国《室内设计》杂志
2021年,环境品牌化+图像设计奖决赛入围,美国《室内设计》杂志
2021年,室内建筑奖,AIA美国建筑师协会休斯顿分会
2021年,室内建筑卓越设计奖,AIA美国建筑师协会芝加哥分会

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