After 25 years, the American Institute of Architects, Nebraska Chapter, wanted to move their office to a space that offered more access and visibility to their members and the public. Partnering with the Lincoln Haymarket Development Corporation, the two entities agreed to combine and renovate the Corporation’s existing office space with an adjacent, publicly visible, vacant space in a historic 1920s warehouse. The design challenge was three-fold: maximize the given footprint shared by the two entities; strengthen the brand and distinct identities of the two entities; and transform the historic space into a contemporary and modern environment that acknowledges its history through the use of raw and industrial materials.
Jury Notes: This project thoughtfully organizes spaces within its non-descript container. Spatial definition and branding are reinforced through bold color, a simple palette of industrial materials, and clean detailing.