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MEZA ENGINEERING HEADQUARTERS: Setting soft thresholds to integrate spaces

Co-author: Vera Freire

In this project for a construction company headquarters we responded to the irregular shape of the existing building footprint with soft curves, adding an industrial feel that emphasizes two basic construction materials: concrete and steel.

Using curved shapes we were able to reach spatial integration by setting soft thresholds between spaces of different uses. A decompression area, located between meeting room and access corridor was a key component , working both as a transitional and a gathering space. 

If good work spaces allow people to simultaneously focus and interact, and feel somewhat at home, we hope this will soon take place when Meza Engineering opens its doors.

View from entrance. Photo: Walter Dias

Isometric view of proposal

Floor plan

View towards translucent archive and conference room access. Photo: Walter Dias

View towards translucent archive with conference room entry at right. Photo: Walter Dias

Conference room entry. Photo: Walter Dias

Conference room. Photo: Walter Dias

Conference room detail. Photo: Walter Dias

Conference room with exposed lighting fixtures and translucent transom. Photo: Walter Dias

View from corridor towards decompression area. Photo: Walter Dias

Office break room. Photo; Walter Dias

View from break room towards desk area. Photo: Walter Dias

Detail of open seating area. Photo: Walter Dias

Overall view of open seating area. Photo: Walter Dias

View from open seating area towards accounting and director's offices. Photo: Walter Dias

Director's office. Photo: Walter Dias

Accounting office detail. Photo: Walter Dias

View from open seating area towards break room. Photo: Walter Dias

Detail open seating area towards corridor. Photo: Walter Dias

Break room detail. Photo: Walter Dias

View from break room towards exterior. Photo: Walter Dias

Ceiling and curved partition detail. Photo: Walter Dias