Hyundai Capital’s primary objective for its 50,000 sf Operations Center in Atlanta, Georgia, is to maximize employee productivity through the promotion of employee well-being.
Workstations in the Operations Center are compact and highly functional to maximize the efficiency of the space. Given the high employee density, each workbench is precisely aligned with a window opening and partitions are intentionally kept low to offer sightlines to the exterior. Translucent glass panels running along the center of the benches provide additional visual relief, while still maintaining a level of privacy between individual workstations. There are no perimeter offices in the building, which maximizes views and allows light to permeate throughout the space. Supervisors are strategically located at the end of work benches for unobstructed visibility and oversight. Each department has a color coded “think tank” where employees can have impromptu meetings.
Of special note is the parametrically designed ceiling composed of 2,425 uniquely shaped fabric cones that unite to form a rolling, cloud-like, topographic surface. Fire retardant parachute material proved to be the material of choice for the cones: ripstop, lightweight, cost effective, sound absorptive, translucent and color stable.
Finished with a deceptively simple color palette of white, gray concrete, natural fiber panels and wood, there is a strong contrast throughout the space between rough and refined materials. The communal spaces feel natural and casual, while the work areas feel more formal and sophisticated. The two distinct styles combine to create an atmosphere that is unique unto itself. Exposed steel columns and open ceilings in selected areas further emphasize this distinction, which proved an effective way to achieve high visual impact within a limited budget.
The project is currently being reviewed by USGBC for LEED Gold certification.