Reynolds Building Receives AIA Richmond Merit Award for Design Excellence

AIA Richmond  August 8, 2009

Reynolds Office Building Lower Entrance

The Reynolds Office Building

Odel Associates, Inc.

2009 Merit Award Winner

Project location:
Richmond, VA

General Contractor:
Kjellstrom & Lee Construction

Owner:
Reynolds Development & Lingerfelt Companies

Photographer:
J. West Productions, LLC

Project Narrative

205,000 GSF office lease space with public lobbies, conference center, café and building support. Tenant improvements are to be contracted separately.

The program brief is set against the backdrop of corporate life cycles, just beyond the shadow of the headquarters of a 20th Century corporate titan that has been recently dissolved. In the corporation’s dissolution, the client group, led by a former senior executive and descendant of the company founders, acquired adjacent land to establish a beachhead for new ventures. The resulting project, a 208,000 GSF office building, is the new vessel for their enterprise.

The architecture is a reinterpretation and extension of values embodied in the original mid-century corporate facilities. The original structure (an award winning design of pristine mid-century modernism by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill under the direction of Gordon Bunschaft) embodies the period architectural enthusiasm for an idealized and universal spacial expression. The project puts forth an evolution and expansion of that sensibility by creating a particular, directional and mannered composition anchored to the specific site. Each façade exposure is nuanced to take advantage of the particularities of orientation, view, topography, etc. The building form is organized as a series of layers expanding outward from a grounded central core to capture light and views thru a zone of mediation between exterior and interior.

Jury Comments:

  • Applauded commitment to sustainable design in a speculative office structure.
  • Appreciated unapologetically modern design vocabulary, complimenting the existing Gordon Bunshaft building nearby.
  • Rich, but well designed use of materials at interior spaces.
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