To create inspiring work, wouldn’t one need an inspirational space to create? While this may be true, I also gain more inspiration from the projects and people around us. At any rate, we should all have cool spaces to be in and to show off to our clients, even as a way to sell our design abilities.
For CO-OP’s office in Rapid City, we wanted to do just that. We took an old boiler room, demolished as much as we could without losing it’s character, and turned it into an office space. Continuing with the industrial feel, we pulled out a few key elements and brought them into the design. The main feature being a “boiler pod” and shell soffit space at the entry.
Jared Carda, AIA, is an Associate Principal with CO-OP Architecture. He is currently managing the Rapid City office and helps out on the AIA South Dakota convention committee.
Allison Dvorak, AIA, CPHC, is a member of the AIA South Dakota Board of Directors, liaison to the Emerging Professionals and Communication committees, and an architect in Sioux Falls. She received her M.Arch from North Dakota State University and continues to develop her Master’s thesis of researching and implementing design theories focused on human centered design through speaking engagements, design practice, and one-on-one client education. Allison lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, son and daughter.