CODE is an architectural response to an irregularly shaped, complexly sloping site in a historic district. The building’s massing is low at the Main Street entrance, in deference to the scale of neighboring buildings on the Downtown Mall.
The structure steps up gently as it wraps around the site to its primary mass on Water Street, where its scale is comparable to its neighbors. The spiraling nature of the building creates the framework for a courtyard, an amphitheater, and a pedestrian gallery within its core; inviting to tenants and the larger community.
Viewable from inside and out, the beautiful and sometimes colorful displays of the courtyard fountain are produced by 36 water jets, each paired with an LED light. Gregg Bleam Landscape Architect with Dan Euser of DEW, INC.
Sculpture by day and light fixture by night, the bamboo veneered polyhedron shades of the 21 foot tower lobby pendant light cast a warm glow from dusk until dawn. Andrea Claire of Andrea Claire Studio.
Green roof terraces incorporate over one hundred different species of native groundcovers, shrubs, and trees, all irrigated by rainwater collected in an underground cistern. Gregg Bleam Landscape Architect with Patrick Cullina Horticultural Design. Photo by Living Roofs, Inc.
Utilizing a high-performance envelope (specified to meet AIA 2030 Challenge for efficiency and thermal performance), the building was designed to consume 1/3 the amount of energy of a comparable building. The interiors feature a palette of low-emissions materials, and the building ventilation system proves twice the fresh air exchange of a typical office.
And CODE’s striking green roof courtyards double for both sustainability and occupant health and wellness. The roofscape meets LEED requirements for native plants and regional soils and acts as a critical storm water management asset, all while providing an immersive sense of nature to what might otherwise have been a typical interior office experience.