The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) was honored with a Community Design Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission after recently moving from historic Auburn Avenue to a downtown high-rise on the 16th floor. Menefee Architecture collaborated with Delilah Wynn-Brown, Program Manager, and Therese McKee Huffman, Graphic Designer to address two major challenges that inspired the design.
How do you create an interesting, inviting destination for a Non-Profit Organization and distinguish and celebrate their presence from their corporate neighbors? Opening up the entry from the elevator lobby and showcasing the large collaborative area with downtown views and supporting graphics creates an inviting space that honors both the 150 year history and promise of the future. Every vertical surface serves to inspire and enlighten.
How do you maintain both daylight and views while accommodating office privacy and graphic storytelling? The interplay of transparency, translucency, and opacity with carefully composed graphics on the glazing system creates an interesting viewshed to the rich urban environment below while offering the office occupant both privacy and views from within and a story for the circulation space.
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