Private Office by Fitzsimmons Architects
“The client wished to create a space reflective of his personal taste for clean lines, vivid colors, sports, auto racing, and display of a growing collection of art. An important aspect was that the space needed to be a place where his family could also spend time comfortably with him on late work nights, and be a resting place for the many cultural and sporting events the family frequently attends within walking distance of the office in down-town Oklahoma City. The program challenges included working within a confined exaggerated hallway-like space with low ceilings, one small window and large HVAC duct chases which serve the offices below.
Long lines, subtle curves, floating and distorted planes and perspectives are the result, balanced with subtle repetition. The Curved ceiling to wall planes installed between the low 7’ joists blur the sense of volume, by continuously changing as one moves through the space. This sense of motion and shifting volume is reinforced by the functional elements morphing from one another. For example, the couch and bed become the Kitchenette cabinet, the art wall travels through all spaces from stair to desk, and the rotating table can be within the Office “Conference” space and rotated into the lounge space. Lighting from multiple locations, both up and down, soften edges and further increase volume. The material palette of vivid green (the client’s favorite) is balanced with natural wood, soft white and deep grays. The wood elements are used to both encapsulate the existing duct chases and are extended to become functional cabinets. The desk surfaces and couch planes share the common theme of flotation and movement.”