Corporate Campus

Micrografx Corporate Headquarters

Allen, Texas/93,000 square feet

Micrografx, Inc., a leading graphics software developer, desired to create a headquarters facility that would support a new direction in their business plan. Product teams had replaced their departments, and discreet enclaves of specialists have given way to an environment that supports collaboration and interaction.

The company’s ability to maintain its leadership position depends on the energy and creativity of the industry’s best and brightest young software engineers. The need to attract and retain talented people was a key design consideration. The interior of the two-story, 93,000 square foot concrete and glass building features open-web steel joists and an exposed MEP infrastructure that creates the airy feeling of an artist’s loft. The u-shaped plan has its core elements at the building perimeter to allow product teams to expand and contract freely with changes in the business.

The three wings of the plan are organized around a two-and-a-half-story, circular, glass-enclosed “common” that fronts a shaded courtyard and outdoor recreation space. A massive two-story concrete arcade stands guard around the blue crystalline enclosure of the commons, acting as both a visual foil and an effective shading device. The arcade marches from the outdoors into the building, completely surrounding and defining the commons.

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