Walking the steps in one of many new buildings on Adidas’s company campus in Portland, Oregon, one can’t assist however search for. Plastered on the undersides of the staircase are brightly coloured supergraphics of patterned strains and shapes. Appearing at first to be summary artwork, the pictures rapidly set off the thoughts to recall a well-recognized, if under-appreciated, design: the only of a sneaker.
The sole patterns are only one component of the graphic-heavy design strategy behind two new buildings on the Adidas campus: one a collaboration-focused workplace house for designers, the opposite a boutique health middle. Designed by San Francisco-based Studio O+A with LEVER Architecture, the 2 buildings use the attire model’s designs and supplies, plus a refined dose of sport-centric imagery, to rejoice the ever present however maybe neglected design prospers that abound within the firm’s sports activities gear and attire.
Adding to a campus with seven preexisting buildings, these two new buildings and a soccer discipline between them act as a social hub for the corporate’s North American headquarters. At a time when going to the workplace is much from a given, these initiatives recommend ways in which company buildings themselves can nonetheless mission a model’s imaginative and prescient and id even when most of its staff are advancing that imaginative and prescient and id from dwelling.
The workplace constructing is a six-story, glass-walled house. Combining precast concrete and mass timber, the constructing leaves its distinctive construction on show in uncooked and open studio areas. It’s a piece atmosphere geared toward collaboration, with quite a lot of workstations, together with library-style tables, couches, and wheeled “creator tables” lined in bolts of cloth or prototype trainers. Nearly each piece of furnishings is cell, and the rooms are often reconfigured.
Across the soccer discipline is a constructing that’s on-brand in one other manner. Called the Performance Zone, the house is concentrated on well being, wellness, and health for Adidas staff, with two ranges devoted to fitness center house and train studios and a 3rd that features a juice bar and co-working house. A rooftop lounge overlooks the sector beneath.
Like the workplace constructing, the Performance Zone options robust visuals, like stadium-style supergraphics figuring out lavatory entrances and numbered stairs to quantify a vertical exercise. Pegboard is used for directional signage, enabling the corporate to reorient the house and transfer departments and workstations round as initiatives demand.
The design of this mission began about 4 years in the past, however flexibility was all the time a guiding idea, even earlier than the pandemic. The architects labored to make sure areas may very well be simply reconfigured by employees, with out the necessity for a contractor to return tear down a wall or subdivide an workplace. The house has already been reconfigured in response to a pandemic-related improve in distant work, with particular person desks being taken out of some areas and changed with extra collaborative workspaces. “While we maybe didn’t have the foresight to understand what would be driving the need for that change, we did understand that there would be a need for change,” Studio O+A design director Mindi Weichman says.
Though the Adidas model could also be well-known for its three-stripe motif, that acquainted emblem was tapped sparingly, in line with Weichman. “When you are in the space, you get a general feeling that you are immersed with the brand, but you don’t necessarily need to have logos or very apparent components of the brand in your face to understand that,” she says.
Other parts that made the bounce from the world of sports activities embrace Adidas materials that had been built-in into acoustic panels within the workplace constructing and signage impressed by that in sports activities stadiums.
But the graphic remedies within the constructing–on the underside of the stair case, within the wayfinding, in lavatory signage–are the first design transfer. The staircase specifically was supposed to be a spotlight, with the graphics seen to these strolling up and down, but in addition by the big home windows on the constructing’s entrance façade, which body the staircase because the central artery of the constructing to individuals in a close-by courtyard and on the soccer discipline beneath.
“We looked at doing abstractions of field lines or working with the Olympic rings and the colors. But at the end of the day, it came about from looking at what’s in our own environment, and looking at the beauty and the detail and the geometry that’s on the bottom of a shoe,” says Studio O+A model director Elizabeth Vereker. “It’s a reminder that design is all around and design is fused into everything that Adidas does.”