NIKA is a forward-thinking, next-generation architecture and engineering firm experiencing rapid growth. After occupying the same space for nearly 10 years, NIKA tasked OTJ Architects with the design of a new workplace that would support continued expansion, serve to attract new talent, and nurture a vibrant corporate persona.
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The new NIKA workplace leverages principles of activity-based working to promote flexibility and efficiency while enabling staff to set their own workday parameters. Our design deploys a myriad of workplace destinations such as sports-themed huddle rooms, workstation clusters, a lounge, pantry, two bars, stadium seating, and a game room, strategically interspersed throughout the floorplan to enhance NIKA’s culture. Aesthetically, NIKA’s new home is a study in the contrast between clean, polished lines and industrial materials. Metal finishes juxtaposed against graffiti walls lend the space a contemporary, urban vibe that eschews corporate clichés.
Dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and the enhancement of staff wellness, NIKA committed early on to the implementation of both LEED and WELL Building Standards. Located in the Mid-Atlantic region’s first LEED Platinum building, the new NIKA workplace features an array of sustainable solutions such as high recycled content and sensor-controlled lighting systems that optimize energy efficiency. Last but not least, the design of the new workplace emphasizes access to daylight for all staff by glazing office fronts and locating the pantry along the office perimeter. The NIKA workplace is designed to reach LEED Platinum Certification.
USGBC Green Award
Innovative Project of the Year 2020
The new NIKA workplace leverages principles of activity-based working to promote flexibility and efficiency while enabling staff to set their own workday parameters.