Next Millennium Building
Designing an exposed structural system
The challenge for our team was to design a Class A office building that incorporated energy efficiency, a good working environment, and an aesthetic that mirrored the building tenants, all on a developer budget. We met that challenge by designing an exposed structural system and the façade of each side according to its site orientation. The north and south facades are entirely glazed to allow daylight to enter deep into the tenant suites, and sunshade devices added to the south façade to control glare and heat. The east and west facades are treated with deeply recessed openings to cut off the low angle morning and evening sun. The tenant suites have photo cell controlled skylights and direct/indirect light fixtures, and the lobby was designed to double as an exhibit space for local artists.