Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Marketing communications firm Shapiro Walker Design asked Acanthus to design its new offices in Winston Tower, a glass curtain wall International Style skyscraper built in 1966. With a modest budget, Acanthus proposed a deceptively minimal intervention, exploiting the airy transparency of the building skin to achieve an open, stimulating work environment geared to the promotion and fostering of creative collaboration.

Glass partitions allow for acoustic privacy in the perimeter offices and conference rooms while maximizing the potential for the permeation of daylight throughout the space from the predominantly north facing exterior glazing. The transparency of the partitions encourages productive communication between principals and their colleagues working in the light-infused interior. All share the lofty and dramatic views of the distant Sauratown and Blue Ridge Mountains.

The work spaces are skillfully arranged to direct attention to ample display areas for artwork and samples of Shapiro Walker’s graphic and product design. Aluminum and blonde wood integrate perfectly with the saturated hues of the walls to complete this bright and dynamic workplace.

General Contractor: Magnolia Construction Photography: The Loflin Group