The first floor has work spaces of all sizes and could accomadate a business that is just starting up. There is also a quiet zone where workers can sit and read, do research, and see documentaries or films. Along the balcony above the prototyping area, there are meeting spaces scattered about where workers can also grab a cup of coffe and relax or meet with eachother.
I decided to keep the original polished concrete flooring throughout the building; however, the graceful curve that envelopes the prototyping area would be constructed of reclaimed wood strips. This is not only a sustainable measure but also an acoustical measure and also coincides with contrasting spaces. The industrail look of the building was kept and is also showcased in the decorative colored windows that would be in the prototyping area. These windows also serve as a means to diffuse light from the sun in the west, especially in the winter when the sun is setting during business hours. In areas that are more quiet, including the work areas, I propose that shredded wood panels be hung as not only decorative pieces but as an acousitcal measure as well.