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The Creative Company
North Mankato, Minnesota
The Creative Company is a publishing company based in Southern Minnesota who wanted to expand their operations into a new facility that would reflect their interest in the high quality art and design of the children;s books they publish. The program involved creating a warehouse for order processing and an expandable office space for an energized and creative staff. The office and warehouse space total 14,000 square feet, but will be expanded to 20,500 in the future.
The materials are a combination of precast prestressed concrete panels, flat seam galvanized panels, and exterior wood panels all composed to integrate the warehouse and office into one sculptural element. Each of the programmatic elements is represented in massing with a distinct material from the material pallet. The warehouse is the anchoring block constructed of precast concrete panels. The offices are then composed with the large concrete block in blocks of glass, wood, and a curtain of galvanized steel.