As part of a multiphase expansion of its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina’s Piedmont region, tech firm Lenovo planned to add 1200 people, which necessitated more parking. But a bland, utilitarian parking solution would not suffice. The structure needed to reflect the verdant setting of the 67-acre campus with its lake, woods, and rolling terrain.
An early plan to use metal panels on the exterior was scrapped in favor of using precast concrete as the architectural feature. To blend in with existing buildings on the campus, the design team sought to create “a sort of unique DNA pattern in the precast concrete,” said one project participant. “The texture and color of the concrete itself acts as a cultural brand in history, particularly across the main façade.”
Read more about this project in the Summer 2020 issue of Ascent.