Four prospective suites were unveiled Thursday in the Renaissance One Tower in a project dubbed Project Future.
The project, carried out by Renaissance One owner Cypress Office Properties, LLC., allowed four different architects to create the “office of the future” for different businesses. It’s part of the Renaissance Tower redesign.
McCarthy Nordburg Ltd., RSP Architects, Ltd., SmithGroupJJR, and Evolution Design Inc. were among the architectural firms hand-picked to fill the 18,379 square-foot space on the fourth floor. They created spaces for financial, nonprofit, law, and technology firms, respectively.
The suites and the industry groups were divided out among the architectural firms in a rather unorthodox way.
“We all sat down in a meeting with all the architects and the owners, and we had two hats,” William Holliday, a director with the real estate investment firm Hines, said. “In each hat we had the suites, and in the other hat was the industry group that they would be designing towards.”
RSP, which received the nonprofit space, was a perfect match. The company had previously worked with another firm to create the country’s first high school for autistic students as an addition to the nonprofit Minnesota Autism Center.
“It was a great story because we’ve been doing so much work with nonprofits,” Alissa Franconi, the associate principal at RSP, said. “It’s a great way to continue our work.”
Mark Wayne, the co-founder and principal of Cypress, said the project gave the architects freedom to get creative with the suites, with only a budget to take into consideration.
“Typically, as an owner of a building, you want to be sure that spaces have certain angles and are designed a certain way. We typically weigh in a lot. With this, they had zero limits,” he said. “That was partly what was so fun about this. It enabled them to do whatever they wanted to do.”
“We got to dream up whatever we wanted because we had no parameters around this project other than a budget,” she said. “We didn’t have a client limiting us.”
The project is meant to attract more tenants and younger workers to the Renaissance One.
“It’s not the sleepy downtown that it used to be, so we think our timing’s right,” Wayne said. “We are going to really transform not only Renaissance Square, but what office space is in Phoenix.”
Contact the reporter at Rebecca.Spiess@asu.edu.