KoDA (Kean Office for Design and Architecture) is a Miami Beach-based practice designing with ambition for its clients and optimism for the world. KoDA architects and designers are experts in connecting architecture with nature and finding radical solutions to sea-level rise and other environmental concerns. Led by Principal and Founder Wesley Kean, the award-winning KoDA uses analysis and research to inform the design of highly distinctive buildings, landscapes, interiors and experiences. KoDa is bringing nature into the workplace for the design of the new headquarters for Aviation Resource Group, a company that provides a unique portfolio of aviation services. Located in Dania Beach, KoDA’s design breaks from corporate tradition and creates a space that promotes productivity, collaboration and well-being.
“Research shows that incorporating nature within workplace design improves employee productivity, health, and well-being. Aviation Resource Group’s new office building reexamines the importance of enjoying time spent in the workplace,” said KoDA Principal and Founder, Wesley Kean.
“KoDA took the time to understand our business and our needs, and that is completely reflected in the design they have created for our new space,” said Aviation Resource Group Founder and CEO, Milan Rakic. “We immediately fell in love with the way the indoors and outdoors blend together, and we’re excited to see our office come to life.”
The design of the 3,300 SF building connects and enhances the abundance of existing sub-tropical landscape. A combination of Gumbo Limbo trees and century-old Oaks contrast the building’s rigid, steel structure. Contained within two horizontal planes, KoDA designed various functions of the space around a central courtyard, which allow for maximum daylight, transparency, and visual connectivity throughout. The building’s outdoor spaces are activated through a combination of private and public functions including an entry plaza for special events and sequestered gardens, which serve as break-out areas for a collaborative work environment. KoDA enclosed the building’s private offices within darkened wood-clad volumes, while the public areas like the kitchen and reception are defined by expansive glass walls. The design also features screens made of re-purposed helicopter rotor blades that divide the open workspaces.
“Green elements were incorporated from the inside out to truly create a sustainable building that serves staff and the environment,” added Kean. “The result will be a building that exemplifies what celebrating nature in design means for both well-being and productivity in the workplace.”
Article by Stephanie Warren