Valerio Dewalt Train Associates shared with us a new office that expresses a networking solutions provider’s innovative culture of collaboration and doubles as a showroom.
Juniper Networks is a provider of networking solutions headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For an office in New Jersey, Juniper leased 16,000 square feet in a large office park thirty minutes outside of New York City. The space needed to serve as a showroom and collaborative center for the company’s east coast clients and partners, so it was crucial that it express the company’s unique and innovative culture.
Visitors are greeted by a large elliptical form anchoring a welcome space with an inconspicuously located reception desk off to one side. An unobstructed ribbon of windows showcase the forested Watchung Hills beyond. Juniper’s logo is centered on the elliptical form that contains a boardroom space.
The perforated ceiling plane throughout the public space is inspired by the blinking lights of the company’s rack-mounted equipment. Light fixtures shine down through custom perforated aluminum ceiling panels, creating a cinematic experience as people move through the space. The panels are part of a standard lay-in system, but with an irregular, digitally fabricated custom pattern of square perforations.
The design team incorporated wood extensively in the public spaces as material for the floors and walls. To convey the company’s high-tech aesthetic, wood is used in unconventional ways, folding up from the floor to form objects such as benches and a bar for the cyber café.
Tall, stand alone light poles in the shape of an inverted “L” are used in dramatic, sculptural function. Originally developed for parking lots, they are spaced ten feet apart through the public spaces; each one is rotated 15 degrees from the previous one, creating a dramatic splaying of light and referencing the angles of the starburst-shaped Juniper logo.
An open lab serves as the main showcase where the company’s engineers display their routers and other networking equipment to clients and partners. Most of the office is open plan. Touch-down workstations have glass partitions that allow natural light to penetrate into the interior. To provide privacy, the glass panels have a custom film, which is opaque for conference and huddle rooms, translucent for open work environments. . The pattern is the same as that of the perforated aluminum ceiling panels. The office also incorporates open innovation rooms and a multipurpose area.
Lighting fixtures are equipped with dimmable ballasts that are individually adjustable through a computer program, enabling Juniper to monitor and control lighting costs with precision.
+ Project facts
Architect: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Project Team: Louis Ray, Matt Gamache, Kurt Volkman
Location: Bridgewater, New Jersey
Client: Juniper Networks
Date of occupancy: 6 February 2012
Gross square footage: 16,000 GSF
Site area: N/A
Construction cost: Withheld
Contractor: SJP Properties, Construction Services Division
Consultants: WB Engineering (MEP/FP), Thornton Tomasetti (Structural)
Key materials (type/brand): Custom Perforated Metal Ceiling by USG, Engineered Wood by Armstrong, Custom Freestanding Light Fixtures by Alight, Frameless glass w/custom graphic films
Software used: Microstation, Maxwell, Adobe Suite
Awards/certifications: AIA Chicago Interiors Honor Award, 2012
Photographer credit: Matt Wargo
+ All images courtesy Valerio Dewalt Train Associates | Photo by Matt Wargo