Completion Year: 2001
Program: 10,000 SF office conversion of abandoned lock factory. Adaptive Reuse
Beinfield Project Team: Bruce Beinfield FAIA, Mark Goodwin AIA, Tricia Izzo
General Contractor: John Moriarty & Associates
Interior Designer: Metalhouse
Structural Engineer: DeStefano Associates
Awards & Honors:
2008 American Society of Interior Designers, Connecticut Chapter
Award for Contract Design Excellence
2006 American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter
Business Architecture Award
2002 American Institute of Architects, New England Chapter
2001 American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter
Award for Design Excellence
As a company dedicated to excellence in real estate investing, Greenfield Partners wanted its offices to reflect its philosophy of creative investing in undervalued property, while yielding strong returns. For this reason they chose a renovated space in a former industrial building—the South Norwalk Lock Factory. Long before “loft-style” living and working space became a huge trend in the area, the architects saw the potential for creating dynamic spaces in old environs, further reflecting the values of their client. Greenfield Partners offices now form the key piece in what has become a premier mixed-use address in the region.
Surprise and delight are created from the outset, as visitors enter beneath a tilted steel truss portico with striking sculpture and landscaping at one end or through a serpentine steel-lined corridor at the other.
The perimeter offices are arranged around a central “living room” with a kitchen at one end and a pyramidal rusted metal fireplace at the other. These elements are organized by a skewed grid that creates a dialog with the underlying heavy timber truss structure. Creatively landscaped courtyards and gardens that become outdoor offices in fair weather also create pleasing views during the winter.
The existing structure is exposed whenever possible and new materials complement the old. Unique, industrial-style light fixtures, cold-rolled steel with exposed fasteners, curving translucent fiberglass panels, polished concrete floors and glass garage doors are contrasted with soft leather furniture and luxe wool rugs. The result is a dynamic, original and light-filled space that and is both comfortable and stimulating for all who work there.
As an increasingly successful enterprise, Greenfield Partners has expanded their offices several times in the building. They use images of their offices frequently in their marketing material to help illustrate their goals and vision of “creative and financial excellence”.