work

Can an office improve your bottom line?

With the workplace increasingly shifting from a “me” to a “we” work environment, the boundaries between private, public and shared space are becoming blurred. We are creating work platforms that encourage connectivity, flex with technology and support the “nextgen” of your business. We understand how a dynamic workplace can foster innovation and drive growth because many of our CDI colleagues are leading advances in global industries. Our best practices are inspired by the doers, not just the designers.

sheetz

SHEETZ

  • location:
    Claysburg, PA
  • OWNER:
    Sheetz Corporation
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Office, Training Center, Daycare
  • project detail:
    Confidential at Owner’s Request
  • ARCHITECT of record:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    CDI studio one
  • Collaborator:
    Daroff Design,
    Interiors & Space Planning

Melding the infrastructure needs of a large corporate “home office” with the values of an enduring family-run business culture was the first challenge for our new studio.

This design evolved from a dynamic partnership between our architects and engineers and Sheetz employees, and spurred a vibrant dialogue. Discussion occasionally fueled debate which culminated in consensus… because the dialogue was authentic. Collaboration and camaraderie grew with every step in the design process.

The long axis of the building is sited between two protected wetlands, which provides a pastoral view from the majority of offices. The building’s massing and plan is based on a simple, flexible, rectangular floor plan, reminiscent of the elegant, humble agrarian structures that dot the Pennsylvania landscape. The dining experience is conceived as a lodge, an independent pavilion that extends into the lawn. A large, southern facing glazed porch obscures the boundary between interior and exterior, which encourages people to experience nature during the workday.

The office “porch” — what else would you expect from one of Fortune Magazine’s consistently top ranked best companies to work for?

castalia

CASTALIA

  • location:
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • OWNER:
    MAB
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Office and Retail
  • project detail:
    $51.8 M / 314,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • Collaborator:
    Arcadis

When is “facelift” actually a rebirth? That occurs when architects see beyond a façade to the mission within a structure, and give full expression to that mission in the context of the broader culture.

So it was with Castalia… a structure with a grand mission within, but a tired “face” to the outside world. In literally elevating the 1950’s era building to a towering 25 stories, and re-articulating it as twin towers, the process of rebirth was begun.

Honoring the storied local context was also of great importance to the team. Dutch roof forms and brick façades imbued Castalia with a cachet that earned it a national landmark status replete with a royal dedication.

Representing the highest interests of our clients, while at the same time honoring the “silent” constituencies of those who live every day in the literal shadow of our designs is the mandate of CDI studio one.

An abstract grid of windows, minimal detail and deliberate geometries create a tower that is a modern reinterpretation of the familiar.

The silohuettes of the twin peaks have become an unmistakable urban marker in this beloved Dutch city.

“The ideal office building will speak volumes about the nature and the ambitions of the user… As everyone can now see, our Ministry stands at the very centre of society.”

— Dr. Els Borst-Eilers, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands

EAGLES

EAGLES

  • location:
    Philadelphia, PA
  • OWNER:
    Philadelphia Eagles Ltd. Partnership; NovaCare
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Sports/Recreation; Healthcare
  • project detail:
    $28.7 M / 110,000 SF (excluding indoor field)
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

Reflecting the pride and performance of the very brand of this storied sports franchise, the Philadelphia Eagles commissioned a new home for training, fitness and football that is unrivalled anywhere to this very day.

From the massive pylons that frame the entrance to the gull-shaped skylit locker room, the Novacare complex is defined by architectural inventions that are both iconic and highly effective. Planning, detail, and materials all support a workplace that inspires excellence.

But, this mammoth setting serves another function beyond the rigorous training it supports both inside and out. It was designed also to embrace the entire Eagles football community, melding their great communal spirit as a unified family.

The massive entry pylons open to an environment that promotes collaboration and camaraderie. The Eagles put the “we” before the “me” in the workplace long before it was trending.

“Evocative space that celebrates all aspects of training.”

— NJ AIA jury comments from the Gold Medal Award

mahler IV

mahler IV

  • location:
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • OWNER:
    Mahler IV Consortium
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use, Office, Retail
  • project detail:
    $30 M / 110,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • Collaborator:
    Van Den Oever Zaaljer

What is stature, truly? How many stories can you tell in a mere eight stories? Not every project is precisely “monumental.” But, every project is monumental for its client.

Sometimes, we harken back to a vernacular that will resonate across the decades and make a seemingly modest structure stand taller in the eyes of its prospective tenants than its bigger brothers.

Thus it was with Mahler IV. The cladding solution in Verona marble, augmented with a signature “Dudok” brick interior were our opening gambits.

The end result was an address of such distinction that it commanded the highest commercial real estate rental rates ever achieved in this great city.

The building is an elegant interpretation of the modern office — flexible, light filled and highly efficient.

A speculative office building elevated to urban icon through the use of exquisite material, detail and powerful forms.

medmak

medmak

  • location:
    Doha, Qatar
  • OWNER:
    Confidential
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use, Office, Retail, Hotel
  • project detail:
    270,000 SM
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

As a true melding of tradition and modernity, Medmak embraces shapes and forms intrinsic to its desert setting, while hosting a stunning array of contemporary mixed uses.

As wind swept dunes arise out of desert sands, so too are the dramatic towers of Medmak simply the latest evocation of the Qatari natural landscape.

One can encounter here the most stellar expressions of every pursuit from glamorous retail to theatres fit for international film festivals. A plethora of restaurants to service guests whose hotel has more stars than the heavens above.

In support of the upcoming World Cup, there is a peerless media center that will endure as a regional communications hub long after the last goal is scored on those playing fields.

At Medmak, cultures don’t collide, they entwine in a visceral celebration. Here, architecture demonstrates its capacity to gift society with a vision of mankind’s shared values, even as we appreciate our different modes of expression.

Medmak is an event as much as it is a building. This 21st century mixed-use complex is a stunning assembly of office, entertainment and retail.

work

Can an office improve your bottom line?

With the workplace increasingly shifting from a “me” to a “we” work environment, the boundaries between private, public and shared space are becoming blurred. We are creating work platforms that encourage connectivity, flex with technology and support the “nextgen” of your business. We understand how a dynamic workplace can foster innovation and drive growth because many of our CDI colleagues are leading advances in global industries. Our best practices are inspired by the doers, not just the designers.

SHEETZ

  • location:
    Claysburg, PA
  • OWNER:
    Sheetz Corporation
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Office, Training Center, Daycare
  • project detail:
    Confidential at Owner’s Request
  • ARCHITECT of record:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    CDI studio one
  • Collaborator:
    Daroff Design,
    Interiors & Space Planning

Melding the infrastructure needs of a large corporate “home office” with the values of an enduring family-run business culture was the first challenge for our new studio.

This design evolved from a dynamic partnership between our architects and engineers and Sheetz employees, and spurred a vibrant dialogue. Discussion occasionally fueled debate which culminated in consensus… because the dialogue was authentic. Collaboration and camaraderie grew with every step in the design process.

The long axis of the building is sited between two protected wetlands, which provides a pastoral view from the majority of offices. The building’s massing and plan is based on a simple, flexible, rectangular floor plan, reminiscent of the elegant, humble agrarian structures that dot the Pennsylvania landscape. The dining experience is conceived as a lodge, an independent pavilion that extends into the lawn. A large, southern facing glazed porch obscures the boundary between interior and exterior, which encourages people to experience nature during the workday.

 

The office “porch” — what else would you expect from one of Fortune Magazine’s consistently top ranked best companies to work for?

CASTALIA

  • location:
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • OWNER:
    MAB
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Office and Retail
  • project detail:
    $51.8 M / 314,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • Collaborator:
    Arcadis

When is “facelift” actually a rebirth? That occurs when architects see beyond a façade to the mission within a structure, and give full expression to that mission in the context of the broader culture.

So it was with Castalia… a structure with a grand mission within, but a tired “face” to the outside world. In literally elevating the 1950’s era building to a towering 25 stories, and re-articulating it as twin towers, the process of rebirth was begun.

Honoring the storied local context was also of great importance to the team. Dutch roof forms and brick façades imbued Castalia with a cachet that earned it a national landmark status replete with a royal dedication.

Representing the highest interests of our clients, while at the same time honoring the “silent” constituencies of those who live every day in the literal shadow of our designs is the mandate of CDI studio one.

An abstract grid of windows, minimal detail and deliberate geometries create a tower that is a modern reinterpretation of the familiar.

The silohuettes of the twin peaks have become an unmistakable urban marker in this beloved Dutch city.

“The ideal office building will speak volumes about the nature and the ambitions of the user… As everyone can now see, our Ministry stands at the very centre of society.”

— Dr. Els Borst-Eilers, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands

EAGLES

  • location:
    Philadelphia, PA
  • OWNER:
    Philadelphia Eagles Ltd. Partnership; NovaCare
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Sports/Recreation; Healthcare
  • project detail:
    $28.7 M / 110,000 SF (excluding indoor field)
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

Reflecting the pride and performance of the very brand of this storied sports franchise, the Philadelphia Eagles commissioned a new home for training, fitness and football that is unrivalled anywhere to this very day.

From the massive pylons that frame the entrance to the gull-shaped skylit locker room, the Novacare complex is defined by architectural inventions that are both iconic and highly effective. Planning, detail, and materials all support a workplace that inspires excellence.

But, this mammoth setting serves another function beyond the rigorous training it supports both inside and out. It was designed also to embrace the entire Eagles football community, melding their great communal spirit as a unified family.

The massive entry pylons open to an environment that promotes collaboration and camaraderie. The Eagles put the “we” before the “me” in the workplace long before it was trending.

“Evocative space that celebrates all aspects of training.”

— NJ AIA jury comments from the Gold Medal Award

mahler IV

  • location:
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • OWNER:
    Mahler IV Consortium
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use, Office, Retail
  • project detail:
    $30 M / 110,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • Collaborator:
    Van Den Oever Zaaljer

What is stature, truly? How many stories can you tell in a mere eight stories? Not every project is precisely “monumental.” But, every project is monumental for its client.

Sometimes, we harken back to a vernacular that will resonate across the decades and make a seemingly modest structure stand taller in the eyes of its prospective tenants than its bigger brothers.

Thus it was with Mahler IV. The cladding solution in Verona marble, augmented with a signature “Dudok” brick interior were our opening gambits.

The end result was an address of such distinction that it commanded the highest commercial real estate rental rates ever achieved in this great city.

The building is an elegant interpretation of the modern office — flexible, light filled and highly efficient.

A speculative office building elevated to urban icon through the use of exquisite material, detail and powerful forms.

medmak

  • location:
    Doha, Qatar
  • OWNER:
    Confidential
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use, Office, Retail, Hotel
  • project detail:
    270,000 SM
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

As a true melding of tradition and modernity, Medmak embraces shapes and forms intrinsic to its desert setting, while hosting a stunning array of contemporary mixed uses.

As wind swept dunes arise out of desert sands, so too are the dramatic towers of Medmak simply the latest evocation of the Qatari natural landscape.

One can encounter here the most stellar expressions of every pursuit from glamorous retail to theatres fit for international film festivals. A plethora of restaurants to service guests whose hotel has more stars than the heavens above.

In support of the upcoming World Cup, there is a peerless media center that will endure as a regional communications hub long after the last goal is scored on those playing fields.

At Medmak, cultures don’t collide, they entwine in a visceral celebration. Here, architecture demonstrates its capacity to gift society with a vision of mankind’s shared values, even as we appreciate our different modes of expression.

Medmak is an event as much as it is a building. This 21st century mixed-use complex is a stunning assembly of office, entertainment and retail.


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