Spaces are vitally important to Solid Light Inc., which creates visitor, museum and brand experiences. When the company outgrew its two separate offices in Louisville, Kentucky the owner sought a space that would bring all its personnel under one roof while contributing to the community at large.
Choosing to contribute to the downtown area’s vitality, owner Cynthia Torp bought a 54,633-square-foot, 1940s-era warehouse in the SoBro district.
The warehouse was renovated into a series of big open “neighborhoods” for the creative, administrative and fabrication teams, connected by wide, easy-to-navigate corridors. To celebrate the building’s industrial past, giant bow trusses, ductwork and piping were left exposed.
Solid Light’s tenets “Elevate. Amaze. Transform” and a rising diagonal pattern were painted on the lobby wall and repeated throughout the building.
Solid Light installed several green infrastructure solutions including specialized drains to allow 1.75 million gallons of rainwater annually to soak into the ground instead of overflowing the sewer system.
The new Solid Light headquarters illustrates how great design can inform function – allowing creative collaboration to thrive.
The 35,000-square-foot fabrication shop now adjoins the main building, its proximity encouraging increased, earlier collaboration on projects between the designers and fabricators while the overall flow and scale of the headquarters facilitates workflow and idea-sharing among the team.