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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
600,000 square feet / 56,000 square meters
Wachovia Center is a corporate headquarters located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem. The office tower is centrally located on the site with a major landscaped plaza to the north and an employee cafeteria to the south.
The building is a 28-story point tower. The square plan at the base of the tower gently develops into an octagonal form near the top through a series of progressively larger chamfered corners. The tower culminates in a dome-shaped top. The entire building and top are clad in stone and glass, giving an impression of a tower carved or sculpted out of a single block of stone. The tapered form produces an elegant profile on the skyline, creating a sense of permanence and authority to anchor the southern end of Winston-Salem.
The exterior skin of the building is taut and refined. A layer of richness is achieved through the addition of shaped granite and stainless steel accent trim pieces. A lacy weaving of double horizontal and single vertical stone bands is a direct reflection of the space planning concepts found inside the building. Perimeter offices have been standardized to maximize flexibility — none of the office partition walls need to move as departments change.
Public spaces are friendly and inviting, creating the sense that this is a building for employees. The north side of the tower has an oval shaped, 4,645-meter (50,000 square-foot) plaza flanked on each side by garden-like seating areas. A series of paths lead to the main lobby, a grand and clearly defined hall clad in panelized wood and stone and the floors are of patterned marble. The entire cafeteria is a series of terraced gardens and trellised walls that take advantage of a southern exposure in providing light filled, intimately scaled and inviting dining spaces.
The building’s design incorporates elements of Old Salem such as the star-generated floor pattern and the hooded canopy entrances. They also reference other parts of the building, echoing and reinforcing a consistent design theme. The arc of the dome top is implied in the main entry canopy and repeated in the lobby ceiling.