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When Volkswagen, the second largest auto manufacturer in the world, decided to relocate their US Headquarters from two buildings in Detroit to a new iconic building in Herndon, VA they selected VOA to develop and execute the design. From the outset, VOA worked closely with Volkswagen to create a unique design representative of their new culture, to enable them to attract top caliber talent to their new facility while providing a platform for their brand. After determining Volkswagen’s programmatic requirements and analyzing their work patterns, VOA developed a flexible design solution that improved the company’s workplace efficiency, reducing the square footage by 50% and accommodates a 30% growth increase. In moving from a more traditional office environment toward a more open, collaborative workplace culture, VOA emphasized open workstations with minimal private offices located on the interior, to allow maximum daylight to enter. Volkswagen and Audi showrooms displaying the latest designs of the client’s major brands were located at the front entrance to emphasize the importance of the quality of their product to their customer base. The end result is a more engaging work environment with maximum daylighting, reduced energy requirements, and a highly efficient floor plan.
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