521 Morehead Street
FairPoint Communications is the seventh largest local telephone company in the U.S., delivering modern communications technology since 1991. For the relocation of their executive offices headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Smith Harris focused on portraying strength, stability and an open feel to satisfy the vision of their new image.
The floor plate was designed to allow for light for all employees by the use of exterior glass panels and low cubicle workstation panels. The custom designed reception desk, seen as you enter the space exhibits both durability and sophistication through the use of exposed stainless hardware bolted to backlit Lucite panels at the transaction ledge and the application of smooth brushed wood front panels below.
This somewhat robust style is carried throughout the space with the use of additional metallic finishes and the construction of another custom furniture piece that is exposed to the open work area. The free standing bar and the organic shaped countertop appear to be bolted to the surface below them, accentuating their ability to stand the test of time.
The use of various shades of gray are continued throughout to represent a sturdy feel, while the contrasting rich yellows and soft beiges keep the space feeling warm and inviting.