Located at historic Nash Square, the project consists of a new 20-story tall, 420,000-square-foot civic office tower, including 16 floors of departmental office space and conference facilities for over 1,100 staff members, and public-facing government functions such as a public service area, council chamber, health center for staff, art gallery space, and a public facing coffee bar/grab-and-go station. The new building will enable the City to consolidate most of its downtown workforce from multiple office buildings, to offer the public convenient, efficient, customer-focused services in one central location.
The new building is envisioned as simple white volume, reminiscent of the pure geometric shapes of Mount Airy granite local to North Carolina. The façade interprets the graceful slender oaks characteristic for the streets of Raleigh, into a playful yet distinctly civic landmark, against the Raleigh Skyline.
At the base of the building, the solidity of the tower massing is carved away, resulting in a transparent podium façade that invites participation, and blends inside and out to visually bring the nature of Nash Square and the surrounding streetscape into the building. Simultaneously, the series of stepped terraces allow for surrounding landscape to ascend the podium, integrating nature at all the podium levels.