Kohler Communications Building
       
     
 Night view
       
     
 Lobby mosaic
       
     
 Lobby and meeting area
       
     
 Open work environment
       
     
 Open work environment
       
     
 Collaboration zone
       
     
 Library
       
     
 Photo studio
       
     
 Corridor
       
     
 Detail of perforated steel screen, exterior
       
     
 Process diagram
       
     
Kohler Communications Building
       
     
Kohler Communications Building

Kohler, WI

Client
Kohler

Role
Design Principal in Charge
Gensler

The Kohler Creative Communications Center – home to the teams that direct advertising and merchandising for Kohler worldwide – is a 100,000 sq. ft., LEED Certified headquarters which expresses what the company does and how they do it. The building works like a lens that magnifies the organization's creative energy while establishing a strong and enduring presence for the brand on the Kohler campus. The design aids in attracting the best creative talent both in the region and internationally to join the Global Communications team in Kohler, Wisconsin. The base building is an abstract, minimally detailed concrete box that resonates with the natural prairie and wetland setting. The high bay volume, which houses the photo studio is clad in porcelain panels embossed with a water droplet pattern and weathered steel screen that extends above the building's volume to hide mechanical systems is similarly patterned. By night, the droplet pattern is illuminated, becoming an identifiable feature of the building as well as a lantern in the landscape for the entire Kohler Campus.

 Night view
       
     

Night view

 Lobby mosaic
       
     

Lobby mosaic

 Lobby and meeting area
       
     

Lobby and meeting area

 Open work environment
       
     

Open work environment

 Open work environment
       
     

Open work environment

 Collaboration zone
       
     

Collaboration zone

 Library
       
     

Library

 Photo studio
       
     

Photo studio

 Corridor
       
     

Corridor

 Detail of perforated steel screen, exterior
       
     

Detail of perforated steel screen, exterior

 Process diagram
       
     

Process diagram