Project Files: Tresata
Technology company partners with IA to forge a bold, new headquarters
Blocks away from the buzz of the central business district in Charlotte, NC, known more for titans of the banking world, is a technology company and workspace unlike any other in the Queen City. Tresata is a predictive analytics software company committed to the city as a center of innovation, creativity, and quality of life. For its new headquarters in the fast-growing South End, the firm challenged IA to design a space that would entice, intrigue, and nurture Tresata’s innovative culture and brand.
IA chose contrast as the overarching design concept—diverging from the expected—expressed through four design features: Portal, bent-plate ceiling, pivot, and slant. The portal to this 3rd floor workspace is a floor-lit passage with a dropped ceiling that transitions into a series of walls and booths with curved corners within the suite. A central meeting lounge, with three doors on pivots, is a glass box with rounded corners that repeat the curves of the booths. Exposed struts within the lounge are painted in a Tresata brand color, emphasizing the building architecture against an uninterrupted view of the city skyline in the background. Building columns sheathed in stark white gypsum board literally slant away from the curved elements under a contrasting black industrial ceiling.
Clear glass along a black interior wall allows associates to collaborate, one of many nods to the company’s belief in transparency. Continuing along that same wall, three separate doors open up to telephone rooms, which are aptly referred to as the founders’ rooms for the eclectic décor in each room that pays homage to each of Tresata’s founders’ lineage. Floor-to-ceiling windows along the suite’s outer perimeter offer sweeping views that visually connect staff with the neighborhood and a profusion of natural light.
Demonstrating the close collaboration and trust developed between Tresata and IA, Project Architect Nawazish Nanji designed sit-stand desks that punctuate the open space and even helped Tresata’s staff hand-build each desk. “IA [had] the clear alignment in the willingness and ability to do something ‘different’ as well as the apparent chemistry between both of our companies. [They] shared our excitement for the vision and were crazy enough to go for all of it!” recounts Tresata Co-Founder and CEO Abhishek Mehta.
The firm’s logo, signage, and most of its artwork was created by local artists and artisans emphasizing the firm’s desire to partner with the surrounding community. Open space along the far wall hosts periodic community hackathons, where Tresata open its doors to the nearby tech community.
Started in the Charlotte living room of one of its founders, Tresata’s five-year-old success story has intersected at this audacious and modern new headquarters. Mehta sums up the company’s feelings on the new workspace: “Everyone who has come into our space marvels at what we have been able to do with showcasing not just our aesthetic, but also the fact that Charlotte has something like this space. It successfully illustrates the vision that we had from Day Zero – despite being told by many that couldn’t be done – was right.”