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Downtown Vibes in the Workplace

March 20, 2018

When Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) approached Little Diversified Architectural Consulting to design its new 8,000-square-foot downtown Charlotte, N.C., location, there was one goal in mind: the office should feel like the city’s living room. Concerned with the vision and growth of Charlotte, the CCCP’s board understood that to convince CEOs and business planners to invest in Charlotte, they would need to feel comfortable and welcomed. This effort began with the CCCP’s office itself.

Despite being located on the 16th floor, Little Diversified wanted to make visitors feel as if they had stepped off the elevator onto 16th Street. Invoking the feeling of a vibrant pedestrian walkway, the space “serves as a catalyst for community growth with a story to tell that’s as unique as the people and place it promotes,” according to the firm.

Arriving at the office, guests are greeted by the “shop window,” a display of artifacts from the city and CCCP. Nearby, an abstracted “thumbprint” has been hand-painted by local artists, displaying the vision of the city.

Designed like a coffee house, Southern hospitality takes center stage with degrees of openness, translating Charlotte’s downtown into a warm office space.

The slatted wood ceiling creates zones within the office.


Metal reeds separate the workspace from the “public path” of the working areas.

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Kadie Yale | Former Editor-in-Chief

Kadie Yale holds a BA in Industrial Design from San Francisco State University and a MA in Decorative Art History and Theory from Parsons the New School. In her role as editor-in-chief from 2015-2018, she led the interiors+sources team in creating relevant content that touches on sustainability, universal design, science, and the role of design in society.