20 September 2005

Magic Chef Bldg. -- office plan

This floor plan at the level of the executive offices illustrates how Armstrong addresses subdividing space at the upper levels. The top executive of the department located on each floor would get the 'cocked' corner office, giving them views to the North and the West. Except for this angled wall, all glazing faces directly South or directly North.

In designing President Arthur Stockstrom's office, Armstrong took advantage of the larger space and angled orientation to give the office an increased sense of grandeur while linking it conceptually with the biomorphic curves of the ground floor ceiling. He created a curved soffit leading from the office entry to the bay window and the desk situated within it.

Drawing courtesy of the Harris Armstrong Archives, Special Collections, Washington University in Saint Louis.

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