RB Murray / Hufft Projects

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© Mike Sinclair

Architects: Hufft Projects
Location: Springfield, MO,
General Contractor: Missouri Supermarket Builders
Civil Engineering: Olsson Associates
Structural Engineering: Meridian Structural Works
MEP: Olsson Associates
Project Area: 571 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

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Located at the prominent intersection of Blackman Road and Seminole in Springfield, Missouri, the R.B. Murray Company’s new office building serves to exemplify its client’s values of contemporary and sustainable architecture and development. Additionally, the building marks the entrance to a larger site development sharing these same values.

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© Mike Sinclair

A distinguishing butterfly roof opens to allow a maximum amount of daylight into the building’s open offices, executive core, and conference rooms. The need for artificial lighting during the day is greatly reduced. The building’s “green” design also features natural ventilation, air filtration, and abundant views out to the landscape. Such features have the added benefit of improving the quality of the work environment and employee productivity.

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© Mike Sinclair

Natural, recycled, and reclaimed materials are utilized as well. The building exhibits a warm aesthetic that is pleasing to both occupants and those passing by. The new R.B. Murray Company’s office building signifies the company’s forward thinking commitment to creating an architecturally progressive and environmentally conscious future.

Cite: "RB Murray / Hufft Projects" 29 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=44887>


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    I like this project, mostly because i’ve done similar projects where I tried to do the same thing. I can see where they succeeded where I failed.

    simple, clean, understated. nice without being arrogant.
    well done.

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    why there are so many projects claiming ‘green’ design ended up in a boring and uninspiring building…?

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      I don’t find this boring or uninspiring at all. Reactions will vary, of course. Like the first comment, I find it clean, simple, and elegant. Of course, I realize not everyone will agree.

      Remember that interest and boredom are both mental states, which are subjective. People often forget that beauty is not a quality of an object, but the brain’s sensation of aesthetic pleasure. When I feel it, you may not, and vice versa.

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    The architecture appears suitable. But did they talk to their structural engineer? New Madrid Fault? I hope their engineer was excessiviley clever as I see no evidence of shear walls or braced frames for the butterfly boxes.

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