Reinvigorating the original bank’s dimly lit, muted colors, dark finishes, and dreary mood was top priority: Verdant needed a place that exuded health, vibrancy, and wellbeing. Bright blues and yellow/greens accentuate the unexpected, fractal-like geometry throughout, bringing a whimsical atmosphere to the interiors.
A point of pride, Verdant’s demonstration kitchen educates people on beneficial eating habits to help them, and their loved ones, live a healthier life. Registered dietitians—a mainstay at the center—teach a range of classes from grocery shopping on a budget to preparing nutritious meals. On the main floor, patrons can visit the large presentation room for music therapy classes and events. A second-floor mezzanine perches over parts of the double-height space of the main floor. Our design works with the irregular shapes of the existing floor plan to create an engaging new layout that complements, instead of competes with, the bold finishes.
Mindful of the client’s budget, our design uses conventional materials in unexpected ways. OSB plywood evokes the area’s cultural connections to agriculture and lush forests. These inexpensive, wood-based panels cut in angular designs create a faceted ceiling cascading through common spaces and into the main meeting room. The result recalls the leaves and fractal shadows cast by a tree canopy, while meandering hallways highlighted with green mimic a forest path.
With community-focused programming, colorful finishes, and surprising forms, the design renovation gives the community of Lynnwood an empowering and unique place to developing lasting wellness practices.