Located in a blighted industrial urban district surrounded by low income residences, this conditioned self storage facility was designed as an initial financial anchor to ignite new business investment and encourage a greater level of community optimism.  The building transcended prototypical storage facility designs through simple means of color composition, thoughtful detailing and strategic use of light.  This was achieved through the use of economical materials and standardized building methods in order to meet budgetary requirements.  In a like manner, the lighting design was facilitated through economical means; using 3 variations of linear fluorescent strip luminaires all having a single lamp specification.  The resulting structure offers a day and night presence that is symbolic of hope and future prosperity as much as it successfully serves the functional need of its task.  Light is carefully designed as an integral material to the building; eliminating all visual presence of luminaires, resulting in a lantern like luminous façade, reaching out to the surrounding community.           

Owner: Botwin & Company
Architect: el dorado, Inc
Lighting Designer: Derek Porter Studio
Photographer: Mike Sinclair

Topeka, Kansas
24,000 square feet
New Construction

Commendable Achievement, A/L Magazine, 2007
IALD Award of Excellence, IALD, 2006
Edwin F. Guth International Award of Excellence, IESNA, 2005
Monsters of Design Award, Young Architects Forum, 2004

“Derek Porter Studio Elevates the Image of FLEX,” Architectural Record
“Flex Systems,” Architectural Lighting
“Bright Spot,” Architecture
“Self Storage Self Improvement,” Lighting Design + Application
“Beacon of Hope,” Professional Lighting Design (Germany)
“Iluminando a Traves de la Experiencia Humana,” Luxes (Mexico)