“Greenhouse” Factory & Offices Holland, Michigan
Winner of an inaugural “Good Design Is Good Business” Award, the Herman Miller “GreenHouse” office and manufacturing facility has become a case study in how a sustaining approach can enhance the physical and mental health of its occupants—not to mention corporate productivity and profits.
The interior and exterior landscapes of the GreenHouse are visually and physically integrated with the site. Maximum interior daylighting and fresh air in both office and manufacturing spaces optimize its occupants’ comfort, health and communication while yielding responsible, cost-effective operations. All spaces feed into The Street, an open corridor that runs the length of the building. This urbane public space connects people across departmental lines and to nature with views to the outside. These connections have led researchers to strong evidence that enhanced habitability is associated with increases in psychological and social well being.
PROGRAMLight manufacturing and offices
AREA295,000 square feet
William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect
Verburg & Associates, Architect of Record
Pollack Design Associates, Landscape Architect
Robert Segar, Consultant
AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Environmental Buildings, 1997
Business Week/Architectural Record Good Design Is Good Business Award, 1997
AIA Central Virginia Honor Award, 1998
International Development Research Council, Award for Distinguished Service in Environmental Planning, 1995
“New Building Systems Mimic Nature and Return Biocentric Approach to Design” from Architectural Record
“Herman Miller’s GreenHouse Factory Generates 15 Pounds of Landfill Waste Per Month” from Treehugger February 17, 2011
“Herman Miller GreenHouse Factory and Offices” from Treehugger, November 26, 2004