Codex Corporation Headquarters embodies many of the hallmark characteristics of OLIN: the integration of landscape and architecture; environmental sustainability; historic stewardship married with innovation; and spirit of place. The competition-winning scheme celebrates its location in New England, adjacent to the rolling terrain and ponds of the Blue Hills, through the use of local materials and design features such as stone walls, native plants and small ponds. The plan successfully integrates the historic Maresfield Farm mansion, stables and trotting track into both the landscape and architecture. The attractive ponds have been designed to function as part of the mechanical system of the building; cooling water is used as part of seasonal heating and cooling for the extensive computer facilities. Water is returned to the water table through innovative stone walls and infiltration. Excess heat from the extensive mainframe computer is captured in a courtyard formed by the building to provide a generous winter garden. The entire ensemble is a deft exercise in sophisticated and sustainable design, as exemplified by the partially buried parking garage. Codex Corporation subsequently sold the facility to a health organization, which continues to utilize the site as originally conceived, offering tours to visitors.
1989, American Society of Landscape Architects President’s Award