Insight Architects envisions each project as a new opportunity to discover innovative concepts that can add personal and financial value to a project, business and community. We have worked with a wide variety of clients and project types ranging from small boutique restaurants and retail to large institutional buildings for major universities.
Insight Architects provides large firm experience in a small firm package. The partners at Insight work directly on each project. We use an integrated, holistic design approach by including our clients, consultants and other stakeholders into the design process early on. We are involved in every detail and in all aspects of the design process, from feasibility and concept development through construction administration.
Community School of Davidson
The story The design centers around a new “learning street” which is designed to be a flexible space which fosters student interaction and the free exchange of ideas. This “learning street” was located in the center of this large industrial building to provide natural light throughout the classroom spaces and provide an open feel for students and teachers. The result A very large and unutilized industrial building was repurposed into an innovative, state-of-the-art high school for a fraction of the cost of a newly constructed school building. The phased project allowed the school to expand as the school population increased and minimal rework to previously constructed portions of the school.
Kadampa Meditation Center
KMC offers simple guided breathing meditation classes in a recently renovated peaceful environment. They teach practical solution on how to solve problems in daily life, too. Please come and visit during the lunch hours or after work. It will help to focus and calm your mind and lift up your spirits!
Courtyard Shopping Center
Insight Architects worked on the modernizing the Courtyard Shopping Center at 2400 Park Road, a well established and beloved neighborhood shopping center owned by LatPurser. The idea is to bring the shopping center closer to the street and establish it’s present as an inviting street edge towards Park Road. The Dillworth Neighborhood should be encouraged to arrive at the Shopping Center on foot and bring their four legged friends with them. A new pedestrian access to the Shopping Center and a direct entrance to the new PetPeople store invite pedestrian traffic. Toast will have the option to offer outdoor seating towards Park Road.
The story VS America is a world leader in sustainable ergonomic school and office furniture. In spring 2015 they decided to expand their main showroom in Charlotte. The goal was to connect two existing tenant spaces into one open, sleek, modern showroom. The entire interior, except for the mezzanine and the two stairs, were removed. All enclosed spaces are now under the mezzanine, leaving everything else open in plan and open to the ceiling. The space houses an open marketing office for six people and a breakroom that extends into the loose table and chairs area and doubles as an entertainment area. The result The result is a wide open, showered with daylight space that serves as an empty canvas to feature the office and classroom lines of VS Furniture. Some items, like the new stair connecting the two previous tenant spaces are built as furniture, as is the ramp in the back. To minimalize and declutter, the thermostats are movable and not floor mounted. The mechanical rooms feature custom return air grills. The glass enclosure on the mezzanine and the glass enclosure of the conference room is acoustical but jointed glass to provide acoustical separation and unobscured visual connection.
Charlotte Lab School
The story Charlotte Lab School is a progressive learning school which relies on students using Uptown Charlotte as their extended classroom. The result The building combines three existing office buildings into one school facility. The smaller classrooms are mostly open and use break out spaces for small group learning and project work. The existing materials, such as brick, wood columns and wood floors contrast with vivid colors in the new finishes and furniture. The K-2 wing walls are mostly storefront to let as much daylight in as possible. Some of the existing offices are reused as small group break out rooms. Highlights The design was cost effective to enable the school to start operating in the competitive Uptown real estate. Besides extensive use of day-lighting, the school also features reused materials – no new interior doors had to be purchased for the school. The storefront in the K-2 wing has been reused from another office remodel job Insight has been working on at the time. The carpet is from the Shuffle line, which combines left over tiles from various installations.