RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
A well-known landmark in downtown Raleigh, the former N.C. Equipment building with its familiar yellow tractor on the roof, is the new corporate office of Lulu.com. Founded by Red Hat’s Bob Young, Lulu.com is an online self publishing company that enables writers to print books of high quality in low volume for reasonable prices.
The exterior of the historic building remains largely the same as it has on Hillsborough Street since the 1940s. A new glass-enclosed entry was added to create a prominent street presence and connect the existing building to a planned Phase 2 addition. The interior is an open space with tall windows and exposed existing materials, including brick walls, steel columns, and wood framed ceilings. The result is a modern workspace with employees grouped by task that fills both floors.
With its proximity to the campus core of North Carolina State University, Lulu.com is leading the way in revitalizing Hillsborough Street with new commercial activity.
Awards: Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Appearance