Loading Dock

EOA designed this 17,000 square foot event space in Stamford, Connecticut in collaboration with Paula Fox Interiors. The program includes a ballroom, arcade, sanctuary and industrial kitchen. The industrial character of the building, a former Loading Dock, as the name reveals, was kept intact and infused with modern elegance. Exposed structure combined with planes of dark oak create a new kind of event space for the surrounding community. Large windows flood the entry gallery with natural light during the day, creating a bright open space for meeting and greeting. At night the windows act as beaming beacons to guests arriving and opportunities for display of both people and event themed arrangements. A second gallery space perpendicular to the entry acts as a central axis, joining the ballroom and sanctuary and leading to the back-of-house. Sliding darkly stained oak panels either connect or partition the two main rooms, depending on their positions, creating a space that is extensively adaptable. Skylights create pockets of white light, lending a sense of rhythmic variation to the overall lighting effect. The Loading Dock has become the go-to space for a wide variety of events in the Stamford area because of it’s modern industrial aesthetic and adaptability of it’s spaces.


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375 Fairfield Ave, Stamford, Connecticut, 06902, United States

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  • EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect