Completed in 2008, the one level showroom is easily accessed within the Arts District street level and is located within close proximity to multiple downtown mass transportation lines.  The interior features voluminous light filled open spaces within an 18-foot high ceiling serving as a neutral background canvas for the elegant arrangement of modern furniture, textiles, products, color, and displays thoughtfully infused throughout the interior.  Additional lower ceiling elements sculpt the interior volume into various smaller spaces cascading through the interior.

Spatially, the design comprises an inviting entry lobby area, conference rooms, support areas, storage areas, amenities, bicycle storage, changing rooms, and flexible product areas that prominently display the aesthetically integrated company product collections.  A series of glass partitions and doors populate the interior environment.  Exposed mechanical ductwork and lighting systems permeate the larger volume areas and integrated systems are included in the smaller break-out interior areas.  All furniture is made by Knoll.

Within the showroom, the consistent display of Knoll products, as the primary purpose of the showroom, are functionally grouped together and woven into an interior tapestry of logical circulation and visual vignettes.  This intersection of visual art displays, modern design, and corporate sustainability follow long held company principles incorporated into this design and each Knoll showroom.  The architecture and furniture contextually compliment each other fashioning compelling collaborative presentations of the Knoll product line.  According to the company, “Knoll Dallas provides customers with the inspiration to create sustainable, efficient and welcoming architectural interiors.”


Environmentally, the showroom reflects a broader company dedication to ecological values, conservation of natural resources, and protection of the biosphere.  Some notable sustainable features infused throughout the project include an extensive usage of natural and efficient lighting, optimization of tenant space energy performance, incorporation of water conservation strategies, green cleaning operations, enhanced commissioning, and the provision of Green power.  A large majority of the building materials incorporate ecological sensitive elements such as high post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content, certified wood products, and Greenguard indoor air quality certified products.  The entire Knoll product line used in the certification contains high recycled and easily recycled material content.

Low emitting materials, such as carpets, adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, composite wood, system furniture, and seating are utilized throughout the facility. An existing concrete floor was polished and sealed as the predominant flooring material in the project along with complimenting carpet and tile accents.  During the construction approximately 95% of material waste was diverted from landfills through an extensive waste management plan.

Interior lighting power requirements were reduced 25% over LEED certification energy standard baseline requirements lowering the energy consumption within the facility.  Technological sophisticated controls were added to the heating and ventilation systems in order to increase and measure equipment efficiency.  Lutron “Graphik Eyes” lighting control systems were incorporated in the facility to provide additional energy conservation measures. Ninety percent of the required equipment and appliances used in the facility are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star compliant.

An overall balanced ecological approach utilized in the commercial interior certification is found in the usage of materials, efficiency, energy, environmental quality elements within the project.  Commenting on the spatial environment, Knoll states “the new showroom reflects the Knoll commitment to design excellence and sustainability.”


A brief overview of the pursued LEED CI credits utilized in the building is listed in the following table:

Sustainale Sites 3
Water Efficiency 2
Energy and Atmosphere 10
Materials and Redources 6
Indoor Environment Quality 9
Innovation in Design 4
Total 34


A detailed breakdown of the individual credits achieved with the LEED Gold Pre-Certification of the building is listed below:


  • SSc2     Development Density & Community Connectivity
  • SS3.1     Public Transportation Access
  • SS3.2     Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms.


  • WE c1.1    Water Use Reduction
  • WE c1.2    Water Use Reduction


  • EAp1    Fundamental Commissioning
  • EAp2    Minimum Energy Performance
  • EAp3    CFC Reduction in HVAC&R Equipment
  • EAc1.1    Optimize  Energy Performance- Lighting Power
  • EAc1.3A    Optimize Energy Performance- HVAC
  • EAc1.4    Optimize Energy Performance- Equipment and Appliances
  • EAc2    Enhance Commissioning
  • EAc3    Energy Use, Measurement & Payment Accountability
  • EAc4    Green Power


  • MR p1    Storage and Collection of Recyclables
  • MRc1.1    Tenant Space, Long Term Commitment
  • MR2.1    Construction Waste Management, Divert 50% from Landfill
  • MR2.1    Construction Waste Management, Divert 75% from Landfill
  • MRc4.1    Recycled Content
  • MRc4.2    Recycled Content
  • MRc7    Certified Wood


  • EQp1    Minimum IAQ Performance
  • EQc1    Outside Air Delivery Monitoring
  • EQc4.1    Low-Emitting Materials – Adhesives and Sealants
  • EQc4.2    Low-Emitting Materials – Paints and Coatings
  • EQc4.3    Low-Emitting Materials – Carpet Systems
  • EQc4.4    Low-Emitting Materials –Composite Wood & Laminate Adhesives
  • EQc4.5    Low-Emitting Materials – Systems Furniture & Seating
  • EQc6.1    Controllability of Systems, Lighting
  • EQc7.1    Thermal Comfort- Compliance
  • EQc7.2    Thermal Comfort- Monitoring


  • IDc1.1    Innovation in Design. Green Housekeeping
  • IDc1.2    Innovation in Design. Comprehensive Transportation Plan
  • IDc1.3    Innovation in Design. Construction Waste Mangement 95%
  • IDc2    LEED Accredited Professional


Owner: Knoll, Inc.
Interior Designer: Knoll New York
Architect: The Watkins Group
MEP: Purdy-McGuire
Lighting: Focus Lighting
Contractor: James R. Thompson, Inc.