This month, Ledger City Center in Bentonville, a project featuring our own DMD Copper surface was featured on the cover of Architectural Record’s digital edition. The result of a unique collaboration, AR’s Senior News editor Matt Hickman brought the store together.
We’ve excerpted the article below, courtesy of Architectural Record.
Development Ramps Up in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas, With ‘Bikeable’ Mixed-Use Building
The fact that Ledger, the “world’s first” bikeable building, was completed in late 2022 in the small Arkansas city of Bentonville—and not Copenhagen, Boulder, Portland (Oregon), or a Dutch university town—is ultimately the least surprising thing about it.
Located two blocks south of Bentonville’s downtown square, the defining feature of the 230,000-square-foot co-working and event complex is a switchback ramp that zigzags up the entire length of its eastern facade, carrying cyclists and pedestrians at an incline under 5 percent from a street-grid-connected breezeway to a rooftop terrace. Publicly accessible, it’s an easy ¾ of a mile to the top and back down […]
A long rectangular volume framed in steel, sheathed in glass, and clad with patinated-copper panels, Ledger’s design is the initial result of a collaborative effort between Marlon Blackwell Architects, based in nearby Fayetteville, and WeWork’s Ground Up Studio. During its relatively brief existence, the studio was co-led by WeWork’s then senior vice president of architecture Michel Rojkind and vice president Christian Callaghan, joined by design director Haruka Horiuchi. […]
While Ledger’s embrace of Bentonville’s cycling culture takes the bike-to-work concept to a literally new level, the building’s most impressive function is that of a vertical linear park. By permitting public access to the building’s ramp and outdoor terraces during “recreation hours,” from sunrise to sunset, Ledger has been adopted as an all-purpose hangout space for the Bentonville community. When I visited last fall, there were only a handful of cyclists zipping up and down the side of the building. At 12½ feet wide, the ramp is easy enough to navigate for more casual cyclists (and an assist from the added thrust of an e-bike, which can be borrowed on-site, certainly made the trek less taxing). But apparent in greater numbers were teenagers socializing and snapping selfies on the terraces, neighborhood residents walking their dogs, senior citizens enjoying late-afternoon strolls, and visitors taking in another major installation by Sagmeister, Now is Better, Bentonville, a series of 95 glass-mosaic insects embedded in the concrete along the full length of the ramp.
Read the full article at Architectural Record.