The world’s first-ever bikeable building with six stories of exterior switchbacks is expected to open before the end of the month in Downtown Bentonville. At 230,000 sq. ft., Ledger is designed to meet the community’s needs with more places to work, play and gather in the heart of the city.
The new work and community hub has an all-glass exterior, terraces and outdoor access on each floor. Designed by Michel Rojkind, Callaghan Horiuchi and Marlon Blackwell Architects, the “vibrant vertical neighborhood” offers shopping, offices, bookable spaces and events for members and the larger NWA community.
The building is also equipped with a variety of art installations through its partnership with CACHE, a community-based arts agency. The art represents the thumbprints of local artists and creators.
Ledger’s largest art installation, however, can be seen throughout the building’s bike ramps. Stretching 3/4 of a mile and zig-zagging alongside the building, the bike ramp showcases 95 mosaic insects carrying vibrantly colored gems embossed within the concrete. The artist, Stefan Sagmeister, is a Grammy Award winner largely known for the album art he’s created for big names such as Aerosmith, Jay Z and the Rolling Stones.
Although the exact connection between Sagmeister’s critters and Ledger has not been revealed, the building’s website confirms the featured insects do represent 13 varied species of local Ozark insects.
Overall, Ledger is both a destination workplace and a natural extension of the community in Bentonville.
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