Our Most Popular Project Profiles of 2016

Below, we’ve rounded up our 10 most popular project profiles from 2016, covering everything from activity-based design to shared workspaces to transforming the government workplace. Scroll to read them all!

10. An Ad Agency’s Light-Infused Warehouse in East Boulder

When digital advertising agency IMM outgrew its offices in downtown Boulder, Colo., they decided to relocate to the industrial Flatiron Park on the city’s outskirts. The agency enlisted OZ Architecture to transform their new space — a vacant warehouse — into a unique and exciting office. The finished project is full of natural light from its floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights. Read more >>

9. A Creative, Activity-Based Office in Cape Town

Before designing their new space, Cape Town communication agency 99c went through an extensive study of employee behavior with Inhouse Brand Architects. Inhouse’s evaluation of employees’ needs from the perspective of activity-based work principles enabled them to provide 99c with the most effective, tailored-to-them space possible. Read more >>

8. A Meditative Spot for the Headspace Headquarters

Mobile meditation app Headspace has offices in LA and London, and recently relocated their Venice headquarters to Santa Monica. The new HQ, created by Kelly Robinson, is a light-filled space, which marries introspection with curiosity in its design. Think California-cool clean lines, sleek white walls, and greenery mixed comfortable textiles in vibrant yet muted colors. Read more >>

7. Nixon Peabody’s Cutting-Edge DC Law Office

Law firms are so steeped in tradition that they’ve always seemed to us the last frontier of any radical changes in workplace design. But the way we work is changing and, slowly but surely, we’re starting to see law firms adopt new ideas. Nixon Peabody is one such firm that has, essentially, removed their glasses, let down their hair, and designed their DC office — with help from Perkins+Will — to more fully align with their values and goals.  Read more >>

6. A Shared Office Space for Bookworms

The Chicago Literacy Alliance — an association of over 80 agencies operating in and around the city to help meet literacy needs for people of all ages and backgrounds — opened their new space, the Literacenter, to support members that were previously scattered all over Chicago. Now they can work together under one roof, in “an energized, upbeat environment decorated with colorful and literature-themed decor.” Read more >>

5. Condé Nast Entertainment’s Rustic, Open NYC Office

Condé Nast Entertainment is one of Condé Nast‘s fastest-growing divisions, encompassing 17 digital video channels for the company’s titles. For the new CNÉ office, TPG Architecture designed spaces that include not only desks, but also many other areas for work and informal gatherings: welcoming common zones, lounges, kitchens, casual meeting spaces, and a variety of conference rooms. Read more >>

4. A Canadian REIT’s “Dream” Office

Dream Office REIT is a Canadian real estate investment trust that owns 24.1 million square feet of space in urban areas across Canada. When it came time to design their new space in Scotia Plaza — an iconic downtown Toronto tower — Dream turned to the workplace designers at figure3. The outcome is space that reflects the company’s culture, while at the same time shows what’s possible for prospective tenants at Scotia Plaza. Read more >>

3. Zendesk San Francisco HQ Blends Home, Hospitality, and Workplace

The qualities of being airy, humble, charming, and uncomplicated are what make up the core of Zendesk’s brand attributes, and Blitz took them to heart when designing their new space, which played host to our August Work Design TALK. The space is light and open, but also varied and textured. By including secluded nooks and darkened spaces, the team created an atmosphere that emphasizes the airiness of the open office. Read more >>

2. Goodbye 1980s Private Offices, Hello 100 Percent Open Space

Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. has turned the 25-year-old Twin Cities Public Television headquarters in St. Paul into a vibrant and open office environment, replete with interactive workspaces and a soaring new lobby. “We reimagined the existing facility, turning it inside out,” said Brian Tempas, a principal at Cuningham Group. “What was once underused and neglected is now grand, open, and permeated with light.” Read more >>

1. GSA Video and Case Study: Work is What You Do, Not Where You Are

In this video and case study sponsored by AgilQuest, learn how the General Services Administration committed itself to setting a new workplace standard for all federal agencies, including consolidating six DC-area leases into one 800,000 square foot building and running an extensive series of measurements to determine how much (and what kind of) space they really need. Read more and watch the video! >>

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