Aftershock Games Gives its New HQ a Unified, Distinctive Look

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Using a refined black and white color palette, OKB Architecture gives After Shock Games an office-personality that dominates in sleekness and unity.

After 21st Century Fox’s FoxNext Games acquired Aftershock Games, the world-class gaming studio needed to consolidate its operations into one location. OKB Architecture was called to the task of designing a workspace that reflected the studio’s personality. By committing to a furniture program, the outcome gave AfterShock Games a minimalist look through a simple color scheme and black and white palette. 

The bright, open lobby features a green wall against a textured wooden backdrop.

When was the project completed?


How much space?

38,730 square-feet

Was this new or renovated space? 

New space

Exposed ceilings and concrete floors are juxtaposed by floating ceilings with fractures to emphasize the depth of the space.

How many employees?

225 total employees

Is there a mobile work or work from home policy?

Yes, 15 percent are remote workers

Describe workspace types.

The workspace focused on an agile office design that houses a lobby, 2 boardrooms, 8 conference rooms, 8 collaborative spaces, a meeting hall, 18 huddle rooms, a pantry, surrounding areas, and 204 workstations.

meeting hall
The Meeting Hall features one-of-a-kind tiered seating designed by Platform-U by Unisource Solutions and modular elements for optimal flexibility.

What kind of meeting spaces are provided?

8 conference rooms, 8 collaborative spaces, and 18 huddle rooms

What other kinds of support space or amenity spaces are provided?

The Meeting Hall is an open space featuring one-of-a-kind tiered seating that can accommodate small and large groups. Outside the pantry area, is perimeter bench seating that supports informal meetings and individual work areas. Other amenity spaces include groupings of furniture peppered throughout the facility which can be used for individual or teamwork.

What are the projects location and proximity to public transportation and/or other amenities? 

Located in the Playa Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, it is 1.1 miles from the Culver City Transit Center

A boardroom overlooks the Meeting Hall.

What kind of programming or visioning activities were used?

OKB conducted a complete programming exercise to develop the company’s needs.

Was there any emphasis or requirements on programming for health and wellbeing initiatives for employees?

Yes, an open plan, flexible workspace alternatives, and access to healthy food and natural light were all emphasized for health and wellbeing initiatives

What products or service solutions are making the biggest impact in your space?

Haworth workstations, Blu Dot and Article ancillary furniture. All custom pieces are Platform-U by Unisource Solutions.

A minimalist color scheme in shades of white, grey, black and yellow give the space a distinctive look.

For specific examples, please describe the product, how it was used, and if it solved any specific problem.

Furniture maximized the budget, optimized the floor plan and helped express corporate culture. Unisource Solutions designed a one-of-a-kind tiered seating area for the Meeting Hall and outfitted the space with modular seating. Unisource Solutions also designed benches for the pantry-area — the bench seating maximized floor space and put seating in areas that were underutilized.

In addition, Unisource Solutions designed a custom built-in banquet for one of the boardrooms to optimize seating and give the room a branded look. For the private work areas, they sourced adjustable height desks and storage. For 30 of the workstations, the designers were able to reuse the client’s existing product, adding to the components for a unified look.

What kind of branding elements were incorporated into the design?

Wall graphics

Pod seating offers privacy for focused work.

What is the most unique feature of the new space? 

An installation of black rope adds an element of play and creates a uniform look throughout. The tiered seating in the Meeting Hall is a unique design solution that not only creates a statement but also maximizes the functionality of the space.

Are there any furnishings or spaces specifically included to promote wellness/wellbeing?

The workstations have adjustable height desks — an ergonomic solution to promote wellbeing.

What kind of technology products were used?

Several flexible conferencing options from Zoom, Polycom, Cisco and projection in all-hands meeting area.

A playful installation of black rope, knit continuously from floor to wall to ceiling and back, creates a spatial link between different studios.

If the company relocated to new space, what was the most difficult aspect of the change for the employees?  

The new location. This new space was a huge improvement to their previous.

Tell us more! 

The design incorporates various seating arrangements including conference rooms and lounge clusters.

Photos courtesy of Art Gray Photography

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