Recently, the client asked us to design a new workplace for its Asset Management arm. This project came at a time where the client was exploring new ways of thinking about its work spaces, and the resulting design pushed the boundaries of the traditional work environment. Specific project goals included consolidating employees and resources onto one floor; supporting a collaboration-friendly environment that fosters connection and innovation; and meeting the varying needs of both client-facing and non-client facing partners for functionality, confidentiality and agility.
After exploring new seating arrangements and space-saving solutions, we created an efficient layout that consolidated the entire Asset Management team onto one floor. To increase efficiency, connections and active knowledge transfer, we arranged programmatic elements into “neighborhoods.” Each neighborhood is organized around a central service hub, providing easy access to project rooms, Bloomberg stations and printing. Due to the highly confidential nature of Asset Management’s work, all collaboration—from two-person meetings to twenty-person teams—must happen behind closed doors. To meet this need, our design team arranged a variety of enclosed collaboration space around the floor, ensuring privacy while maintaining sightlines and visibility. Finished in a timeless, neutral palette, the welcoming, elegant workspace reinforces the client’s brand and global standing, accommodates the unique needs of the Asset Management team and clients and fits seamlessly within the larger organization.