The client is a global private equity firm headquartered in London with a growing Bay Area presence. The company’s desire was to create a simple yet sophisticated space, beautifully understated to leave a lasting impression. The grand steel, concrete and glass staircase with skylights above makes ultimate use of natural light while the shadows highlight the architecture. Though the client has a private office culture, a priority was given to promote collaboration and transparency through large glass storefronts and glazing between the offices throughout. The open nature of the plan shows their modern take on the private equity firm of today. The client’s brand was reflected through a neutral color palette, curated art and natural light which makes the space truly timeless.
For a global company, flexibility was a big priority. The entire first floor was intentionally designed to be a flexible conferencing center, separating “where the deals are made” from the workspace upstairs. The conference area also doubles as a space to hold all-hands meetings when the client’s global counterparts are visiting the site. The boardroom has an operable partition that provides multiple configurations and creates conferencing space for a wide number of participants. The video conferencing setup provides limitless freedom to be anywhere in the world and still feel connected. Multiple conference rooms in varying sizes, a private all gender restroom, mother’s room, collaborative coffee bar, and patio space complete the array of amenities surrounding visitors, employees, and treasured business partners. The second floor workspace, while primarily private office space, is designed with full glass fronts to encourage connectivity and drop-in conversations. Each office is equipped with height adjustable desks for users to sit or stand as they choose. In close proximity to the offices is a “war room”, limited to employees only, and outfitted with comfortable furniture and technology to support strategy meetings that can go for hours, but in a more casual atmosphere where creativity can flourish.