Founded in 1915, the end user is a community foundation working with nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, and local businesses in the greater Boston area. Their endowments provide resources to nonprofits and innovative businesses throughout the region. The project goal was to convey the story of the foundation’s history in a new space. The firm guided the Foundation in its move from the 10th floor of 75 Arlington, in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, to the 3rd floor during the first half of 2017. Together with foundation leaders, the firm designed a new layout that provided a more efficient use of space, supporting a greater headcount. A new flexible assembly area with three sets of operable partitions fits a variety of meeting needs for both the client and other community institutions. Curated room signage, artwork, and custom wallcoverings in the reception area tell the story of the client’s outreach within the community, which creates an inviting environment that welcomes donors and community members. The design utilizes a light and airy color palette, thoughtful lighting to brighten the deep floor-plated space, and subtle pops of color to distinguish “neighborhoods” for wayfinding. The project concept was to situate the space into “communities,” a solution achieved by using carpet color accents to designate community locations as wayfinding designations in the open-office areas, offices, and conference rooms.
The new layout provides a more efficient use of space allowing a higher head count and increased areas of open space. The office features a flexible assembly space with three operable partitions to fit a variety of meeting needs for the foundation. The success of this space can be measured within the cultural impact. All of the design elements added into the space represent a continuous opportunity for growth. The exhibits are a way to open channels for new ideas, donations and concepts within the foundation collectively contributing to the mission and overall goals of the foundation.