Global Management Consulting Group Regional Office
With plans to double their headcount in the next 10 years, this global consulting firm needed a flexible office environment consistent with their global guidelines that also celebrated the unique culture and community of their Minneapolis location.
We used this framework to organize and curate their workspace in a stimulating and uniquely-Minnesotan way. Central to the entry and neighborhood team organization is a communal gathering space, with operable walls creating a flexible environment to act as hardworking meeting space from Monday through Thursday, while supporting all office social events each Friday. Workzones and gathering areas are separated by acoustically isolated spaces that meet the need to focus, connect or unwind.
Locally sourced wood, handcrafted artisan wall tiles, and regional artists were among the strategies to support the local economy.
The warmth and natural variation of locally sourced wood defines circulation and gathering areas. Glass enclosed team spaces are clad in a pattern of moss insets to control views from adjacent corridors and the open office. This soft, tactile, and colorful material is reminiscent of the flora experienced while traipsing through the woods of northern Minnesota. Charcoal stained, highly polished concrete mimics the effect of a lake surface on a calm day, quietly reflecting surrounding elements and light from above.
This firm’s consultants are traveling throughout most of the week, and have chosen Minneapolis as their home base. It was important for the design of the space to provide them a respite to reconnect and conduct focus work upon their return. Open work zones located at the perimeter offer prime views to all employees. Moss and plants integrate the concept of biophilia while simultaneously improving indoor air quality. Collaboration areas and treadmill stations located throughout the office give employees the opportunity to change their postures and encourage movement throughout the day.
This change allows employees the freedom to select the work setting that best supports their tasks for the day. A variety of space types ranging in size and furniture settings surround the open office, providing accessibility to all employees. Smaller neighborhoods provide the opportunity for those in the office to sit near to one another, and create a space that feels full and lively.