AEW Capital Management
Elkus Manfredi Architects
The design treats the workspace in a new and revolutionary way¬ – not simply as a container for staff, but as a service, a tool for success, and a model for health and wellness. Designers turned the workplace inside out, moving private offices to the interior and open workstation and collaboration areas near windows, where views can be enjoyed by the most people. A mix of private meeting rooms, offices, workstations, and collaboration zones form work neighborhoods, each of which features a communal “back porch” with furniture chosen by neighborhood employees: comfortable soft seating in one area, expansive worktables in another. The Ciao Café offers employees freshly prepared meals and additional spots for working, recharging, and connecting. Throughout the office, an ongoing dialogue between upscale and industrial elements creates an environment that is sophisticated and slightly edgy while still being comfortable and unpretentious, capturing the firm’s stature as an industry leader as well as its inclusive, approachable culture.