Defining Freedom in the Workplace
There is a strong link between freedom and mobility in our societies whereby mobility is often an indicator of social advantage, this rings true also in our work environments and was the leading theme at a Mix Interior roundtable where our Design Strategist Jordan Jones recently took part.
Gentrification of New York Neighborhoods
What does gentrification mean for New York renters and low-income communities? The answer is indefinite as the term “Gentrification” may mean different things to different people and can be misinterpreted. Ingrid Ellen defined it as the increase in rents and house values prompted by an arrival of more affluent residents into low-income neighborhoods. Consequently, the process causes difficulties for lower-income homeowners and renters to remain in their neighborhoods.
Top 10 Tips for Delivering Workplaces in Europe
Over the past year HLW have worked on projects for a large variety of sectors, delivering workplaces that meet the diverse needs that our clients require. Throughout this process we have gathered some important tips that you need to know if you are planning to undertake a workplace project in Europe. Here are our top 10:
Willis Towers Watson Dublin
HLW recently completed a relocation and interior fit out project for Willis Towers Watson (WTW) moving them into the Elm Park Development in Dublin Bay which had been vacant for many years previously. The aim of the project was to create a vibrant base for 350 Willis Towers Watson employees, providing them with a multiplicity of work settings, a new suite of client meeting rooms and statement employee town hall that maximised the Dublin waterside views.
Wellness at Work: What Matters Most.
HLW Round Table events are established to foster thought provoking discussions on themes relevant to our workplace. Various guests gathered at our latest Round Table last week at the Carriage House at 5 Giralda Farms in Madison, NJ to hear from experts and their peers on the topic of Wellness in the Workplace.
Prototyping Design Fields Before the Big Plunge
When did we know what we wanted to be when we grew up? How do we know architecture, interior design, or even design strategy is the right path? These are some really daunting questions that college-bound students often are faced with today when making a decision before going off to college.
Risk Mitigation Planning for Urban Coastal Flooding: An Architect’s Perspective
Storm resiliency in a post-Katrina and Sandy age is often discussed in terms of capacity to adapt to changing circumstances in a positive way. For the commercial building owner facing threats of urban coastal flooding, “capacity” is measured in increments: functionality, uptime, and bounce back.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2016: The Silver Thread
Mustafa and Ehran developed ‘The Silver Thread’ from concept through to installation with Flint Fine Art Limited, transforming and repurposing 150 of Humanscales Different Lamps into a free flowing form which sweeps through the showroom.
Culture Centred Design
Ever thought about knocking 10 years off your age, taking on a totally different personality, finding a new job, and settling into a new role? Maybe you've always dreamed of becoming a CFO or trying your hand at IT support? Well, that was literally the experience of participants who attended this year's ICL City Conference. Facilitated by HLW's Senior Strategist Hannah Beveridge, attendees temporarily immersed themselves in new job titles and responsibilities to inform the planning of an imaginary workplace
7 Factors of Great Office Design
we recently published an article in the Harvard Business Review about how we give clients a design language they can use to imagine a more strategic workplace. In the article we share two short case studies of our work with Adobe and Yodle and how we helped them create optimal work settings that support the needs of their people.
A Study on the Effects of Plant-Focused Biophilic Design
Today’s blog post , we will be focusing on effects of planting and greenery at workplace. Previous environmental psychology research tells us that being connected to nature, is in fact, an adaptive human function that allows for, and assists with, psychological restoration.
BIOPHILIA & BIOPHOBIA
Research shows that incorporating the natural environment into buildings can have a positive influence on psychological, physical and social well-being. Various studies show, for instance, that window views of natural landscapes reduce stress, trees and outdoor gathering spaces are associated with increased social interactions and sense of community, and recovery from surgery is aided by natural sunlight and nature views...
Jupiter Asset Management are first tenants of the Zigzag Building, Victoria
Jupiter Asset Management, the highly successful UK fund management group, has moved from a tired office space in Hyde Park Corner and are now the first tenants of the Zigzag building, a new BREEAM Excellent rated building in the heart of Victoria. Their new home has been designed to reflect an evolution of their brand and status as market leaders, utilizing the 56,000 sq ft space to increase collaboration and interaction among its 430 staff.
UPS Groundbreaking Ceremony
Groundbreaking began today on the new UPS technology facility in Parsippany, NJ. Governor Chris Christie spoke about the expansion and innovation of UPS as an example of the growing economy and job opportunities in the state. The building will be the newest facility for UPS’ global information technology operation that has been headquartered in New Jersey since 1991.
Jersey City on the Rise
Everyone talks about the recent tall building boom in Manhattan, the rise in development in Brooklyn, and the re-zoning efforts that have led to the sudden growth of Long Island City. But one can hardly ignore the emerging skyline to the west just across the Hudson River.
Jersey City has fast become a special place as more people are choosing the urban setting and lifestyle over that of Suburbia. The convenience of Jersey City and its access to multiple modes of transportation; the support by the city for more local businesses over "formula businesses" and improving architecture has turned Jersey City into the next area of interest for younger generations. Over the last several years the focus has been in downtown Jersey City along the waterfront but more and more development has spread to the areas on the outskirts as well.
AVIVA'S DIGITAL FUTURE
HLW worked with leading City based insurance firm Aviva to create a home for their new digital team in the heart of London’s Tech City - the Aviva Digital Garage. The new workplace strategy and design vision has enabled Aviva to spearhead product innovation and development from their Hoxton Square based space.
Round Table Discussion: Food in the Workplace
“Food in the workplace” signifies different things for different companies. At the end of 2015, our team, clients, and other participants gathered in the New York Inscape Showroom to “dish out” the meaning and significance of one’s food experience at work. The discussion covered a broad range of topics, from reoccurring to new food trends, recommendations and best practices for food integration during the standard 9-5 work day, and ultimately, where food in the workplace is headed in the coming years.
Agile Design from A to Z
As architects who specialize in workplace design, we have seen the birth and the slow rise to fame of Agile work methodologies. Initially implemented in the tech sector but later embraced by other sectors, Agile methods have proven to be attractive for their flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness. In a world of accelerated change, individuals in finance, consumer products, and commercial industries are the emerging champions of this new way of working.
2016 Broadcast Report & Cost Index
Content producers and broadcasters have experienced the hard reality of another year of having to react to near constant change in their industry—change that is driven by technological advances and an evolving marketplace. To adapt in a considered way is to remain competitive.
Authenticity in Design & the Search Bar as a Design Tool
The internet – friend or foe?
The internet is without doubt a mesmerising and beneficial thing but in the world of design, the immediate access for all designers and clients to images of the best projects in the world can potentially lead to a lackadaisical and homogenous design language that negates the need for any struggle to generate good solutions and in many cases can risk losing out on authenticity.