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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 NY Design Awards Gold Winner YouTube Space NY & Google BrandLab
Six floors above Manhattan’s Chelsea Market—and encompassing approximately 20,000 sf, including a mezzanine—two highly innovative groups share resources and cultivate synergies. YouTube Space NY houses professional-grade production and support spaces/equipment for emerging and established online content “creators.”
Reworking the Workplace: New Attitudes in Office Design
Original presentation by Liz Burow as part of the AIA panel on Office Design/Workplace Strategy, September 29th, at the Knoll Showroom, 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. Moderated by Susan Szenasy, editor, Metropolis Magazine.
In an era where everyone is asking, “What does an innovative workplace look like?” it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find exceptional examples that truly break the mold. YouTube Space NY is one of these exceptions.
Seeing Workspace as a Home Away from Home
Cozy, contemporary rustic, and homey are words that have been used to describe the conversion of an office building and residence into the new global headquarters of a fast-growing financial services firm. Although atypical for this buttoned-up industry, the new Atlas Holdings LLC campus does embody the culture of this progressive, innovative organization focused on building business through collaboration and mutual respect.
Should Your Company Embrace Coworking?
Coworking is going mainstream. That is, traditional organizations are increasingly embracing a way of working that is rooted in the world of of start-ups, entrepreneurs, and independent professionals. Coworking communities are collaborative shared workspace settings that have historically provided independents and freelancers with the amenities and sense of belongingness of a workplace but with the casual vibe of a coffee shop or third place.
Living the Brand through Strategic Workplace Design
HLW Director of Strategy and Discovery Liz Burow led a lively panel discussion with several of our client partners: Eric Ho, Manager of Culture and Outreach at Capital One, Adam Lutz, Real Estate Project Executive at Google, Denise Burke, Eastern Regional Manager of Adobe, and Nico Curtis, a designer at Graham Hanson Design. The discussion covered a range of topics from new approaches to brand expression to identifying key components that contribute to a company’s overall brand. Note, broad discussion ideas, as well as participants’ specific comments, are included in this article.
UNIQLO BRAND DESIGN: PART 3
HLW Designs UNIQLO Space
In this last post, the third of a total of three articles focused on an in-depth discussion about the design process resulting in the new UNIQLO North American Headquarters, we will explore more conceptual themes that guided the decision-making process. A critical challenge for HLW was to create an office that reflects the UNIQLO brand, design and culture through a simple, yet universal, aesthetic. The identification of several guiding ideas ensured that the design would maintain cultural consistency with our client’s organization, mission and business objectives.
Youthful Interior Design Solutions
PRS for Music’s new London offices, one a relocation to Kings Cross and the other a heavy refurbishment of their Streatham space, have been featured in Contract magazine. The article is included in the Creative Workspaces section, illustrating how workplaces for creative entities are reaching a new degree of sophistication, while according to the author “mirroring” the young, creative vibe of those working in the space.
Becoming the Tech Companies’ Architect
WSJ Article Identifies Yodle Architecture as “a Physical and a Psychological Connector”
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, staying connected is at the top of the list of priorities for tech companies when choosing an architect. In this case, the connectivity being valued isn’t mobile computing. Rather, we’re talking about building physical and psychological connectors within a workplace. Yodle’s architecture is front and center in the WSJ commercial real estate reporter’s story about why stairways are key to promoting collaboration and encouraging openness.
Part 3: Food for Thought, Healthy Habits in the Office
End User’s Perspective: PRS for Music Invests in Food
In our previous installment in this three-part series, we examined how food “influencers,” factors that affect foodservice strategies, can encourage healthy eating practices at work. The currently trending topic was augmented by the ideas discussed last February at a HLW Discovery Session called “Food for Thought,” which brought together influential industry experts to discuss and debate the connection between cuisine, health, and the work environment.