“The Shape of Water” Workplace
For this tenant improvement project comprising three quad buildings on the larger campus of a global tech company, the Cushing Terrell design team worked with the client to prioritize a connection to nature and employee well-being. The result: 206,000 sq. ft. of workspaces that are welcoming, filled with natural light, and adorned with greenery and plant life.
With the client’s need to update multiple buildings quickly, Cushing Terrell immediately went to work, kicking off the design process with research. In this case, user engagement studies that informed critical design decisions to help ensure the unique and specific needs of the occupants would be met. The design team also spent time observing user groups firsthand to better understand the ways in which the design could facilitate human motion and connection.
At the culmination of the collaborative research, user groups gravitated toward the concept of flow as the most representative theme for their roles and culture. Through additional study and open discussion, “flow” eventually began to manifest itself within the concept of water, particularly the power of water in its various states. Each state — liquid, solid, and mist — was associated with the three buildings.
This inspiration resulted in design elements ranging from significant architectural expression to graphics and furniture. Additionally, the idea of flow informed the design for movement throughout the space. Architectural features, natural patterns, thoughtful color palettes, environmental graphics, and artwork all help convey the symbolic notions of flow and the states of water within each space.
Mountain View, California