Interior Design: Mark Cavagnero Associates, The Wiseman Group
General Contractor: Novo Construction
Project/Construction Manager: CRE Group
Structural Engineering: Forell | Elsesser Engineers
MEP Engineering: WSP Engineers
Lighting Design: Banks Landl
Audio Visual: Audio Visual Design Group
Kitchen: Mark Stech-Novak
Fitness: K. Allan
Telecom, IT, and Security: TEECOM
Photography: Matthew Millman
When moving their headquarters to two floors at the top of the city’s skyline, this well-established San Francisco investment firm desired an elegant workspace that would echo the firm’s ideals and project a fresh image for the twenty-first century.
Set against a backdrop of sky and unobstructed views, a new space is crafted with an elegant, timeless palette of natural materials. The lobby is wrapped in a ribbon of custom white oak wood slats set against a Calacatta marble floor and reception desk. Sculptural furniture and an impeccably curated sitting gallery of historical San Francisco maps, from the firm’s own collection, define a unique experience that reflects the company’s legacy.
Through the visioning process, the team shifted away from traditional workplace planning where private offices line perimeter windows, monopolizing light and views. Instead, following a more democratic ideal, the circulation lines the perimeter with inboard private offices framed with low-iron glass. This plan allows all employees to share in the unobstructed city views while mitigating solar heat gain and glare on individual workstations.
Emphasizing employee well-being, the workspace is highly amenitized including a state-of-the-art fitness center, dual kitchens, and a 2,000 SF communal area optimized for hosting philanthropic events. Bathed in light, the communal area is anchored with a custom serpentine shaped table clad in custom patinaed bronze and white Caesarstone, which reconfigures into four finished modules and a multitude of configurations. Adjacent, the main boardroom is finished in a sophisticated slate grey palette with a flexible cascading glass wall.