Gensler's Miami office is relocating to the art-centric neighbourhood of Wynwood, known for its vibrant colours and art scene. The new office design is intended to create a calming atmosphere in contrast to the bustling neighborhood, and includes features such as light teak wood, soft whites and beiges, and a variety of biophilic elements, which refers to the incorporation of natural elements, such as plants and natural light, into the design of the space to improve the well-being of its inhabitants.
The office is being designed with scalability and social distancing guidelines in mind, as the reality of virtual interaction has become more prevalent in the workplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reception area serves as a dedicated client space and is partitioned from the rest of the office, and it also includes a biometric scanning space, isolation room, and restroom.
The workspace includes workstations that can be configured for two-person to four-person workstation pods, and flexible seating configurations to allow for scalability and social distancing depending on need. Additionally, the social hub includes a variety of virtual meeting and call spaces, which range from semi- to totally enclosed. These spaces are designed to facilitate and remove obstacles from video calls and are equipped with optimal lighting, sound and acoustics, and privacy.
The design team also incorporated demountable walls, which provide a solution for sectioning off individual spaces and call rooms, while leaving room for options to remove barriers and expand these spaces into huddle rooms or larger meeting rooms. This flexibility allows the office to adapt to changing needs, both in the short-term, such as during the pandemic, and in the long-term as the situation evolves.
Project by: Gensler Arhcitects
Photography by: Devon Banks
Original article from: Office snapshots