The 26-gate North Terminal Redevelopment project considers the needs of travelers by streamlining security and providing amenities for business and leisure passengers. The terminal accommodates passenger flows with convenient and ample security checkpoints; common-use gates and ticket counters; intuitive wayfinding; and optimized baggage handling and screening systems. Flexibility to accommodate a wide range of aircraft at each gate gives the terminal the capability to adjust to changing operations without costly terminal renovation in the future. The terminal also accommodates four international arrival gates with a new Customs and Border Protection facility.
With its curved rooflines, JetBlue Airways' first terminal responds to its unique location near Eero Saarinen's historic TWA terminal. From a functional standpoint, Gensler designed Terminal 5 to complement JetBlue's business model. The 640,000-gross-square-foot, 26-gate terminal provides exceptional customer service, with a tailored plan for circulation and seating in the concourse. The ticketing lobby and holdrooms are sized as transitory spaces, while concessions areas are larger as JetBlue customers tend to buy food and drink before boarding. Wider space between gates allows JetBlue's Airbus 320s to easily turn around, minimizing delays.
The Airport Hotel and Transit Center program aims to reinvent the way Denver International Airport (DIA) connects to the city — providing travelers a swifter gateway to downtown Denver — while turning the airport into a travel destination. The project, an addition to the existing Jeppesen Terminal, will provide infrastructure and connections for future terminal expansion. Program elements include a new train station servicing the RTD FasTracks commuter rail connection to and from downtown, a new 500-key Westin hotel and conference center, and an outdoor public plaza linking the hotel, conference center and train station to the Jeppesen Terminal. Slated for 2015 completion, the airport seeks to improve passengers’ travel experience before they take flight and after they land.
To initiate a $1.3 billion airport modernization program, Gensler composed a master plan encompassing a new Terminal B and Concourse, major upgrades of existing terminal space, new parking facilities and an improved roadway system. Having conducted numerous studies with community groups to understand traveler dynamics, Gensler, in collaboration with Steinberg Architects, also created the master designs for the Terminal B and Concourse components, establishing a vision for the airport as iconic gateway to the city of San Jose and Silicon Valley. The 1,600-foot-long, LEED-NC® v. 2.1 Silver-rated building exploits advanced design methods and building materials to project an appearance that embodies the region's innovative and environmentally-conscious spirit.
Although Terminal 2 is relatively new, Singapore Changi Airport decided to renovate the terminal to maintain a competitive edge in the airport market. Gensler and local architect of record, RSP Architects, Inc., recreated the terminal to have a unique sense of place that respects local context. The entry canopy, for example, employs the metaphor of bamboo: thin steel members and glass offer natural light and views while protecting passengers from Singapore's significant rainfall. Within, spaces are light-filled and landscaped with native plants.
Home to some of the most acclaimed ad agencies, WPP aims to consolidate operational overhead while cultivating a workplace environment where “creatives” enjoy the freedom to create. The Denver office co-locates four allied firms — J. Walter Thompson, Group M, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, and Young & Rubicam — within a space that celebrates each agency's distinct brand identity as it conveys the transparent “whole” of WPP’s organization. A subtle, yet distinguished use of brand elements reference the print, film and digital media communications for which WPP is renowned.
One Thousand Steps was PacSun's mall-based specialty shoe and high-end accessories store targeted to brand-conscious 20-25-year-old customers. Innovative wall storage units warehoused the majority of stock, allowing for greater on-floor category merchandising and display opportunities. Besides providing immediate product access for sale associates, these movable cabinets also contained illuminated niches to showcase multiple product categories. The center "orb," a molded fiberglass room, functioned as an integrated cashwrap and housed accessories such as bags, belts, wallets and watches.
To celebrate the graphic arts industry's best work in 2005, Gensler collaborated with the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) to conceive a display system as ingenious as the pieces on exhibit. Highlighted by a simple, iconic lightbulb, each piece is accompanied by a statement from the designer. As visitors view each piece, a light bulb wired to a motion sensor illuminates a translucent credit panel serving as a backdrop for the entry. As visitors trigger each sensor, text containing the designer's "big idea" is highlighted. The exhibit design is organized to showcase both the individual and collective excellence of the featured work.
The Carneros Inn is a 27-acre luxury resort in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, featuring 96 guest cottages, two restaurants, a spa and fitness center, swimming pool, organic gardens and 24 resort residences. Gensler worked with the Carneros Inn team to develop their brand positioning, hospitality identity, business system, print materials, Web site, and residential wayfinding and signage system. All parts of the program were created with the intent of visually communicating the rich heritage of this famous agricultural and wine-growing region.
CityCenter enables people to experience Las Vegas as true insiders in one of the world’s most remarkable settings. As Executive Architect, Gensler provided information critical to the development of a successful residential sales experience. In partnership with the MGM MIRAGE® Residential Sales team, Gensler has set a new benchmark for the world’s greatest luxury sales experiences. A multi-disciplinary Gensler team of brand strategists and interior, graphic and environmental designers collaborated to craft every facet of the customer experience, from designing the actual space and concepting videos to developing the content and design for all of the printed sales collateral.
Gensler's master plan and signage design program for the Houston Downtown Management Corporation strives to optimize pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow in downtown Houston. Four major entry points guide traffic to civic and office complexes at street, skywalk and tunnel levels.
Gensler partnered with Fidelity Investments in the prototype design and national rollout of its more than 100 Investor Centers. To provide an enhanced customer experience and embody Fidelity's brand in a three-dimensional space, Gensler developed a comprehensive design solution that integrates architecture, technology, graphics and fixturing in a branded retail environment. Gensler also developed extensive guidelines for printed collateral that are consistent with the look and feel of the branch environment.
For five years, Gensler has worked closely with Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet, to design the company’s annual report. For each edition, Gensler identified the current “big story” and then developed a strategy to communicate that story. In the 2003 report, Gensler uncovered and highlighted compelling stories within the organization. The 2005 report positions Interface’s products as industry-leading and fashion-forward. For 2007, the report served as the company’s introduction of its new rebranding and commitment to environmental responsibility. Gensler coordinated and directed photography, both on location and in staged environments, to showcase Interface’s products and market segments.
Designers carefully integrated the project's comprehensive graphics package within the overall design concept to create an attractive and functional system. The design scheme uses the building's new location, Paternoster Square, as a graphic mechanism to refer to the world's other global financial centers. Individual meeting rooms are designated by a series of colored squares, representing global map references that were then further integrated with the door signage, glass partitions and wall graphics. Signage wrapped around corners and embedded in the floor serves as a complementary element to the architecture.
Gensler was commissioned to brand, name and design all the communication materials for a new residential tower based in Dubai. The marketing initiative for the scheme was to offer a "contemporary living" style in Dubai. Working with the proposition "Living reinvented," Gensler designed an overall concept to convey the exclusive nature of the development. The name and logotype echoed the proposed architecture by using a custom typeface that is modern in its execution. The chosen color palette reflects the natural aspects of the scheme and can be used as a signature color throughout. Other promotional materials included stationery, brochures, advertising media and Web site design.
Gensler created a series of printed pieces that illustrate Tandus' history of environmental stewardship and innovation in unique and highly visual ways. Key messages were developed into two brochures, an ad campaign, eye-catching shopping bag and graphics in the company's Chicago showroom. The materials have successfully communicated the brand message clearly and modestly, while also establishing an emotional connection with the Tandus sales teams, giving them a feeling of empowerment and confidence in their product.
Virgin Mobile USA was founded on the idea of being irreverent as well as financially successful, an attitude that is demonstrated in its advertising and celebrated by customers and employees alike. Gensler developed a program of environmental graphics and fixturing focused on high traffic and visitor-facing areas. The resulting three-dimensional brand experience creates visual impact that is reflective of the company's casual, youth-oriented vibe.
The American Red Cross of Greater New York is the organization's largest U.S. chapter, serving more than nine million people. As the Red Cross celebrated its centennial, it renovated a former laundry building on the West Side with the goal of accommodating two types of work: daily work and disaster response. Gensler worked with the Red Cross to create flexible areas that function daily as teaming and amenity spaces and can be easily adapted to operate as fully functioning emergency response centers.
Dedicated to the understanding and protection of the world's rivers and estuaries, the Beacon Institute is certified as a LEED® Platinum center for science and education. "Building One," the first phase of the multi-phase project, functions as a living laboratory for testing and implementing transformational sustainability strategies. The facility also supports exhibitions about the center, global research and remote learning. An existing 4,000-square-foot, 19th-century masonry structure has been re-used and expanded to house the institute's programs.
Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community now has a home in the Center on Halsted. Designed by Gensler as a visible symbol of LGBT pride, this environmentally sustainable civic place invigorates its North Side neighborhood. Seventy-five percent of the total façade is clear glass, exposing the vibrant inner workings of the Center and enlivening the streetscape. Certified LEED® Silver, the Center includes an entertainment venue, a grocery store, café, technology center, gymnasium, theater, public roof garden, offices for community service partners and other unique gathering spaces.
The new LEED® Gold Department of Homeland Security facility in Omaha balances security with the comfort and well-being of its users. Gensler embedded security equipment in the building's millwork, permitting a glass façade and more open appearance. Light shelves and skylights further maximize the daylight introduced by the façade. The one-story building wraps around a central, secure open-air courtyard, bringing light to the inner workspaces and providing a private outdoor break area for employees.
When PBS moved its headquarters from Alexandria to Crystal City, it opted for a highly visible and exciting workplace to embody its public commitment. A two-story mobile spanning the staircase recognizes member stations. This art installation has become a conversation piece for all visitors. The headquarters encourages collaboration, facilitates recruitment of creative staff, and provides a flexible framework for organizational change. An open-office plan introduces natural light, outside views, and dialogue among employees. The space is unified by the graphic use of the PBS brand in print, video and backlit images that are easily interchanged and updated.
United Way envisioned its new facility as a place that would facilitate its mission to "improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities." Gensler's design incorporates spaces to accommodate campaign volunteers, loaned executives, and community outreach, as well as training rooms and flexible community meeting rooms. The building's open plan and abundant glass provide volunteers and staff with wonderful views of the outdoors, each other, and campaign activities, reinforcing the ideas of team work, collaboration and community.
In response to a recently revised strategic plan, the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) wanted to explore opportunities to develop an urban campus, more closely connected to downtown Calgary. ACAD asked Gensler to help them develop the strategy and tools needed to communicate their vision and to garner support from a variety of stakeholders. After conducting extensive research, the Gensler team developed a repositioning and communications strategy and created a printed brochure that presents ACAD's bold and innovative spirit, and creates excitement about the opportunities for creating a downtown Calgary arts district.
Gensler worked closely with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to develop a strategic facilities plan that facilitated their goal of improving customer satisfaction. The plan recommends service delivery channel changes, a facilities prototype model, and creates a management structure for the real estate portfolio. All of Gensler's recommendations were grounded in primary and secondary research, including focus groups, interviews, and a survey with public customers and research into technology, demographic, and real estate market trends.
Looking to help the client “cultivate a culture of creativity” across its extensive workplace portfolio, Gensler studied 10 global sites spanning five business segments. Gensler used the resulting report, a comprehensive detailing of how people work and use their space, to establish enterprise-wide planning and design guidelines. The report outlines a consistent, disciplined process for executing future workplace design projects, and sets a vision for work environments that support the client's commitment to environmental and fiscal responsibility.
Gensler is designing a strategic communications program for GlaxoSmithKline employees that delivers information about how new work environments support cultural and work process changes happening throughout the company. In addition to providing a platform for employee engagement, the program helps employees understand how to work effectively in new workspaces. As part of the campaign, Gensler is producing newsletters, posters, employee handbooks and facilitating workshops and orientation sessions.
HP called on Gensler to help develop a new, globally applicable workplace planning approach that supports their mobile culture. The "HP Guidebook" resulted from a series of intense collaborative activities delivered in short order, including a five-day charette with HP global workplace leaders and user input collected from worldwide locations delivered through Web-based photo essays. The guidelines advocate a new workplace paradigm — "the whole floor is my workplace" — and create targeted solutions for teaming, learning, heads-down and confidential work, while advancing the HP culture and the company's commitment to sustainability.
For five years Gensler has been collaborating with MetLife on the redevelopment and consolidation of much of their Northeast portfolio. The partnership is resulting in increasingly bold thinking on new workplace strategies intended to drive MetLife's success through a stronger linkage between user needs, corporate goals and their physical spaces. Gensler's work has included design guidelines, design of 1 million+ square feet, change management/communication and detailed move planning. Gensler has also completed a multi-generational workplace study, which led to a better understanding of how to design future work environments that better accommodate diverse work styles.
Gensler's Facilities Master Plan for The County of Orange makes recommendations on the most efficient use of County-owned and -leased land, facilities, and parking for the next five, 10 and 20 years. The comprehensive plan concludes that the County would achieve portfolio optimization through disposition, relocation and rehabilitation of their existing holdings, and outlines associated costs and revenue generation opportunities.
Columbia College’s campus is a unique blend of 23 industrial and mercantile buildings threaded together by surrounding city streets. All of Gensler’s more than 125 projects here have addressed the college’s goals to strengthen its physical connections with Chicago’s downtown and to create a greater sense of identity. Projects have involved strategic renovations of classrooms, workspaces and common areas using basic materials and effective details — such as assigning each building its own bold color to improve identity and wayfinding, recasting building corridors as gallery-like settings displaying student work, and adding playful lighting and furnishings to encourage gathering and interaction.
With the opportunity to build a campus from the ground up, Lone Star College-CyFair leaders aimed to craft a new model for collaborative learning and community partnership. The new campus accommodates 10,000 students on a 207-acre site and facilitates an interdisciplinary learning approach on a sustainably designed campus. Lone Star College-CyFair is now a focal point for its community, realizing its vision to create a dynamic learning environment that fosters strong community partnerships.
This K-8 private school for inner city children has brought sustainability to the heart of Newark. Gensler converted an existing industrial building into a learning environment that itself is a pedagogical tool. A building addition incorporates a new core, gymnasium and roof garden. The gymnasium will support a strong program in physical education, and the roof garden will be a living laboratory for teaching ecology and science. Other sustainable features include gray water reclamation, photovoltaic panels, daylighting and healthy, recycled materials.
Built on a previously underused part of the campus, the new, 127,000-square-foot D’Angelo Center provides a much-needed gathering place for students, expands academic facilities and serves as beacon for the campus and surrounding community. The center’s massing and use of fieldstone, brick and glass cladding relate it architecturally to other important buildings on the campus. A 144-foot tower features a golden torch inspired by the Statue of Liberty. The double-height student lounge serves as the campus’ living room, with high arched windows creating an upbeat, sunlit space. The building also accommodates classrooms, student services, offices, a cafeteria and a recreation center.
The restored and expanded AFI Silver Theatre transports an audience of 400 to the glamour and excitement of the Golden Age of motion pictures. To restore the 1930s theater, Gensler unearthed photos and news clippings covering its original grand opening and salvaged scraps of fabric from the original wall coverings and carpets to recreate the theater's rich color palette. AFI Silver Theatre now has two additional theaters, exhibit spaces, a café and offices. The theater has renewed the surrounding community and reactivated Silver Spring's historic center.
Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE is a 2,000-seat music hall with a contemporary, dynamic design created to become “part of the show.” Located in downtown Los Angeles, the music hall occupies the three upper floors in a five-story, mixed-use building. In addition to a dance floor, accommodating 1,400 people, and fixed mezzanine seating for 600 people, the venue includes a V.I.P area that connects an exclusive lounge to a seating booth overlooking the performance stage.
The new House of Blues on the Atlantic City boardwalk hearkens back to the city's 1930s and '40s heyday, when it was known as the "world's favorite playground." Gensler renovated the 118,000-square-foot interior and boardwalk facade of the existing Showboat Casino in Streamline Moderne, a popular architectural style of the time. The project consists of a 2,000-person music hall, a "members only" room, a restaurant and nightclub, a poker room and a re-branded gaming area in the existing casino.
Gensler teamed with Motorola to develop Motorola M-Lab, an "edu-tainment" venue that exposes kids to science, technology and innovation at career-focused theme park Wannado City in Florida. Gensler created an experience where tweens aged 8-12 play as "M-ventors" in Motorola's Innovation Lab, solving a unique problem using an interactive video game and working in teams. The result is an experience providing fun, learning and a new and positive connection to the Motorola brand.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank's new headquarters enables the Bank to meet global challenges while remaining true to its cultural heritage. The needs, aspirations and cultural sensitivities of customers and of the 600-strong workforce (40% local and 60% ex-pat) are respected throughout the design. The environment includes integrated prayer facilities and an adaptable desk system that respects personal space. The headquarters' lounge atmosphere reflects regional and private banking traditions of hospitality through welcoming spaces.
Beazley's new office space in London embodies the firm's vibrant specialty-risk insurance and reinsurance brand and provides a flexible workplace to support future business growth. Broker areas and conference rooms are designed to accommodate a variety of group sizes. Large windows in the flexible reception area offer views of the City that serve as a dramatic backdrop for parties and events. Meeting rooms with additional support spaces are located on the main circulation paths of the building, encouraging interaction and communication between staff.
A departure from the traditional stock exchange paradigm, the London Stock Exchange is an energizing workspace that embraces new work patterns, technologies and strategic purposes. Gensler's design promotes openness and transparency, showcasing program elements such as the cutting edge media center, and creating workspaces for dialogue and impromptu meetings. In the eight-story atrium, "The Source," a kinetic sculpture by the collaborative artists Greyworld, consists of 729 suspended blue spheres that independently move up and down, reflecting the dynamics of the market.
MarketSite is the public face of NASDAQ, the U.S.'s largest electronic stock exchange. Serving as the epicenter for NASDAQ news, launches and events, MarketSite creates a physical experience for an otherwise virtual marketplace. Part giant billboard, part TV studio, the seven-story Times Square building mixes real-time market data displays with programmable LED lighting, creating buzz for hosting a listed company or launching an IPO.
Rabobank has grown from a 19th-Century Dutch farming cooperative to a global retail and investment bank and the largest agricultural investment bank in the U.S. The bank invests in wind farms and alternative energy as part of its socially and environmentally sustainable business practices. Gensler designed the company's San Francisco offices to reflect this environmental stewardship, carefully choosing sustainable materials such as floors rescued from a former walnut orchard. The office layout is open and transparent in keeping with the company's egalitarian culture.
Since its organization in 1979, TradeLink has traded securities, futures, options, and commodities. Gensler partnered with TradeLink to design a headquarters that evokes a cargo vessel, embodying the trading aspect of the company's business. Like the interior of a cargo vessel, the project's spatial configuration is modular and changes frequently; there is no drywall in the whole project. The container-like spaces can be reconfigured to create entryways, common areas, and corridors, giving TradeLink the flexibility to meet changing business needs.
This super-tall, 632-meter tower will be sited in the heart of Shanghai’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, adjacent the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. As the skyline's most prominent icon, the tower’s transparent, spiral form will showcase cutting-edge sustainable strategies and public spaces that set new standards for green community. Within 121 stories, Shanghai Tower will house Class-A office space, entertainment venues, retail, a conference center, a luxury hotel and cultural amenity spaces. The tower will be registered for a high level of building certification from the China Green Building Committee and the U.S. Green Building Council.
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With its frame-like form, 2000 Avenue of the Stars pays homage to the iconic Century Plaza Towers while maintaining a strong identity on the Los Angeles skyline. Gensler redesigned the existing 30-year-old facility to provide a mix of uses and meet modern standards of energy efficiency. The complex contains 750,000 square feet of office space as well as retail, restaurant, cultural amenities and subterranean parking. Thanks to Gensler's sustainable approach, the project is one of the most energy efficient buildings in the city.
DCCI: Second Deira Building complements the existing Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) headquarters and will be an exemplary focal point for business in the city and the wider region. The new complex will be a striking new addition to the Dubai Creek skyline; the geometric arrangement of the tower creates a harmonious and dynamic composition of old and new with a strong architectural identity. The design of the new extension will reinforce the DCCI brand, and give it a clear advantage in an increasingly competitive environment.
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) headquarters is a gateway to a new financial district in Dubai. The Gate is a global center for leading financial businesses designed to embody the DIFC's vales of integrity, transparency and simplicity. The building is an iconic element of the master plan, which called for a promenade ending in a triumphal arch, modeled after Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Sitting on an axis with the Emirates Towers and the World Trade Centre, the building frames these two Dubai landmarks.
Located on the west side of downtown Wilmington, Gensler's design for Gateway Plaza responds elegantly and responsibly to its urban context. The thin, crystalline building will direct views toward downtown and create a welcoming gateway to the central business district from nearby I-95. In spite of a highly constrained site, the building form will offer large-span flexible floor plates with abundant access to daylight. Gateway Plaza will include office and retail spaces as well as a public parking garage.
The renowned furniture designer and manufacturer’s European headquarters combines office and showroom space to explore new ways of working in a sustainable facility. Sensitive landscape design complements the pavilion-style building, incorporating a palette of native species that contribute to the site’s BREEAM Excellent and LEED® Gold ratings, while also creating a visually rich environment for workers and an ecological amenity for the surrounding community. The carefully considered scheme not only reduces maintenance costs, it echoes the rural character of the site, incorporating local materials, passive drainage techniques, and protection, wherever possible, of existing trees and vegetation.
Rather than build a new headquarters on a suburban site, HNI Gunlocke found value in an existing building in downtown Muscatine. This choice not only revitalized the aging city, but the company itself. Once scattered throughout Muscatine, HNI is now consolidated in an open, environmentally responsible building. Gensler helped strengthen the HNI community by lowering workstation heights and removing portions of the floors to create sight lines throughout the building. The renovation opens the façade to main street and the river.
Located at the intersection of the major commercial and cultural corridors of Fifth and Liberty Avenues, Three PNC Plaza aims to reinvigorate the heart of downtown Pittsburgh from the ground to the sky. This landmark tower respects its urban context through a highly transparent base that engages and energizes the streetscape. The overall design speaks to the mixed-use nature of the building's program, which includes the 180-key Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, 30 residential units, and 360,000 square feet of office and retail at the street level. The building is expected to attain LEED® certification.
Located in Pudong, near Century Park and the Shanghai Exhibition Center, the UC Tower represents prime commercial real estate in Shanghai. At 100 meters tall and with 59,000 square meters of office space, this 25-story Grade "A" building responds to the growing demand for high-end commercial lease space in Pudong's Zhuyuang District. The landmark tower has already won a regional award for office building design from the Committee for Contemporary Architecture, Planning and Design.
Beijing Hotel represents a convergence of Chinese architectural philosophy and international standards of hospitality. Located at the heart of the city, the hotel guides its guests from the lively, retail-focused streetscape to serene private spaces through a series of three courtyards. Each is a simple shape: a circle, a square and a rectangle. The courtyards' shapes, symmetry, and orientation, borrow from traditional Beijing architecture and planning principles.
Partnering with Hirsh Bedner, Gensler revitalized this 1955 flagship hotel, the iconic home of the Golden Globe Awards, to help a new owner attract luxury business travelers and local glitterati. Gensler's brand strategy enabled the hotel owner to define its client profiles and identify features suiting their stylish tastes. Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, the renovation brought rich materials and finishes to 570 guest rooms and major public spaces. Additionally, Gensler's brand design team's revived and refreshed the original '50s identity through the property's exterior and interior signage.
Those looking for a sophisticated social experience in Boston can find it at the Foundation Lounge in the Hotel Commonwealth. Simple, modern elements are formed from rich materials such as zebrawood, leather and polished marble, creating a subtle and elegant space. These textures, colors and patterns are highlighted by integrated light sources. The design balances opportunities to see and be seen with intimate, relaxing spaces.
The Hilton Financial District once discouraged visitors with its imposing, contextually detached concrete aesthetic. Gensler's design helped to reposition the hotel from a well-worn tourist destination to a 3 1/2-star business class hotel. The entrance, now with a luminous glass canopy, glows warmly at night, guiding visitors to the Asian-inspired lobby. A pedestrian bridge, connecting the hotel to the western Financial District and Chinatown, serves as the entrance roof. Gensler clad the underside of the bridge in aluminum to provide a continuous welcoming experience from the outside in.
Lush landscaped gardens juxtaposed against a traditional stone façade form the inviting character of this sophisticated two-million-square-foot, five-star hotel. The hotel comprises 124 executive-serviced apartments and 323 branded apartments. The Gensler-designed hotel and apartment buildings are linked by a full-height atrium. A sunken garden is the focal point for two restaurants and bars. In the entrance plaza, a waterfall and several shaded terraces create an inviting ambiance. Amenities include a health suite and spa, pool, tennis court and sun decks.
The new Nickelodeon Resorts by Marriott hotel pioneers the world's latest school of architecture known as "Kid Modern." With clean lines and vibrant colors, this playful yet highly sophisticated architectural language appeals to kids and their parents alike. The hotel will face the stunning San Diego Harbor and a new public boat channel and promenade. This 650-key, 1.2-million-square-foot hotel will be visible from the nearby airport and will punctuate the San Diego skyline with its 80-foot-high "slime tower," the focal point of an adjacent water park.
Gensler designed this 54-story tower as the visual anchor for the larger six-block sports and entertainment district known as L.A. LIVE. Comprising two distinct hotel brands, an 878-key JW Marriott hotel and a 123-key Ritz-Carlton boutique hotel, the tower's top 25 floors house Ritz-branded condominium residences. Located adjacent the STAPLES Center, the vertical icon contributes to the dynamism and sophistication of this revitalized commercial district. The sustainably designed tower earned LEED® Silver certification.
Located on 48 acres of Potomac River waterfront south of Washington, D.C., Gaylord National® is the centerpiece of a groundbreaking regional mixed-use development that raises the bar for leisure and business travel options near the U.S. capital. The four-star, 2,000-key hotel and 825,000-square-foot convention center count among the region's largest hospitality properties. Housed under a dramatic 17-story, glass-arch atrium are lush gardens, waterscapes and guest amenities including restaurants, bars, retail and a Canyon Ranch spa. A large outdoor amphitheater and marina offer additional diversions, as well as a water taxi service to downtown D.C.
Gensler redesigned the client's headquarters, which are located in several Washington D.C. buildings, to accommodate its current needs and plan for future growth. Office plans are standardized to create maximum flexibility, while view corridors were opened up to brighten the space. Gensler's warm color palette enlivens the headquarters while complementing existing interior elements and the client's signature red branding.
The first mission critical facility to achieve LEED® certification, this data center serves as the cornerstone of Fannie Mae's technology operations. Located on a 31-acre greenfield site, the 247,000-square-foot facility includes rack space, infrastructure support, a trading floor, call center, command center with direct visual access to the open data floor, disaster recovery area, offices and amenity spaces for employees. Designed to integrate within the surrounding residential community, the data center has realized a total of $1.7 million in energy savings, a 35 percent cost reduction, in its first five years of operation.
—Biometric and state-of-the-art security systems
—Tier IV fully redundant facility
This client teamed with Gensler to design a facility that is more than just a technology box. Nestled into landscaped earthen berms, the 56,000-square-foot data center creates a park environment for an often fortress-like building type. The thoughtful design will obscure the size and location of the building, enhancing the work environment of the surrounding campus. Visible architecture will be limited to the entrance lobby and office space that enjoy natural daylight and other sustainable design features. A LEED®-NC rating is being pursued for this project.
—Tier III data center with N+1 redundancy
—Modular sizing of mechanical and electrical systems support incremental growth
A joint venture between Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holding, the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Oman Investment Fund, the DME commenced trading in June 2007 and is the Middle East's first energy futures exchange listing the Oman Crude Oil Futures Contract. Located in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the DME's double-height trading floor represents an innovative hybrid design incorporating open communication between traders and electronic trading. The central feature is a large video media wall that forms the background for live TV broadcasts.
21st Century Tower is a mixed-use, 50-story building in the Pudong district of Shanghai, a dynamic international business center. The first 21 floors will be Class-A office space, followed by an 11-floor Four Seasons Hotel, and 12 floors of condominiums managed by the Four Seasons. The office lobby and residential entrance will be at base of the tower, with the hotel's reception and amenities areas located in the adjacent podium. The project is located on Century Avenue, the main East-West Pudong thoroughfare.
Steps away from the Huang Pu River and directly across from the Green Belt promenade of the former shipyards, this mixed-use project connects nature to the city. A prestigious office tower and premium hotel and residences tower stand as a gateway to the retail arcade, welcoming visitors into the project and the park. The project maintains view corridors to the river and green space, and features outdoor walkways that weave throughout the site. Zhong'Ou luxuriously integrates the elements of live, work and play.
Located in the heart of Chicago's Loop, Block 37 is planned to feature signature retail, entertainment and dining offerings; a future state-of-the-art transit station providing service to and from Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports; and eventual accommodations for a residential and/or hotel tower(s). Gensler's design for the downtown destination location is characterized by transparent and reflective materials that engage and enhance the streetscape of the surrounding business, theater and civic districts.
This once struggling suburban mall has been transformed into a lifestyle center with a new entry, façade and stores. Property updates have vastly improved the mall’s overall presence and appeal, attracting a higher caliber of tenants and creating a more compelling retail mix. A central rotunda featuring a new stone fountain acts as a beacon to draw shoppers and diners, while a new generously landscaped circular drive provides improved access. Modern materials and textures, improved lighting and signage, and revitalized plantings all combine to dramatic effect.
BM Plaza is located near the main railway station in the central area of the Zhabei District of Shanghai. This 183,900-square-meter, mixed-use development will include office space, a hotel, and retail. The project's design includes three towers shaped by the nature of the program: a landmark office tower, a mid-height hotel tower, and a lower tower that serves as the office tower. Retail and conference center facilities are located within the two-story base that links the towers together.
Located on the historic Chang'An Road in Beijing's Old City, this mixed-use project includes 188,485 square meters of office space, apartments and retail. Chang'An Center's focal point is a full-height archway sheltered beneath a sky-lit roof, creating an inviting public gateway into its office buildings and central courtyard. The use of a traditional courtyard plan is in keeping with Beijing's historic urban fabric and is an important amenity for the Center's international business clientele and the surrounding community.
Planned for a neglected center city block, Market Street Place aims to transform an economically underutilized area into a lively, safe and shopper-friendly neighborhood. This urban project will showcase five levels of retail, totaling 230,000 square feet. The façade combines layers of clear and translucent glass with mirror patterning that will capture fragmented images of the street life while giving a peek into the development's interior activities. The exposed inner workings of the building are aimed at helping restore and revitalize the streetscape.
This sculptural 50-story, glass-and-metal tower in the prestigious Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) incorporates 10 floors of office and retail space, and 320 luxury apartments on the upper 40 floors, all of which enjoy dramatic views of the Persian Gulf. The landscape design of the mixed-use complex takes a distinctly different approach to its two uses. For the residential units, a series of intimate gardens and palm courts define the exterior. By contrast, the building’s public spaces are defined by a dramatic reflecting pool, which cascades two stories to the street.
Wan Chuan International Center is a mixed-use complex consisting of 91,000 square meters of retail, service and office components. The retail podium serves as the backbone to the project by forming a strong curved axis oriented toward the river. The curved roof terrace above the retail area provides an unparalleled setting and modern luxurious lifestyle with 24-hour activity. A transparency of volumes blurs the distinction between interior and exterior spaces. Pedestrians and shoppers can enjoy the amenities in a natural setting while being sheltered from the harsh exterior elements.
Gensler served as Executive Architect for CityCenter, the largest private development in the United States. With 18 million square feet of building footprint on 76 acres of land, CityCenter provides a sophisticated, cosmopolitan hub on The Strip, distinguished by world-class design and sustainable urbanity. The world's largest LEED® development, the complex contains six LEED Gold-certified properties (one CS and five NC ratings). Gensler represented the owner's interests in the leadership and coordination of all aspects of design, programming, construction documentation, construction administration, common area design, and above- and below-grade infrastructure.
Gensler developed the master plan for a new 260-acre Oakland A's Ballpark Village. Comprising a state-of-the-art, 32,000-seat stadium and 650,000-square-foot retail, hotel and entertainment center, Ballpark Village seeks to establish new precedents for modern ballpark design and “urban infill” projects developed in suburban settings. Adjacent to the village are 120 acres of mid- to high-density residential development, accommodating 3,150 units in a lush, “Central Park-like” environment. A network of interconnected neighborhood parks, multi-modal trails and alternative transportation options serve to unify the fabric of the village infrastructure.
Influenced by its close proximity to Burj Dubai, the world's tallest tower, Tower 38 will form part of a streetscape neighboring both the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Business Bay master plans. Gensler designed this 60-floor residential development in a Modern Islamic aesthetic. The tower is composed of a series of interlocking pieces that step back as the building rises, appearing to ascend toward the Burj Dubai Tower.
The DIFC Authority commissioned Gensler to create a comprehensive master plan for the city’s rapidly expanding financial sector, comprising two million square meters and a number of flagship buildings. Providing a rigorous physical organization of buildings and spaces around integrated transport and utility infrastructure, the plan also established new long-term planning and design guidelines that would ensure the proper implementation of the 48-hectare project and set a new standard for future large-scale development projects.
Located on the south edge of the Huangpu River on the north end of Pudong's Lujiazui district, the planned 60-hectare Shanghai Shipyard development will have clear views of both the Jin Mao Tower and the Pearl Tower. With 450,000 square meters currently in the plan for construction of residential, commercial, and entertainment space, Shanghai Shipyard links the modern Lujiazui district with an historic area of low-rise housing and industrial manufacturing. The river serves as a distinctive landmark of economic, cultural, and geographic significance.
Realizing its need to grow, while preserving its historic core, St. Petersburg is reclaiming 450 hectares of prime waterfront at the western end of Vasilievsky Island. Gensler has created a plan that offers not only a new financial center for the city, but makes the Island a comfortable place to work and live year-round. To mitigate subzero temperatures, Gensler's plan includes a below-grade circulation level that facilitates movement between buildings and provides Metro access. In addition to parks, many of the buildings feature roof gardens to take advantage of the summer months. The plan calls for compact, walkable, transit-served neighborhoods.
Baker Botts moved its London office into a historic building protected by English Heritage, but with a Gensler design that incorporates the latest technology and lifestyle features expected in large law offices today. Thirty-seven private offices, each designed to accommodate two lawyers, are designed for maximum flexibility and efficient use. An extensive contemporary art collection, carefully chosen from portfolios of British and American artists, enhances the elegance of the space and reflects the firm's international profile.
Brown Rudnick, a Boston-based law firm with an international practice, desired a bold workplace to attract new talent and solidify its brand in New York. Gensler created a new workplace on the entire 47th floor of 7 Times Square Tower, including a conference center, attorney offices, library, lunchroom and support spaces. Gensler incorporated clear glass for office fronts and conference rooms to foster teamwork and communicate a sense of openness and transparency. Brown Rudnick's signature red was used as a clear brand element throughout.
Clifford Chance, the world's largest law firm, had a vision to provide state-of-the-art facilities and work-life balance in its new 1-million-square-foot headquarters at Canary Wharf. Gensler designed efficient and flexible offices that enjoy natural light and stunning views from the glass office tower. For amenities the tower offers staff a health club; a restaurant for up to 450 people; an auditorium; a well being center; and client meeting facilities. Additionally, there is a hospitality lounge incorporating a bar, library, showers and private meeting rooms.
Based on extensive planning studies, Dickstein Shapiro relocated to an existing 500,000-square-foot space that Gensler designed to accommodate future growth and work pattern changes. Secretarial and paralegal "flex-zones" allow legal teams to expand or contract based on their needs, as do the standardized attorney offices and furnishings. A dramatic, open stair that connects floors three through 12 fosters a collegial atmosphere and enhances circulation. A multipurpose room with electrically controlled Skyfold partitions and a full-service cafeteria facilitate social interaction among attorneys, staff and clients.
To help Jones Day establish an environment fostering interaction and accessibility between employees, Gensler conducted focus groups to understand the functional, aesthetic and cultural requirements of the firm's six-floor space. The resulting design enhances client service, employee engagement and attorney collegiality. To promote interaction, Gensler placed the lunchroom along the perimeter of the office and introduced a conference center joined by an interconnecting stair. The center's dramatic views serve to welcome clients, and a club-like lounge provides for entertaining, informal meetings, and educational and civic firm-sponsored events.
McDermott Will & Emery relocated its 150 lawyers to a flexible workspace that will accommodate expansion as the practice grows and evolves. Conference rooms range from six-seat caucus rooms to the large multifunction room with seating configurations from 24 to 75. All conference rooms, including a dedicated videoconference room, incorporate state-of-the-art audio-visual systems. Amenities and support include: kitchen, buffet food service areas, administrative support and a lounge/work area for visiting attorneys. The aesthetic is simple, modern and understated.
Nixon Peabody is the first U.S. law office to achieve LEED® certification. With one of the oldest environmental law practices in the country, the firm's sustainably designed office is closely aligned with its core values. The space is, as a managing partner said, "built on a foundation of light": its open, light-filled plan fosters collaboration and transparency. Nixon Peabody chose to implement a universal office size to create a more egalitarian space and reduce churn costs.
Because mentoring is critical to Seyfarth Shaw's culture of teamwork, Gensler designed each floor with a café and lounge space, promoting chance meetings and opportunities to convene. Gensler implemented universal office design to economize space and minimize cost while offering maximum flexibility. Modular workrooms simplify workflow and enhance operational efficiency for litigation and trial preparation. The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) named the relocated office among its prestigious 34th Annual Interior Design Competition winners.
Forever 21's 30,000-square-foot San Francisco store mixes the hip and energetic vibe of its young customer base with a historic Beaux Arts structure to achieve a unique atmosphere to showcase its trend-driven fashions. Gensler preserved the building's historic elements (see also: One Powell Street) and added new retail features to maximize capacity and generate interest through three floors of space. Custom chandeliers hang from the original coffered ceiling, greeting shoppers as they enter a two-story rotunda. New escalators enliven the space with large-scale graphics, and vibrant lighting illuminates adjacent walls.
In the spirit of HBO's tagline "It's not TV, it's HBO," the new HBO store is a bold and unique brand experience, imaginatively designed utilizing a mere sliver of well-placed real estate in HBO's existing lobby. HBO and Gensler set out to raise the bar for a retail experience in the same way HBO sets the standard for unconventional programming, where the emphasis is on the visit and the brand as much as the purchase.
Capturing several major U.S. accounts led London-based advertising firm BBH to expand its New York office. BBH relocated and looked to Gensler to design new offices with a distinctive urban look and feel. The design team exposed the raw elements of the 1930s building, using existing brick to complement sophisticated furnishings and light fixtures. Teams work side-by-side at collaborative stations without partitions between staff members. This flexible approach allows team members to pull up a chair to join a work in progress.
Gensler's strategic master plan encouraged Hearst to consolidate its New York offices into a single headquarters tower on 57th Street. The study determined the workplace criteria and ideal planning guidelines for the new tower. Gensler served as Associate Architect to Foster + Partners on the tower's interiors and, in addition to programming and construction documentation, collaborated with Foster through schematic design and design development. Gensler was the lead consultant for the building's interior LEED® certification, and the designer and technical consultant for a broadcast studio, employee fitness center, data center, media lab and a digital photo studio.
With a new corporate presence in Asia, Mary Kay sought to establish a strong brand identity in its Chinese headquarters. Gensler offered Mary Kay a layout system that allows the cosmetic company to expand its office step-by-step, accommodating growth in an emerging market. Inspired by the shape of a rose petal, the lobby's ceiling and wall are one continuous curve that envelops visitors upon entry. Open workspaces, still uncommon in China, maximize natural light and collaboration.
Transparent news reporting is essential to the success of media companies such as The New York Times Company. The Times' new building is a reflection of the newspaper's evolution within this context. Located in the tower's all-glass podium, the newsrooms are closer to the public and engage the streetscape with the energy of breaking news. Gensler designed the tower's energy-efficient interior spaces to be light and open, fostering collaboration among staff. Automatic lighting and shading maximize daylight; and the sustainable materials selected for furniture and finishes further promote a healthy office environment.
Nihon L'Oréal's relocation, which coincided with its 10th anniversary in Japan, provided an opportunity to address the complex and rapidly changing structure of the company. Looking to strengthen its brand, instill pride in its employees, and use its workplace as a recruiting tool, L'Oréal asked Gensler to capture the firm's many brands in the design. Gensler's narrative concept allows L'Oréal employees to point to their surroundings to tell the story of their company. "Café L'Oréal," a meeting place, encourages inter-brand communication and enhances the working environment.
Ricoh Sales sought to improve its workplace to support communication between its workers and their clients, embodying the company's message to "create, share, and think as one." This sales stronghold for approximately 600 workers in Jyosai area is the first project for Ricoh's Workplace Division.
Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, Studios 1019 are two photography studios that Gensler refreshed to optimize functionality and allow the client to expand her services to include corporate parties and weddings. With high ceilings, skylights, and full-height windows, the space is characterized by natural light and openness. Gensler also updated the studio's work environment by designing an open kitchen and dining area, conference room, wardrobe room, makeup area, full bath, utility room and secure storage.
As the third largest fitness club operator in the United States, Town Sports International (TSI) recently relocated its corporate headquarters to Eighth Avenue in New York City. Gensler created a flexible, transparent and actively branded workplace setting for TSI's staff and executives. Replacing the original height perimeter windows and maintaining a 14-foot ceiling height reduced heat loads on the building's mechanical system. Sustainable materials and flexible elements such as movable glass walls were used throughout the project.
This cutting-edge advertising agency wanted a workplace that would signal it had grown out of its start-up phase and had arrived as an industry player. Gensler's design inspires creativity and captures the playful wit and memorable subtlety of Venables' award-winning advertising. The primarily open office includes transitional spaces designed to refresh the senses and cleanse the mental palate; spaces for gathering and trading ideas; and quiet corners for reflection. An interior stair, known as the "Tower of Power," displays the company's numerous advertising awards.
WPP Group, one of the world's leading communications companies, came to Gensler to design the consolidation of its Seattle-based agencies. The project brings six WPP companies under one roof, optimizing its real estate efficiency and strengthening its brand identity. Each floor plan is organized with a central spine containing private offices and support spaces. The open space along the perimeter accommodates future market-driven growth or reduction of the individual companies.
Data center requirements often consign design to a box — typically a windowless one. Rather than conform to conventional constraints, Gensler used them to spark design innovation, enabling the client to set the standard for environmentally sustainable data centers. Daylighting, sun shades and operable windows contribute to a high-quality, energy-efficient workplace, where computer and power system heat is recovered to condition office spaces. Outside, berms and bioswales provide an unobtrusive alternative to crash-rated security railings. The combined site, energy, water and workplace strategies earned the facility LEED® Gold certification.
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In the age of hoteling and telecommuting, why come to work? The client's answer is simple: to connect with colleagues in person, so they can sustain an environment of transformation, innovation and collaboration—core elements of their culture. The design of the space focuses on reinforcing the strong geometry of the building, with the large building core preserved as a unifying element. Curved collaboration zones break the rigidity of the work environment and create unique spaces for idea exchange and innovation.
Joni and Friends is an international nonprofit organization ministering to the disabled. Inspired by founder Joni Eareckson Tada’s own powerful vision and biography, the center’s new headquarters is a celebration of accessibility and Christian faith. The building’s sculptural ramp—an accessibility solution and symbol for life’s journey—and the chapel it surrounds serve as informal meeting spaces for a workplace that supports collaboration and spiritual reflection. Visual obstructions for employees and visitors in wheelchairs are minimized through low partition work stations and transparent guardrails. Spare, elegant colors and materials evoking the surrounding chaparral combine with floor-to-ceiling glazing to create a serene, soothing atmosphere.
When a tornado hit in 2006, One Indiana Square incurred significant damage to its exterior. The project challenges Gensler to re-skin the tower, converting its exterior into a modern, glass façade, while maintaining the building's current 70 percent occupancy and minimizing tenant disruption. These goals will be accomplished through the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) combined with an innovative solution that involves welding new out-riggers of steel to the columns, creating a slab that allows re-skinning to occur from the exterior.
This Gensler-designed call center enables the client to be an employer of choice, while providing superior service to more than 700 independent insurers. Set against expansive Rocky Mountains views, the 324,000-square-foot campus nearly doubles the company's former capacity. The call center centralizes conference rooms, break areas and support stations to maximize the open-floor area, effectively minimizing the distance and "time out of seats" for employee amenity access.
—Engineering systems provide reliable building functions on a 24-hour basis
—Raised-access flooring with under-floor air distribution allows power and HVAC system reconfiguration
The flagship development for real estate investment company Tameer Holdings is the focal point of the new Shams master plan in Abu Dhabi. Expected to complete in 2011, the five-building complex features a 73-story, diamond-shaped commercial tower, four residential towers, a seven-star luxury hotel, retail, dining, parking and a private marina. The centerpiece of this nine-million-square-foot development is the commercial tower, which is characterized by a signature split near its base that will straddle the canal and pedestrian area that connect the Central Park and the sea. Complemented by the four residential towers' varying heights, the commercial tower will reach 980 feet high and cut a striking figure on the skyline.
After extensive analysis of Wilson's existing workplace, Gensler designed a new work environment that promotes spontaneous collaboration, communication and efficiency. With products creatively showcased throughout the office, a solid sense of branding is evident in the office. Graphics and product signage are used consistently in common areas and workspaces, reinforcing the company's unique identity.
Consisting of two 160,000-square-foot, five-story office buildings, the pharmaceutical client's "sister" properties sit adjacent one other across a curvilinear, tree-lined courtyard. The design concept reflects a new era of organizational "knowledge and innovation," representing these values by balancing innovation with function. Workplace and amenity floors promote efficient planning, flexibility and occupant comfort with a rectilinear, floor-plate centered around an expansive and daylight-filled, five-story atrium. The exterior is inspired by understatement and simplicity with great attention paid to the quality of details and materials. The buildings are expected to achieve LEED® certification.
The renovation of the lower floors of this existing office tower will invite a new retail culture to Seoul’s historical context as part of an ongoing effort to encourage a pedestrian orientation. The lower six floors — including a two-level parking garage — have been reconfigured and redesigned into a colorful and vibrant new retail complex comprising contemporary glass façades and public landscaped terraces. An open atrium connects all six floors with an integrated circulation core housing glass elevators, open stairs and escalators. As design architect, Gensler collaborated with Dong II, architect-of-record, throughout construction.
Inspired by the world’s great cityscapes, this latest phase of The Avenues comprises six distinct districts, each offering a signature shopping experience. Emulating the best of destinations like the Champs Elysees and New York’s Soho neighborhood, the development will house 545 retail units, including 52 food and beverage outlets, in a dramatic scheme that includes The Mall, The Grand Avenue, SoKu, The Bazaar, Luxury Mall and The Souk. These new districts will connect to earlier phases of The Avenues through a series of courtyard plazas. The result will be a stunning extension to one of the Middle East’s premier retail and leisure destinations.
Moving downtown from uptown provided Absolut the opportunity to refresh its headquarters’ environment to reflect its bolder and more diverse brand. Through rich material, vibrant color and exquisite detailing, the design captures the company’s core values — creative, bold, stylish, engaging — while also evoking ABSOLUT® VODKA’s Swedish heritage. Public spaces are planned to accommodate “around-the-clock” activity. During “work” hours the two-story stair/bar/gallery space supports internal education, helping employees gain a greater understanding and closer relationship to the brands. After hours, the space functions as a quasi-retail setting becoming an in-house bartender training space, a venue for press events and an entertainment environment for evening product launches.
On a site with views to the White House and Washington Monument, owner PNC, developer Vornado and Gensler faced a challenge: designing a building memorable in its own right while respecting the surrounding monumental context. Through a charrette process that called on talent drawn from around the world, the resulting design establishes new benchmarks for the site and for sustainable and architectural design in a city known more for tradition than innovation. When complete, PNC Place will be one of Washington, D.C.’s first LEED® Platinum buildings.
Set in Morris County, New Jersey, this 1,000,000-square-foot corporate campus offers state-of-the-art technology and a superior quality of business life. To attract potential renters to the Morris Crossroads campus, Gensler helped develop a brand and marketing strategy, along with marketing materials and an online presentation. The campaign plays up the positive aspect of the campus’ suburban location as a tranquil place to “get away from it all” in a modern, amenity-rich environment, well-situated between major urban centers.
Situated among mature shade trees and lush landscaping at the base of the San Bernadino Mountains, Guasti Vineyard is a planned community that will retain and expand the character of the historic Guasti winery and town. The project will comprise 100,000 square feet of retail and dining space, 400,000 square feet of offices, 400 residential units, and more than 500 rooms in three new boutique hotels. Existing historical stone winery buildings and a central villa will be preserved and integrated into this rustic Inland Empire oasis, maintaining the Tuscan charm and elegance with which the turn-of-the-century town was originally founded.
Gensler provided concept design, design development and rollout for this one-stop children’s store where kids can learn, shop and play. The design reinvents shopping for the entire family, reflecting various stages of a child’s development and incorporating an array of entertainment options including a play park, arcade, juice bar and sandbox. Central to the interactive experience is a 40-foot-tall sea serpent that reinforces the role playing theme encouraged throughout the store. Children’s areas are considered from a child’s perspective and scaled accordingly. Key amenities include a boutique nail salon, hairdressers, café and party rooms.
Buch Construction, a family-owned, quality construction provider sought to communicate a consistent brand position that reflects its values. In developing new branding that allows the company to differentiate itself, Gensler helped Buch to define three core company characteristics: people-focused, performance and integrity. The new visual identity reflects these values, aligning the company’s marketing materials, Web site and other visual communications with the firm’s values, spirit and attitude.
In parallel with the design of Dickstein Shapiro’s Washington, D.C. law offices, Gensler undertook a branding effort to develop and convey a new identity as well as update their overall communication efforts. The new positioning is demonstrated in collateral/marketing materials, advertising campaigns and the new office space. Dickstein Shapiro’s innovative approach led Gensler to develop a new tagline — “Experience Innovation” — that serves as the centerpiece of the branding.
In designing a home for The William and Ida Friday Institute, a high-tech research and outreach facility at North Carolina State University’s College of Education, Gensler created a space that embraces the Institute’s mission: “Educate, Innovate and Inspire,” advancing education through innovation in teaching, learning and leadership. Work at the 33,000-square-foot facility is organized into five “collaboratories” that allow faculty members, students, educators and scientists to work together in interdisciplinary teams. A dimensional tribute wall allows visitors to not only delve into the Institute’s mission, history and founders but to experience innovation firsthand and draw inspiration from it.
To reposition its brand to customers and prospective international development partners, IMAX wanted to develop a prototype design for its theater interiors and communications. The design needed to be scaleable for application to a range of new and existing venues. Gensler’s approach emphasizes a bold, bright, clean and modern aesthetic that connects to both the brand’s heritage and its continuing leadership in entertainment technology — challenging the traditional movie theater experience on every level. Examples include illuminated walls replacing traditional movie posters and large-scale graphics integrated with architectural surfaces that serve as the wayfinding system.
In working with developer Monument Realty on the design and development of a 600-foot streetscape and retail zone between the Navy Yard Metro Station and the Washington Nationals’ new home, Gensler facilitated a visioning session, from which emerged the project’s framework and tone. One essential aspect of the session was the creation of a “storybox” in which participants used images, words, colors and objects to visually convey their expectations of Half Street. The resulting design strategy and brand positioning set the direction for all subsequent aspects of the project including retail, outdoor spaces, residential and commercial buildings.
In improving the NBA’s headquarters facilities, Gensler enhanced the organization’s League office brand identity and increased operational efficiencies through a more functional work environment. Support and storage spaces are clustered at building’s centralized core, allowing workspaces access to daylight and city views from perimeter windows. Two sides of the floor accommodate workstation clusters that form collaborative and synergistic team environments; private offices and team rooms occupy the other spaces.
Gensler and Pantone have partnered on a number of projects, including showroom designs for NeoCon 2002, 2003 and 2004 that showcased the Pantone for Architecture and Interiors range of products. In redesigning the literature for that product line, as well as for Pantone for Fashion and Home products, Gensler looked toward encouraging the contract industry to adopt the system, already well-known in the graphic design industry. Print materials included fact-heavy data and pricing sheets as well as image-heavy “concept brochures” that function as an inspirational editorial presentation of products and colors.
Gensler worked with Sun Chemical to create a branded workplace program to enhance the office’s interior design and emphasize its core business of color pigments and inks. The program features a product-display wall showcasing Sun Chemical’s pigments and raw materials in an exhibit-like environment. Other elements include three-dimensional color walls, a timeline mural illustrating the company’s history, and large-scale indoor billboards. Modern, understated furnishings let the colors and graphics take center stage.
Two former Broadway theaters are combined architecturally to create the expansive, column-free, four-story flagship superstore for this renowned retailer. An unprecedented combination of innovative retail design, entertainment architecture and groundbreaking graphic communication has resulted in not just a shopping experience, but a premier tourist destination. A 60-foot-high indoor Ferris wheel greets customers and offers panoramic views of the store. To stand out in media-dense Times Square, the building’s entire façade was transformed into a billboard; the high-tech system is controlled digitally, but allows for views into the store and creates an intriguing experience for visitors inside and out as they watch the six image surfaces revolve.
Working from editorial letters, key regional data, and myriad compelling photos and stories, Gensler responds to The World Bank’s desire for an annual report that resonates with the organization’s stakeholders. Assimilating an immense amount of information into a limited space, the resulting annual report is an engaging, streamlined and easy-to-follow publication that reaches The World Bank’s many audiences — including senior government officials, parliamentarians, nongovernmental organizations and journalists. The design was so well-received that it has been retained and refreshed every year subsequent to its 2005 debut.
Seeking to reduce the long-term costs of housing its downtown workforce, the City of San Diego and the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) engaged Gensler to conduct a Facilities Needs Assessment to evaluate the possible development of a new civic center and mixed-use complex. After quantifying the staff and space needs required over a 50-year period and addressing critical adjacency needs for internal departments and public-facing requirements, Gensler recommended the creation of a new, efficient civic center that reduces occupancy costs, improves public access and governmental transparency, and aligns workspaces to support departmental needs.
This retrofit converted an already successful megaplex theater into a high-end cinema more in character with the transformation of the Sherman Oaks Galleria in which it is housed. Museum-quality finishes blend natural woods and stained concrete with the dramatic use of curtain elements. All 16 auditoriums reflect ArcLight’s state-of-the-art standards for sight, sound and projection systems. New amenities include a full-service café/bar, gift shop, coffee bar and a reservations-only “black box” seating area free of distractions. Several exhibit spaces accommodate a variety of displays ranging from flat art to costumes and props.
Designed in the early 1960s, the Cinerama Dome represented the avant-garde in entertainment architecture for that period. The expanded Cinerama Dome Entertainment Center defers to the character and geometric purity of the existing Dome, striving to preserve its integrity while providing cutting-edge facilities and experiences. New buildings are pulled away from and arranged around the Dome, providing a foreground to the historic structure. The result is a synergistic complex that has helped to revitalize Hollywood and extend the Cinerama Dome’s legacy as an entertainment icon.
Located in the Victory Park development — a 90-acre master planned urban town center in the heart of Dallas — the House of Blues draws music aficionados from near and far. The 50,000-square-foot venue includes a full performance stage, a 300-seat full-service restaurant, and a 400-person special events and outdoor venue featuring stunning views of the Dallas skyline. A members-only Foundation Room, a trademark of the House of Blues brand, offers a fireside lounge, elegant dining and private entertainment venue.
Following a self-funded management buyout, this private equity investment company needed smaller, yet more-efficient premises. Gensler assisted Actis with its building selection then designed a 29,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art space that provides the flexibility and technology needed for the workplace’s physical and aesthetic longevity. The open-plan environment is designed to encourage collaboration, a key strategic shift from the firm’s formerly compartmented work style. The building’s transparent steel-and-glass shell contrasts with natural colors and materials, reflecting the company’s contemporary approach, as well as its connection to investment markets in emerging countries.
A phonetic translation of an old Kuwaiti word for children’s role playing, Baroue’s core identity expands on this idea with the “O” of Baroue becoming a series character faces. Additional role-playing characters employed in printed applications create a whimsical, kid-friendly brand system that extends to private-label merchandise. Translating parent company MS Retail KSC’s vision to design strategy, Gensler developed the Baroue brand to comprise Baby Baroue, Baroue Kids, Baroue Toys, Baroue Maternity and Club b.me for teenagers. The core brand identity program links individual brand offerings, while subtly differentiating the different stages of a child’s development.
Gensler transformed an Art Nouveau–styled residential building into a corporate headquarters for this forward-thinking bank with a deep appreciation for the past. Accommodating 200 staffers in a modern, open plan, the space merges past and present by introducing turn-of-the-century, period-style architectural elements into contemporary office partitioning, lighting and furniture. Art Nouveau motifs are recreated and reproduced in various materials, including plaster, glass and ironwork, and a modern glass staircase complements a central restored domed skylight.
This LEED®-Silver certified branch bank incorporates a host of sustainable systems, including green roofs, wind turbines, solar for electricity and water, and geothermal heating and cooling. A signature roof element not only adds dramatic visual interest, it enables daylighting and water collection for irrigation. The modern design aesthetic distinguishes the bank’s presence in the community, while raising awareness of the value of sustainable design.
For its global headquarters, Invesco needed to address a shift in its business strategy — from a loosely connected group of distinct companies to an integrated global investment management business with a strong and cohesive culture. A centralized reception, conference center and trading room are grouped around a dramatic double-height space, evoking a grand hotel lobby or airline club. Glass is used extensively — all offices are transparent — allowing daylight to permeate the space. Brand themes are expressed architecturally through use of materials, a neutral color palette and an international modern style. The project is certified LEED®-CI Silver.
This technology-driven financial trading firm wanted its new space to project a modernist approach while reflecting its Austin roots. The new office is characterized by generous open space and use of locally sourced sustainable materials. A combination of exposed concrete and drywall ceilings, meld smooth and rough vocabularies. Ample space with prominent views is devoted to staff gatherings, and wide corridors promote casual interaction. Innovation in technology is expressed with a playful presentation of robots throughout the space.
To reestablish its presence on Park Avenue and improve customer service, UBS introduced this highly visible, multi-functional lobby space, featuring a palette of richly colored finishes and fabrics. An overlooking mezzanine floor houses a state-of-the-art video conferencing room and three fully equipped computer stations that afford guests privacy when needed. A deep-red, high-gloss wall unifies the 4,500-square-foot space, complemented by dark wood accents, creamy stone flooring and antique bronze detailing. A large, lighted steel-and-glass cube serves as illuminated brand identity, visible from any angle, inside or out, day or night.
This sleek, 244,000-square-foot speculative office building doubles as a roadside attraction and flexibly customizable work environment. Its 480-foot-long north elevation cants outward at the upper east end, inferring movement and acknowledging its site along West Los Angeles’ Interstate 405 and within view of Los Angeles International Airport’s flight path. Inside, the building features a double-height lobby and dual-core plan. Sunshades incorporated into the undulating curtain wall and ribbon windows controlling sunlight represent two features that aim to earn the property a LEED®-CS Silver rating.
This global financial firm relocated to a Western-style office park outside the central city to a Gensler-designed, four-story classic modern office building that introduces a vernacular architecture in modern form. Adhering to a strict planning module that provides flexibility for the firm’s constantly changing needs, the building incorporates open workspaces and offices for 920 in two distinct blocks linked by a spacious atrium. The design is enhanced by ample natural lighting and luxurious and environmentally conscious materials not previously specified in Egypt; the building will be registering for LEED® Gold certification, becoming the country’s first green building.
Houston’s first downtown LEED® Platinum office building, Hess Tower is a truly 21st century facility. Originally designed as a speculative office building, the tower is the only building of its generation in Houston to be 100-percent leased prior to its completion. And, its design was credited as a major factor in its recent record sale price. Adjacent to a 12-acre urban park, the 871,000-square-foot office building offers highly efficient floor plates, a green roof on the entry pavilion, sustainable water strategies, a high-performance curtain wall and the option for rooftop wind harvesting.
A global leader in building efficiency and power solutions, Johnson Controls charged Gensler with transforming its 1960s office complex into a high-performance campus showcasing the Fortune 100 company’s innovative sustainable technologies. Gensler’s work on the campus included a master plan, historic preservation of a conference center, renovation of two buildings, and design of two new building additions. Throughout the campus, increased collaborative space, new focus rooms to support concentration, and individual control of employee work environments are strategies intended to make employees’ time at the office more comfortable, enjoyable and productive. Now complete, Johnson Controls' campus showcases the highest concentration of LEED® Platinum buildings in the world.
Situated east of Red Rock Canyon with views of the surrounding mountain range to the west and the Las Vegas strip to the east, this new four-story building houses the 135,000 square-foot corporate headquarters for Station Casinos. Sited on two acres adjacent to a proposed premier hotel and casino, the building maximizes views and serves as a beacon within the new community — communicating Station Casino’s identity as an established, yet forward-thinking company.
A massive, abandoned manufacturing plant presented the perfect opportunity to create an indoor sports facility housing a family-oriented health club and a separate complex for inline hockey and indoor soccer. Taking advantage of the building’s scale — nearly five acres on a single floor — Gensler designed distinct identities for the two uses. The hockey/soccer complex incorporates vibrant colors and bold graphics, appealing to its youthful clientele; whereas the health club uses a more sophisticated palette of materials, finishes and detailing. Large billboard graphics break up the vast exterior façade and add visual interest.
Situated at the base of the Eagle Express Ski Lift (Chair 15), the facility will provide world-class skier services and day lodge facilities including ski rental and repair, food and beverage services, specialty retail and more than 100 units in an exclusive condo-hotel. The design expresses an “iconic” verticality that echoes the spirit of the mountains combined with architecturally modulated facades defined by changes in the rhythmic pattern of window openings, canopies, balconies, pilasters, arcades and articulated varied roof forms. The building heights vary accordingly to break and balance the overall composition.
In updating this hotel in the heart of Japantown, Gensler drew inspiration from such traditional elements as tatami, circular entries and formal gardens. The design team minimized demolition costs, by enhancing existing details and introducing new elements in a contemporary approach that brings this late-1960s property up to date. Custom furniture and a new palette of finishes enliven the 200 remodeled guest rooms. Warm colors, textures and lighting in public areas serve as unifying elements in the cleanly executed design.
In a designated scenic zone and environmental preservation district on a small island near Okinawa, this new hotel is geared to vacationers seeking to escape the urban life. Amenities include a spa, upscale retail and restaurants. To harmonize with the environment, minimize impact and reduce the building’s apparent mass, a starfish-like plan emanates from a central lobby. A low profile is maintained, and the building is sited to provide views to the dramatic sunsets over the East China Sea from nearly three-quarters of the rooms. Rooms feature clean lines, natural materials and contemporary furnishings.
Gensler is providing architectural and interior design for Phase 2 of this 304-acre community — a vibrant new sustainable development that capitalizes on what has historically made Austin progressive while being mindful of the city’s burgeoning growth and evolving urban lifestyle. Phase 2 includes 180,000 square feet of office space, 750,000 square feet of retail, Austin’s first “aloft” hotel, 488 residential units and a richly landscaped nine-acre community park and pavilion. Driven by the concept of living and working in a single location, The Domain incorporates a wide and progressive mix of experiences and amenities and is being designed to LEED® Silver certification.
Reflecting a new paradigm for Korean commerce, this 150,000-square-meter headquarters is home to four major TV studios, live radio broadcast studios, live-performance spaces, corporate offices, and production and post-production facilities. A 4,000-square-meter plaza, anchoring and connecting the project, is surrounded by retail and restaurants on the first two levels. Radio studios and the entry to the Multi-Purpose Hall are also on the ground floor, with 24-hour spaces such as news stations, production facilities and special-effects studios occupying the floors above. The project’s grand scale and mix of activities result in a vibrant media city.
Across the 610 freeway from the Galleria, Gensler and developer Oliver McMillan are creating the premier luxury retail environment in Houston. More than 200,000 square feet of luxury and boutique retail space will line shade-covered streets in the River Oaks District, evoking the character and elegance of Rodeo Drive. A grand dining terrace will feature numerous bistro, quick-serve and café destinations beneath a flowing canopy, creating an inviting and protected outdoor dining experience. Above street level, four new towers—containing hotels, condos, apartments and office space—serve as both anchors and landmarks.
As the set for 1980s films such as “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” the Sherman Oaks Galleria is a true pop culture icon, but as a retail destination, the mall had languished. Gensler’s challenge was to demolish and rebuild 90 percent of the outdated mall while retaining the aesthetic character of the classic American shopping center. The revitalized Galleria now houses upscale retail boutiques, a movie theater, a multitude of fine dining restaurants, a fitness club and one million square feet of office space. Open-air promenades, dynamic water features and public gathering spaces add to the vibrancy of the complex.
Gensler won a dual appointment as both master planner and architect for Blackpool’s new Conference and Casino Quarter. Seen as a key part of the £1.4bn master plan to transform Blackpool into a resort with international appeal, the development will contain 2.7 million square feet of entertainment, hotel, conferencing and casino development on a 20-acre site. The United Kingdom’s first “super casinos” aim to be the star attraction of the site and were designed to strengthen Blackpool’s reputation as a destination that evokes fun and excitement.
A partnership of the Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise and South Lanarkshire Council appointed Gensler to prepare a comprehensive development framework for the East End of Glasgow. The project will be one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the United Kingdom and directly affects 2000 acres of some of the most deprived wards in central Glasgow. The study focused on how to reverse the rapid population decline and establish a target for a new resident population. Gensler’s strategy served as the starting point for Glasgow’s successful bid for 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Gensler led a conceptual study for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to examine existing market realities and develop a vision of retail, arts and cultural strategies that sees Fulton Street revitalized as a viable, livable and memorable community. After auditing the corridor’s retail composition — which runs from the East River to the Hudson — planners projected the total retail market demand. Seven distinct districts emerged in the process, and a block-by-block analysis provided an understanding of existing conditions and future opportunities. The study identified a series of success measures, ranging from improving transit to integrating public actions and financial incentives.
One of nine flagship zones overlooking the Straits of Johor between Malaysia and Singapore, the Iskandar Financial District Plan seeks to advance long-term economic development and international investment within Malaysia. Developed for Millennium Development International on behalf of Global Capital, the master plan comprises 46 million square feet of high-density, mixed-use development on a 146-hectare (360-acre) site characterized by gently rolling topography. The plan proposes a balanced juxtaposition between the natural and the manmade, consolidating development in tightly developed neighborhoods and allowing extensive parks and public open spaces. Sustainable elements include innovative stormwater management and building orientation that maximizes natural ventilation.
The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority commissioned Gensler to prepare a strategic master plan for Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. The master plan provides for a new resort community that can support a population of 150,000 people, as well as offer a full range of hotels and visitor attractions. The comprehensive development of the island as a strategic international tourism destination marks a new era in the rapid evolution of the city. Gensler proposed the creation of a major new “cultural district” on Saadiyat to enhance the tourism offer and establish Abu Dhabi as a major regional destination.
Gensler won the commission to prepare a long-term development strategy for an 11-kilometer stretch along the coastline of Morocco. A series of individual districts and landmarks have been identified, each creating a distinct feature on the coast and acting as a catalyst for the overall development. A comprehensive master plan was developed for a 120-hectare mixed-use development within the study area to include a central retail boulevard, landscaped gardens, extensive water features and magnificent views towards the sea.
The global management consultancy’s need for new offices followed its 2006 buyback from former owner EDS. Housed in the Athenaeum at 215 First Street, A.T. Kearney’s offices reflect its entrepreneurial spirit, facilitating communication and the firm’s “touch-down” work style. The design team leveraged the building’s character — an exposed-structure warehouse space — with a predominately open plan, low workstations and glass office fronts. Natural light, bold color accents and a clean aesthetic create a professional working environment that seamlessly blends old with new.
Gensler and Baker Botts blended creative energies in a renovation of seven floors of prime office space overlooking Dallas’ Arts District. The contemporary, yet timeless design supports the firm’s global brand while capturing the unique flavor of its Texas heritage. Meeting rooms and most common areas are housed on a single floor to increase efficiencies and promote interaction between departments. Another floor combines a state-of-the-art conference center with a gallery housing a newly expanded art collection that welcomes staff, instills client confidence and conveys the firm’s patronage of the arts.
In relocating its offices to the Crossroads Arts District, this 300-person advertising firm sought to increase interaction and embrace the neighboring artist community. Public areas in the agency’s revitalized historic building are consolidated on the first floor to facilitate participation in a monthly gallery tour. Easily adaptable “neighborhoods” on the two middle floors use translucent curtains and shelving components to define work areas. The “tree house” level contains war rooms flanked by indoor and outdoor gathering areas. A white palette provides a crisp backdrop to the furnishings and artwork.
From its roots as a large, Southern California landowner, this private REIT has focused on expanding its portfolio through real estate development and investment. To reflect its commitment to an investment future, the company relocated its offices to a more central location in downtown Irvine. The new space has a classic modern style. Offices and conference rooms feature frameless, sliding glass door entries to maximize light. The open break room, dining and game table areas suit the company’s culture and work style.
After 38 years occupying multiple floors of a San Francisco high-rise, this law firm moved to a new building where it could develop a greater sense of community while taking advantage of attractive lease rates. The building’s large, uniquely shaped floor plates surround a central atrium that — after landscaping — became the focal point of the new space, bringing substantial natural light onto all floors. Glass-fronted attorney offices allow light to filter into interior workstations. Practice areas juxtapose the atrium’s verdant views with a clean, crisp workspace incorporating innovative uses of color.
The 140,000-square-foot offices for Dewey & LeBoeuf seamlessly embrace the high-tech requirements of a global legal practice in a pleasing work environment that respects the firm’s rich, traditional aesthetic. An auditorium-style conference center facilitates communication among the firm’s worldwide offices. To adapt to changing metrics of attorney-to-support staff ratios, a “flex zone” features interchangeable furniture. Public spaces encourage informal attorney collaboration.
In relocating its Tampa offices to a downtown office building, DLA Piper sought a timeless design that would take advantage of spectacular views; help attract and retain employees; and promote social interaction amongst its staff. Gensler developed site lines to a remarkable view that immediately draws visitors and employees into the space. Conference rooms are stepped back to create a sense of openness. A large employee lounge promotes social activity with its bright, open day-lit space.
Through a simple connecting stair and a handful of glamorous flourishes, Edelman’s Los Angeles office is an active and collaborative atmosphere that fuses global corporate standards, local flavor and the managing partner’s eccentricity to create an unexpected office space. White walls and splashes of color — deep brown wood, orange candies, graphic walls, a green Xbox signed by client Bill Gates — give the aura of a fun, social space, akin to that of a Hollywood hotspot. Exposed ceilings, a painted-steel stair with concrete treads and anachronistic 18th century furniture further the notion of the unexpected.
When the world’s largest independent PR firm acquired one of London’s hottest consumer brand agencies, it necessitated a new working environment that would unify and consolidate the two distinct yet complementary brands. Gensler’s solution is unconventional — from the reception area with concierge, gallery, bistro bar, meeting area and library to open work areas with highly flexible furniture solutions that can rapidly expand or contract as business needs dictate. Designed to attract and retain highly talented staff, the 25,000-square-foot office provide a dynamic and engaging work environment.
The new headquarters of advertising giant Fallon Worldwide is a dynamic environment befitting a world-class agency. An in-depth visioning and programming process helped drive the design, clarifying Fallon’s strategic business drivers. The resulting design establishes a workplace that celebrates the firm’s creative genius, enabling individuals to collaborate with colleagues or work independently within a single, inspiring space. Workplace neighborhoods foster a sense of belonging within the larger space, complemented by both personal spaces and abundant gathering places.
Gensler partnered with law firm Goodwin Procter to identify a building and design new offices to house its expanding practice. The new offices, comprising 200,000 square feet in six floors of The New York Times Building, bring together rich materials and hues with planes of translucent glass, warm-toned wood paneling, light-colored marble flooring and luminous lighting elements. Each practice floor combines an informal gathering space — with pantry — with private offices. Generous corridors run the full length of the building, framing sweeping city views.
In a twist from the traditional design process, Goodwin Procter’s new San Diego office was designed before staff existed to inhabit it; the firm’s recruitment efforts depended heavily on the creation of an “established” image. Using internal benchmarking data, Gensler developed a space program, executing it through the use of rich, dark materials accented by polished white marble, custom millwork and accessories. Adding a bit of whimsy, one wall of a main corridor portrays a ghostly image of a well-stocked law library, a nod to the technology-driven changes that have rendered such amenities nearly obsolete.
Hakuhodo, Japan’s second-largest ad agency, aimed to physically demonstrate its creative energy in new offices in one of Tokyo’s hottest areas. Gensler designed the highest-profile office areas: the main reception floor, executive floor and a floor housing a café, library and “university.” The central uniting concept is “Ugoku, Deau, Tsukuru,” or “Move, Meet, Make.” A dramatic gallery-like space is the heart of the office. Casual meeting areas and breakout spaces are generously incorporated. The resulting space combines a powerful image with cool understatement and a high level of flexibility.
King & Spalding’s new 420,000-square-foot offices at Symphony Tower are a significant departure from the traditional space it previously occupied. Light, natural finishes dominate, and glass walls in private offices and conference rooms draw in natural light. Administrative support is housed in beautifully appointed workstations with views to the outside. Each practice floor features flexible spaces planned around a core that accommodates changing firm priorities. The centralized conference center supports client meetings with state-of-the-art AV and video-conferencing facilities; and an all-staff dining room on the upper floor surrounds a light well overlooking the site of the proposed Symphony Hall.
This international law firm traded the conventional status of upper floors for a commanding presence at the base of a Class-A office building after the design team demonstrated how an existing 30-foot-high, ground-floor retail space could be repositioned into a dynamic conference center by adding a mezzanine. The mezzanine is held off the perimeter and appears to float thanks to tension rods from which it hangs, revealing a dramatic, two-story glass promenade along the façade. A monumental, black granite staircase connects the three-level conference center, while bright and lively corner cafés on each floor creatively exploit an otherwise irregular space. The offices are certified LEED-CI®.
Inspired by Gensler workplace research that establishes how well-designed offices can help attract talented staff, this legal firm held internal focus groups to determine how best to shape its new space. The results established four key areas of importance: personal space, control over that space, access to daylight and outstanding design. Gensler delivered the new 165,000-square-foot offices, adapting the base building to incorporate all of the firm’s desires. The new space increases collaboration and the feeling of community, and the contemporary design aesthetic reinforces the company’s brand, which was refreshed to align with the new space.
When relocating to new office space to accommodate future growth, this American law firm explored new ways of defining its business and operations. The resulting space challenges conventional perceptions of what law offices should be with design solutions tailored to Morgan Lewis’ distinct needs. Throughout the interior, wood and glass paneling, and the firm’s corporate colors are subtly revealed, creating a soft aesthetic that evokes a welcoming feel for clients and staff alike.
In the redesign of Reed Smith’s regional New York office, Gensler created a dynamic center that supports the firm’s new approach to business. An inviting reception area features olive and walnut woods and glass etched with organic patterns. A new private office suite for visiting attorneys incorporates its own dedicated lounge and support spaces. The large, flexible multipurpose room accommodates special events with Skyfold partitions that can transform it into more intimate meeting rooms. Two new informal meeting rooms encourage collaboration.
A Gensler-led building analysis resulted in this law firm’s relocation to 100,000 square feet on three floors of The New York Times Building. Gensler’s design accentuates transparency, capitalizing on the building’s glass curtain wall to maximize natural daylight and frame skyline views. Perimeter private offices feature clear glass fronts, and all workspaces have visual access to windows. Public areas feature a rich, warm palette of brown, white and deep red, with walnut, anigre and zebrawood. A great room on each practice floor provides a welcoming space for informal conversation or quiet reflection.
For this leading litigation firm, Gensler’s charge was to revitalize conference and support areas and create an entry that projects a progressive, forward-thinking image for the firm. More than 80 percent of design incorporates reused, existing materials, and are mixed with new elements including glass and lighting. In the entry corridor, multicolor LED lighting changes throughout the day, creating a memorable and inviting space. The result is a seamless integration of old and new that will serve the firm for decades to come.
This international real estate company sought a bold change to an open plan in its new London offices, but was concerned about issues of noise and personal dynamics. The increased collaboration fostered by the new space alleviates these concerns with acoustic interference minimized by a zigzagging workstation plan. The workplace’s few closed offices are situated at the floor’s interior, allowing natural light to infuse the workstations. Numerous meeting/briefing rooms and quiet rooms are available for impromptu use by all staff; and a gallery-like reception area easily transforms to accommodate business events.
Gensler planned, designed and managed a phased, 400,000–square-foot in-place reorganization and renovation for the Houston headquarters of this large law firm. The firm desired a fresh design that would hold up over the duration of its new 20-year lease. The overall space is characterized by an abundance of natural light, soft palette of furnishings and materials and oversize corridors. The most dramatic change is a new 47,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art conference center comprising 20 conference rooms, presentation rooms and a variety of breakout and lounge areas. Efficient planning consolidated the practice floors to 13 from more than 16.
Gensler is designing this six-floor, 160,000-square-foot LEED®-CS Gold headquarters building to be the home of Hollywood’s oldest talent house. The design team developed a formal strategy to appropriately scale the building to its surrounding environment — adjacent high-rise office and low-/mid-rise retail — by shifting the buildings massing along the horizontal axes. This shift creates two programmatic volumes that stack to create outdoor gardens for talent events and executive meetings; breakout halls that serve as pre-function for a 200-seat screening room; and a multi-story atrium lobby stacked above a retail base.
To renovate the Real Estate practice group’s workplace at 60 State Street, Gensler devised a new planning approach to address the building’s challenging floor plates. Rather than reflect the odd angles of the building, the interior support spaces are oriented to optimize a sense of openness and facilitate interaction. Perimeter offices feature frosted sidelights to bring more light into the workplace and yet retain a sense of privacy. Common spaces connote a clean, contemporary aesthetic that is linked to the long history of the firm with dark wood accents. Partners personalized their workplace by selecting their own furniture for private offices.
WPP’s new offices consolidate six separately operating advertising agencies in one location. Drawing inspiration from the creative nature of advertising and the character of Michigan, Gensler’s design stripped the suburban office buildings down to its shell to gain ceiling height and a more loft-like feel. While each agency’s brand is maintained, common areas and entrances reflect local Michigan culture. The new offices change the way the agencies operate, collaborate and produce advertising solutions, creating a true cross-agency community.
In repositioning the Aladdin Hotel and Desert Passage-themed retail environment, Planet Hollywood aimed to “de-theme” and create an engaging, contemporary shopping destination. In the redesign, Gensler set a tone that is active and energetic, expressed by a vibrant and colorful graphics program that features coordinating wallpapers and surface treatments, furniture, fabrics and floorings. The vivid play between color, scale and geometry makes a bold statement, punctuating the spaces above and between storefronts. Encompassing public areas, signage, wayfinding and retail tenant guidelines, the repositioning spanned the center’s 1.5 miles of retail space and has since yielded increased rents, occupancy, visitors and sales.
In relocating from suburban Maryland to downtown Washington, D.C., the ACC purchased a 1970s office building to house its new 160,000-square-foot headquarters. Five floors accommodate staff in a range of inviting spaces that meet goals of promoting collaboration, integration and education; responding effectively to change; respecting the environment; and communicating the value of health. Design features include: maximized natural light and views; a neutral, natural color palette; and a calming, Zen-like fountain. The ACC “Heart House” provides an inviting workspace where doctors and staff collaborate.
Gensler and Added Value agreed on the importance of respecting the legacy of the historic building they were moving to, the famed home of the Hanna-Barbera animation studio. The design adapts the iconic shapes, colors and forms from the Hanna Barbera era to bring to life the client’s culture, goals and desire to improve the way it works. This was achieved by leaving the building infrastructure as untouched as possible, creating clear contrast between the old and new. By strategically repeating iconic design elements throughout the space, the workplace provides structure for a more open environment that celebrates collaboration but provides space to focus.
Located in the heart of GW’s Foggy Bottom campus, the Smith Center is home to NCAA Division I athletic programs and a host of academic and special events. The Gensler-led renovation and expansion of the facility focused on enhancing visitor experience and University prestige. Beginning with structural modifications, the project included upgrades to building systems and improved accessibility, as well as updated and expanded athletic venues. The Center houses meeting and conference rooms, numerous food and entertainment areas and an academic center.
When the Atlanta and Georgia AIA chapters restored a late-19th century building to house their new offices, they seized the opportunity to blend old construction with an innovative and environmentally sensitive use of materials, lighting and furnishings. The renovation restored all original exterior walls and windows. Natural light floods offices and meeting areas from an existing skylight; and new light shelves provide indirect light at dusk. The overall result is a creative, efficient and inspiring space for staff and visiting professionals.
AP relocated its Washington, D.C. newsroom operations and administrative groups, to house its video, radio and photography operations in a single space for the first time. The design of the 50,000-square-foot newsroom, the largest in the global AP organization, required coordination of a raised-flooring system, roof-top satellite layouts, redundant generators and an extensive UPS system. Other facilities in the clean, modern offices include a 100+ rack network operations center, convergence desk, news desk, camera studio, green room and multiple audio recording booths.
By expanding its offices to a full floor in San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center to accommodate growing staff size, Chemoil promotes internal communication and celebrates its unique brand. The design capitalizes on stunning 360-degree views, concentrating enclosed spaces at the building’s core. Private offices and conference rooms provide a sense of transparency through extensive use of glass, enhancing views and natural light. Colors and finishes reference the adjacent bay, with strategic splashes of complementary color referencing various foreign cultures — reflecting the company’s diversity and global presence.
Situated in the heart of center city Philadelphia, Comcast Center unifies the media corporation’s operations in one 56-story vertical campus. Designed in conjunction with Daroff Design, Gensler’s lofty workplace accommodates nearly 3,000 Comcast employees previously scattered across various city locations. The workplace — complete with the Comcast University training center, a conference center, and broadcast studios, as well as a cafe and fitness center — fosters a lively, collaborative environment across 39 floors. Clear glass walls, bold colors, low-partitions, and light wood furnishings combine to create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere that enhances communication, celebrates the brand and serves as an important recruiting tool.
A change in ownership and consolidation necessitated a thorough makeover of not only this client’s workspace, but its corporate image as well. Seeking to forge a single identity fostering unity and intra-company communication, the design respects the discrete identities of five separate business units. Each of five natural elements — wood, water, metal, fire and stone — provides a distinct identity for each business unit, with handmade objects serving as focal points at each workspace’s entrance. The overall concept stems from traditional Japanese kumiki toys, wooden puzzles characterized by intricate joinery that can be reassembled in different ways.
In acquiring a two-story building adjacent to its existing offices for new programming space, this Girl Scout Council sought identity, visibility and attitude that would make a clear statement and appeal to young girls. Open ceilings, contemporary finishes, new furniture and bright colors characterize the new space, which houses a museum, library, video room, stage, lounge and café. A retail space resembles a mall boutique, drawing girls in, and a colorful, symbolic entry mural creates a bold first impression that is sustained throughout the bright new space.
In designing the new 360,000-square-foot headquarters for one of the world’s leading privately held oil exploration and production companies, Gensler initiated a pre-design process explored the latest in office planning and design. The result is a workplace that uses a neighborhood planning concept and “right to light” principles, shifting the ratio of open to closed workspaces to 60/40, with private offices set off the perimeter to maximize the infiltration of natural light. To create a sense of “company family,” an employee cafeteria occupies the prime viewing area at the building’s apex.
In consolidating its North American offices into a single national headquarters, Lenovo wanted an environment that reinforces its brand attributes and personality. Gensler responded with a space that exudes innovation, imagination, entrepreneurial spirit and approachability. In two five-story buildings and one four-story building, open planning enhances communication with “touchdown stations,” team rooms, informal meeting areas and a central conference zone on each workplace floor. The palette is neutral — from natural stone to exposed concrete — to contrast the thematic graphics and nature imagery. The complex also includes a customer center, cafeteria, café/store, full conference center and auditorium, training rooms, product showroom and labs.
Understanding the correlation between training and sales, medical equipment manufacturer Medtronic put its training facility at center stage in its new 1,500-square-meter headquarters. The facility incorporates state-of-the-art AV equipment, including simultaneous translation, along with training and classrooms. Plush lounges and other spaces evoke a five-star hotel to appeal to visiting physicians. Office areas demonstrate flexibility with a single workstation adaptable to a variety of work styles. Gensler worked closely with the base-building contractor to incorporate tenant improvements into the building’s design, resulting in considerable cost savings for Medtronic.
The key design accomplishment for the 8,800-square-meter offices of this German pharmaceutical company is the fostering of collaboration and teamwork. Two internal stairs connect the three floors and facilitate vertical movement within the firm. Four conference rooms accommodate frequent videoconferencing with the company’s headquarters in Germany. Huddle rooms, break areas, a café, gallery and lounge encourage communication and informal meetings among employees. Private offices integrate visually with the use of clear-glass partition, and the resulting space fosters employee communication, catalyzes workgroups and clearly conveys the company’s corporate image.
From building analysis through interior design, Gensler worked closely with Pixar to develop this new “creative factory.” The design capitalizes on the 19,000-square-foot warehouse’s industrial feel, high volume, truss ceilings and abundant light. To maintain the warehouse’s character, classic modern furniture complements exposed brick walls, concrete and metal window frames. The entry opens into a large communal space replete with gaming consoles. A single artery — along with centralized coffee, lounge seating and meeting areas — encourages employee interaction. Changeable colored gels on light fixtures add an element of whimsy to white walls and a neutral palette.
Designed to provide the ultimate experience in continuing education, the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry is one of the most cutting-edge dental teaching facilities in the world. Outfitted to world-class standards, the facility incorporates a 278-seat, stadium-style auditorium equipped for filming and broadcasting, a fully functional six-station “dental practice of the future,” and a 10-station/36-bench training facility. Other amenities include a catering kitchen, café, business center and outdoor amphitheater. Classic, high-end finishes and design are in keeping with the refined image of the facility.
In relocating and consolidating its offices, Warner Music Japan aimed to establish a unified identity under a single brand that demonstrated a respect for diversity and creativity, while conveying its music culture. To reflect the ingenuity and energy of the company’s business, Gensler reconfigured ceilings, floors and walls in a 1960s-era building to create a public square — a non-traditional reception and meeting space that reinforces the brand. The resulting space updates the firm’s image, allowing it to conduct business in a manner appropriate for a multi-national music industry leader.
Located on 700 acres northeast of the state’s capitol, this redevelopment master plan creates a vibrant, environmentally friendly mixed-use community on the California Exposition and State Fair grounds. New state-of-the-art fair facilities and an NBA arena will create a regional destination, providing year-round access to professional and collegiate sports, performing arts, concerts, trade shows and other entertainment. The plan incorporates such sustainable design principles as energy-efficient buildings, public and alternative transportation, and walkable districts in a program that also encompasses retail, hotel/conference center, office and residential components.
This new 225,000-square-foot home for Detroit’s professional football team incorporates a 95,000-square-foot indoor practice field, state-of-the-art training and treatment facilities, and offices that serve as the headquarters of the Lions organization. High-quality player amenities and an office and coaching environment designed to enhance communication and efficiency demonstrate the organization’s commitment to the team and its operations. Green features of this LEED®-certified facility include natural daylighting, intelligent mechanical systems design and energy conservation, as well as the use of renewable and recyclable materials.
Gensler is working to reconstruct and rehabilitate the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a National Historic Landmark. The project is being planned and strategically coordinated to take place over a three- to four-year period so not to disrupt USC’s football program. Improvements include complete concrete repair and rehabilitation of the bowl; restoration of the classic Olympic peristyle; 92,000 new armchair seats; new press box/suites; new concessions and restrooms; new video, scoreboards and sound system; and other ancillary facilities. Gensler is also developing new branded graphics throughout the complex.
Home to the French Open tennis tournament, the stadium will have a striking look with this new center court complex. Incorporating world-class amenities for spectators, VIPs, players and the press, the main court will accommodate 15,000 fans (with 35 luxury suites) and features a retractable roof — allowing for play in inclement weather and a greater variety of events year-round. Two additional indoor courts will seat 2,000 and 1,000 spectators, respectively. The facility is intended to be the permanent home for the ATP BNP Masters Tennis Tournament. Project design is in collaboration with Atelier Christian de Portzamparc.
This two-story, 55,000-square-foot building fulfills the university's vision to create a focus for student life on campus. Housing a 700-seat event space, student and executive dining, a student pub, bookstore and offices, this new facility responds architecturally to the campus’ historical context with brick façades complemented by glass entries, clerestory windows and skylights to maximize natural daylight in the interiors. The LEED® Silver-certified building introduces a contemporary space to the campus while complementing its existing character.
This premier child development graduate school occupies the first four floors of a renovated Chicago building that serves as a 75,000-square-foot vertical campus. As a catalyst for discovery and change, the Institute’s new home reflects its cutting-edge programs, research and community service. Classrooms, student services, research facilities and faculty offices are intermingled with numerous spaces that encourage casual interaction and collaboration. The school’s showpiece, a 30,000-volume research library on the second floor, is fully visible from the street.
Despite the presence of large department stores, Nagoya’s Hoshigaoka Terrace was never seen as a retail destination. At its center, a sloping site and major thoroughfare proved daunting topography. Gensler overcame the site challenges, creating the heart of a new regional retail district where the community gathers to watch theater, walk outdoor gardens, dine and shop. Designers treated the roadway like a river, carving out the hillside bank to form the radial Four Seasons Plaza. Located at the base of the upper-level outdoor terrace, the plaza serves as the centerpiece of the complex, activating the street edge as a place to promenade and gather.
Sited where Bank of America got its start as the historic Bank of Italy, One Powell Street sits across from the famous cable car turnaround where tourists depart Union Square for Fisherman’s Wharf. The restored and renovated building, now part of a successful mixed-use complex, includes apartments, a Bank of America branch and a Forever 21 flagship store that fronts the Market Street corner. In addition to complete historic, seismic, life safety and ADA upgrades, Gensler helped create a world-class retail presence on the ground floor and lower levels of this Beaux Arts jewel box. Gensler’s design for the 30,000-square-foot store, a collaboration with Forever 21, juxtaposes an ultra hip, highly energetic interior against the beautifully preserved details of the historic banking hall.
When a 20-year tenant vacated this former 1960s-era department store, it created an opportunity to re-imagine what the windowless, stucco box property could become. Deftly repositioning the four-story building’s core and shell and re-cladding its skin, designers met the challenge of creating a presence above the street while not distracting from the prime street-level retail. Utilizing the new design package as a marketing tool to attract national retailers, the building was 100-percent leased three months prior to completion and at nearly double the lease rates. A transformed One Fillmore Place not only fills a void in the community’s pedestrian streetscape, it establishes an iconic, retail beacon that invites shoppers into the upscale Cherry Creek North shopping district.
A collaboration between Westfield Design and Gensler, this expansion project introduced 890,000 square feet of contemporary retail space and parking to the Annapolis Mall. Acknowledging the shopping center’s existing architecture, designers updated and extended the mall’s nautical theme to the new interior retail space, signage and wayfinding system. Modern shopping concepts and design elements enhance the upgraded food court and a number of mall courtyards. Because the site dictated that the new parking structure be located above the retail on two levels, the expansion incorporates glass courtyards to provide access and draw light into the shopping areas.
With an eye toward establishing the premier retail shopping destination for California’s Gold Country, Westfield Design in collaboration with Gensler renovated and expanded this mall property, unifying old elements with new to reflect the diversity and growth of the surrounding community. The design offers a mosaic of spaces, experiences and interests incorporating a grand entry, broad promenade, community garden and an elegant collection of new shops and dining options. Materials evoke the textures and colors of nature and the outdoors, celebrating the best of Northern California living. The revitalized shopping center has increased visitorship 46 percent, added 1,600 jobs and contributed to city sales-tax revenues; achievements that garnered Gold honors from the ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards.
Beginning with the notion that “travel is complicated, rest should be simple,” Choice Hotels International partnered with Gensler to design a low-cost, high-impact prototype for the refresh of some 400 properties. The new Sleep Inn is not just another affordable place to drop bags and rest heads; the prototype considers the whole of the guest experience, from arrival to check-out, addressing key customer touch points. Inexpensive, easy-to-maintain-and-update material selections are deployed to dramatic aesthetic effect, evoking an environment reminiscent of a contemporary classic home. The prototype affords Sleep Inn operators a range of regionally-sensitive design options that appeal both to value-conscious business and aspiring leisure travelers.
Through a GSA design-build lease-back competition, the DEA sought a new headquarters facility that would serve as an iconic home for the agency, improve its public image, increase site and building security, and consolidate multiple departments and locations. Gensler’s winning design addressed all of these goals with a striking four-story, steel-and-glass LEED-NC® Silver certified building. Highly efficient, the building incorporates a traditional speculative office structural model that accommodates a flexible interior, leveraging maximum lease rates and ensuring a future exit strategy for the building’s developer.
To improve collaboration and communication between all 90 ANG "Wings," their executive leadership and logistical support functions, Gensler transformed a 100,000-square-foot traditional military workplace into a headquarters that supports new ways of working. When space programming identified a need for 30,000 square feet beyond the building's existing accommodations, the design team utilized its private sector workplace experience to implement space-saving techniques including: a universal plan across all three floors; streamlined circulation; a revised core design; and standardized office sizes that address the potential for future expansions and changes.
GCHQ represents a revolution in the management and working practices of the British government’s major intelligence organizations. Integrating 4,000 staff from 50 buildings and numerous departments in one dynamic headquarters environment, the facility's three identical, interdependent, four-story buildings are configured in a circle, creating the effect of a single, 1.5-million-square-foot structure that encloses a landscaped garden. A glass-roofed internal “street” runs the full circumference of the buildings. One result of the open-plan workspace is that no colleague is more than a five-minute walk from any other colleague. Shared services include a restaurant, cafés, a gym and childcare facilities.
Located in a technology office park, this 125,000-square-foot tenant improvement project houses more than 400 workers from three government agencies. Facilities include offices, teaming areas, an auditorium, cafeteria, video teleconference rooms and an executive suite. The building is designed to be Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP)-compliant and incorporates site security measures, as well as building envelope improvements for blast and ballistics. To provide maximum facility flexibility, higher-end materials are incorporated in areas that anticipate few design changes over time, with more cost-efficient materials and finishes employed in the transitional spaces. Designated LEED-CI® Gold, this sustainable building provides employees with a bright, modern and functional workplace.
Patriots Plaza, the first speculative office complex in the capital to meet post-9/11 security requirements, demonstrates that a project can be marketable to private-sector tenants with high expectations for workspace aesthetics, while addressing the complexities of new government safety and security standards. The one-million-square-foot, three-building complex offers a range of critical security features that exceed government standards, including minimum 30-foot stand-off distances, progressive collapse avoidance, blast-resistant glass, expendable entryways and a separate vertical transport from garage to security checkpoint. Phases II and III of the complex are certified LEED-CS® Gold and perform 14 percent better than ASHRAE 9.1.
With the implementation of a modern life safety and egress code renovation program, the Pentagon faced a 20 percent reduction of its 3.9 million square feet of usable space. To plan for final configuration and occupancy, Gensler undertook a comprehensive review of all Department of Defense (DoD) facilities. Efforts included surveys and documentation of portfolio occupancy and allocation for various departments and agencies, along with information analysis and recommendations. The Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes recognized Gensler for its leadership in the program study.
The renovation of this 1970’s-era federal building and courthouse followed the deterioration of its public image under the stress of security adaptations, intensive use and an evolving understanding of the role of public buildings. In renovating and modernizing the one-million-square-foot structure, Gensler added a dramatic new entry pavilion that is open, spacious and inviting to the public, while accommodating proper security and screening of all visitors. An adjacent new blast-proof domed skylight above one of the courtrooms is a counterpoint to the pavilion’s vertical structure and creates an image befitting the prestige and stature of the federal courts.
This adaptive reuse project transformed a 1960s warehouse into a secure, efficient, state-of-the-art hub for the Smithsonian Institution’s growing museum programs. The product of consolidating programs from multiple facilities, the renovated space incorporates workshops for exhibit fabrication and graphics production, environmentally controlled collections storage, thousands of linear feet of library shelving and a rare-book conservation lab. Organized into “buildings” surrounding a community plaza, functions are interconnected by a series of “streets” that serve both pedestrians and forklifts. New skylights and vibrant colors aid wayfinding and enhance productivity and workplace performance across a one-floor space that spans the equivalent to eight acres.
With more than 11 million square feet across 101 buildings, the DOD sought to develop a strategy to decrease dependence on leased space, identify cost savings and improve program efficiency for its National Capitol Region holdings. The strategy required compliance with Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations and new Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) standards. To provide forecasts and tools to help DOD users make decisions, Gensler developed a customized database to track, manage and simulate scenarios and their financial impact. The design team facilitated work sessions and created concise visuals to effectively convey complex information. After several years employing the system, the DOD saved an estimated $86 million.
Gensler assisted the GSA in translating research conducted by the Office of Applied Sciences into a series of practical white papers that serve as a guide to future office planning, design, delivery and utilization. Assessing Green Building Performance is a post-occupancy evaluation of 12 GSA buildings. Energy Savings and Performance Gains in GSA Buildings is the largest, most comprehensive workstation data set in the world and resulted in seven strategies to save energy and increase user satisfaction. And The New Federal Workplace evaluates the success of the GSA’s Workplace 20•20 program and provides recommendations for improvements where warranted. The latest paper, Leveraging Mobility, Managing Place, considers the impact of modern work styles on real estate management and carbon footprint.
Across a sprawling, 20-acre campus encompassing 2.5 million square feet — the largest single lease ever signed by the U.S. Government — Gensler provided strategic planning, interior design and graphic design for the new headquarters of the USPTO. Accommodating high-performance office space for 7,000 professional staff, the facility includes a public patent-search library, museum, credit union, 500-seat cafeteria, two retail cafés, fitness and child care centers, data center, auditorium and training center, as well as a health facility. The bright and inviting headquarters is the winner of several interior design and environmental graphics awards.
One of Britain’s premier grocers, Waitrose enjoys a reputation for providing supermarket convenience with the service of a specialist shop. The company further cemented its position as a food lover’s destination with the U.K.’s first grocery store-owned cookery school. Emulating a kitchen table’s communal ambience while reflecting the Waitrose brand, the school offers a comprehensive schedule of classes, as well as a venue for press launches, wine tastings and media events. Gensler created the cookery school’s identity and environmental graphic package to complement the contemporary feel of the built environment, which includes 12 kitchen stations, a demonstration theater, floor-to-ceiling books shelves and wine display, dining area and wine bar.
The Riyadh Investment Company, the building’s owner, has commissioned Gensler and builder Saudi Bin Laden Group, winners of an international design competition, to create an iconic architectural landmark within the new the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD). At more than 300 meters, this tower aims to appeal to small- and medium-sized tenants seeking the prestige of facilities typically associated with a global headquarters. Organized around a stunning “vertical wadi” element, the tower will house more than 5,000 personnel and offer prospective occupants an unprecedented level of amenity and business service. Situated at a prominent corner site in the district, the tower is envisioned as a catalyst for the emerging financial market.
This headquarters building promises state-of-the-art office and amenity space in the heart of the city’s new financial center, the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD). Intended as the home of the newly formed GCC Bank, the region’s governing financial institution, the tower’s timeless architectural design is tailored specifically in response to contemporary workplace demands and environmental requirements. Clad in a distinctive copper and stainless steel shell, the building’s exterior projects an elegant aesthetic while protecting occupants from intense solar gain. Within the tower, the functional and spatial arrangements of interior office environments are being planned to support the bank’s business activities.
Sited on the Magnificent Mile and across from the John Hancock Tower, Fourth Church is one of Chicago’s most visible religious institutions. Built after the Great Fire, the church and its “light in the city” ministry are intertwined closely with Chicago history. Gensler designed the Gratz Center addition to help sustain the continuing vitality of the 6,000-member congregation and its community outreach. Designed to achieve a LEED® Silver certification, the five-story addition houses classrooms, a day school, library, dining facility, multi-function spaces, a 350-person chapel, and a double-height gallery that connects the center to the original building.
Jackson Hole is the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, world-class skiing and myriad summer sporting activities. With the Teton Range as its breathtaking backdrop, the mountain resort’s airport offers many adventure-seeking tourists their first and last impression of the community. Given the terminal’s strict site boundary limitations — it is the only U.S. airport located within a national park — and the dramatic surroundings, the recent renovation and expansion position the airport as a refined, understated foreground feature of the awe-inspiring landscape. Vernacular woods, exposed structural elements, and an emphasis on human scale and historic western heritage distinguish Jackson Hole from conventional airport designs.
During the last decade, Gensler has partnered with this global manufacturer and distributor of electrical solutions, developing guidelines and standards for workplace and branding, designing a customer briefing center prototype, and expanding existing warehouse distribution and office/manufacturing facilities. The latest effort, the LEED® Gold-designed world headquarters is a break from the conventional suburban office park. Located outside Chicago, the five-story, 280,000-square-foot building represents the first phase in a Gensler-authored, 30-year master plan. Infused with Panduit’s brand and inspired by its high-tech products, the sleek, granite-and-glass structure symbolizes the company’s vision of establishing an environmentally responsible “building of the future” for its clients and employees.
Designed as representative of the Bay Area’s culture and aesthetic, the newly renovated Terminal 2 (SFO T2) accommodates 14 gates serving Virgin America and American Airlines. The terminal elevates the passenger experience through design strategies that reduce traveler stress, highlight the airport’s world-renowned art installations and promote progressive sustainability measures. With an emphasis on service, hospitality and comfort, SFO T2 features a post-security Recompose area, a meeters-and-greeters lounge, hotel-inspired seating areas and a range of locally sourced, organic dining options. The first LEED® Gold-certified terminal in the United States, T2 supports SFO’s goals of zero waste, sustainable education and reduced carbon footprint. See the Interactive Map and learn more at GenslerOn.
Gensler took a pioneering approach with its proposal for a new river park, designed to use a system of pontoons moored along the underutilized north bank of the River Thames between Blackfriars Bridge and Tower of London. Connecting some of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, the floating park endeavors to maintain the dramatic pace of regeneration stimulated by the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge. Envisioned to provide publicly accessible spaces for passive recreation while reflecting the intense, paved nature of the city, the proposal includes a provision for seven pavilions that would incorporate various uses, including public exhibitions, a swimming pool and a multipurpose hall.
The Center for Dance is the largest professional dance facility of its kind in the United States. A visual reminder of Houston’s commitment to the performing arts, the center serves as a gateway to the city’s Theater District and a living billboard for dance. The building’s design draws inspiration from a proscenium stage, showcasing classes and rehearsals through large windows into double-height-volume rehearsal studios. Home to the ballet and its Academy, the six-story, 115,000-square-foot building boasts nine dance studios, a dance laboratory, and artistic, administrative and support facilities.
During the renovation of its flagship 57th Street store, Christian Dior sought a temporary, 6,000-square-foot space nearby to maintain its presence and connection to customers during construction. After researching Dior salons and ateliers of the past, Gensler’s design team incorporated rich images from the retailer’s archives to complete a scheme that gives a nod to the past but is contemporary in execution. Artist Ann Field created illustrations in the manner of Christian Dior himself that were then applied to various surfaces throughout the store, creating the feeling of custom architecture.
Adjacent Chicago’s heavily trafficked Kennedy Expressway, this new dealership provides a showcase for Fletcher Jones’ luxury automotive range and commitment to sustainability. The stand-alone facility incorporates 60,000-square-feet of interior showroom and customer parking with additional square footage allotted to exterior inventory beneath a green roof. Traditional Autohaus elements and Mercedes-Benz branding welcome customers at the main entrance, while the angular, expressway-facing, glass-and-metal façade acts as a billboard, offering high-profile visibility to the vehicles housed within. Certified LEED® Silver, the dealership also complies with Chicago Green Building requirements, emphasizing environmental and thermal controls, as well as energy and water efficiency.
Developing an iconic retail store concept for the largest U.S. producer of organic, estate-grown olive oil meant enhancing the brand’s positioning and profile in the community. Gensler worked closely with owner Nan Tucker McEvoy’s team to refine the articulation of the brand’s image — both in the small historic Ferry Building store and on product packaging. With imagery and natural materials inspired by the company’s Petaluma, Calif., headquarters ranch, the San Francisco store conveys McEvoy’s “fresh from the ranch” approach, refining the brand’s presentation and drawing customers into its warm, friendly space.
Amplifying the brand tagline, “Never Stop Exploring,” the new global prototype inspires customers to get outside and experience the great outdoors. Composed of natural elements and textures, the store environment reinforces the metaphor of customer journey as a path of discovery. Trail markers, or “cairns,” built of wood, stone and metal, lend product displays a dynamic appearance and distinguish the store’s core categories — outdoor, action sports and performance. Large-scale photos and flat-panel video screens further enliven the retail environment, enabling customers to engage with The North Face-endorsed athletes and product specialists, while learning about expeditions chartered around the world.
Located within Baltimore’s hip, urban Harbor East neighborhood, this branch incorporates PNC Bank design objectives — recognizable, accessible, sustainable — within a redeveloped turn-of the-century furniture warehouse. Gensler’s design infused salvaged base building material with PNC’s standard kit-of-parts to create a welcoming banking environment that’s both contemporary and timeless. The removal of a floor during renovation yielded a wealth of century-old building material that contributed to the branch earning LEED®-CI Gold certification. PNC’s prototypical architectural and branding elements are reinterpreted and adapted to reflect the building’s historic character and the bank’s community connections.
A manufacturer of specialty mineral products, AMCOL partnered with Gensler to design a headquarters that showcases innovation and environmental stewardship, while promoting collaboration between company scientists and the corporate groups that market, sell and distribute AMCOL’s applications. Located in a seven-acre sustainable development that preserves and protects wetlands and wildlife habitat, the LEED® Silver-certified headquarters provides a place where the products made from the “clay of a 1,000 uses” can be displayed to educate and inform customers and employees alike. A vertical space called “the canyon” visually connects the two-story, 80,000-square-foot facility’s open offices to its laboratory and meeting spaces, reinforcing connections between products and people.
Challenged to consolidate two campuses into one unified world headquarters, Beckman Coulter engaged Gensler to transform its work environment through a project encompassing the renovation of a five-building campus comprising work space, labs, manufacturing and associated amenities. A team composed of integrated design disciplines provided the biomedical instrument provider with workplace strategy, planning and interior design, branding and environmental graphics, sustainable strategies and base-building architectural design. The resulting headquarters is an activity-based workplace centered on the company’s core values of wellness and innovation, providing a range of spaces and settings for collaborating, learning and socializing.
When ConMed relocated its headquarters to an unoccupied manufacturing facility, the surgical products manufacturer sought to revitalize its workplace environment with a creative and innovative setting. In response, Gensler reconfigured the building envelope through an expanse of new and existing openings at the perimeter and roof. Light walls carved through the building’s center create double-height shared spaces where all employees enjoy either natural or borrowed light. A re-energized work environment is enhanced further by expanded amenities, including training centers, a conference center and cafeteria. Following move-in, the company reported increased productivity and administrative efficiency, adding that the headquarters reflected an image consistent with its products.
This three-story addition to Lexicon Genetics’ existing facility comprises laboratories, a vivarium, offices, food services, meeting rooms, as well as a bold new entry. With its modern glass façade and curved roofline the new structure provides Lexicon’s corporate headquarters with visual prominence, while conveying the strength and security vital to its proprietary genomics technology and research. Formal and informal teaming spaces offer employees ample opportunities for collaboration, which is essential to the process of discovering and developing more-effective drugs.
Looking to change perceptions of weight and wellness, Khalili challenged Gensler to create a space that welcomes and inspires patients. The architecture reflects the openness, ease and convenience sought for the practice, as well as the warmth and enthusiasm of the staff. Finished with an elegantly simple color palette of white, gray and light wood, as well as minimalist furniture and fixtures, the center offers a calming counterpoint to the bustle of the outside world. A balance of cove and natural lighting further reinforces the environment’s soothing quality. Sophisticated and timeless, the space showcases the center’s work, conveying a deep commitment to professionalism and well-being.
As part of the new Cy-Fair campus, Gensler designed a 98,000-square-foot Health Science Center. The west wing of this two-story building comprises classrooms and faculty suites, while the east wing contains teaching laboratories and open computer labs. The Allied Health department, located on the first floor includes a medical assistant office and lab, three nursing suites, three radiology suites and one sonography lab. The Science Department on the second floor comprises chemistry (organic and inorganic), biology, microbiology, geology, anatomy and physics labs, which share a common lab prep area.
Upon acquiring Unilab, Quest Diagnostics consolidated its Los Angeles clinical laboratory operations into a single campus location. The vision was to employ “best in class” systems and processes to create an effective and efficient laboratory utilizing Six Sigma/Lean Design methodologies in the planning and design process. Comprising 250,000 square feet of diagnostic laboratories, distribution space and offices, a new 600-ton central plant and service yard outfitted with emergency generators and a DI (pure) water system, the facility promotes flexibility and synergy between departments with an open-plan system featuring shared natural light, timeless materials and modular lab benches.
After master planning a new 25-acre research campus for this leading biotechnology company, Gensler planned, programmed and designed a new corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art research facility, including the renovation of a 65,000-square-foot industrial building. The headquarters incorporates four research laboratories and a 3,500-square-foot AAALAC-certified rodent vivarium, along with 50,000 square feet of office space. To prevent the promotion of cross-contamination, the facility employs separate mechanical systems that have the additional benefit of accommodating future campus growth. Meeting spaces promote collaboration between departments and the efficient exchange of knowledge.
UT Health Science Center’s Clinical Skills program tests students in a practical clinical environment, while the Surgical Skills Lab program allows for research, education and testing of students’ surgical skills in a variety of environments. Gensler renovated 11,400 square feet of basement shell space to serve these two programs. Facilities include two mock operating rooms and surgical lab space to provide for research and education. The operating rooms feature full-body simulators interfaced with A/V and computer recording equipment that can be programmed to simulate virtually any medical situation that might be encountered.
Gensler designed this 15,600 square-foot suite to replace facilities that were destroyed by Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. The design includes a 57-station gross anatomy lab, morgue, plastination lab, plastination/model display rooms, offices and conference facilities. One of the busiest facilities of its kind in the United States, the morgue serves not only the UT medical school but many other institutions. It incorporates two embalming stations, a built-in freezer and cooler, as well as body and chemical storage. The gross anatomy lab provides education facilities for both medical and dental students across the university.
Through extensive renovation, Gensler transformed an aging spec-office building on the I-10 freeway near downtown Los Angeles into a distinctive landmark — a generously day-lit, sustainable headquarters that visually conveys Cathay Bank’s “open-door” approach to banking. Working with the volumetric constraints of its existing structural frame, the new exterior envelope dramatically re-shaped and re-proportioned the building while also enhancing seismic and energy performance. A signature super-graphic of a goldfish — the Chinese symbol of abundance and wealth — spans multiple floors, adding color and interest to this high-performance workplace.
Envisioned as a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility, the new Farmers Field will be used both as a stadium and as a massive exhibition hall. AEG selected Gensler to complete the preliminary design of the privately financed, 72,000-seat venue — expandable to 76,500 seats for special events. Conceived as an integrated component of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Farmers Field will house 1,700,000 gross square feet and will feature a retractable roof to adapt to varying uses.
In renovating this aging Silicon Valley hotel, its owner saw an opportunity not only to refresh the property but to reposition it as a hip, intimate boutique hotel that would cater to a market segment largely ignored by other local offerings. The design team’s goal was to develop a residential feeling and to establish mood through texture, color and light. An inviting lounge with modern furnishings and saturated color accents sets a tone that is carried through to guest rooms and other public areas. The multi-phased renovation included eight guestroom floors, three large ballrooms, a lounge and a fitness center.
Gensler considered and designed every detail of this office/hotel/condominium project — from its strategic location to it furnishings — for optimal economic, environmental and community benefit. Highly efficient office and hotel floor plates optimize lease and planning spans, while the hotel’s interiors feature steel and glass elements, a nod to the city’s industrial past, as well as works by local artists. The lobby’s high ceiling draws in abundant natural light, setting the tone for an asymmetric grand staircase that leads to the restaurant. Guest rooms, with color schemes inspired by Pittsburgh’s rivers and bridges, convey a timeless aesthetic and spacious feel through thoughtful design details and elegantly simple furniture.
An adaptive re-use of Philadelphia’s historic “Architects Building,” this sophisticated 230-room hotel is Kimpton’s first LEED® Silver-certified property. The hotel includes a signature restaurant, a dozen spa suites, a presidential suite, a penthouse ballroom, a more prominent canopy entrance and a reconfigured lobby aptly called “The Living Room.” As an adaptive re-use project, the hotel incorporates multiple eco-conscious design and operations initiatives, from resource conservation to energy and water-use reduction.
This San Francisco landmark, a beloved Tiki bar and Polynesian dining room within The Fairmont hotel, was in dire need of a facelift following 60 years of operation and several mediocre renovation efforts. Gensler was brought in to refresh the entry foyer, bar area and dining room with the objective of enhancing the classic space and addressing various maintenance and operational issues. The updates highlight the original Tiki elements, improve circulation and increase bar seating. New lighting, furnishings and finishes add warmth and energy to the renewed space.
The goal for the Hilton family and acclaimed restaurateur Donna Scala with this new restaurant was the creation of an urban eatery that reinvents hotel dining. To complement the eclectic food, the space is designed to be stylish, casual and timeless. A striking, colorful metal horse sculpture welded from tractor, motorcycle and car parts serves as the focal point of the dining room, juxtaposing other old and new, rural and urban elements throughout the restaurant. Natural materials and reclaimed wood beams and claddings establish a warm, inviting atmosphere in contemporary style.
Reflecting Marriott’s forward-thinking approach, this hotel design eschews outmoded, formulaic hospitality concepts to appeal to Courtyard’s target clientele: style-conscious Gen X-ers who value ambience and comfort. A departure from the standard Courtyard brand, this hotel features infusions of color, form, texture and visual enticements to provide chic, yet reasonably priced accommodations. Traditionally separate reception, lounge and meeting areas are reworked here to create an open flow from one space to the next. Sophisticated furnishings and materials create comfortable, engaging public spaces both indoors and out.
Hotel Sorella is a 244-room hotel in Houston's CITYCENTRE mixed-use development. Since it opened in 2009, Sorella has twice earned a spot on the Condé Nast Gold List and has been named among the best business hotels by Fortune and Wallpaper. In 2012, the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association named it "Lifestyle Hotel of the Year.” The property reflects a playful interpretation of luxurious Italian interiors, the design being simple and clean with a sprinkling of surprising elements. Through creative solutions, the design team helped the hotel introduce a four-star property within a three-star budget.
For the third phase in the makeover of the ground-floor common areas of the legendary Century Plaza hotel, Gensler updated the lobby, imbuing it with a taste of Hollywood glamour. The new lobby is elegant and posh, with custom-designed furniture and fixtures. Colors are deep and rich — golds, reds and browns — and finishes are warm and welcoming. A unique plaster containing tiny acrylic beads covers the columns, giving them a subtle sparkle. The design team also reclaimed a dead patio space that now engages guests with comfortable seating, heaters and electric candles.
In 1990, the former Century Paramount Theater was transformed into a cutting edge hotel. In 2007, Gensler was asked by the property’s new owner to refresh the Times Square icon. With a focus on light and color, the hotel’s 597 rooms were renovated with contrasting textural materials and modern, serene furnishings. Guest rooms feel larger thanks to innovative, space-saving furniture solutions. Color schemes are primarily neutral but employ a strategic application of saturated color for pop and fun. Vibrant décor enlivens the lobby, and mezzanine floors combine historical architecture with chic, contemporary styles.
Gensler teamed with Passion Food Hospitality to design this new 10,000-square-foot restaurant featuring exceptional seafood and a thriving bar scene. Passion Food’s vision was to create a place that is organic, elegant and humanistic. Gensler responded with a space that exudes tasteful richness, graceful hospitality and a restrained style, flowing from intimate to grand, with ceiling heights ranging from eight to 19 feet. Finishes include deep woods, rich textiles, iridescent teal and silver tiles, and chandeliers that mimic undersea bubbles.
The defining element of this new Hyatt Regency Century Plaza bar is a highly visible cross-brace that resulted from a seismic retrofit of the building. Rather than hide this element, the design team chose to clad and paint the oversized “X” to create a striking brand mark. To establish the space, hotel registration was moved, thereby accommodating the bar/lounge, large kitchen and adjacent expansive outdoor private patio. The design is understated yet elegant, casual but sophisticated, acknowledging the high-end hotel’s business clientele, while still evoking laid-back Southern Californian spirit.
The redesign and upgrade of this underperforming guestroom building resulted in a property complete with a new concierge-level club, six high-end suites, and two new and unique standard guestroom models — one of which was served as the prototype for the building’s remaining guestrooms. The renovation included the sensitive task of remodeling the historically significant main building lobby and entry foyer, along with its Aztec, Gold and Grand Ballrooms. In conjunction with this project, Gensler also redesigned the original resort cottage buildings, converting them from standard four- and six-units to high-end, two-unit spa casitas.
Named for architect Albert Chase McArthur and his instructor and collaborator, Frank Lloyd Wright, this remodeled and updated restaurant is a respectful recreation of the original Biltmore Grill. With its horizontal, intersecting planes, the new restaurant exhibits the proportions and architectural spirit of the original while introducing new materials and engaging spaces. The design team employed the block molds from the original construction in 1927, extrapolating the pattern to create copper screens and glass frit. Overhangs, shaded intermediate rooms and folding walls respond to the desert climate and harvest natural light.
Working in collaboration with French architect Groupe-6, Gensler has been selected by Société De Projet Salle Multifonction, S.A.S. as lead architect for the Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena project, a new 12,000-seat indoor multipurpose facility that includes the Tony Parker Academy, a training center for promising young basketball players. This project is expected to open in April 2015 and will anchor a broader mixed-use development that includes a public plaza, team practice facilities, a cultural hall and links to nearby transit.
Gensler won the design and planning competition to create this groundbreaking mixed-use development. The project, led by MESA Housing Industries, Inc., will develop 370 acres, bringing a range of new residential, office, retail and hospitality options to the city and its 14 million residents. The plan also establishes 150 acres of open spaces and parks, including the region’s first theme park. Incorporating best practices around planning, design and sustainability — building around existing transportation routes, maximizing proximity and views to the lake, creating dynamic open spaces — Gensler's concept respects the city’s rich history and culture at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. The master plan concept, The City of Seven Gardens, was inspired by Istanbul’s nickname, “The City on Seven Hills.”
Located within Incheon International Airport, the lounge provides HyundaiCard Black members an exclusive environment to relax and compose before embarking on their travels. A counterpoint to the landside bustle and visual noise, the lounge’s elegantly simple layout is arranged within the serene confines of a freestanding “black box.” Like a perfectly packed suitcase, this smartly ordered space offers the information, accessories and entertainment needed to ensure an enjoyable travel experience. Different to traditional airline clubs, HyundaiCard combines the function and feel of a lounge blended with retail and museum programming. More than a static waiting space, the lounge offers passengers a place to finish open business, purchase a thoughtful gift and refresh for the journey ahead.
Named Airports Council International’s “Best Airport Worldwide” for seven years running, Incheon is a gateway to Korea and an aviation connection between Asia and the world. In mid-2011, nine international design teams competed to design a second, 72-gate terminal that doubles the airport’s size. Gensler, as the collaborating design architect with the HMGY (Heerim-Mooyoung-Gensler-Yungdo) Consortium, won the competition with an elegant, yet practical terminal concept notable for its extensive sustainable design features. The airport’s expansion includes a second control tower, train station, parking facilities, and an integral hotel and conference center. Slated for 2017 completion, Terminal 2 will incorporate advanced technologies that set new performance benchmarks for the celebrated airport.
Just north of Shanghai, this five-building complex is a model of sustainable development, organized around a vast manmade lake and connected by bridges skimming the water’s surface. Terraces, pavilions and other spaces offer water views, invite gatherings and build community. The range of settings provided across the complex speaks to the diversity of learning style that the school will support: Facilities include an academic incubator with wet and dry labs, a cultural center, guest rooms and suites. Because of the 201-acre site’s high water table, 40 acres are left as undisturbed wetlands.
Following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Gensler became involved in the city of Jacmel through Operation USA, an international relief agency heavily involved in Haiti’s relief efforts. Located on the country’s southern coast, Jacmel saw 70 percent of its homes damaged or destroyed. With funding from Honeywell, Operation USA enlisted Gensler to provide pro-bone design services for the reconstruction of the Ecole Nationale Jacob Martin Henriquez. The school re-opened in October 2011 to children eager to resume their daily routines. Jacmel’s rebuilt campus serves more than 400 students in grades K-7 who otherwise cannot afford primary education. The school also enables local engineers to learn how to construct buildings capable of withstanding future earthquakes and hurricanes.
The sole provider of higher education for western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, GCC prepares students for the region’s growing knowledge-based economy. To modernize its 1970s-era campus core, GCC turned to Gensler to help shape a vision and strategy for redefining the experience of the school’s Berkshire foothills campus. The transformed grounds include a new quadrangle capable of hosting large, outdoor functions, clearer connections between facilities with improved accessibility, and the centerpiece, a repositioned large-volume library that now functions as the hub of school activity with a learning commons, student services, administration and assembly spaces for social engagement.
Constructed in 1926, the Julia Ideson Building is one of Houston’s civic treasures. A $32 million renovation of the former main library resulted from a dynamic public/private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners (JILPP). Providing a repository for Houston memorabilia and rare archival material, the “new” library serves as the official city reception space and venue for exhibits, meetings and special events. Designed by noted Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram, the Spanish Renaissance building is replete with polychrome painted ceilings, intricate woodwork, marble columns and lofty public spaces. The restored library introduces a south wing and reading garden that were unrealized features of Cram’s original design.
With its new graduate facility, the nearly century-old New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) has a center that embodies a studio atmosphere, while fostering a sense of community and collaboration for faculty and students. The open, loft-like quality of the sustainably designed space provides for maximum light in the work studios and a flexible layout with expanded circulation and gathering areas for critiques and public forums. Student amenities and support areas include an auditorium, student lounge, resource library and light lab. Gensler designers referenced the school’s Upper East Side roots in articulating NYSID’s brand throughout the LEED® Platinum-certified center.
Bringing together multidisciplinary teams to develop solutions to alleviate global poverty, the Blum Center complex renovates and expands the historic 1914 Naval Architecture Building to provide a light-filled, three-story space shared by the center and the college. Responding to its landmark counterpart with a modern interpretation, the new wing is connected to the existing building by a second-floor bridge. The LEED® Silver-certified building incorporates a number of sustainable design strategies, including extensive use of glass, sunshades, operable windows and FSC-certified cedar shingles from sustainably managed forests.
To accommodate growing demand for its MBA and executive education programs, Wharton San Francisco expanded and relocated its West Coast campus to a Gensler-designed digital learning environment that allows the prestigious school to offer a wider range of custom business and entrepreneurial programming. The new 37,000-square-foot campus showcases panoramic bay views, state-of-the-art group study rooms, and amphitheater-style classrooms with HD video conferencing for broadcasts of networking events, speaker series and classes back to Philadelphia and across the world.
A new retail concept for Acme Brick Company, Patina transforms the process of selecting, purchasing and installing flooring and wall-covering products. Interactive displays give customers visual tools to find products, learn more about their characteristics and scan hundreds of room scenes for inspiration. A large Floor Creator© table allows customers to electronically view tile selections with different setting patterns and grout colors. A separate kitchen vignette contains the Backsplash Gallery©, which displays more than 50 different backsplash design ideas and inspirational design boards. Large material samples are displayed throughout the store in specially designed display units that reinforce Patina’s branding and provide readily accessible sample storage.
Designed to NBA standards and accommodating approximately 18,000 spectators, Gensler’s concept for multipurpose Shenbei Arena is inspired by the Chinese notion of Tian-Di — heaven and earth. Incorporating a combination of circles (the sky) and square-like ellipses (earth), the Tian-Di scheme is enhanced by the structure’s curvature, which, when combined with reflective stainless-steel metal panel walls, creates reflections of earth and sky outside the arena. Large operable doors allow the space to feature both indoor and outdoor events. Skylights draw natural light into public spaces, illuminating the structure and its interior elements and making them visible from the outside.
Atlanta’s largest independent advertising communications agency, 22squared faced major changes in 2007. With its lease set to expire and the advertising industry undergoing the largest creative revolution in a half century, 22squared, formerly WestWayne, rebranded and integrated digital, direct and event marketing operations with media-driven advertising. The agency then turned to Gensler to develop a complementary workplace strategy that would replace its outmoded office space and promote cross-disciplinary ways of working. The new LEED® Gold headquarters reduced space needs from three floors to two, yielding substantial cost savings and contributing an open, collaborative environment that has increased knowledge sharing by 20 percent, according to a post-occupancy employee survey.
Gensler led a top-finishing competition consortium of architects, urban designers and environmental engineers in the planning and design of Rio Olympic Park, a 1.18-million-square-meter area that would serve as home to 15 Olympic and 11 Paralympic events in 2016. The master plan creates an exciting experience for visitors, spectators and athletes, while establishing a framework for sustainable legacy development. New stadiums — with their sustainable technologies proudly on display — are linked together by a magnificent central plaza.
Moscone West Exhibition Hall is the newest addition to the Center, expanding the facility’s conference and trade-show capacity by 45 percent. The addition’s sweeping, transparent façade yields a daylight-filled building, with a 112-foot-tall curtain wall in the pre-function space forming one of California’s tallest unsupported glass structures. The building’s extraordinary flexibility, including more than 5,000 linear feet of moveable, ceiling-hung panels, allows separate events to be hosted simultaneously on all three floors. Upper floors wrap around the building’s southeast corner, extending out above the sidewalk to form a protective canopy. Gensler designed Moscone West in joint venture with Michael Willis Architects and Kwan Henmi Architecture.
This new building at the heart of the Santa Monica College campus will serve as a focal point for the physical activities of the student population. The facility will include a new fitness center, weight room, group exercise and classrooms, dance studios and locker rooms, along with Athletic Department offices and a new campus central plant. When complete, the building will adjoin and function in concert with an existing gymnasium that is being renovated as part of the project. Designed to LEED® Silver standards, the project incorporates sustainable measures including natural lighting and ventilation and solar-heated hot water.
The Izu Velodrome is the first 250-meter indoor cycle track to be built in Japan. In creating a wooden indoor racetrack, the client aimed to introduce a facility that could host UCI Category-1 sprinting events and serve as a training ground for Japan’s top cycling athletes. Gensler worked with the client to select a wooden cycle track design specialist — from only three in the world — and worked closely with them, including assessing the facility’s lifecycle costs and creating a cost-effective strategy that balanced the design of permanent facilities with temporary ones used only during world-class races.
Leaders and designers within Gensler’s Sports + Recreation practice have been involved in improvements to Dodger Stadium for more than two decades. Notable modernization and renovation projects encompass an expansion to the Dugout Club, field-level seating and executive offices in 2005; and, more recently, Stadium Club terrace seating and a Dodger Clubhouse renovation in 2010.
Faced with a competitive market and explosive growth, KFC teamed with Gensler to develop a new global restaurant prototype that embodies a refreshed brand image. The design places greater emphasis on the kitchen and includes widely applicable experiential, operational and architectural solutions to recalibrate KFC’s position in the competitive fast-food market. The prototype introduced a variety of dining spaces with raised ceiling heights and more natural light. KFC’s new brand image is incorporated in a flexible system of signage and graphics; and clean, simple interiors and interactive tables draw a new, younger demographic.
This $2.5 million project adds 622 seats to the New York Mets’ spring training facility. With a series of terraced and landscaped patios, fans can now dine and soak up sun while watching the action on the field. Curved and serpentine patios conform to the existing landscape, resulting in the addition looking and feeling as though it had always been there. The project includes a 12,000-square-foot, ground-level shell space envisioned to be the future home of a state-of-the-art fitness center. The addition was constructed and completed in less than three months to accommodate the 2012 season opening.
Advocate Healthcare’s faith-based, values-driven brand is an important differentiator in the marketplace, and maintaining the long-term integrity and value of the brand is critical to its growth. Recognizing the need to connect its diverse network of buildings, Advocate engaged Gensler to develop consistent branding and wayfinding guidelines to support the extension of the brand. Taking a holistic approach to integrate the organization’s emotional and spiritual sides with practical design solutions, Gensler proposed a system of branded signage around the concept “The Light Within,” signifying the faith-based care that shines through every Advocate facility.
Singapore is seeking to care for one of Asia’s fastest-aging populations; and the Community Hospital @ Yishun aims to serve it with the best in “slow medicine,” which harnesses technology without being driven by it. Collaborating with HDR, Gensler’s design competition solution envisioned a building with spatial organization connecting patient need to hospital services. State-of-the-art medicine would be complemented by universal access to experience-rich amenities, educational resources and gardens. Multiple sustainable solutions would be employed, including a naturally ventilated skin that draws in prevailing winds, daylight, and the sounds and smells of the region.
The University of Southern California’s acquisition of University Hospital created an opportunity to develop a facility where its Keck School of Medicine physicians could focus on teaching, research and patient care while aligning itself with the user experience. Bringing a strategic approach to the methodology in designing a facility that truly reflects the vision, mission and academic quality of USC, Gensler facilitated a study focusing on the experiences of patients, families, staff and hospital leadership. Using evidence-based design methodology, the team uncovered five key drivers for the design of public spaces: legacy, comfort, quality, clarity and environment.
Gensler’s response to the campus master plan guided the creation of a broad-based health and wellness center of excellence using existing and proposed health, education and economic-development resources while transforming the delivery of medical care and health services in its South Los Angeles community. Beyond the direct need to improve medical care and physical conditions — and enhance the facility’s reputation — the plan takes into consideration the Center’s role in the overall context of the County’s healthcare system, its importance as an institution to the community, and its potential as a model health community of excellence.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) is a recognized leader in advancing patient care, education and research. In updating its environments to reflect the hospital brand — compassionate care and clinical excellence — NMH asked Gensler to develop a 20-year sustainable campus-wide refurbishment plan. The result is a complete planning system and detailed standards and guidelines to ensure that NMH’s distinct brand of excellence is consistently expressed in every space across its campus. NMH now has comprehensive understanding and control over every step of the refurbishment process, and all of its space can be viewed, organized and updated as priorities change.
This new facility consolidates two previously separate programs in one new home, combining the physical and programmatic elements of both in an 8,000-square-foot space. The integration prompted the Gensler team to consider new crossovers and efficiencies. A shared lobby helped, resulting in centralized support staff and increased collaboration. The unification and design have resulted in new program offerings and a more collaborative environment for employees and participants.
Gensler designed this new healing garden to evoke feelings of well-being, provide places for serenity and rejuvenation, and impart visitors with a sense of connectedness to the natural world. Made possible through community philanthropy, the garden offers shaded outdoor gathering spaces, paths interwoven with drought-tolerant plantings, hummingbird and butterfly gardens, and water features. In addition to being visible from many patient rooms, lobby walls and doors were replaced with floor-to-ceiling glass to create a clear connection to other areas of the hospital and to draw in patients and visitors.
This cancer treatment center uses nature as a healing element and the basis of its design. Through an evidence-based design approach that included extensive interviews with doctors to gain an in-depth understanding of the changing nature of cancer treatment, Gensler incorporated de-mountable walls, sliding barn-like doors, flexible flooring and under-floor access in its design response. The building’s two floors are organized around three specific program elements surrounding a central healing garden. The space is highlighted by daylighting strategies, framed views from within and integration to the surrounding natural landscape.
The only structure ever built on Lima’s coastal bluffs, Larcomar is an existing mall that Gensler is helping expand and rebrand for 21st century needs. Incorporating a new 300-room, five-star hotel, the completed project will transform the site into a shopping, entertainment and high-end dining destination. The design takes its cues from the topography and references ancient Peruvian culture by marrying the building with the landscape. The development comprises distinct zones based on uses, and cascading terraces connect the centers of activity and open to expansive views. The mall, park, hotel, highway and beach are linked through improved vertical circulation.
The University of California, San Diego’s new LEED® Silver East Campus Office Building was created to provide needed support space for existing and future planned Medical Center and Health Sciences facilities and to consolidate existing office space previously scattered across the campus. Gensler provided design of roughly 3,000 assignable square feet (ASF) of clinical research space and 40,000 ASF of faculty and administrative office, support and dry-lab research space. The clinic takes advantage of its ground-floor location to ensure easy and intuitive access by research subjects participating in the facility’s numerous clinical trials.
With aggressive roll-out plans to significantly increase the number of clinics across the country, Vein Clinics of America (VCA) turned to Gensler to develop design standards for all future clinics. VCA’s vision: an environment where medical procedures would be performed in a non-hospital setting that is attractive yet functional. In addition to meeting all of the medical requirements, Gensler’s design helps patients feel at ease through the look and feel of a spa rather than a medical office, with a fresh color palette, natural materials and finishes, and soft lighting. Brand standards and guidelines are being developed to ensure consistent branding.
To ensure its stores reflect the high quality of its products, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf turned to Gensler to create four new global prototype designs, each lending itself to a particular customer demographic, context and scale. Each features a common set of design elements deemed essential to the brand, but the prominence of these varies across the different prototypes. In addition to aesthetic issues, Gensler studied activity behind the bar and proposed changes to store configuration that increase functionality and enhance customer-employee interaction. Concurrently, Gensler helped the company launch CBTL, a sub-brand selling coffee machines, refining and focusing the broader design aesthetic to establish a separate identity.
Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre oasis in the center of downtown Oklahoma City. Gensler worked with The Office of James Burnett and the City to redevelop the park grounds and add four key architectural elements: a restaurant, an open-air pavilion, an extension to the existing botanical conservatory and a band shell. The buildings were designed to float in the landscape, enhancing visitors’ ability to escape, relax and enjoy the natural setting. Since the park’s grand re-opening in 2011, it has attracted thousands of visitors from around the globe and right down the road.
Japan’s leading apparel brand, Uniqlo, is expanding globally with an aspiration to be “#1 in the world.” Starting with a Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York, Gensler has utilized its global design network to support Uniqlo’s expansion across Asia, Europe and the United States. While Gensler’s responsibilities vary by store type – ranging from schematic design to construction administration – Uniqlo relies on Gensler to facilitate effective communication between the Japanese project team and the local consultants and authorities engaged on each project. Gensler also works with Uniqlo to establish and maintain design guidelines and standards to ensure the international store rollout program delivers the highest level of quality.
Global Seawater, Inc. (GSI) formed in February 2007 with the pioneering vision of rethinking the planet’s energy and food needs using the world’s largest natural resource — seawater. As part of GSI’s Global Seawater Initiative to develop green desert coastlands and construct sustainable communities, Gensler is employing ideas drawn from its deep understanding of the environmental, economic and cultural factors that inform the creation of a planned community.
Gensler provided a mixed-use urban design and landscape strategy for a high-profile quarter of this historic city. The site, housing a number of significant buildings that reflect the city’s industrial past, is surrounded by rapidly changing urban districts and a growing residential population. The design focuses on a series of narrow arcade streets linking small-scale squares, each of which reinforces a distinct identity and use. A wider “boulevard” bisects the site, providing views to the historic buildings. A pocket park offers a focal point for a collection of restaurants and cafés.
This iconic specialty clothing store has been re-imagined as a seven-story “townhouse” with a luxurious residential design that celebrates the heritage of its brand and locale with modern finishes. Renovating the building presented multiple challenges resulting in an innovative design solution that has enabled the retailer to increase its apparel offerings by 35 percent. Each floor in the townhouse is cast as a different “room.” This provides subtle, yet varied backdrops allowing each designer’s boutique to showcase its merchandise as the “star.” A new penthouse incorporates a “made-to-measure” service and lounge area with club chairs, a fireplace and full bar.
Set for completion in 2015, The Tower at PNC Plaza marks a new step in PNC’s efforts to revive downtown Pittsburgh. In designing this new 32-story corporate headquarters, Gensler and its partners seek to set a high standard for sustainable skyscrapers, devising an innovative, low-energy strategy to heat and cool the building. From its one-of-a-kind, breathable double skin to its innovative workplace strategy, the tower drives performance to new levels. Through an integrated approach, the iconic tower advances the science of high-rise office buildings, introduces new benefits to the workplace, and supports the community at large.
When the economic downturn scrapped a ground-up project, Gensler’s design team had a new directive: repurpose an 80,000-square-foot, 40-year-old building, incorporating elements of the original design, but on a dramatically reduced budget. Targeting LEED® Silver certification, the new facility consolidates a command center, dispatch and customer service group under one roof. In addition to extensive use of daylighting for occupants, the design is a model of sustainability and cost-conscious adaptive reuse and features stormwater retention, highly efficient mechanical equipment (including three 350-ton magnetic bearing chillers), solar energy for hot water and a photovoltaic system to generate power.
The design and documentation of this two-story, 65,000-square-foot facility were completed using BIM modeling software, which integrates the mechanical, electrical, structural and architectural components. This permitted early cost modeling and clash detection, keeping the project on budget and on schedule. Security was one of the client's primary goals, so the structure's materials project solidness and opaqueness throughout, reflecting the primary design concept: technology's "black box." Building systems and technology are partially exposed to translate the program of the Tier III data center.
— AIA Regional Merit Award
Targeting LEED® Gold certification, this project serves as the prototype of the client’s next-generation data center program. At this fault-tolerant, concurrently maintainable, Tier III+ facility, 72 hours of fuel and 300,000 gallons of chilled water are stored onsite to ensure operational continuity during the most challenging conditions. With 25,000 square feet of white space on Day 1, expandable to 70,000 square feet, the project will continue to meet the client’s growing demands. All critical building systems are backed up by UPS systems, and the structure is almost entirely precast concrete designed to withstand wind loads of up to 200 miles per hour.
The Clinic treats 4.6 million patients a year through 26 health institutes, and its medical records (which are maintained digitally) need to be available 24/7. Oriented to provide the most scenic views to the workplace area, this state-of-the-art, LEED®-NC Silver-certified facility consolidates legacy equipment and is expandable to support research supercomputing. Robust, redundant and fault-tolerant infrastructure, coupled with forward-thinking architectural design, rise to the challenge: Researchers can take advantage of the facility’s flexibility to house supercomputers that support new avenues of medicine, which helps attract and retain talent and support grant proposals.
— ENR Midwest Best Projects 2012: Award of Merit, Healthcare
The final piece of the client's three-facility construction program, this state-of-the-art data center will be among the largest in China for domestic commercial banks. Using a square modular design, the data center allows for flexibility in arrangement, efficient layouts, and scalability, leading to lower costs and quicker building schedules. Supporting campus buildings include office and meeting spaces, a dormitory, and a cafe. Designed to LEED® standards, the project features a green roof and a system for harvesting rainwater.
This state-of-the-art, LEED®-NC Gold-certified building, designed to withstand an EF-3 tornado, provides a secure, efficient operating environment for one of the world’s fastest supercomputers. Along with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and engineering partners, Gensler helped develop the program and plan around the computer as it was conceived and developed. With power densities up to 10 times greater than existing high-performance computing centers, the team devised innovative design and engineering solutions. The five-acre site, which can accommodate expansion, was chosen for its proximity to an existing power and chiller plants, allowing for economical utility distribution and reliable, redundant power and cooling sources.
— ENR Midwest Best Projects 2010: Award of Merit, Higher Education/Research
A confidential major telecommunications client identified cloud computing as a key growth area for its operations, and in 2009 it launched a data center expansion strategy aimed at bolstering infrastructure. The client retained Gensler to design a new 1,100,000-square-foot Tier IV facility that would serve as a key element in its data center expansion strategy. The building's final design, a containerized scheme, would utilize free cooling and hot aisle containment, contributing to a target of LEED® Gold, and the facility would operate with N+2 redundancy for the electrical system.
Sited on Princeton’s Forrestal campus, this 47,000-square-foot, EnergyStar-certified data center houses two types of computing: administrative servers and network in a Tier II configuration, and high-performance research computing in a Tier I configuration. During winter, the air conditioning system can be switched off, and louvers can be opened to let in the cold air. Other sustainability measures in the LEED®-NC Gold-certified center include cooling towers that enable the chillers to be turned off when the outside temperature is near freezing. A natural-gas-powered backup generator, which has a lower carbon footprint than the electricity provided by the power utility, features a co-generation capability to harness waste heat as energy to chill the water.
India’s third-busiest airport, Chennai International is the gateway to the country’s southern region. Designed by Gensler, Frederic Schwarz Architects and the Creative Group, the project comprises the new Kamaraj Domestic Terminal, a future international terminal, and a roadway and pedestrian link connecting the airport’s four terminals. Together, the two new terminals will increase annual volume by 12 million passengers, twice its current capacity, and offer a modern travel experience that sets new benchmarks for resilient airport design in Asia. A prototype for India’s next-generation, government-operated airports, the terminal designs demonstrate an aggressive approach to energy and water conservation, minimizing environmental impact and providing a healthy atmosphere for passengers.
Barneys New York’s brand ethos — taste, luxury, humor — is one of the most distinctive in the world of luxury retail. In 2004, the company set out on an ambitious expansion plan, working with Gensler to develop five new retail stores. While every Barneys store incorporates features such as open-plan circulation, a central staircase, and custom artwork, each location provides opportunities to reinterpret these iconic elements. In Chicago, a new six-story building replacing Barney’s outgrown flagship blends the city’s classic forms with Barneys’ contemporary wit. While in Scottsdale, local materials were employed that reference the vernacular landscape.
This new store-in-store concept is a physical manifestation of Blue Shield’s brand strategy and personality. The design is modern and approachable, featuring a palette of crisp whites, warm wood finishes and fresh, leaf-green accents complementing the company’s traditional namesake blue. Located inside a Lucky grocery store, every inch of its 500-square-foot footprint is designed to function to its fullest potential. Incorporating lounge seating, touch-screen workspaces, three private offices and a nurses station, the space’s visual appeal and convenience combine to beckon new and existing members to think about their overall health and wellness.
Gensler initially evaluated several buildings for Johns Hopkins Medicine International’s new headquarters and subsequently was engaged to execute the vision for the selected building. A key project goal was removing boundaries between staff and focusing on collaboration. In response, a single, consistent workstation solution established a plan that instilled a feeling of accessibility and greater working transparency for all employees. The executive zone enjoys water views, but as offices are open on all sides the view is accessible to all staff. While LEED certification was not a project goal, the project incorporates many sustainable design best practices.
Located opposite historic St Paul’s Cathedral, this significant office and retail building required improvements to its efficiency and operation. Carefully coordinated to complement existing architectural proposals, Gensler’s landscape proposal centers on a strategy that addresses the aesthetic, planning and ecological benefits of developing a usable green roof garden for the facility. “Garden rooms” feature stunning views of St Paul’s and the Thames without obstructing views to the Cathedral.
Gensler prepared a feasibility study to evaluate a previously developed park master plan. Study goals included establishing current costs and determining whether the original plan of the 4.2-hectare park could be delivered within contemporary financial constraints. After validating that the 2010 cost estimate remained accurate in 2012 terms, the study report revealed that, within the context of existing funding, it would not be possible to implement sufficient elements of the plan to enable a positive transformation of the park.
Gensler's design for this 4.8-hectare mixed-use project draws inspiration from Sofia’s city skyline being set against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains. Suggesting connections between the project’s building forms and the environment, the landscape design fuses the development’s architectural and spatial forms with elements such as foothills, woodlands and parks situated within, around and on top of the buildings. Open spaces, roof gardens and entrance plazas provide a series of spaces for social interaction and relaxation that can be enjoyed year-round.
Gensler’s design for this high-end Midtown Manhattan steakhouse considers the shifting seasons as it frames a new and special experience for the popular restaurant. Multiple accents draw the elegant interior experience to the outside; one such example being the detailed, up-lit glass panels that are integrated into outdoor planters. Gensler’s services include landscape, lighting and seating design.
Ibn Hani is fast becoming a popular regional tourist and holiday attraction. To help manage its development, Gensler prepared a comprehensive master plan for the 32-hectare oceanfront site, with accommodation for a range of facilities and uses including timeshare properties, apartments, studio flats and a five-star hotel along with retail, leisure clubs and a marina. The landscape design centers on a series of open spaces and linear parks that form the versatile heart of the development. Visually interesting routes, redolent of the site’s green context, intersect the plan; and landscaped spaces draw inspiration from local archaeology, history and agricultural patterns.
This project encompasses the restoration and renovation of a historic, city-center stable building. Its landscape design observes traditional formality with clipped hedging and pyramidal containerized trees providing order, while seasonal planting allows the garden to spring to life during the region’s short summer months. Well-defined edges and geometries of hard and soft materials ensure that the garden is evident during the winter when snow blankets the landscape. A series of pavilion structures, water features and statues populate and animate the space.
For the third phase of the downtown Doha development, Gensler is providing detailed design for the public spaces and streets. A series of narrow alleyways flow through the development at mid-block, creating shaded pedestrian passageways that open up into courtyards of varying character. The central mosque, a significant building in the district, opens onto a courtyard given an elaborate landscape treatment, including bands of paving stripes consistent with the interior prayer lines, providing external prayer space while framing the landscape and planting scheme. The project is designed to LEED® Gold standards.
A stipulation for the landscape design of this multipurpose conference center complex was that it reflect the traditional materials and palette of the surrounding city. Outdoor spaces are distinct in character, with water features and planting arranged in a simple geometry around a central café. A more organic approach was taken with the “sky garden,” where a number of sweeping curves and tensile canopies provide ample shade with elegant forms. A strongly planted framework wraps the edge of the entire terrace, defining the space and creating a welcoming, green escape from the city.
The plan for this high-end, mixed-use cultural district was developed both to continue the contextual water system to the east and to provide a spectacular view to the city’s Opera House and music facilities to the west. The 55-acre site comprises retail and entertainment on its first two levels and office/live-work space and residences above. Events and programming further enhance a district envisioned to respond resiliently to an environment that experiences tidal flows and seasonal shifts. As a result, the site delivers an authentic setting and carefully tailored program within a mixed-use development.
In addition to architectural, signage and interior renovations for this downtown Manhattan office building, Gensler is providing landscape architecture services for the 4,000-square-foot plaza. The design includes a proposed café, living wall, moveable seating and seat walls, seasonal trees and a large accent entry fountain.
This new high-quality mixed-use office, retail and leisure development comprises four buildings of varying sizes and floor-plate configurations to offer tenants maximum flexibility of Grade-A office space. The public areas promote permeability, with pedestrian connections to adjacent parts of the city to draw and lead people into the new public square at the heart of the development. The central square and connecting streets respond to the scale and form of the development block, as well as to the grain and appearance of the surrounding city.
In designing both the interior lobby space and the external courtyard of the tower, Gensler is creating a cohesive and welcoming environment that provides a memorable impression to visitors, while offering a relaxing outdoor environment for tower workers. The building’s two ground-floor courtyards and its podium rooftop are all visually connected, as well as visible from the vantage point of the tower itself. Each landscaped space has its own distinctive and easily recognizable character, enhanced by unique furniture and lighting.
After the city identified Al Maryah Island as its new financial center, Gensler created a master plan and comprehensive design guidelines for this 122-hectare development. To convey its status as a financial and strategic healthcare center, Abu Dhabi sought new standards in the project’s planning and architectural design. The master plan aimed to create a human-scale environment that would maximize connectivity for workers and visitors, while enhancing the opportunity to enjoy a work-life balance.
The 2025 Master Plan illustrates a best-case scenario for the public/private development of downtown Houston’s convention district, a 60-city block area surrounding the George R. Brown Convention Center. The plan envisions a vibrant, economically sustainable district of residential, hotel, office, retail, dining and entertainment development, capitalizing on the future east-west transit lines of the Metro light rail and existing public spaces such as Discovery Green. The final plan, completed in December 2011, included recommendations for a district-wide strategy addressing land acquisition/parcel assemblage, public policy changes and investment incentives, public/private partnerships, infrastructure improvements and phased development strategies.
The objective of this 68-hectare conceptual master plan is to provide a considerable expansion of Turkey’s economic capabilities and reinstate the country’s historic positioning as a leading economic powerhouse of trade and commerce. Gensler’s planning teams in London and Los Angeles have created a unique vision, inspired by Turkey’s historic Topkapi Palace. The concept incorporates bold references to the medieval and walled communities of old Istanbul, including colonnaded courtyards and open spaces, as well as a hierarchy of gate systems to convey a subtle yet secure development.
Anticipating a global shift to clean and renewable energy, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) will emerge as a new center for research and innovation in sustainable energy production. Located southwest of central Riyadh, K.A.CARE will also serve as the new model of a resource-efficient desert city. Gensler’s plan, first proposed in a government-sponsored, international competition, provides two key components of successful community building — a sense of place and dense, phased growth — set into the dramatic wadi (literally, valley or dry riverbed) landscape.
One of Cairo’s new satellite cities, the schematic master plan for New Giza includes a campus for Johns Hopkins University, an MGM resort hotel, and dense cultural, leisure, office and shopping facilities for local residents and visitors alike. Gensler capitalized on the dramatic landform of the 105-hectare former quarry site to create distinct characters for each district. Two of those districts — the Hotel and the Hill Town — are planned on high ridges and sloped plateaus to take maximum advantage of the site’s spectacular views to the pyramids of Giza.
As a pilot project to bring a recent acquisition under the umbrella of the Infection Prevention Division of this large, international client, Gensler developed new workplace guidelines as well as global standards for the company’s administrative offices worldwide. Responding to a key goal of customer focus, customer experiences are visually expressed on a prominent wall separating public and private areas. A central circulation zone is flanked by spaces that encourage collaboration and teamwork. Emphasizing wellness in the workplace, the new global standards include areas such as gathering spaces for wellness presentations, treadmills to encourage breaks or reading and standup workstations.
When this rapidly expanding agency secured 125,000 square feet in Minneapolis’s historic Ford Center building, Gensler was tasked with allowing the industrial character to shine through. Design concepts focus on various connections central to the firm’s philosophy. Sustainable reclaimed and industrial materials connect the new space and the building’s rich history, and an eclectic mix of found objects reflect the variety of individuals, clients and processes that comprise the firm. New strategies for an energized client experience include Brand Rooms dedicated to key clients and integrated displays that recognize visitors and boast Olson’s brand anthropology studies.
Outsell develops analytic software that leverages real-time online consumer interactions and applies predictive algorithms to optimize consumer engagement, overlapping technology and creative expertise. That concept of overlap was a key driver of the design of its new Minneapolis headquarters. People overlap in various spaces along a main circulation path, which become significant nodes for engagement and accelerated serendipity. A large café and adjacent reception area can accommodate a gathering of the entire staff by opening a metal drapery that otherwise separates the two yet maintains a visual connection. The overall result is a restrained, graceful design that helps tell Outsell’s distinctive story.
This international advertising agency opened a Minneapolis office to support a strategic client; that working relationship became a key project driver: The space needed to be welcoming and support all-day work sessions while projecting a distinct identity. An authentic architectural character is revealed through concrete floors, structural elements and open ceilings. Public and private areas in the small space blur but are delineated through wall graphics, artwork, furniture and textiles. Simple materials including steel panels, white subway tile and butcher block in built areas balance the playfulness of open areas. A multifunctional kitchen and meeting areas allow for maximum flexibility.
James Turrell’s AKHOB exhibit (Egyptian for “pure water”) is the only permanent Ganzfeld art installation of its kind in the United States. Unveiled at Louis Vuitton-CityCenter in June 2013, AKHOB is a series of rooms designed to cause peripheral and visual disarray through the intensity of 900 color-changing LED lights. With no apparent edges to walls or ceilings, the exhibit eliminates one’s ability to comprehend depth, providing a mystifying sense of infinity. Gensler partnered with Baltic Studios, Turrell’s lighting designer, to realize this one-of-a-kind immersive experience. AKHOB received an AIA Merit Award at the 2013 AIA Nevada Design Awards.
Facing an influx of competing global brands on their home turf, India-based menswear retailer ColorPlus partnered with Gensler to refresh its image. Extensive research gave the design team a deep understanding of the target customer and the ColorPlus brand, with craftsmanship, quality and authenticity at its core. The resulting refresh is a cohesive point of view that consistently focuses on inspiration, education and service across the portfolio of shop-in-shops, mall stores and flagships that range from 500 to 2,700 square feet. Gensler-designed custom fixtures enable flexibility for the three retail formats and easy set up in new locations.
Recognizing the importance of strong face-to-face relationships and trust in a complicated health insurance landscape, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) engaged Gensler to design a street-level retail space that builds brand recognition by providing a differentiated, personalized customer experience in sales, service and wellness education. As the state’s leading insurance company, Horizon BCBSNJ enjoys strong brand recognition and a favorable reputation, but the identity needed to be developed and extended to have the impact required of a retail brand. The resulting space combines elements of hospitality and customer service with a refreshingly modern aesthetic.
Following a decade of successful design collaborations, Neiman Marcus and Gensler partnered in the renovation of the retailer’s Bal Harbour location. The new design introduces an aesthetic refresh to a specialty department store that had seen only modest modifications since its 1971 opening. Employing an edgy, artistic look appealing to a younger demographic, the new store features progressive architecture and fixture design respectful of the iconic brand’s heritage. The renovation resulted in the store rising from position 16 to second on the luxury retailer’s list of top-grossing locations. VMSD awarded the store with its “2013 Retail Renovation of the Year” honor.
For its first U.S. West Coast location, U.K. retailer TOPSHOP strategically placed its newest flagship at The Grove, Los Angeles’ premiere destination for fashion-forward shoppers. Gensler developed a program of distinct stage-like settings for each product line, ranging from limited edition to the primary lines, creating small departments within the store. Like the lights on a fashion runway, a custom skylight showcases the expansive shoe collection and streams natural light deep into the store. The TOPMAN space — co-located with TOPSHOP for the first time — stands out with an edgy, masculine elegance consistent with the merchandise.
Gensler, in partnership with TESTRAD (The Thames Estuary Research and Development Company), has conceived a master plan for London’s future airport and regional redevelopment. Sited in the Thames Estuary, the international hub would provide London with the next-generation airport and high-speed rail system links necessary to sustain its world city status. As proposed, the maritime location limits noise and environmental impact by directing flight paths over low- to zero-density housing, while allowing ample space for future expansion. The concept plan not only addresses the limitations of London’s landlocked airports and projected population growth, it also calls for Heathrow’s transformation into a new London Borough, and the social and economic regeneration of East London.
Facebook’s new +1 million-square-foot corporate campus mirrors the company’s philosophy: It's open, mobile, socially connected, dimensionally aware, culturally relevant and personally sustaining. What was once a collection of discrete buildings in an early ’90s office park is now a dense and dynamic urban environment. Appearing as a work-in-progress, with plywood ceilings, concrete floors and shop lighting, the headquarters meets a key goal of communicating Facebook’s upstart, scrappy, iterative and creative culture. Supporting a critical mix of collaboration and focused work, employees are given a wide variety of spaces in which to work individually or in groups.
The challenge for the tech titan’s Seattle office was creating a user-defined space that could adapt to constant change, while still expressing the company’s spirit and values. The answer came through a free-form space with employee-controlled workspaces and the use of basic, non-pretentious materials. Interior walls are blank canvases for employees to use as they see fit. A range of spaces from a micro-kitchen and pop-ups to cozy rooms and chill areas accommodate a variety of working styles. To minimize demolition and maximize sustainability, many items were repurposed or reused, including doors, walls, glass and exposed ceilings.
As architects, designers, planners and consultants, we partner with our clients on some 3,000 projects every year. These projects can be as small as a wine label or as large as a new urban district. With 2,000+ professionals networked across more than 30 locations, we serve our clients as trusted advisors, combining localized expertise with global perspective wherever new opportunities arise. Our work reflects an enduring commitment to sustainability and the belief that design is one of the most powerful strategic tools for securing lasting competitive advantage.
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