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Seattle, Washington

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) aims “to contribute to humanity through high-impact AI research and engineering.” For its offices, AI2 wanted a collaborative workplace that would serve as a powerful recruitment tool and catalyst for its startup operation. Gensler designers created an office environment that employs its waterfront setting to infuse the space with daylight and Lake Union views, generating an atmosphere of transparency and calm. Sweeping soffit formations express the company’s futuristic goals and alter the character of the space throughout the day, while wood elements acknowledge the organization’s Northwest roots. Areas for focused research are complemented by spaces for external and educational engagement, further promoting AI2’s inspired think-tank mentality.