There’s No Place Like the Office: Infusing Hospitality Design Into the Workplace
August 05, 2022
Editor's note: this podcast episode originally appeared on the Gensler Design Exchange podcast.
The office has always been at the heart of the workplace ecosystem, but it has been forever changed by Covid-19. After more than two years of working remotely and in hybrid settings, the million-dollar question for business leaders and designers is: what does the future of the physical office look like?
In this episode of Gensler Design Exchange, Bob Pinkard, founder and principal of The Pinkard Group, and Liz Stern, managing partner of the Mayer Brown Washington, D.C. office, join Gensler Design Director Mariela Buendia-Corrochano to discuss how their respective projects incorporate hospitality design to inspire and motivate their employees — and to turn offices into a destination, rather than an obligation.
Liz shares how a hospitality approach was used in the redesign of the downtown D.C. office of global law firm Mayer Brown. In collaborating on the redesign, Mayer Brown and Gensler defined the project’s design principle as “a place where you want to be,” and set out to infuse the space with a dramatic hospitality ambiance. The team paid special attention to the project’s everyday experience, embedded technology, and climate resilience properties.
Bob discusses his perspective on deciding to invest in hospitality design in the repositioning of 4300 Wilson, a reimagined Class A office building in the bustling Ballston neighborhood of Virginia. The Gensler team renovated the lobby, incorporating hospitality-inspired design elements, and added a conference room space, fitness center, and other amenities to create a unique workplace experience, enticing both visitors and tenants.
Tune in to hear the full conversation.
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