For the investment arm of a much larger company, NBBJ balanced open workstations with privacy and security needs, giving the financial team its own distinct identity within the organization.

This investment company, formerly located in a workspace repurposed from the firm’s core business, saw its relocation as an opportunity to transform into a more collaborative, team-oriented culture. At the heart of the new workplace is a large “Town Hall” that hosts frequent all-office gatherings. The adjacent pantry, boardrooms and visitors’ suite can all open to this communal area as well, providing even more flexibility, and all with state-of-the-art telecommunications capabilities.

Where most employees once occupied isolated offices, now much of the office consists of open workstations, dedicated to the trading floor and administrative functions. Private offices are fronted with glass for visual connections to the open workstations and to bring natural light deep into the office. A visitors’ suite near the reception area provides a place for the investment team to meet with internal clients, or consultants to work for longer-term stays.

The materials are understated, with a restrained palette of neutral tones, wood and light blue accented by orange furnishings. The result is a timeless, modern workplace, appropriate not only to an investment company, but also to the dynamic organization of which it is part.