Cushman and Wakefield’s goal for their new headquarters in San Francisco was to reflect their new vision for the next 20 years — a more open and collaborative client-focused space, internally and externally. The client wanted to move away from their traditional and conservative office space, which included wood panels, stone flooring, private offices, and panel-based workstations. The new workspace is an unexpectedly progressive professional services environment with open benching, all-clear glass interior and perimeter offices, with focus rooms and team spaces, all while reflecting the culture of San Francisco.
From planning and conceptual design to materials, finishes, and graphics; the design idea involved portraying the core of what Cushman and Wakefield does, “buildings and structure,” taking a holistic branding approach. During the planning, all interior space was developed around the shell building modules, columns, and structures. Architectural design reflected structures and buildings in the city, such as materials selected to represent and express pure building materials — concrete, raw wood, steel, and glass. A “brise soleil” idea was used in the reception conference rooms as a way to provide privacy and sun shade. Cushman and Wakefield also aimed to achieve a high level of sustainability from design to construction. As a result, the project achieved LEED Gold certification.