Weber Shandwick, a global PR brand, envisioned a new office space that would embody a spirit of collaboration and energy while representing the strength of their brand to employees and visitors alike. With 26 offices throughout North American, the Chicago office is one of the flagships; it consists of two floors at the world-renowned John Hancock Center, literally a block from Lake Michigan.
TPG and Weber Shandwick management chose to reorganize the workspaces so that lower workstations are at the perimeter while most private offices are moved to the interior. Because the outer areas have low dividers and the inner ones have glass walls, light permeates the entire office. The new plan results in higher ceiling heights, a more even distribution of light and a sense of greatly opened space, allowing everyone to take full advantage of the sprawling views of the lake and the surrounding cityscape. The lake was also an important inspiration to the design team, which used a watery blue and green palate, reclaimed wood and grey stone tile to bring the outside in. The client’s initial brief requested – and the designers provided – a much greater sense of transparency, an office filled with air and light, more collaborative spaces and an overall tone that is lighter than many corporate interiors.