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Bluepoint Solutions

Liz
Tuesday 11 Feb 2014

The design brief from the client was simple and poetic, though easier said than done: "Give me Mad Men meets The Jetsons", was said during the project kick-off meeting. The result of that witty juxtaposition is this aesthetically crisp, uncluttered and efficient office environment. Projecting the non-hierarchical culture and work style of the Bluepoint Solutions' multi-generational and technologically engaged workforce, this new headquarters is transforming the way work gets done.

For the second floor headquarters, the design team cast away preconceived notions of workplace and conferencing environments, instead getting deeply embedded into the client's emergent culture. Based on enabling and encouraging people toward independent decision-making and team play, this was to be no typical office. In this visually striking composition, iconic modern classic furnishings and fixtures are paired with contemporary interpretations, and traditional walnut paneling and doors coexist harmoniously with very "of the moment" curved architectural details.

The backbone of the colour palette is reminiscent of the 1960s with the use of walnut veneers, brick red task seating and shades of taupe and chocolate in the tailored carpeting. Sculptural, curved walls throughout the space are also evocative of the vintage past, providing dramatic surfaces for collaboration and display.

Visitors to Bluepoint Solutions emerge from the elevator directly into the heart and soul of the company. The design team developed a space plan that puts the main conference room, Steelcase's media:scape system, and even the employee and visitor café immediately adjacent to, almost within, the main reception area. The flexible media:scape seating group incorporates a flat panel monitor with plug-and-play technology allowing visitors and employees alike to easily engage in collaborative dialogue. Blending seamlessly with the adjacent café, this hub of activity along the primary circulation path acts as a linkage between the two open office work areas on either side.

Supporting diverse work processes and styles, open office spaces provide for focused individual work, team-based collaboration, and cross-disciplinary meetings and workshops. The client's culture places importance on work flow and process diagramming, often done in groups; as a result, large expanses of wall surface in break out areas were coated in dry erase paint.

Aligned with the corporate culture of collaboration and engagement, several private offices are outfitted almost as residential living rooms, with retro-styed Millbrae sofas from Coalesse, Herman Miller classic Eames lounge chairs and flat panel monitors rather than traditional desking arrangements. Here, as elsewhere, expanses of dry erase wall surface encourage activity and engagement. Throughout, standing height tables and tall stools encourage 'touch down' meetings adjacent to marker and tack surfaces. For those times when focusing on work is just too taxing and the lure of relaxation is just too strong, the eponymous tech company game room features a ping pong table and distant - yet dramatic - views of the Las Vegas strip.

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