An employee-focused work spaces is not simply a differentiator, it’s a core requirement in the best work environments.
With more than 80% of their employees being millennials, Rivo Holdings, a financial services provider, was ready for a fresh approach for their workplace. The Union Bank building has 360-degree views of San Diego, including downtown, the Pacific Ocean, Balboa Park, the San Diego Bay, and the mountains to the east. These views and the abundance of natural daylight provided an ideal opportunity for BNIM to design a workplace with strong connections to nature.
The workplace includes elements of hospitality and residential environments, including an abundance of comfortable sofas, coffee tables, lounge areas — and even beer taps and community gathering tables. Rivo’s office space uses occupant-focused spaces, recognizing the impact of design in the workplace. When you shift the design goals to focus on occupants, it simply makes happier employees.
At individual workstations, wellness was a key design element. Attention was paid to the integration of sit-to-stand desks and ergonomic monitor arms to provide the most flexibility for employees. Biophilia, or a connection to nature, was integrated through custom planters at the end of each row of workstations. Finishes throughout the space use a minimal yet sophisticated palette. BNIM also partnered with multiple local artists to select and commission the artwork in the new space.
“We are essentially creating quiet places to focus: biophilic spaces which remind us of our connection to nature; and living rooms where we connect to each other face-to-face.”
—ELIF TINNEY, ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN FOR INTERIORS, BNIM