ABRY Partners, a media and communications-focused private equity firm, recently moved offices into the ultra-sustainable 888 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Discreet, low-brightness downlights are employed in the lobby, used in tandem with a custom-designed pendant for the intercommunicating stair. Work areas are designed with comfortably bright linear fixtures, conference rooms are equipped with color-changing light technology, and café spaces are made inviting by recessed pendant fixtures above custom marble countertops.
Mars Petcare’s new North American headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, was created as the “Pet Friendly Workplace of the Future.” The candy and pet conglomerate ultimately decided on the 224,000 square feet of space in two connected buildings labeled C and D — to stand for cats and dogs. Lighting included both building facades, a 9,000 square foot outdoor dog park, and 60 acres of outdoor green space and walking paths – all designed with pet-friendly landscaping.
Not wanting to create your typical corporate financial office space, this global investment firm opted for a fun, collaborative, and comfortable work environment for the renovation of its executive office suite. Lighting effects and decorative ceiling planes were used to define various open plan “neighborhoods.” Uplights were used to create a brighter sky to encourage collaboration, while other areas were primarily downlighted to promote quieter contemplative space.
Servier, an international pharmaceutical company with a non-profit background, recently moved into 14,500 square feet of new office space in the Boston Seaport area. Open office areas are filled with sunlight and accentuated with linear fixtures that help to balance the bright but comfortable core, while funky pendants give collaboration areas a fun twist. The design creates a kinetic and energetic workplace within a comfortable luminous environment.
Meant as a space for public interface, Autodesk’s BUILD space includes multiple areas for congregation. An espresso bar and a “Thinking Studio” form the entry, with unique features such as a 55’ long direct-indirect ‘pill’ shaped pendant, a color-changing cove, and articulated pendant uplights to illuminate an expanded metal mesh ceiling. Six additional meeting spaces in the core all employ foamed aluminum ceilings, with unique lighting for each space, save for one room – the cylindrical “Kiva,” which features a luminous ceiling with programmable, tunable white nodes floating just above the stretched fabric. Open office space completes the program, with linear fixtures arranged in tandem with a clever baffle design to deliver a visually dynamic, yet comfortable luminous environment.
A pavilion, seemingly made of light, glows by day and by night. Concealed and subtle, the lighting transforms steel and glass into a magical new public “living room” for Boston. Transparency, reflection, and the color of light change throughout the day. Satisfying the functions of a lobby, lounge, and a venue for special events, the lighting is an integral part of the sculptural form. The transition from day to night is seamless, with tunable white, tailored optics, daylight responsive controls, and color- changing light.
Foundation Medicine develops genomic profiling assays, providing molecular insights on latest approaches to cancer treatment. The project at 250 Second Street in Cambridge, MA, has provided office and lab space for Foundation Medicine’s researchers and supporting staff, totaling approximately 50,000 square feet.
ARC moved from its longtime offices in Cambridge to 501 Boylston Street in Boston. The space comprises approximately 17,000 square feet on one floor, and lighting was designed for the reception area and open office areas (including enclosed areas for Accounting and HR. conference rooms, the interiors library, a studio, and a kitchen/ lunch room). The project set new standards for office lighting energy efficiency, as one of the first projects to meet the stringent lighting energy efficiency requirements of the MassSave Sustainable Office Design incentive program.
Clarks USA decided to move its North American headquarters in 2012 to the historic Polaroid building in Waltham, MA. “The Street”, a four-level glass entry atrium, offers a dramatic point of arrival and an homage to the Clark’s original location in Britain. In the center, collaboration is encouraged in a 2,500-square-foot, dividable showroom, which opens onto a large gathering area with video wall. The headquarters also includes a roof deck with outdoor meeting spaces and a patio off of the main café, while natural light is provided through four large skylights.