Intuit Designed Its New Atlanta Workplace Based mostly On The Thought of A Metropolis


This month, Intuit celebrated the opening of its new Atlanta, Georgia workplace, a 360,000-square-foot innovation hub that can also be now house to Mailchimp, the favored electronic mail and advertising platform that the corporate acquired in 2021. The trendy workplace was an in depth, collaborative effort between native design agency TVS, Studio O+A in San Francisco, Mailchimp’s in-house inventive company Wink, and Intuit’s Folks & Locations group to create a world-class house that totally helps hybrid work in considerate methods whereas inspiring creativity and innovation.

The workplace was designed across the idea of a metropolis, which is stuffed with numerous neighborhoods that every one characterize one unified entity. However like every customer to a brand new metropolis, we’d like a knowledgable tour information to (just about!) stroll us via the house and provides us a lay of the land, which is why we’re excited to have Christian Widlic, Group Inventive Director at Wink, right here for a chat. Christian shares extra behind the makings of Intuit’s “cityscape,” the constructing’s present progress in direction of LEED® Gold Certification, and the way corporations will help its staff do the most effective work (spoiler alert: it’s not pizza events).

Are you able to elaborate on the method of designing the workplace to imitate a metropolis with totally different neighborhoods? What had been the totally different workforce wants and work kinds that you simply tried to deal with in every neighborhood?

Our design problem with Intuit’s Atlanta workplace was actually to mix the most effective components of working from an workplace and your own home, so the consolation, ease, and focus you get at house, mixed with the collaboration, inspiration, vitality, and spontaneous interplay you get from an workplace. We imagined this house as a vigorous cityscape that mirrors the vibrancy of a bustling metropolis all inside one unified workplace. In a metropolis, you possibly can stroll from neighborhood to neighborhood and expertise utterly totally different energies and visuals, whereas distinctly feeling you’re nonetheless within the metropolis. This concept impressed how we’ve designed the workplace.

Intuit’s Atlanta workplace is unfold throughout 9 flooring and is segmented into distinct “neighborhoods,” every a mirrored image of the varied enterprise departments that come collectively to kind the Mailchimp “metropolis.” The neighborhoods function designated zones for various groups (advertising, communications, IT, inventive, and many others.) and are designed to flexibly accommodate varied work kinds and workforce wants. Every neighborhood has a definite appear and feel, coloration scheme, furnishings fashion, artwork program, and even storefronts [meeting rooms] impressed by our clients. This united however distinctive method means the groups working inside every neighborhood can personalize the house to allow them to deal with duties at hand or downside clear up collectively. The method additionally helps with wayfinding and navigating a big house. The colour palette of every flooring is even impressed by totally different neighborhoods in our house, Atlanta.

employees working in a fireplace lounge space

woman looking at a book in an office library next to man looking for a book

And identical to a metropolis, there are a bunch of distinctive locations to discover and get impressed: libraries, maker areas, rooftops, hidden bars (rooted in our historical past, we designed and constructed a customized Tiki Room), city sq., espresso outlets, wellness rooms, and extra. Particularly for the inventive workforce, there’s a state-of-the-art media manufacturing house outfitted with a cyc wall for pictures and filmmaking, and recording areas for podcasting – all to assist Mailchimp Presents content material growth and different content material created by Wink. For the IT workforce, there’s a TechKnow Bar, much like a Genius Bar, the place they will immediately and simply work together with staff who want in-person tech assist.

four employees lounging in a tiki-themed room

Tiki Room

four employees in a maker space of an office

Maker house

two people walking across the lobby with art on the wall

We love that the in depth artwork program options murals commissioned by artists and Intuit clients. Might you share some insights into the choice course of for these artworks and the way they had been built-in into the workplace design to encourage creativity and collaboration amongst staff?

Going again to our design problem, we needed your complete workplace to really feel like an elevated house whereas inspiring creativity and innovation. We commissioned 270 artworks, curated into 9 totally different artwork actions starting from minimalism to surrealism – one for every flooring. Now we have a wealthy workplace historical past of artwork and murals, and it was vital to us to maintain the Intuit Mailchimp spirit current on our partitions in an elevated method with out utilizing our brand all over the place.

The method of curating the artists began with wanting inward – we’re a worldwide model and we needed to replicate our clients on our partitions — numerous, international, and starting from well-known to up-and-coming artists. We acquired your complete inventive workforce to share artists they admire and are impressed by, and began the choice course of from there. There are such a lot of unbelievable artists on the planet, so narrowing right down to 270 was not a straightforward process. Among the chosen artists are actually Intuit clients themselves. As soon as we began reaching out to the artists sharing the workplace gallery idea it was improbable to see how excited they had been.

We all know that workplaces right this moment are competing with the consolation of peoples’ houses, and so we needed the workplace and its artwork right here to really feel like a gallery, which conjures up, calms the thoughts, and offers staff an expertise that they will’t get at house. There are such a lot of advantages to having publicity to artwork, together with bettering our general well-being, making us extra open to studying and problem-solving, and probably making us happier.

You may be taught extra concerning the artwork right here.

woman working on her laptop on a curved banquette seating

mural of a woman on the wall of an office kitchen

examples of various seating styles in an office

The workplace design consists of quite a lot of areas devoted to innovation, connection, and luxury. How did you method balancing the necessity for collaborative areas with areas designed for targeted, heads-down work?

In approaching the stability between collaborative areas and areas for targeted work, our design technique was rooted within the precept of versatility and performance. We aimed to create an workplace setting that seamlessly accommodates each collaboration and particular person focus, catering to the varied wants of our staff.

To realize this stability, we strategically allotted areas throughout the workplace structure for collaboration, equivalent to open assembly areas, brainstorming zones, workforce homerooms, and communal workspaces. These areas are designed to foster innovation, encourage teamwork, and facilitate dynamic interactions amongst workforce members.

man and woman sitting next to a window inside a high rise office

On the identical time, we acknowledged the significance of offering areas for targeted, heads-down work. Quiet zones, personal workplaces, and secluded workstations are strategically built-in into the design to supply staff with the privateness and focus they should sort out duties that require deep focus.

We designed these areas to embody our core design rules of flexibility, consolation, and connection. This method cultivated an setting the place our staff really feel comfortable, impressed, and pushed to succeed.

three employees working in a banquette seating

two employees sitting in a lounge area surrounded by windows

employees hanging out in the office kitchen

Sustainability is highlighted as a key focus of the constructing, with targets for LEED® Gold Certification and Fitwel Certification. Might you present extra particulars concerning the particular sustainable design options integrated into the workplace, and the way they contribute to worker well-being and environmental stewardship?

The constructing is focusing on LEED® Gold Certification and Fitwel certification. The constructing design workforce utilized in depth daylight and thermal modeling to create a customized facade to reinforce constructing efficiency whereas sustaining entry to pure daylight and thermal consolation for occupants. Optimizing floorplates and practically 14′ floor-to-floor heights additional maximize spatial daylight autonomy, as do an elevated funding in crops all through the workplace, which convey slightly little bit of the skin in.

One issue of reaching Fitwel certification includes encouraging staff to take the steps, so we designed signage with inspiring Haikus to advertise taking the steps, and even painted the within of the three stairwells to encourage you to stroll. That method staff can stroll via the clouds, the flowers, or the celebs on their method up or down the steps.

That’s one instance of how we used considerate design to contribute to worker well-being and environmental stewardship. No element was misplaced, and each single a part of the workplace – from sound to lighting to general finishes– was rigorously thought-about, making your complete house really feel curated, like your own home.

man and woman sitting at the tables of an office kitchen

employees lounging on rooftop

The office has modified a lot since 2020, and even now in 2024, there appears to be a tide turning, with extra prevalent requests to return to the workplace alongside employees advocating for the distant/hybrid work fashions. Within the new trendy workplace, what methods or options do you consider can be important for creating areas that promote collaboration, creativity, and wellness on this ever-changing panorama?

The best way we work has basically modified. After working from house for therefore lengthy, and absorbing all the advantages (and disadvantages) that go together with working outdoors of an workplace, we must be cognizant that the workplace is, in lots of instances, competitors with the house. That implies that we wanted to seek out alternatives to make it worthwhile to commute into the workplace a number of days per week. And that may’t simply be a pizza celebration right here or there (although pizza events by no means harm!) It implies that we needed to create an area the place staff can do issues they will’t do at house. We designed an area the place staff can have face-to-face interactions with colleagues, have brainstorms that change the best way they may method a mission, create visible supplies that require tech and experience they will’t discover in a house workplace, or take part in hands-on workshops with group leaders alongside their colleagues for inventive time and socialization. All of those facilities are designed to convey our folks collectively to do the most effective work of their lives.

view of three employees working next to a window in a high rise office

Pictures by Seamus Payne.

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