HarbourVest Partners is a leading global private equity investment firm with a long history of innovation and success. Their solid reputation throughout the industry gives them access to a diverse range of high quality investment opportunities in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and emerging markets.
It was important for HarbourVest to move away from a traditional hierarchical arrangement. One benefit is that it ensures that all staff members can share the best view of the office equally. It is also vital to recognise that, although some members of staff have their own cellular spaces due to the confidential nature of their work, that they do not automatically get priority of the best spaces. This is achieved by keeping the banks of offices away from the perimeter so they do not necessarily consume the best views and natural light; rather this is shared amongst the two different workspaces. Another key design element is using glazed fronts for the offices and a clear detail in between to allow light and views to travel through the space.
The concept for the Tea Point / Breakout is to create a space that feels very different from both the front of house and work space. In this space the ceiling has been removed to expose the services not only increasing the height of the space but creating a more industrial feel to rival the professional / corporate feel found in the rest of the space. Elements such as the breakfast bar, stools and pendant lighting with a mixture of wood, steel and grey gloss finishes, help shift the mood from office space to café / coffee shop space.
Tucked away at the top end of the office is the Library, a space where staff can come to work in a quiet environment when required. The Library area includes desk space so staff can work there for long periods of time as well as a large bespoke bookcase for storing necessary documents. The Library sits at the far end of the left elevation meaning that, together with the breakout and lounge areas, it benefits from the best views and natural light making it a pleasant workspace.
The best elevation has been used for the Tea Point, Lounge and Library, meaning that all members of staff have access to views and natural light. People will be drawn here, whether it is for collaborative work or for a break, creating a buzz which will invigorate the office atmosphere.