RS Investments delivers specialized investment and research-driven value and growth strategies as well as sub-advised international and fixed income strategies. The client wanted to abandon traditional planning concepts linked to financial investment offices; this meant more than moving staff from private offices to open workstations and leaving the perimeter open to harness daylight and views. With a side-loaded building core, there lied an opportunity to fit the program on two consecutive floors so the center brings people together as opposed to divide them into camps. The design team used this building feature as the basic planning tool to orient neighborhoods, meeting rooms, amenities, and support space.
Upon immediate entry, an interconnecting staircase marks the focal point of the lobby. Full-height glazed walls permeate throughout the space revealing the inner workings occurring in focus rooms and meeting areas. While private offices make up the interior, the analysts who use them for heads down work meet in the surrounding open collaboration areas to brainstorm and share ideas with project teams.
On the upper level, the staircase opens up to a series of open meeting areas looking at towards San Francisco’s Financial District. A graphic element that ties in the client’s new brand identity visually depicts the stylized composition of international currency and adorns wall coverings at either end of the communal gathering space. Corners of the floor are left open for huddle spaces and meeting rooms, allowing the “corner office” to really be a space utilized by all. A fairly modern perspective of the workplace.
Client RS Investments
Location San Francisco, CA
Scope Office Planning and Design
Size 30,000 square feet
Credits Photography by David Wakely