Sequoia Consulting Group
Sequoia Consulting Group is an innovative consulting firm providing business strategies for benefits, HR, and risk management. For their new San Mateo headquarters, the design team was tasked with creating a refined, sophisticated space that enhances employee collaboration and communicates company values to staff and visitors.
In the elevator lobby, an in-floor lighting feature welcomes guests and leads directly to a public zone comprised of reception and meeting spaces flooded with natural light. This client-facing area was designed to accommodate informal gatherings as well as large events, supported by mobile furnishings to allow for maximum flexibility.
One major project goal, to increase collaboration among teams, was achieved by placing workspaces in an expansive, unobstructed portion of the floor plate allowing visual accessibility to every Sequoia employee. Decorative acoustical felt panels mimicking Sequoia's logo are strategically applied to wall surfaces to help minimize noise.
Huddle rooms, collaboration pods, phone rooms and various sized meeting spaces are placed directly adjacent to the work areas ensuring that team work environments are within reach but never disruptive. A large touchdown space in the center of the open plan serves employees visiting from other offices. The kitchen is a flexible gathering space for employees to socialize, work, or relax. Complete with private booths, a communal table, and beer on tap, the space encourages interaction.
References to Sequoia trees are found throughout the space from abstract wall decals to the live wood edge table in the break room. These subtle references serve as a foundation to express the culture and mission of the company through client quotes and core values. The resulting visual language successfully translates Sequoia's story into a branded and innovative office environment.
Client Sequoia Consulting
Scope Interior Planning and Design
Size 20,000 square feet
Location San Mateo, CA
Credits Photography by Anthony Lindsey