To create a new model for collaborative work, Kaiser’s technology group envisioned its IThrive office prototype as a recruiting tool to compete with high tech companies. The project pursues innovative concepts in office planning that foster knowledge sharing, idea exchange, and a stronger sense of community.
The design solution is comprised of a series of neighborhoods arranged around a community center, café, and game lounge. In keeping with Kaiser’s Thrive campaign for total health and well-being, the community center links to spaces for group fitness activities, recharge stations, and a flex room for yoga. The café provides natural and organic food options and is used for instructional demonstrations on nutrition and cooking classes.
The design team developed a menu of varying work environments tailored to today’s workstyles, ranging from open collaboration areas to quiet zones, communication pods, and scrum rooms, all intended for implementation in other office locations.
Client Kaiser Permanente
Scope Workplace Prototype Development, Planning, and Design
Size 21,000 square feet
Location Oakland, CA
“Tech Leads the Way in Office Design,”
The San Francisco Chronicle, January 14, 2014
Credits Photography by Jasper Sanidad