Relativity, a global technology company, sought to expand the footprint of its Chicago headquarters to accommodate the company’ rapid growth and continue to support the evolving workstyles of its employees. The company already occupied three floors in a neo-classical architectural gem located in the city’s financial district. The historically significant building features large floor plates allowing for virtually unrestricted flexibility and creativity in workplace planning. The challenge for the design team was to leverage recent improvements constructed in a portion of the 48,000 square foot expansion floor and connect the new space - both in function and brand identity - to the rest of Relativity’s facilities.
The key driver to the expansion was to maximize Relativity’s workspace program to embrace flexibility, while also integrating and accommodating the improvements to the speculative office suite. The workstation design solution incorporates a “spine system” which allows for desks to be positioned and rotated according to the work styles of various groups. A wide variety of alternative work areas are dispersed throughout the plan including small conference areas, open team meeting spaces, phone rooms, and amenity spaces, including a zen/relaxation room. Large group collaboration areas, meeting spaces, and break rooms are positioned in curvilinear-shaped areas further highlighted with vertical wood mullions.
In addition to flexible workstation space, the large open collaboration areas on both the east and west side lend themselves to large, all-hands meeting with sliding doors opening into the larger space. Integrating technology throughout the space was also crucial to Relativity’s needs. Microsoft Surface™ hubs were incorporated into all the conference rooms and collaborations spaces. Monitors are also strategically placed throughout the floor displaying floor plans, events, new hires, and general office information.
Scope Headquarters Expansion
Size 40,000 square feet
Location Chicago, IL
Credits Garrett Rowland