Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA, USA
In each location — Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as Singapore, London, and several cities throughout North America and Europe — the design conveys brand identity through the planning, materials and bold use of color. The open office layout, along with the glass meeting and training rooms, conveys the importance of transparency and collaboration within the corporate culture.
At the same time, subtle differences in each location account for differences in local culture and in the existing building architecture. In the Shanghai office, where layered glass patterning recalls Chinese motifs, the pantry is a buzz of activity where staff mingle and customers feel the energy of the company. The Tokyo location was Japan’s first-ever project to achieve LEED CI Gold certification, with abundant daylight and a stair between floors contributing to employee health. Similarly, the London office was the first LEED CI Platinum-certified workplace in the UK.