BlackRock, following a merger with Barclays Global Investors, consolidated its staff into one location in Drapers Gardens. A rebranding exercise positions the global firm as a provider of a broad set of investment solutions achieving a balance between risk and opportunity. This bridging of two lines of approach to investing—the ‘intuitive’ and ‘scientific’—is fundamental to the design concept for the new headquarters.The concept is initially realized in the reconfigured lobby and extends vertically across all 13 floors. The new reception area is flanked by two distinct designs: black granite stone to the lift lobby—‘intuitive’; and a faceted glazed wall activated by LED and video displays—‘scientific’. The two approaches become a theme that is adapted according to the function of the space, through the use of cherry wood and glazing.The building is organized around two zone types: ‘Individual’ open plan desks and ‘Collaborative’ active zones like meeting and breakout areas. On the fifth floor a multi-function suite centrally locates primary flexible meeting areas, while the top two floors (12 and 13) are dedicated to client spaces. Break out terrace areas extend the building functions to its City environment.