Overall project: The project is an office expansion for a young and fast growing company that specializes in IT/cyber security. For this project, the client was an active member of the design team and this allowed to draw on the client’s experience with past build-outs while developing the design strategy. This retrospective analysis, combined with the design team’s research of current trends, technologies, and workplace strategies, helped to ensure a successful project delivery. The space plan was designed to support both the wellness and interaction of the end users. Common spaces and huddle areas act as both destinations and transition spaces encouraging the users to leave their work areas and move throughout the floor plate. The open pantry, oriented parallel to the circulation path, encourages informal meeting and chance encounters. Design concept: Concept was to create a space that would be simple and interesting for young generation, have a “coffee shop” vibe and be spacious and welcoming. This project was undertaken with the intent of creating a “living office” environment. In collaboration with the client’s facilities management, A/V, and IT teams; the project design team was encouraged to develop a space plan and design language that would support EXPEL’s needs for flexible multifunctional space. Diverse space typologies encourage individual work and performance, cooperative project development’ and team interaction. Design solutions: One of the most critical components of the design was the acoustical privacy within the open office and the meeting/ huddle areas. Layout that was developed has a natural flow and visual/physical separation between main functions. This design decision provided both reductions in lighting loads and improved access to natural lighting. Huddle rooms created a buffer between “focus” area and amenity space. With captured glass room fronts, absorptive felt wall panels, and speakers system, the team was able to develop a strategy to reduce the influence of rogue noise. The design team focused on creating details and selecting finishes that would mitigate sound transference between spaces. Big meeting rooms received high-end ACT to become acoustical officiant. Complex ceiling layout with multiple ceiling height help to concentrate sound where it’s needed and absorbs where it’s necessary. Finally, the materiality of the design is the component that most directly conveys the Welcoming Concept. Wood features provides the space with texture and a warmth. Low lighting and felt ceiling at the entry point creates a casual and calm environment that contrasts typical harsh commercial office lighting. The oversized light fixtures celebrate the ceiling plane and provide an added layer of visual interest complementing space size and ceiling height. Custom carpet tiles used in the lounge/open work areas highlight the warm, worn textures and movement of aged concrete with a layer of hospitality pattern. The accents of the space are driven by the wall graphics that announce the meeting rooms and huddle spaces.