This new work environment for FINE Design Group embodies the creative agency’s energy and collaborative nature. Capitalizing on the 5,475-square foot raw shell space’s exposed steel structure, concrete floors, and abundance of natural light, the design team created a relaxed and loft-like open office. Nearly a quarter of all walls in the space are writeable, allowing creativity and collaboration to happen anywhere.
Key elements define distinct zones:
The “Barn” is a 3-pronged room that floats at the west end of the space and houses two offices and the agency’s conference room. Its complex shape creates the opportunity for distinct program areas around its exterior – the Game Room is sheltered on one side while team work spaces face the kitchen and the open workstations. Wrapped in a writable and magnetic surface, the Barns’ walls are used for brainstorming and pin-up space.
The residential-scale kitchen is a staff gathering spot and the hub for the many events the group hosts. Heath Ceramics tile glazed in a custom pattern of matte and gloss defines the space with a continuous field of color from wall to floor. Floating shelves hold dishes and snacks and a custom butcher block island made by a local Portland woodworker completes the space.
At the east end of the office, the architect designed a walnut-clad bookcase that houses an eclectic mix of books and objects. The shelving design pays homage to FINE’s main client base, the wine industry. Functionally, the bookcase screens the print/copy zone, provides a touch-down spot for laptop users, and frames the lounge area. Curtains can be drawn between the lounge and open workstations to divide the space and provide visual privacy.