Abrams Books, with whom Spacesmith has had a long relationship, gave our company an exciting challenge: to design a new headquarters that reinvented the way its staff use space and provide architecture that speaks to its new branding initiative. The Abrams headquarters design concept was driven by the collaboration that takes place at Abrams, as well as their product. The new space is an open work environment with several private working rooms for small groups, a full library, reading nooks, and over 600 linear feet of shelving and book displays.
Spacesmith began by evaluating multiple buildings while working with Abrams to come up with new workplace standards that could accommodate its staff and provide the collaboration spaces and other support amenities that were lacking in their current space. Multiple workplace strategies were looked at and ultimately Abrams chose to put its staff in a 90% open workplace. To manage this 90% open plan, Spacesmith worked closely with Abram’s leadership team. Town Hall meetings with the CEO, strategy sessions, and showroom tours contributed to make a smooth transition from office to open plan.
Photo credit: Eric Laignel
Work in Progress Slide Show, Photo credit: Amy Jarvis