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A Workspace You Can Call Home

Written by Kristine Lee

Brookfield Residential’s Transformation

A change of environment can spark creativity, inspire teamwork, and soothe the psyche. Brookfield Residential, a home-building company, needed a new way of working. Gensler Newport Beach answered the call. As a respected, esteemed design firm with an extensive history of designing some of the most distinguished structures all over the world, Gensler came armed with an impressive portfolio of global clientele. They worked together with Brookfield Residential’s in-house design team to transform their new workspace.

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Brookfield Residential’s objectives were clear: open up the space in the high rise to connect two floors, build a separate design studio with a mezzanine, create a new, open space that streamlines the way they work, and do it all on a tight budget and schedule.

After careful collaboration and analysis of the client’s location, environment, and goals, the design concept of an urban loft was born–it would have the cool sophistication of urban living, but the warmth and familiarity of a home. Polished concrete floors were carefully contrasted with warm fumed oak dimensional panels. Fun amenities for employees and top notch technology was installed. The stadium stair became a defining design element of the project, as it became both a central gathering place and a circulation link between the reception and social hub of the floor below.

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The stadium stair needed some dynamic lighting that would highlight the openness of this space. The Corona pendant light by SONNEMAN does this brilliantly. Founded in 2003, SONNEMAN is renowned worldwide as a pioneer of modern lighting, with a design aesthetic that lined up with Gensler’s vision. SONNEMAN’s rings of LEDs overlap each other to create a transparent, open look and feel, with an undeniable tranquility that’s ideal for any workspace.

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The waiting area at reception was also given this dynamic lighting treatment. With its beautiful windows that showed off the gorgeous view and the serene color palette of blues and whites for the furniture, the lines of Cerno’s Valeo lamp gives some sharp contrast and a bolt of energy. Cerno was founded in 2009, as a passionate, creative endeavor of art and engineering. With the Valeo lamp, their modern vision fit right in with the design aspirations of Gensler and Brookfield Residential. It’s little, unexpected details like these that make this workspace an unforgettable experience.

Photography by Lawrence Anderson

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