Compass is a luxury real estate brokerage specializing in the country’s most vibrant communities pairing the industry’s top talent with technology to make the search and sell experience intelligent and seamless.
For their New York City Headquarters, Compass sought a design strategy that would create a multi-functional space positioned to accommodate brokers and staff alike. They also coveted an office that was visually open with diverse environments that would foster work, collaboration, and creativity, while also celebrating their rich brand.
In response, the design team proposed a balanced approach of diverse spaces. By offering a variety of work settings, employees can experience alternative work modes, while enhancing innovation and collaboration. Specifically, the design team curated a series of interlocking zones including central collaboration hubs, a re-branded fire stair, a multi-purpose work cafe, and ancillary coffee bars dispersed throughout the office for maximum support.
The central collaboration hub, positioned in the open office environment, provides a spatial break that both visually enhances the open office while providing teams retreat spaces for private and group collaboration.
The design team re-branded the fire stairs in the space as both a means of egress and a tool to connect the floors experientially. A moss wall and media center were added to this zone as well as other elements that foster incidental moments of interaction throughout the day.
The multi-purpose work café welcomes employees while providing a space to host activities or special events. Special features include movable furniture, private booths, a game room + rejuvenation lounge, plus a full AV package for presentations. Ancillary coffee bars are placed strategically near the fire stair to provide employees with needed amenities while allowing increased space for huddle rooms and private spaces.
Through this partnership, the design team helped advance the Compass’ mission by creating a productive and energetic workspace for both employees and clients. An innovative space that is both as playful as “a start-up and sophisticated as a luxury brand”.