- Location Los Angeles
What if you could design a single coherent space that was simultaneously strong, established, and formal to outside, and fun, collaborative and loose to the staff? The design challenge for the 3-story Los Angeles headquarters of C.I.M. Group was to balance their need for a sophisticated space to meet clients with their need for a flexible work space for their internal professional team––all within a 75,000 square-foot interior envelope.
Most of the first floor was designed to perform as a conference center to address their client-facing hospitality requirements. Understated luxury is conveyed through screening elements with clean lines in a muted material palette of warm wood and textured stone. A procession of conference rooms emerges gradually and are marked by marble slabs. On the upper levels, the group’s dynamic, fast-paced work environment calls for a space that is balanced, open, and flexible. An open stair is a social hub between the two upper floors and glass conference rooms, creating a sense of transparency while showcasing their cultural community. Banquettes along the perimeter as well as moveable furniture allow employees greater autonomy to create impromptu breakout spaces and areas for privacy.