Location: 7300 Lone Star Drive, Ste. 200, Plano
Designed by: Gensler
Size: 60,000 square feet
Publicis’ office in Plano’s Shops at Legacy was designed with engagement in mind—a tall task for a space that’s two football fields long and three stories high. Led by newly hired CEO Sally Kennedy, the ad agency’s office features collaborative settings like the “kitchen table,” which stretches across the entire length of the space, and a multimedia tunnel that connects both halves of the workspace.
1 Curtained “yurts” provide privacy for informal meetings; window seats create impromptu workspaces; flexible lamps add light when the sun’s not able to do its job.
2 Tall windows and glass-doored outer offices allow natural light to illuminate inner work spaces, too; pops of red add personality.
3 Exposed ceilings add height and character; staircase seating can be used for large meetings; oak flooring keeps things light and provides continuity.
4 Publicis’ bold, red company logo is one of the first things visitors see; wooden cutouts add texture to workspace walls.
Location: 601 Experian Pkwy., Allen
Designed by: Corgan Associates
Size: 125,000 square feet
Seeking a way to bring this global credit information company’s 500+ employees together in spite of huge floorplates led Corgan to design the “Experian Circle,” a central area to which all hallways lead. The vibrant office features bright colors and patterns, unusual lighting, and an abundance of couches and group seating—all intended to support communication and collaboration.
1 Raised seating arranged to spark conversations; built-in magazine and document holders between seats; “windows” that mimic natural light, which doesn’t reach this part of the office.
2 Hidden lighting showcases the texture of corridor walls; the ceiling gives the impression of the sky; soft color palatte throughout; curving seating options.
3 Circular couch for breaks or meetings; glass wall separates relaxation and collaboration areas.
Location: 1000 Foch St., Ste. 150, Fort Worth
Designed by: Cunningham Architects
Size: 15,000 square feet
By moving the space’s mechanical and plumbing equipment to smaller wood-clad buildings next door, Cunningham Architects was able to turn an industrial Quonset hut into a beautiful, open office. Previously occupied by a machine shop and a supplier for Pier 1 Imports, the hut now serves as the home of Tailwind Advisors, an investment advisory firm led by co-founders Jeff Dillard, Mark Page, and Stewart Henderson. In place of pipes and wires, the space’s ceiling is covered in fir, and rather than a parking lot, the complex’s entrance is marked by a tree and a reflecting pool.
1 2x4 planks of fir fastened to steel ribs on the existing structure; steel supports, which are braced with a horizontal rail, were used as a track for crane lifts by previous occupants; natural light shines through windows and 10 large skylights.
2 Steel support left intact from the building’s industrial days; sliding-glass doors open up the space; fixtures are set between some of the wooden slats to provide additional lighting.
3 Perforated carbon steel privacy fence; the company’s symbol, a red and white windsock, flies above; wood-clad “boxes” contain all mechanical equipment and plumbing for Quonset hut, plus restrooms, a kitchen, a small conference room, and an executive office.
4 Putting green creates a fun greenbelt between the two buildings, in front of one of the wood-clad boxes.
Location: 2905 Maple Ave., Dallas
Renovated by: Haldeman Powell
Size: 15,000 square feet
Built by former Dallas mayor Thomas Bradford between 1906 and 1907, the Mayor Bradford House is now occupied by the family-run investment advisory firm Hodges Capital. Bradford lived in the mansion until 1930, when he sold it to the Catholic Women’s League. In the 1970s, it was sold again and occupied by multiple tenants until Hodges Capital founder Don Hodges acquired the building and restored it in 1995.
1 Smaller of two conference rooms; restored pocket doors connect to the parlor; curtained windows.
2 Center dormer, an element of the American Foursquare style in which the house was built; full front porch; bay window.
3 What was once the main living room is now the first-floor lobby; carpet and furniture not original to the home, but designed to keep with the character of the space; restored woodwork; to the left, a former parlor is now used as a client reception area.
BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
Location: 2501 N. Harwood, Ste. 2200, Dallas
Designed by: Gensler
Size: 57,000 square feet
Many newer North Texas offices feature a sleek, minimalist design. One stunning example of this is the Dallas office of Boston Consulting Group, led by Tom Lutz, senior partner. Located in Uptown’s gorgeous Saint Ann Court, Boston Consulting Group’s floors were planned to afford as much natural light and views of the city as possible. The centerpiece is a continuous, three-story stairway that serves as a symbol of the spirit of connectedness the company wanted to achieve.
1 Restaurant-like environment in the breakroom features a custom-designed, laser-cut light fixture that doubles as a piece of art; floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide spectacular views; tall collaboration table for informal meetings.
2 Fun vinyl wall covering; horseshoe-oriented cubicles; grooves in wood ceiling panels conceal perforations that help acoustics in the corridor.
3 Marble, glass, and steel stairway spans three floors; backlit glass panels use color-changing LED lights to illuminate the stairway at night; designed to maximize both day and evening views.
4 Rich zebrawood, taken from a sustainable source located specifically for Boston Consulting, accentuates conference room; marble walkway floors provide contrast; glass doors, which can close for privacy, open up the space.