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Classic Modernity

The owner of the building had a 3,000 SF office suite on the first floor of his 4-story professional services building that he was having trouble leasing during the pandemic. We turned this small suite into a substantial opportunity. With 8 private and shared offices, a bespoke reception area and executive conference room, the aesthetic reflects the classic and sophisticated appeal of a hotel experience. Having the flexibility to lease the entire suite or lease out offices individually in a “WeWork” model was a top priority. We supported the idea of a full turn-key office, fully furnished, with AV/IT integration folded into the modern space.


The existing infrastructure presented a unique opportunity. Intumescent paint was used to achieve the fire rating on the circular structural columns, a refined architectural characteristic of Silicon Valley. Higher ceilings create openness to flood the space with natural light and beautiful views of the exterior patio. Acoustical wood ceiling planks and a custom demountable storefront with oak detailing created a continuous thread between shared areas and private offices.


A communal gathering lounge and hoteling desks support a welcoming, collaborative attitude. Wood furnishings and customized millwork cabinets display curated accessories, books and support biophilia. An upscale coffee bar and break area features a full height quartz backsplash with vibrant gold and black veining in a dramatic horizontal wave. Outfitted with a latte machine and healthy snacks, the offerings help to complete the hospitality approach. Prior to completion of construction, the design was so well-received that a private financial company signed a long-term lease.

Location  Menlo Park, CA
Square Footage  3,300 SF
Completion Date  May 2021
General Contractor  GCI General Contractors
Photographer  John Sutton
Scope  Interior Architecture
Award  IIDA 2022 Honor Award finalist