BASIC's new HQ sits high on the 5th floor of Block D of Makers Quarter, a 60,000-square-foot project. It features automatic sunshades, rollup garage doors on each floor and no parking. The building moves with the environment.
Extremely innovative building design by archetects BNIM:
It’s a concrete, not steel, structure to take advantage of the natural heating and cooling attributes of concrete
It will incorporate a series of red sunshades that move with the weather.
When the marine layer blankets downtown, they’ll fold up.
When the sun shines, they’ll open out to block the glare. The effect from surrounding streets will be a building facade constantly in motion.
Balconies and stairways will make it easy to move around the building and collaborate with fellow workers.
The rollup garage doors will let in plenty of natural air and reduce the need for air conditioning.
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Keep it clean. Embrace the great attributes of the new building, like lots of light and air. Drive for a modern industrial look. A clean color and building material palette will allow the build- ing’s attributes to shine and put BASIC’s current projects at the forefront.
ALSO, COMPONENTS FOR BASIC'S NEW 5th FLOOR HQ:
Reception and Sitting area: Clean modern entry area: vertical wood divider, possibly extending on ceiling; wood or steel desk; TV projection or digital display of current projects; built-in seating; housing for awards.
Lounges: Create mulitple areas for quick staff meetings.
Kitchen: Create a kitchen both for entertaining with clean surfaces and nishes, beer tap, and coolers. Have room for employees to keep staff lunches, food, etc.
Private Offices: Use of glass, wood slats, and/or center pivot doors in pod style to keep natural light.
The Open Pit: Open communal style work stations, incorporating both sitting and standing options. Look for ways to frame off desks with interesting planters and plant life. Incorporate storage for personal items and clutter management.
Conference Rooms: Use of glass and/or center pivot doors in pod style to keep natural light. Layering of textures and materials, bold pendant lights and multi-functional design, adaptable for both openness and privacy. Theme out conference rooms: white, black, lounge.
Photo Studio: Private separate space for contained lighting and gear.
Think Tank: white boards everywhere, including center pivot doors to swivel and show to pit area.
THE FLOOR PLAN
Upon entry, large blackened steel reception featuring integrated BASIC branding is flanked by two large conference rooms with custom slat trim.
BAR AND MULTIMEDIA
A bar style break area for impromptu meetings and entertaining clients/guests. Large multimedia display to showcase projects, hold project unveilings, or large meetings. Full bar, beer taps. Behind, great city views to the west, with garage doors opening up for fresh air.
The open pit features custom workstations with sound-dampening "clouds" above. Staff are able to switch-up their seating and work scenes with a large think tank, break out huddle spaces, couches, and cafe tables, as well as 3 conference rooms, available for use. Natural light is abundant, as are plants.
For a comprehensive look at the new BASIC HQ and its part in the growth of the Agency, you’re invited to visit moves.basicagency.com.
Matt, Dan, & Jeff at BNIM
Custom Desks, Steel Work, Doors, Conference tables, Entry & Furniture by CJ and Team at FE DESIGNS
Commissioned Art throughout by Scott Chenoweth
Entry Portrait by Neil Shigley
General Contractors at Burger Construction
Additional Furnishings: Article, CB2, West Elm, Restoration Hardware
Extra Thanks to Matt, Ashley, and the Entire BASIC team