For more than a decade, Sasaki has worked with Monitor on the design of its office spaces. All of Monitor's offices have consistent space standards, but each feature unique identities that are rooted in the context of their location and climate. At Monitor San Francisco, Sasaki chose a palate of materials that reference the surrounding city and natural environment of northern California for the new office located on Market Street. Monitor needed to bring together an acquired company with the other groups of the existing San Francisco office into one space—while still allowing for the unique attributes of each group to be expressed. They also wanted a design comprised mostly of private offices while still enhancing collaboration among staff, and providing a variety of social learning and work spaces to accommodate and support up to 100 consultants.
The plan is a grid of "cross streets," intersected by a diagonal "Main Street" terminating at two elliptical community spaces. This allows for a variety of shapes and views that avoids a potentially monotonous floor plan. The cross streets provide views at each end. Full glazing of the offices along the exterior walls allows views to the exterior while allowing natural light to penetrate into the more internal spaces. Internal offices have glazing at the corners to allow diagonal views and reduce the rigidity of the plan. The elliptical community spaces create areas of gathering, crossing, and education. The office nurtures Monitor's appreciation that learning and insight come from opportunistic and spontaneous interactions.
The finishes were inspired from the natural materials of Northern California: orchard walnut floors from the Central Valley, redwood veneer for the reception area casework from Mendocino County, local salvaged wood for the kitchen bar top, and grass resin panels representing the hills of California. Bright accent paint colors mimic the regional landscape: Golden Gate red, artichoke green, garlic white, poppy orange, grassy hills gold, bay water blue, mustard yellow, and fog gray. The resulting design has a rich texture of materials and colors, providing an exciting visual layering of spaces and transparencies and reflecting the different personalities of Monitor.
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