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Spectogroup reimagines open-plan workspace for investment comp

Spectorgroup, a leading global architecture, interiors, and master planning firm, has revealed the design for the newly relocated global headquarters office for PineBridge Investments, a private, global asset manager focused on active, high-conviction investing.

A 57,333 square-foot space encompassing three floors at the coveted Park Avenue Tower, the vertical campus has a smart office design and look and feel that combines an open work environment, private meeting spaces, conference rooms, and a centralized bistro and reception area designed for fluid client interaction and overall collaboration.

Spectorgroup worked on the project from the start and vetted various full-floor and vertical office space options.  The decision to relocate to a three-floor campus was made to give a large, growing international company a more intimate and modern work atmosphere. To balance that with the need for future employee growth, the design strategy incorporated elements of workplace occupancy and strategy analytics to provide flexibility for the company to expand in the future.

“We are pleased to have worked with Spectorgroup to realize our vision of a modern, open-plan, flexible workspace for our global headquarters that reflects our identity as a firm as well enhances our employees’ and clients’ experiences,” said Michael Karpik, COO of PineBridge Investments.

Central to the design was the concept of a vertical campus, reimagining the idea of open office collaboration by creating a central spinal staircase connecting all three floors. Through this feature, Spectorgroup were able to avoid some of the typical concerns around open-plan design, such as privacy, and instead allow greater connectivity between the floors, fostering camaraderie and collaboration between teams.

PineBridge’s new offices have bright, illuminated spaces complemented by a mix of neutral, porcelain stone, walnut wood and glass dividers, with the final product energizing a space that now fits a growing international firm. The design blended soft color palettes and semi-neutral tones, which combined with the cutting-edge technology installed in the working spaces, underscores history of the firm as a global asset manager with a theme of modernization and future growth.

“We approach the concept of workplace strategy differently than most firms in our space. We do not come in with pre-conceived notions of what we want to do, but rather fit the design to the vision, brand and culture of the client,” said Marc Spector, FAIA and principal at Spectorgroup. “PineBridge was a great partner, and we are happy to have transformed its new, global headquarters into an office fitting for a world class firm.”

Spectorgroup excels at designing custom innovative workplaces for the future, tailored to clients’ specific needs and goals. Some of the firm’s most recent office projects include Waterfall Asset Management, Business Insider, Marcum LLP, Indeed, Audible.com and Chase’s  flagship branch in New York.

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