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Zappos Headquarters a 2015 Design Is..Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Annie Wilson addresses the design process for the headquarters Zappos in Las Vegas, NV.

Describe this project in one word.  Enabling.


How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?  In a company where culture is king and collision is favored over convenience, the design responds to these needs and the Ten Core Values of Zappos. Ultimately, KMD’s major infrastructure improvements and complete redesign of the City Hall interiors increased the design occupancy of the building from 600 to 2,000.

Design is a process. Explain your journey.  The design team took great care in understanding employee needs, personalities, and core values to properly craft a solution befitting Zappos.  Floors were intentionally designed to provide mixtures of teaming and individual workspace – promoting dynamic interactions. Collaborative spaces including conference rooms, phone rooms and casual meeting areas are centralized internally per floor and features .  The open floor plan promotes collaboration and natural light throughout. Open office areas offer flexibility, and the carpet design enhances the central collaboration elements by focusing the majority of patterns and color at interaction areas while leaving open workspace more textural and neutral. Definition around collaborative spaces is created through bright colors for doors and cores and strong carpet colors.


What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow? The design team learned that candid input and feedback from the end-user is essential in creating a space that promotes longevity within the workplace.

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What’s Your Ideal Workspace?

From cubicles to open spaces, workplace design is different all over the world – and continue to evolves. Whether you are a fan of an open office or prefer closed doors and cubes, everyone seems to have an opinion of what type of work environment suits them best. Etsy and EstyUK asked their Facebook followers: “If you could create your ideal workspace, what would it be like?” Look at some of the responses received below.

What would be your ideal workplace?

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Technology’s Impact on Workplace Design

Technology has a way of changing things, doesn’t it? Remember when a fax machine was cutting-edge? Or, try to think about life before email. It boggles my mind at the thought of communicating without all of the digital tools we employ today.

In this article, architect Bill Halter with Cooper Cary makes a strong case that iPads and other new technologies are going to radically transform the workplace of the future. So much so that the historically prestigious “corner office” may simply become a seat at your favorite coffee shop.

His observations are ones that we’ve blogged about previously – here and here– so our question for you is “are iPads, mobile technology and other portable electronics changing the way you work and design?” We’d love to hear how you are incorporating hoteling stations, collaboration zones and fewer square feet per associate into your designs.

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The Office of the Future: Coming Soon

Yes, design can set the trend, but more often that not, it is a response to trends. As product designers, we must understand how our products are being used in the market place. In turn, as interior designers, you must understand how your customers are utilizing their space – or how they should be using their space.

Read more about Teknion's "Workplace of the Future" survey at www.teknion.com

Teknion, maker of office systems and furniture products, recently conducted a survey focused on the future of the workplace. Survey results point to change that we all know is happening: desk-to-employee ratios are drastically evolving and office space is being reevaluated. In fact, current workplace utilizations levels range between 35 to 50 percent; by 2015, according to Teknion’s data, this number will rise to 85 percent – the results of more companies adopting remote working programs and hoteling stations within their offices.

The workplace of today is in flux. It will look very different in the near future. What changes are you currently seeing? How are you addressing them in your space planning?

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