Adarza, a biotech company in St. Louis whose name in Sanskrit means “reflection,” was in the midst of a culture crash - their workplace consisted of two distinct and equally important groups. The first - an older, more experienced and knowledgeable group who was accustomed to working in a more traditional, heads-down environment. The second group - a young, tech saavy (dare we say “millennial”) who thrives off of energy and collaboration in the workplace. Adarza struggled to get these two groups to come together and share knowledge. Leadership attempted events with the purpose of getting these groups together - but none seemed successful.
One day, a specialty coffee maker was installed in the breakroom and changed their culture forever. Teams began to socialize and develop relationships organically, which led to knowledge sharing. It was that small but impactful addition to their space that was the driver for the new space.
Arcturis designed the new layout with the kitchen at the heart of the space. In addition to the all-important coffee maker, a community wall was installed with areas to write messages and post photos and images - another way to get to know your co-workers and further cross-ideate.
Photographer | Alise O'Brien
Arcturis incorporated conceptualized elements of reflection and perception throughout the design to represent the brand. Depicting a key tool in company’s detection process, a pattern of luminous dots on the ceiling guides users while reflecting the design inspiration throughout the space. Privacy film on the glass-enclosed conference rooms and breakroom glass divider provides gradations from opaque to translucent, eventually allowing for increased clarity into the areas.