Linedata Services occupied a 16,000 sf office that they “inherited” as-is from the previous tenant. The finishes and lighting were dated, the workstations did not support the collaborative nature of their business, and the reception/boardroom design blocked an impressive view of Boston. Margulies Perruzzi Architects was charged with redesigning the space to better reflect the culture and work style of the company.
As Linedata was planning to occupy the space throughout construction, an effort was made to re-use as much of the structure of the existing space as possible. Although most of the walls remained, the lunchroom was enlarged to make it more inviting; and freestanding, elliptical copy areas were introduced into the space to add definition to the open office areas. All of the finish materials were replaced, both to enliven the previous, subdued color scheme, as well as to dovetail with a new corporate branding campaign. Systems furniture was replaced with lower, more collaborative stations. Not only did this change inject the space with more energy, it also allowed a great deal more natural light to reach the inner areas of the office. Finally, the wall of the boardroom was replaced with full height glass, allowing a dramatic view of the Boston skyline from Linedata’s entry door.