Operating in some of the world’s most dynamic financial markets for over 150 years, Standard Chartered has found its new workplace hub on San Francisco’s legendary Market Street. Having worked together on previous projects across the globe, we approached our office design for Standard Chartered Bank with the inclusive lens they are known for.
Our workplace strategy and design teams explored the business needs and workplace goals in order to create and implement design guidelines. Through planning principles, workplace programs, brand and wellbeing strategies, furniture solutions and technology offerings, we created a consistently branded and progressive workplace for a high-quality employee experience.
With a range of re-usable features, the site had existing conference spaces, additional rooms and electrics. Throughout the project, we were able to upcycle a large majority of flooring and ceiling materials. Long-term flexibility and workplace adaptability were key. This would deepen and enhance the client, customer and employee experience while managing wellbeing and building efficiency. A variety of workstyles are accessible through unique furniture and room settings. Ergonomic working options revolve around sit-to-stand or free mobility. A Mother’s/Wellness room, as well as spaces for personal and shared experiences. The Pantry, a central hub, allows teams to meet casually or host larger events.
Using the company’s inclusive planning principles as the common building blocks, the welcoming office design for Standard Chartered Bank breaks down space types into flexible zones. These zones support people with advanced workplace design and mobility-enhanced technology:
Standard Charter’s global brand identity is expressed throughout the office design with relevance and consistency. The space clearly communicates its value propositions alongside a locally minded, overarching promise: “Here for Good”. Alongside an art collection that has been built over several years to reflect its culture and international presence, art, sculpture and artefacts reflect the distinct diversity of its staff and clients.
Catering to Standard Chartered’s primarily tech clients, the artwork and design is edgy, playful and bold to stimulate innovation and creativity. They act as an integral part of messaging the Bank’s corporate identity and brand. Local art reflects San Francisco’s diverse and inclusive culture, celebrating the city’s spirit. Bridging common values with themes of Standard Chartered and the San Francisco Bay Area, the space has a vibrant sense of place and purpose.
The new workplace encourages spatial interaction and collaboration in an environment that reflects Standard Chartered’s vision and culture. Placing employee comfort and choice alongside enhanced infrastructure, technology and brand integrity, the space offers an inspiring next-generation experience.
5,400 sq ft