The ZGF-designed Expedia Group corporate headquarters was featured in a recent Wall Street Journal article looking at the “office of the future”—Wi-Fi-equipped rocks, fire pits, and all.
Notably, Expedia Group’s design is credited with connecting employees to nature through large sliding-glass doors that open to the outside and an overall emphasis on wellness, as well as providing workspace choice and flexibility with unassigned seating.
Expedia Group partnered with ZGF, AvroKo Design, Surface Design, and others, to plan and design the 40-acre campus, including the recently completed renovation and expansion of an existing campus on Elliott Bay, formerly home to biotechnology company Amgen. The new campus is welcoming 4,500 employees during a phased move in, with space for more growth in the future.
Highly activated outdoor spaces on the waterfront setting will be a hallmark of the campus and employee experience, featuring an outdoor amphitheater, walking trails, sports fields, waterfront access, intimate courtyards, tree groves, and a large dynamic water feature welcoming employees and guests.
An excerpt from The Wall Street Journal provides more detail:
“Large sliding-glass doors open to the outside when the weather cooperates, turning an indoor corridor in the new building into a breezy seating area. Public hike-and-bike trails line the perimeter of the 40-acre campus, where the company will have as many as 20 Wi-Fi access points hidden in fiberglass rocks so employees can work on a large lawn or near one of the company’s fire pits.
Expedia’s research indicated that office workers overwhelmingly wanted more natural light and views. The company incorporated a grass-roofed conference space called the prow [designed by Aidlin Darling Design] that resembles a ship and includes a wall of windows directly overlooking the water…
Nature is in, but assigned seating is out. Archana Singh, Expedia’s chief people officer, said employees had dedicated desks at the old office. In the new space, workers are assigned what are known as neighborhoods and generally take a seat wherever one is available.”