a bright office common area with greenery

Arcadis Relocates to an Airy Office in Coral Gables, Florida

Arcadians at the firm’s Miami office dreamed of relocating to digs that would function for work but feel like a resort with South Florida flair. “Learning from neuroscience, we implemented elements that have proven positive emotional responses, like biophilic design and spaces of both prospect and refuge,” says associate principal Randi Rodriguez, who served as project lead for the Coral Gables, Florida locale. 

The hospitality-inflected workplace begins with a 14-foot-high white-oak-slat partition that draws sight lines skyward to a mesmerizing custom light fixture reminiscent of cloudscapes. Polished concrete flooring emphasizes the crisp industrial palette leading to the Hibiscus Room, a coworking space and pantry meant to mimic an inviting home kitchen. The Arcadis interpretation of that includes comfy olive lounge chairs on a custom foliage-patterned rug and an island topped with a slab of recycled terrazzo. 

That repurposing approach extended to furnishings throughout. Some of the pieces brought from the previous workspace and elsewhere include black Flos pendant fixtures, Steelcase workstations, and third-life filing cabinets that Rodriguez originally specified in 2000; they’re now refinished and tucked into built-ins beside bucket chairs upholstered in Florida chic magenta. 

a person sitting at a cafe area in the office
a woman working by a window
a row of white work stations
a bright office common area with greenery

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