Seattle, WA

30,000 SF

A Cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest Looks to the Future

Initiated prior to the pandemic, WaFd's new headquarters re-imagines the role of the workplace as a hospitality-focused beacon for a "digital-first" banking workforce. 

In a transformative departure from the 60” high workstation panels and the executive floor established in 1985, the new design places a premium on open, fluid spaces, blending effortlessly with the surrounding tree canopy that envelops the building. 

This shift from a traditional 1:1 desk ratio to a fully hoteling work environment has fostered a rich variety of spatial solutions. These spaces enable users to navigate throughout the floor and adapt their work environment according to their evolving needs over the day.

WaFd's storied history comes alive through experiential design and carefully curated vintage art. More than just a visual, a full wall exhibit cleverly serves as a cover for the Chairman Library.  

A hidden door opens to this turn-of-the-century time capsule with vaulted ceilings, lavish dark wood detailing, and comfortable seating. Historic memorabilia, art, and books are on display. adding to the nostalgic charm.

A digital application empowers the facility team and employees to better navigate the unassigned landscape of work settings, while lockers and convenience features at each station create a seamless end-user experience.

Blending its history and emerging culture they created a modern, memorable community destination and gateway for banking clients. 

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