Tommy Bahama’s new Seattle campus, which will provide workspace for approximately 400 employees across 120,000sq ft., has a design focused on user experience, drawing upon resimmercial design concepts to exemplify the company’s ethos, which has long been to “Make Life One Long Weekend.”

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Designed by SkB Architects, the open, casual setting has spaces that feature a natural material palette and rich textures such as woven fabric wall coverings and rough-honed stone. A “grand boardwalk” organises the space and draws guests from the main lobby and reception to the showroom, mock store, and collaborative workspaces. Casual seating areas line the boardwalk and provide opportunities for informal gatherings.

Workspaces have been designed with flexibility in mind so users can tailor the environment based on departmental and team requirements. The reception area and amenities are located on an intermediate level of the HQ’s four floors to ensure employee interaction and social engagement.

The company decided to lease the floors for the headquarters space in the base of the office tower as opposed to the upper floors in order to create and reinforce physical and visual connections to the community. Breakout and workspaces were designed around large four-story light monitors with access to the market hall at the base of the building to encourage gathering.

Each floor has its own coffee bar, and a 1,000sq ft. café on the main level opens out to a 1,500-sf roof deck. The office’s customised workstations feature sit-to-stand desks, ergonomic monitor arms, and task lighting.

Sam Bonson

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