Establishing Dynamic And Engaging Work Environments

Landscape architect creates spaces that emphasize convenience and creativity.

With advances in technology and millennials entering the workforce, corporations are changing the way they view the everyday work environment. By collaborating with design firms like Atlanta landscape architecture firm HGOR (hgor.com), companies are focused on establishing dynamic and engaging work environments that attract and retain top talent.

HGOR has worked with corporations to create the ultimate “space between” for employees with an emphasis on convenience and creativity to foster communication and productivity. The company is focused on incorporating trends such as green roofs, gardens, walking trails, and most importantly, designs that connect the internal environment to the external while also considering sustainability and environmental concerns.

HGOR projects include: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Coca-Cola World Headquarters, Duke Energy Center Arts District, Lowes Corporate Headquarters, Merrill Lynch, One Wells Fargo Plaza, Turner Entertainment, TIAA-CREF, Time Warner, and United Parcel Service.

Three recent projects, shown here, are Synovus’ Akers Mill, Atlanta, corporate office; Spanx corporate headquarters, Atlanta; and Cox Enterprises’ corporate headquarters in the Dunwoody neighborhood of Atlanta.

Synovus Corporate Office

At the Synovus corporate office in Akers Mill, Atlanta, HGOR created a unique arrival sequence through sculptural mounds of ornamental grasses and longleaf pine. The plantings are homage to the longleaf pine and wiregrass ecosystem native to Columbus, GA, where the company’s headquarters is located.

Spanx Corporate Headquarters Green Roof

At approximately 8,000 sq. ft., a roof garden space sits atop the third floor of the Spanx corporate headquarters building in Atlanta, adjacent to the interior dining space. Designed to accommodate a large event of as many as 500, the space also breaks down into smaller spaces which accommodate intimate conversations and gatherings. With a custom serpentine Ipe garden bench and platform edge, the space is organized around a central synthetic-turf lawn panel.

Outdoor dining is accommodated under a large steel canopy, designed with a rough urban feel and appointed and finished with custom drapery, ceiling fans, heaters, and string lights. Keeping with contemporary flexible workplace trends, employees are offered multiple choices, from outdoor covered workspaces, a private raised stage platform looking back at the dining space, and a custom Ipe shadowbox wall surround with a counter overlooking the streets of Buckhead. Two sides of the space are surrounded with metal panels and faux planted green walls designed to frame the space and create a more intimate scale for tenants to use and engage within the central amenity.

Cox Enterprises

HGOR provided landscape architectural services for Cox Enterprises’ corporate headquarters in the Dunwoody neighborhood of Atlanta, which includes a 10-acre wooded park and a 3-acre private garden for employees. The private garden explores traditional garden themes within dynamic modern forms, reflective of the rich history and progressive nature of both Cox Enterprises and the community where it operates.

More recently, HGOR was selected for the planning and redesign of an expansion of the corporate headquarters facility. The expansion fosters a strong sense of campus and communal space by updating the original 2000 HGOR design. The current garden will be extended and flanked by two new 300,000-sq.-ft. office buildings and connected to a newly acquired 145,000-sq.-ft. building. The new garden level offers enhanced dining and meeting options to encourage informal breakouts. To maintain its pedestrian oriented feel, parking is located in podium levels below the garden.

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