Research and Development Center

Brand Translation

Concept Design

User Queries

This beauty brand Research and Development Center houses a logistical wing of a major international beauty and apparel company. Pairing lab and office spaces with an experiential, new-wave café aligns design and business goals, but the cherry on top is a connecting, communicating stair that literally takes it to the next level.

Challenge

To conceptualize a new workplace to accommodate research efforts, including laboratory spaces where products are formulated and administrative offices where programs are managed.

Solution

Through stakeholder engagement, surveys, and assessment, our design team determined that the highest priority for the project was to design an environment where all groups could be located close to each other with few barriers and increased connectivity. And to relocate this integrated effort away from the corporate home office thanks to its unique needs of the research and laboratory processes.

The new workplace is situated in a remote location from the home office but uses the same “kit of parts” that the parent organization uses for their typical workplace. This allows the environment to feel like an extension of the home office, with the same quality and accommodations.

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our client’s space
before and after
our engagement.

40%

INCREASE IN
COLLABORATIVE
OFFICE SPACE

Results

The relocation of this business unit has advanced wellness within the organization by breaking down the larger business units into manageable, smaller neighborhoods where there is more focus, less stress and more job satisfaction.

In surveys, individual contributors have cited this workplace as a marked improvement over their previous configuration because they have a place of their own and they are able to focus, collaborate, and quickly implement innovative initiatives.

This design was recognized with an AIA Ohio Honor Award in 2020. The jury noted the successful design elements that elevate the experience of the space.

WSA is an extension of our facilities team. We love that about you guys!”

DAMIAN PETRESCU, AIA
CLIENT

AIA OHIO HONOR AWARD WINNER

GOOD DESIGN GETS RESULTS.

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