The aesthetic choices highlight TNC’s environmental mission in an understated way that makes judicious use of donor dollars. The color palette is inspired by the flora, fauna, and geographic features of California.
The use of sustainable materials and energy-efficient lighting, plumbing, and mechanical systems aligns with TNC’s commitment to conservation: a steel reception desk sheathed in sustainably harvested wool, carpeting from 100% recyclable materials, and wood benches and counters crafted from reclaimed, old growth redwood (originally logged from the first plot of land that TNC California preserved). The centerpiece of the lobby is a topographic cut-out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which captures the Chapter’s regional character and conservation initiatives.
This pairing of architectural design with technology tools and organizational protocol resulted in a 30% reduction in square footage. This contained lease expenses (a cost savings of $2,950,000 over 10 years), which enabled the Chapter to maintain its downtown location, in proximity to partners and public transit.
Consolidating the office from 1.5 floors to 1 unified staff and improved morale. The optimized layout increased utilization and occupancy, and the aesthetic upgrades, attracted more staff to work in the office instated of at home. The design captures TNC’s commitment to conservation—natural, material, and financial.
The Nature Conservancy California presents a prime example of MKThink’s approach to workplace—the integration of Place, Technology, and Policy—and its responsiveness to the impact of technological change on the nature of work.