Cafeteriaby Andy Ryan, courtesy Dyer Brown

See an Office Design Inspired by a Tailored Suit

Attention was given to diverse workspaces and public-facing spaces.

When rapidly-growing drug development company Valo was a startup just a few short years ago, staying competitive in recruitment of top research talent meant partnering early on with leading-edge consultants and designers on things like workplace strategy and brand identity. Those early strategic investments now appear to be showing returns.

National workplace strategy experts Dyer Brown recently completed a headquarters expansion for Valo, the latest product of an ongoing collaboration that began when the company signed its first lease in 2017, for a team of fewer than a dozen employees. The expanded, high-performance, 35,600-square-foot space in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood now supports workflow for 150 across two floors, with a brand-inspired aesthetic that reflects a unique company culture.

Inspiration that 'suits' the space

The jumping-off point for the design concept was the image of a tailored suit with a colorful lining. The palette of finishes ultimately emphasizes texture and patterns. For example, unique acoustic felt panel ceilings create a rippling, undulating effect overhead in the new café space and several work areas. by Andy Ryan, courtesy Dyer Brown

First impressions matter

Public-facing spaces were given significant focus and budget. At reception, for example, visiting clients arrive to find a waiting area with a presentation installation showcasing the Valo brand, flanked by Herman Miller chairs under a playful sculptural lighting fixture, all drenched in a flood of natural light from full-height bay windows. by Andy Ryan, courtesy Dyer Brown

Diverse staff, diverse space

Variety is also critical to supporting the wide range of staff, from data scientists to digital designers. Roughly 25 percent of the workplace is dedicated to non-traditional work setups, all outfitted with ample power and whiteboards, including semi-enclosed meeting rooms, single-occupancy nooks with task lamps, and a dedicated scrum room. by Andy Ryan, courtesy Dyer Brown

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