Artificial Intelligence tech company Narrative Science, have recently employed Charlie Greene Studio to design their new 38,500 square foot offices located in Chicago, Illinois. Their significant expansion plan required them to think strategically and aspirationally about their new workspace in order to fulfil all their needs as they plan to grow over the next few years.
The process began with a robust observation and strategy period, to map internal processes and identify new efficiencies. Following this, the design team then dove into the results to define the roadmap for the project, and construct the three-dimensional story of Narrative Science.
The company exists at the overlap of technology and humanity, with their software transforming data into language. Areas where activities overlap are therefore celebrated in the workplace and the Chicago Bauhaus style was used as the aesthetic driver to give a local inspiration, but also to speak to innovation and technological leadership.
The library gives a quiet respite from other more active areas of the workplace, offering a place for employees to work independently away from their desks and to "be alone together." The Patent Wall, adjacent to the reception area, provides a dramatic yet subtle space to acknowledge the innovative work of Narrative Science employees and teams.
Containing 196 workstations and 12 offices, Narrative Science now have the space they need to grow and fulfil their goals. The workspace has been designed to be flexible to allow departments to shift and change as needed. 12 enclosed meeting rooms and 18 collaborative areas support both individual and collaborative working, facilitating the highly complex focused work that employees are engaged in.
All of this combines to create an experience that has changed the way Narrative Science works, giving customers and other visitors insights into what the company does. Stuart Frankel, Narrative Science's CEO says "our new office is a metaphor for the future: it's big, open, and flexible, but there's also a permanency factor to it."