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Ziff Davis

Digital transformation

Ziff Davis

Services

Design & Space Planning
Fit-Out

Sector
Creative + Media
Size
7,915 sq ft
Programme
7 weeks

The team at Ziff Davis is energetic and creative, enlisting us to translate their company ethos into a high-impact space with the feel of a cool ‘urban village’. Driven by their reputation as global pioneers of digital media, the resulting workplace design is fun, fresh and unexpected.

After capturing the brief and ethos of Ziff Davies, we set to work in creating a space that allowed for open plan working and collaboration whilst constantly reminding all that set foot within the office of what the company stood for

Enriching
Environments
By combining the industrial east London design of this Aldgate space with our design concept, we transformed this originally blank workplace into a reflection of the area's urban history with an eye toward Ziff Davis' future.
AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff
AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff
AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff

Exploration

Before we could get going with the design stage, we first had to help find an office space to work with. An industrial-style space in Aldgate proved the favourite of both the AIS and client team, chosen for its edgy urban feel and blank canvas interior, the perfect foundation on which to layer the brand’s colourful personality. The relatively modest square footage also had to incorporate a variety of workspaces, including a recording studio, meeting rooms and desks for its 70-strong team.

Progressing
People
By collaborating directly with the Ziff Davis team on the design, we were able to create a sense of ownership among the employees that invites them into a workplace that is very much a part of them.
AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff
AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff

Creation

We agreed a space plan to suit all of the client’s needs, combining open-plan workspaces with casual seating and meeting areas, arranged around a large recording studio. Once these fundamentals were in place, it was time to have some real fun with the design. Our design team decided to wrap a 15m graffiti feature wall around the central workspace, and involved staff in the process by asking which relevant figures they would like to be depicted. Given the company’s background in gaming and film production, they proposed an interesting collection of characters and genres for us to work with.

AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff
AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff
AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff

Realisation

We teamed up with award-winning design studio Soulful Creative to bring the graffiti wall to life. Adding to the edgy warehouse feel set by the feature wall, offices and meeting rooms are divided using black glass, and the unfinished ceiling is left exposed, which also offers more flexible lighting options. The look and feel is youthful and visually stimulating – a fitting expression of the dynamic people who use it.

AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff
AIS Workplace design and fit out experts Ziff
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