Cool offices: Philips in New Jersey, USA
Gensler has designed the new headquarters for Philips Lighting North America which is based in Somerset, New Jersey.
The Philips North American Lighting Headquarters is defined by two major ideas— an open, flexible work environment and a showcase of Philip’s latest lighting technology. Philips wanted to consolidate three locations into one, and to accomplish that, Gensler created a 100% free address work environment.
The flexible layout features a variety of workspaces to accommodate the different workmodes of the Philips employees. Tailoring to the different ways people work, Gensler designed different supports spaces, including focus rooms/phone rooms, conference rooms, touchdown areas, breakout and collaboration areas, and centralized community hubs.
The overall space is connected through a common theme inspired by the game Tetris and the idea of “falling blocks of lights.” The workplace layout, color palette and finishes all contribute to this central idea, giving the headquarters a unique identity. As the largest manufacturer of lighting, the integration of Philip’s lighting technology and products was key in the design of their new headquarters.
Showcasing the latest products is a lighting demo center—the only one of its kind in North America.
The demo center displays five to six vignettes of light products. Each vignette provides a rich experience through both lighting and materiality. The demo center also has two training rooms and classrooms to inform clients about the latest products and the variety of uses Philip’s lighting technology can provide.