Shazam! I don’t think we could ever say Shazam enough! Well shazam, is exactly what architect Clive Wilkinson did for Disney’s Headquarters in Pasadena, California. We have long been advocates for adding bright color and creative design to drab offices to create the building blocks for a stimulating work environment. Check out what Disney has done to spur innovation and creativity within their walls.
Disney’s headquarters has made it to the top of the charts for Flavorwire’s top picks in most eye catching offices. Since 1987, Disney Store has represented the Disney brand in cities and countries around the world. With approximately 350 Stores throughout Europe and North America, Disney Store delights children through interactive presentation, quality product and unique experiences bringing Disney’s most important characters and stories to life.
In 2007, Clive Wilkinson Architects converted a 7.500 square meter warehouse into the Disney Store Headquarters. The offices are built in the historic Royal Laundry Building in Pasadena, CA and feature a conference room with walls made of giant blocks. When disassembled, the blocks become seats for a 200 person auditorium.
“Clients often request space for the whole company to meet—but generally back away from taking up a whole area to do so,” Wilkinson says. At the Disney Store, he provides that option. When it’s time for all 220 staffers to get together, they can literally tear down two of the front conference room’s walls, since they’re built from huge blocks of lightweight foam in red, orange, yellow, and ocher. As the blocks spill into reception, they become seating. At meeting’s end, employees simply reverse their deconstruction. Blocks go back up, walling in a conference room for 30. Now the focus is on a CWA signature: a custom table with, yes, a surfboard-resin top in the shape of a jigsaw puzzle. From the front conference room and reception, the office’s central boulevard extends rearward. Along it, Wilkinson stacked sunny-yellow honeycomb units of rotation-molded plastic, connected by threaded aluminum rods. And how cool is the idea of 250 honeycomb units snaking around to enclose a second conference room, out back? This freestanding sculpture scales down the workplace with a fixed center point.
Plus, the components are designed for nonstop storage, planned as a one-off solution to control the Disney Store’s clutter.
A modular honeycomb structure, conceived as a flexible means of managing Disney sample product display, forms a second conference room.