Sonos, a maker of wireless hi-fi systems and audio components, recently relocated from Cambridge to Lafayette City Center in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood of Boston. Columbia Construction provided Preconstruction and Construction Management services for their new corporate headquarters.
The 120,000 sf office is highly innovative and flexible, featuring a two story living wall which serves as a green backdrop for a monumental interconnecting stairway. Other highlights include training and conference areas with video conferencing capability, laboratory areas, as well as uniquely designed user experience and listening rooms.
Careful attention was made to make sure the space offered complete flexibility for the different types of work taking place. Typical offices were eliminated and an open workspace was designed as a way to connect the various departments and to enhance collaboration.
Given the nature of the firm’s work, a significant focus was placed on the sound quality within the space. Display vignettes were set up throughout the offices offering access to listen, test, and engage the brand’s products. Acoustical walls, doors, isolated slabs and hard lid ceilings were used above a soft lid drop ceiling to provide enhanced acoustical isolation.