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Workplace Branding Flexibility for Two Creative Services Firms

Maxus and Hill+Knowlton Office
Santa Monica, California, USA

This creative, flexible office environment is shared by two forward-thinking agencies: Maxus, a leading media planning and buying agency, and Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global public relations and integrated communications agency.

HOK’s design provides a sophisticated, creative aesthetic for these two companies to coexist while leveraging synergies to establish efficiencies. Strong individual branding is supported by the crisp white and stark black color palette. Diverse textures and raw wood add warmth to the space. A moss wall in the reception area contributes to the design aesthetic while cleaning and purifying the office air.

Dancing gobo lights in the lobby showcase each firm’s branding and can be easily modified to reflect changes in corporate identity. Three large flat-screen monitors in the reception area welcome guests and support customized messaging for clients and visitors.

Though it represents a drastic change from the firms’ previous workplace, the 100 percent open environment aligns with the space standards established by their parent company. All employees sit in a benching system, with numerous open and enclosed huddle spaces and conference rooms available for private meetings. These meeting spaces provide a wide range of environments including lounge, standing and typical conference room settings.

HOK’s team worked closely with the two firms to roll out a comprehensive change management process that helped provide employees with a seamless transition into this new work environment. The process included focus groups, surveys, manager working sessions, town halls, newsletters and a change ambassador initiation program. Post-occupancy surveys revealed that the employees like the new workplace and believe that the collaborative environment enhances their productivity.


22,000 sq. ft. / 2,045 sq. m.


Change Management
Facility Programming
Interior Design