The design for this new office and trading floor reflects Nasdaq’s role as a fintech leader and improves its ability to recruit the best talent from Philadelphia’s vibrant university and tech communities. The spaces embraces the rich history of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX), which Nasdaq acquired in 2008.
Spanning three floors of the FMC Tower, the office houses Nasdaq’s technology operations, traders and brokers—relocating them from a windowless basement to a daylit, high-tech trading floor.
The open-plan spaces fuel creativity and interaction. A variety of seating types and configurations support a range of work styles, with flexibility for different uses. Meeting rooms promote teamwork and enclosed booths accommodate private conversations.
Juxtaposing sleek architectural elements with industrial finishes, the hospitality-infused design is unique for the fintech industry. The modern, industrial aesthetic serves as a counterpoint to Nasdaq’s tech-driven business.
The Merchants’ Coffee House, a central café and lounge, pays tribute to the PHLX’s 18th-century origins.
Adjacent to the main reception area, the trading floor is organized radially around its stations. Colorful, elliptical millwork visually connects the traders, and a white baffle system establishes the ceiling plane.
The design of the network operations center and customer data center transforms these traditionally back-of-house spaces into technology showcases.