Campari Group by Gensler: 2019 Best of Year Winner for Office Amenity
Workplaces often contain cafés and lounges galore. But a bar? Not as likely…let alone four of them. But such is the case at Campari Group’s 65,000-square-foot, two-story office by Gensler. It’s the North American headquarters of the Milan-based company famous for its bright-red aperitif that now also counts more than 50 other beverage brands in its portfolio.
Principal and design director Stefanie Shunk made a pilgrimage to the Italian city to steep herself in the company’s 160-year history. She translated her inspirations into elements that include a C-shape reception desk that doubles as an espresso bar—with barista. Just behind it, the firm carved a double-height atrium through the two floors and inserted a 16-foot-tall cerused-oak wall assemblage inspired by a Fortunato Depero building facade. Here, it serves as a backdrop to a full-scale, buffed-brass bar, also C-shape, on the floor below.
Lest anyone think all everyone does is party at Campari, “Foremost, this is designed for work,” Shunk states of the project. The office areas for the 135 employees are spread across the two floors, connected by an LED-lit stairway drenched in red.
Project Team: Amanda Carroll; Megan Dobstaff; Stephanie Lan; Amanda Langweil; Andrew Stern; Laura Moran; Laura Bishop; Arielle Levy; Audrey Strom; Carly Klaire; Kathryn Morse.