A sustainable and flexible office at Belkin International headquarters in El Segundo, featuring public and private zones, biophilic elements and a skylight street connecting the entire space. HLW has struck a balance between industrial and warm for its Belkin headquarters in El Segundo, California.
HLW designed Belkin International’s headquarters to create a transparent and open workplace where diverse settings and freedom of choice complement visual connectivity. This space reflects the products they create. It’s simple, modern, intuitive, and uses timeless materials with bold intentions. The office will reduce Belkin’s carbon footprint and maximize opportunities for human-centric indoor/outdoor collaboration.
The new global headquarters is located at 555 Aviation, a former Xerox campus relocated to the creative office where HLW previously led the 555 Aviation project. The one-story renovation of his sprawling 265,000-square-foot office and manufacturing building maintains the architectural integrity of the original design and focuses on two of his key elements: flexibility and access to the outdoors. I was. The Belkin space further highlights the architecture of 555 Aviation.
The new office design addresses the needs of each team at Belkin directly, creating spaces that inform each stage of the product design process. The office is divided into public and private zones. The public zone is filled with natural materials and warm tones and consists of meeting, training and event spaces and a large pantry/seating area connected to the existing redesigned courtyard.The private zone is flexible. It consists of flexible workspaces, labs, and secure project rooms. The zone is linked by a wide central skylight street known as The Circuit. At one end is an openwork landscaped terrace and at the other end is ‘The Grove’. A light-filled collaboration space for all lab workers to connect.
Belkin offices holistically capture corporate culture and environment through design. Sustainability-first, the workspace earned LEED Silver certification and his 1-star rating from Fitwel. In addition, Belkin has committed to UN Goal 13, urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. As a result, the headquarters has installed solar arrays for his 25% renewable energy and is committed to making Scope 2 emissions 100% carbon neutral by 2025. Plans for Scope 1 and 3 emissions are also under development.
Belkin serves as a compelling case study on how to create a timeless, flexible and open work environment while responding to the current situation. The “The Grove” aspect of the project has been deliberately curated to give employees respite through connection with the outdoors. The space’s thoughtful biophilic elements further encourage employees to come together and encourage cross-team collaboration. Located at the heart of the lab space, ‘The Grove’ is built around a large skylight, providing employees with a sunlit and diverse environment. The redesigned office also offers a variety of meeting and work spaces for employees to gather, including a conversation pit outside the track. An assortment of settings fosters a dynamic, collaborative and stimulating environment for creativity and efficiency to thrive.
Many of HLW’s designs are based on the unique design process of the products Belkin creates. For example, curved elements are present throughout the design in a nod to his Belkin philosophy of considering how a product “feels” when in use. The same thinking was applied to the design of their space. HLW also worked with vendors to create custom furniture solutions that fit Belkin’s specific design needs. Furthermore, the design of the space represents and facilitates the lifecycle of product design from inception to execution. The Design Lab is the starting point of the process, facilitating design innovation and enabling product testing and packaging. The onsite studio enables the team to take product photos and create content, and the sales team to create retail display mockups. Vendors are also welcome and encouraged to work directly with the Belkin team.
Belkin’s headquarters is also home to the first Portal Schools, where students learn alongside Belkin employees, giving them access to real careers, opportunities and networks. Unique, modern architecture creates flexibility with open classrooms, comfortable furnishings, and indoor-outdoor atmospheres, utilizing the best technology and seamlessly integrating cutting-edge tools to maximize learning . Through this design, Portal students are further exposed to his Belkin culture and innovative thinking.