The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle was designed by NBBJ, an architecture firm whose largest operation is also in Seattle. The structure is a culmination of ideas about the 21st-century workplace.
Ron Bundy, chief executive of the Russell Index Group, said the office environment had helped eliminate the office as a status symbol. Some employees don’t even claim permanent workspaces; they call themselves free-deskers, and they simply take whatever is available each day — with a preference for good views and proximity to their teams.
Russell Investments’ new home has saved the company money. The 1,000 employees used to occupy a 16-story building. Now, they’re folded into just five floors.