Imagine an office build-out project so big that designers had to approach it from a city planning perspective. That’s what the team at HGA had on its hands when Sleep Number Corp. moved its Headquarters to downtown Minneapolis last year.
The bed and mattress manufacturer moved from two buildings in Plymouth, Minnesota, to take over the lower four floors of a former data center just a couple of blocks from the Minneapolis Convention Center. The building encompasses an entire city block. Sleep Number renovated 211,000 square feet of space, and has an additional 25,000 square feet for future build-out.
The move provided Sleep Number the chance to change its space and culture, said Angela Gearhart, vice president of brand experience for the company. “We thought we would use this opportunity to evolve.”
At the core of that evolution was creating a community that was “more we and less me,” Gearhart said.
“Sleep Number wanted to transform the culture for collaboration,” said Paula Storsteen, Design Principal with HGA.
To do that, designers had to start with a focal point. “We created a central plaza to draw everyone to the center,” Storsteen said.
The central plaza includes a tech bar, a café and a coffee bar, which offers digital or online ordering for employees. Meanwhile, casual collaborative spaces with a variety of different seating options and configurations surround the plaza in “neighborhoods.”
“Sleep Number wanted to make sure you can always work in those spaces,” Storsteen said. Warm tones in a variety of textures and materials give the space a comfortable and inviting feel.
Read more about Sleep Number in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.