Winner: Large workspace interior of the year 2019. Gensler transformed a huge industrial building, which once served a machine shop for military destroyers and submarines, into the headquarters for HR software company Gusto.
Berkeley-based Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects oversaw the adaptive reuse of Pier 70's dilapidated structures into usable spaces, while complying with heritage listing requirements.
Inspiration for the design was found in the living room-like waiting area of a historic train station revitalisation project, and the team looked at ways of translating this furniture and architectural relationship to the building conditions at Pier 70.
Along the centre, the full height of the space was kept open up to the metal truss roof. This area is treated like a massive lounge with sofas and desk areas for employees to use for casual working and informal meetings.
Judges comments: Judges said that this "vast space allows its users to enjoy both privacy due to its volume or a very communal way of working. Plants and soft furnishings add a human touch to this warehouse office".
They added that "this project shows that industrial spaces have huge potential and are beautiful in the way that one can occupy them without necessarily doing a complete conversion".