With the merger of publishing heavyweights Penguin and Random House, consolidating under a shared vision and roof required reading between the lines.
A one hundred percent open office rewrites how people at Penguin Random House work. Gone are the 200+ square foot offices, in favour of an open environment conducive not only to working alone, but to working together – on a scale that was impossible when divided by walls and stacks.
Celebrating the shared love of literature, the fully open environment is littered with nooks and crannies for reading and meetings of all sizes.
Corridors are lined with custom bookshelves and seating spaces, while larger meeting rooms are outfitted with mobile walls that open to create a large conferencing space for seminars, town halls, etc. Finally, an interconnecting stair with sculptural bookcase grounds the space and links the 2.5 floors.
At Penguin Random House everyone is out in the open, starting with the CEO.
The new space has changed how people at Penguin Random House work. Instead of being buried beneath stacks of books in private offices, people work amongst their peers in the bright, open office; while shelves upon shelves of custom millwork ensure that beloved books are showcased with intent.
Striking the perfect balance between an open and social working environment and the cozy escapes that define the perfect place to read, the new Penguin Random House is all about people and books.
Photography: Steve Tsai