AvalonBay Communities

Striking visuals and a colorful palette create a stunning new home for this successful real estate investment firm.


Boston, MA

Project Size

13,500 SF

About this Project


This project is certified LEED-Gold.

Avalon Bay’s move to the 20th floor of the Federal Reserve building was symbolic of the substantial success the company has had in the real estate investment market. Even with a high percentage of offices (versus workstations), leadership was committed to assuring that everyone had full visual access to both the harbor and downtown. This was achieved partly by creating a café immediately adjacent to the reception area, so that anyone entering or leaving the space could enjoy the window line. The adjacent training room has a moveable glass partition so full-company gatherings and hosted events can take advantage of the view.

One particularly striking design element is the treatment of the ceilings. To reinforce the size of the open spaces, ceiling clouds float below the exposed structure, creating a dramatic effect of height and a modern and elegant feel. Coupled with stunning artwork and graphics, sparkling light fixtures and subtle variances of color and texture, the result is a breathtakingly beautiful workplace for a company that values design.