Eastlake Studio has designed the new offices of Avant located in Chicago, Illinois. One of the fastest growing companies in Chicago, Avant is a financial tech firm that has originated over three billion dollars in loans since 2012. Support of internal communication was a key mandate of the program, resulting in a two-story town hall atrium for all-hands meetings, open meeting areas with a live feed to Avant’s LA office, a 90ft long exterior terrace for social interaction and nearly 40 small huddle rooms for conference calls and heads-down work. Each staff station has a clear view to an exterior window and comes equipped with an electronic height-adjustable desk.
The town hall break area comes complete with beer taps, a Coke Freestyle machine, a snack pantry and a serving island where both breakfast and lunch are provided to staff. The space is branded with custom wallcovering that morphs the Avant logo into a colorful geometric pattern weaving its way through the space. Unique elements include eight ‘secret’ rooms hidden in the plan, each with a unique theme ranging from a Nintendo room with beanbag seating to a vintage video store.