Office Envy: Digi International

Office Envy: Digi International

Company: Digi International
Headquarters: Hopkins
Size: 65,000 square feet
Designer: Studio BV

Technology communications company Digi International wanted a workplace that expressed the innovation process. An abstract and lofty goal, but local design firm Studio BV managed to channel the energy of creation through light and materials, with copper and metal for a high-tech look. The company’s new Hopkins headquarters brings both work processes and products out of the shadows and into full view. That’s in stark contrast to Digi’s former 1980s-style office, which Studio BV founder and CEO Betsy Vohs describes as cavernous, underutilized, and dark. “Cultures don’t survive in spaces that don’t let them activate” their potential, Vohs says. The new space utilizes LED lighting with glass walls to pull natural light into meeting spaces, as well as research and development labs. Vohs also saw an opportunity to showcase the company’s technology with a virtual greeter and interactive screens to welcome guests. Vohs says that when products are on display, “I think it becomes more real, and people get more excited when they can see what it means.”

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