Edmunds HQ

Project Location

Santa Monica, CA


M+M Creative Studio


SL45, SL70, HSW60

Case Study: Edmunds.com Headquarters

It takes a lot of people to make up Edmunds.com, the automotive networking and shopping giant. In 2016, Edmunds moved all those people into a new office in Santa Monica, CA, to give them a better, more collaborative, more enjoyable place to work. Architects M+M Creative Studio designed a vast flowing space with a polished industrial aesthetic heavy on car culture and a wealth of collaborative spaces. They integrated outdoor courtyards inside by making the office into a “convertible” with NanaWall opening glass walls. The result is an award-winning business space where people love to come to work.

The Need for A Collaborative Office Environment

To achieve a highly collaborative, highly flexible workspace, they gutted both floors. “The biggest reason they took this space,” Mitchell elaborates, “had to do with the indoor/outdoor possibilities.” Those possibilities were maximized by eliminating most of the fixed glazing walls around the central courtyard on the ground floor, making it a contiguous part of the first floor, the light-filled, shining heart of the office. The space opens into to the second floor with 26 conference rooms of various sizes, and an endless selection of seating areas in which to work –couches, café tables, nooks, booths –all bathed in the glow of the central courtyard.

H+M Creative Studio Develop Indoor/Outdoor Workspace Design

Donald Lucid, Edmunds Facilities Associate Manager, credits architect Chris Mitchell with the inspiration to put in movable walls. “To have that beautiful atrium right in the middle of our space,” Lucid recalls, “it just made sense—let’s put NanaWalls in there. ”The glass wall systems are open every day, weather permitting, throughout business hours creating a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor workspaces and social areas. “In Santa Monica, we have beautiful weather all year,” boasts Lucid. Sometimes you are indoors, sometimes you are outdoors. Having those NanaWall movable walls gives you that open feel. Even though you are inside, you still have the outside feeling.”

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