Bright Colors and Geometric Shapes Inspire New KinderCare Headquarters Designed by LRS Architects
LRS Architects, a firm that values innovation, creativity, and collaboration, is pleased to announce its latest design project for KinderCare, America’s largest early education and childcare provider. This new 34,000 square-foot headquarters off of Kruse Way in Lake Oswego reflects the company’s culture shift toward a hybrid work model and incorporates a treehouse-inspired design that fosters creativity, collaboration, and connection through thoughtful design elements, an open floor plan, and a safe and inclusive atmosphere.
“KinderCare’s headquarters is a fantastic project that allowed us to express our creativity,” said Britney Hale, lead interior designer for the project at LRS Architects. “Our design goal was to bring the KinderCare brand to life using their bright colors and geometric shapes in every facet of the office design. Balancing the bold brand personality with the neutral biophilia-filled amenity spaces that bring the comforts of home accentuates the core design philosophy.”
The initial inspiration for the headquarters’ treehouse design centered around the lush greenery surrounding the building. KinderCare’s logo display immediately references this upon entering the main lobby from the elevator, evocating the same vibrant greenery that embodies western Oregon. The design aesthetic reverberates throughout the space with elements such as a moss wall and light neutral tones balanced by bright colors that highlight team collaboration areas.
“KinderCare’s team environment made this project a joy to work on. From start to finish, this was a project led by inspiration and collaboration,” said Darcie McConnaha, Interiors Project Manager at LRS Architects. “Whether it was supply chain issues due to the pandemic or incorporating new design elements during construction, there was never an obstacle we couldn’t successfully navigate. We couldn’t be prouder of the finished product.”
The LRS design reflects KinderCare’s company ethos of transparency and people-centricity by incorporating multiple independent spaces designed for self-care, expansive glass windows and doors representing transparency. The incorporation of a word wall designed by KinderCare’s Marketing Team expresses the company’s values and ongoing impact on employees, families, and communities.
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About LRS Architects
LRS Architects is a woman-owned architecture and interior design firm with offices in Portland and Bend, Oregon. Founded in 1976, the award-winning practice is driven by a passion for good design that goes beyond aesthetics to create vibrant communities and spaces that support the well-being of those who inhabit them. With over 130 design professionals, the firm is committed to partnering collaboratively with clients to positively shape the human experience through the physical environment. The diversity of the firm’s project experience provides a broad perspective and proven expertise in design, problem-solving, documentation, and project delivery methods. The firm’s work, while centered in the Pacific Northwest, is found throughout the United States in over 30 states, as well as in China, Canada, and Nicaragua. Recognized with dozens of awards, the practice’s work has been featured in hundreds of publications, including Architect, Fast Company, ENR, and Office Snapshots, among many others. lrsarchitects.com