“It was very dark and closed-off, and everybody was kind of in their own corners,” says Interscope Geffen A&M chairman/CEO John Janick of the company he took over in 2012, succeeding Jimmy Iovine. That was the genesis of the just-completed three-year renovation of the label’s headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif.
On each of the three floors, a previous warren of cubicles has been gutted to create open workspaces accented by color-blocked walls, casual sitting areas and game rooms. The centerpiece of the renovation, which was overseen by the Gensler design firm, is the fourth-floor living room (with a full kitchen and patio/balcony) that hosts meetings, listening sessions and artist performances. “I think some people were surprised that I spent so much time on the design,” says Janick. “But I wanted a place where people are going to want to work here or want to sign here if they are an artist. That was the basis for everything.”
Pictured: A La La Land neon sign greets visitors to the fourth-floor living room.