A Look Inside Alight’s New Minneapolis Office

A Look Inside Alight’s New Minneapolis Office

Non-profit organization Alight hired architecture and interior design firm Studio BV to design their new office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Alight serves as a beacon of hope and a guiding force for the people that they serve. They are a bright spot amongst the darkest of times. They provide openings and opportunities for people where there weren’t any before. Alight is providing health care and clean water, shelter, protection, and economic opportunity to more than 3.5 million people in 19 countries each year. But in solidarity with the people we serve who are too often defined by a single dark moment in their lives, they dropped the label ‘refugee.’ Alight sees and helps every person make meaningful change in the world – from displaced and marginalized communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas to…anyone, anywhere.

They build a meaningful life for and with the displaced. When they find people displaced from their homes, countries, or lives, our instinct may be to focus only on their basic needs. And that is essential. But it’s also not a life. A life is filled with joy, dignity, connection, and purpose. And that’s what we aim to build.

“The palette and design was built around the power and optimism of light, hope, and reflection,” said Betsy Vohs, Studio BV Founder and CEO. “The volume and skylights in the existing space provide a unique opportunity to showcase light beacons throughout the space, showing the power of Alight’s mission – literally focusing light inward to allow their light and talents to shine out in the world.”

Overlaying colored graphics and brand patterns to the space provide a dramatic transformation of light, color, and reflection throughout the day, symbolizing the powerful work of the team. In contrast to the color and light beacons, the rest of the palette remains neutral and warm, providing a comfortable and restorative environment for the team. This was a Studio BV Design Forward project. Design Forward is a division of Studio BV that works with nonprofit organizations by doing design work pro-bono.

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date completed: 2022
  • Design: Studio BV
  • Photos: Corey Gaffer
Communal space
Communal space
Breakout space
Breakout space
Breakout space
Meeting room