Margulies Perruzzi Architects Receives IIDA New England Awards for Design of Zipcar Global Headquarters

Firm honored with Best Office design and People’s Choice awards for high performance workspace

BOSTON – Mar. 19, 2014 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, announced today that its design for the new global headquarters of Zipcar Inc. was honored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New England Chapter. The project received an Interior Design Award in the Best Office Category (30,000-80,000 SF) and the People’s Choice Award. The IIDA New England 7th Annual Interior Awards program celebrates outstanding interior design and honors excellence in teamwork.

Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, moved its hub from Cambridge, Mass. to 46,000 SF at 35 Thomson Place in Boston’s thriving Innovation District. The new office employs a high performance workspace strategy that offers an open and productive floor plan for collaborative work, while embracing sustainability for a healthy working environment. The jury commented that it “really enjoyed this project. It’s bright and restrained, and clearly these designers know how to edit. They have punches of color in exactly the right amount. It’s branded but subtle.”

Having outgrown its previous space, Zipcar sought an efficient and organized office environment that would foster a greater sense of community within its new headquarters. Prior to the start of the design work, MPA conducted several test fits to compare efficiencies of potential locations. Zipcar ultimately decided to occupy all six floors of 35 Thomson Place, allowing the company to create an entire “Zipcar Building,” including space for Zipcar vehicles in reserved on-street parking spots in front of the entrance.

“From our first meeting, MPA understood our culture and infused our brand in the innovative yet approachable design of our new space,” said Brendan Stephens, creative director at Zipcar. “Our new global headquarters provides us with the collaboration and flexibility we need in a space, and a place our employees love to work. We are proud to call this award-winning office our home.”

Designed as a high performance workspace to support the dynamic growth of the company, the project includes a new lobby with views directly into the company gathering area and living room; conference and training space; individual and collaborative work areas; and dining areas. To further the Zipcar brand, large and small graphic displays are scattered throughout the space. Several walls are customizable with dry-erase marker or chalkboards. Through their social media channels, Zipcar requested photos of their customers with Zipcars, or places where their Zipcars took them, and framed them on the wall in the main reception area.

The Zipcar project team included Wise Construction and WB Engineers + Consultants. Cresa Partners provided transaction management and project management services. The brokerage team was made up of Principals Chris Crooks, Adam Subber, and Dan Sullivan. Principal Michael Labonte and Senior Advisor Barbara Rodi Dadasis provided the project management services. New furniture was provided by Office Resources, Inc. Audiovisual equipment was provided by Red Thread, and lighting was provided by Boston Light Source.

About International Interior Design Association

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is the preeminent commercial interior design professional networking and educational association with more than 13,000 members practicing worldwide in more than 50 countries. IIDA promotes the value of interior design to business decision makers and to the general public through its members who create the exceptional environments that encompass every aspect of the human experience. IIDA is committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge, value and community. For more information, please visit or

About Margulies Perruzzi Architects

Consistently ranked as one of Boston’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects creates buildings and interiors for clients who value design. The firm services the corporate, professional services, healthcare, research/lab, and real estate communities with a focus on sustainable design. Clients include Manulife/John Hancock, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Reliant Medical Group, Sapient, Hobbs Brook Management and Forrester Research. For more information, please visit

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