Do Good: Kiva’s Offices by STUDIOS Architecture


Non-profit organization Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems; their mission is to help alleviate global poverty by connecting people through lending.

For a company like Kiva, it is vitally important to spend its resources wisely in order to do the most good possible. When the time came to move into a new office, figuring out how to create a great space while being wise with money was the highest priority. But office projects can be incredibly expensive...

Hearing about Kiva's dilemma, STUDIOSArchitecture stepped in to assist with the design and planning. They note:

"STUDIOS was challenged to provide the non-profit with a lively, efficient and flexible workspace that supports both their cause and their culture within the constraints of a very limited tenant improvement budget. The design team was able to achieve this goal through creative space planning and by developing some innovative, low-cost design solutions.

As part of our services, we also negotiated donations and discounts on materials, furnishings, fixtures and services, and actually fabricated and installed many of the furnishings and graphic elements. To support Kiva’s mission and to reinvest in both the local and global community, STUDIOS provided all services pro bono."

As you can see from the images below, the space is collaborative, creative, and gives employees the resources necessary to interact with each other and the office itself. The office also integrates reclaimed wood palettes to create a warm and earthy feel.

Turnstone furniture is a key element of the space, which features a variety of products:

Design by STUDIOS Architecture
Photography by Sharon Risedorph


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