CompanyHuntsman Architectural Group
Lead DesignerDavid Meckley
ClientDavid Meckley
Project LinkView
Prize(s)1st Place in Interior Design / Commercial
Entry Description

Argonaut, an innovative advertising agency, was in sea
search of a new home to support their rapid growth. With
creativity as its driving force, their new headquarters nee
needed to embody the same spirit and soul embedded in
its creative process. Such a space was found the historic Av
Avalon Ballroom.

The 25,000sf building was carefully restored to its original
splendor while offering work and social spaces that reflect
Argonaut's brand and creative work style. In the main
ballroom, a custom-designed desking system extends
from a raised platform stage resembling catwalks.
Argonaut practices "free addressing" - encouraging
unrestricted choice of work settings where staff can be
most creative. Interspersed around the space are flexible
and casual idea-generating spaces. An original mezzanine
overlooks the ballroom's activity and houses the
boardroom and meeting rooms. The ground level
workspace is devoted to the production teams, featuring
a custom-desking system, lounges, meeting areas, and a
an art gallery.


Our mission is to elevate the human experience by designing places that connect, support, and inspire. We actively engage clients in the design process to explore their unique aspirations and culture. Connecting end users with their built environment results in spaces with meaning. Since 1981, our firm has built long-term partnerships to realize our clients' strategic objectives through the power of design. We believe in urban renewal, resource conservation, and environmental responsibility. The common thread in our work is our focus on meaningful design for the human experience.

Awards and Prize

2017 Interior Design’s Best of Year Finalist, Commercial Lobby category, 301 Howard Street, San Francisco
2017 AIA California Council, Interior Architecture Merit Award, 301 Howard Street, San Francisco
2017 International Design Awards, Gold Award - Office Category and Gold Award - Commercial Category, Argonaut, San Francisco
2017 AIA San Francisco Design Awards, Art and Furniture Special Commendation, 301 Howard Street, San Francisco
2017 IIDA Northern California, Honor Award, Work Medium category, ​Argonaut, San Francisco
2017 IIDA 44th Annual Interior Design Competition, Finalist 2017, Argonaut, San Francisco
2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year, Office category for Mid-Size Creative/Tech, Argonaut, San Francisco
2015 #IDmakeitwork Awards Finalist, MakeIt Social 2015, Aquent, Boston
2015 IES Illumination Awards, Section Award in Commendable Achievement in Lighting Design, 555 and 575 Market Street Building Lobbies, San Francisco
2014 IIDA Northern California, Honor Awards, WOW! Best of Show,
Tolleson, San Fancisco