Forerunner Ventures

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design - Workplace / Office
  • Company/Firm
    FENNIE+MEHL Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Jenna Ruth
  • Design Team
    Doug Mehl, James Ibali, Kristen Bates
  • Architect
    FENNIE+MEHL Architects
  • Interior Designer
    FENNIE+MEHL Architects
  • Const. Company
    Skyline Construction
  • Photo Credit
    Casey Dunn
  • Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Client
    Forerunner Ventures
  • Project Date
    March 2022

Forerunner Ventures puts itself at the intersection of insight and foresight, discovering teams who use innovation to solve unique consumer-focused problems. They wanted a sophisticated space that reflects their own built-to-last attitude and inspires every entrepreneur.

In 8,500 SF of top-floor space within San Francisco’s Presidio, FENNIE+MEHL created an aspirational home base befitting of Forerunner.

Entering through a darkened passage with the black-on-black logo as a guide, one emerges into the naturally lit main room, the site of the Collaboration Café and lounge with its coffered ceilings, a nod to timeless and historic San Francisco home design.

Throughout the space, the design balances timeless with contemporary. Where workspaces are sited, F+M exposed the 25’ high open office volume with a skylight running through the pitched ceiling. There is not a single light fixture visible in sight, yet the room is beautifully lit by indirect light.

Forerunner wanted workspaces that felt elevated and an environment that makes everyone feel special. For a company always in search of the next innovation, F+M’s design encourages everyone at Forerunner to continually look up.

A San Francisco based architectural design firm. FENNIE+MEHL. Unexpected, by design.