Craft / Interior Design / Commercial

Argo Group Corporate Headquarters


In 2011, Argo Group, an international corporation that underwrites specialty insurance, made the decision to invest in its city by moving their global headquarters to the void left in an the iconic downtown San Antonio 13-story IBC Center tower. Now occupying the top four floors of the tower overlooking the San Antonio River, the firm was able to make the unconventional move of 300 employees downtown through incentives granted by the City of San Antonio. In return, Argo provided a large group of workers with disposable income in the heart of downtown.

The new executive floor features reception and public areas arrayed along a 150 foot north facing outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the city for clients, visitors, and employees to take advantage of the dynamic skyline. The reception area, employee break room, and boardroom are aligned with this outdoor terrace to maximize daylight and encourage Argo employees to eat, have breakout meetings, and work outdoors. The ceiling heights emphasize the abundance of natural daylight, artwork and regional materials.

Argo Group Conference Room | Waiting Area

As part of the design challenge, the architects were required to emphasize the contemporary design statements of the existing New York and London Offices, but also to showcase the regional qualities of San Antonio. All four floors use local materials and artwork to reflect the spirit of south Texas, including strategically placed D’Hanis clay tile, select Texas Walnut used for slat walls, floors, cabinets, and trim, and limestone floors in major traffic areas.

Argo Group Common Area | Outdoor Balcony Overlooking Downtown San Antonio

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