project Specs

Greenwood Village, Colorado 

26,265 SF 

Tenant Improvement 

Industry: Mining  

Beyond the Mine: A Global HQ Inspired by the Elements

AngloGold Ashanti, a leading global gold mining company, engaged our team at Elsy Studios to design a new world headquarters here in Colorado that reflected the global nature of their business, supported their people and celebrated their work.  

Our team drew inspiration from the unexpected beauty of aerial views of open pit gold mines as well as the cultural diversity represented by the AngloGold Ashanti team, ultimately envisioning a design concept that revolved around three earth elements: rock, water and gold veins. Quality – of both design and materiality – were of chief importance to the AngloGold Ashanti team in every aspect of the design, and that focus is reflected in the high level of customization found throughout the space. 

Dark hues and filtered lighting evoke the descent into a mine in the Elevator Lobby. The Welcome Lounge is a green oasis, featuring lush living plant walls, textured wall tiles and a molten glass-inspired light fixture, inviting tranquility in both employees and guests. 

The foundation of solid rock is mirrored in private offices and meeting rooms, characterized by neutral tones and textured stone-inspired carpeting. Interconnected collaboration areas symbolize the flowing essence of water, expressed through vibrant carpets, cascading ceiling baffles and custom organic light fixtures.  

At the heart of the design is the ‘gold veins’ threaded throughout the design representing AngloGold Ashanti’s most valuable asset – their employees. To support that asset, enhanced 120° workstations are carefully organized beneath ceiling clouds with accent cove lighting, gold wallcovering, and stunning pendant light fixtures.

The Collaboration Lounge offers cafe-style work and dining areas to support various activities throughout the day. The space is adorned with a magnificent marble slab backsplash – sourced from Marble, CO – and lustrous gold mosaic tiles.  

In alignment with our client’s global footprint, finishes, art and accessories were carefully curated to reflect the continents on which AngloGold Ashanti operates. The result is a stunning space tailor-made for AngloGold Ashanti’s global business, primed to support their growth for years to come. 


Programming & Visioning, Space Planning, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, Construction Administration and Art and Accessory Coordination.