Potamus Trading

  • Owner:
    Potamus Trading
  • Architect:
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Scope:
    New Corporate Headquarters
  • Location:
    Boston, MA

Upon entering the lobby of the new headquarters for Potamus Trading, located in the East Tower at 2 Seaport Lane, guests are greeted by a built-to-scale statue of a hippopotamus, the company’s corporate symbol. The hippopotamus was fabricated in pieces and assembled on-site due to its imposing size.


The 15,000 sf corporate space also features a mix of private offices and open plan workstations, as well as conference rooms, reception, a network computer room, and a kitchen/cafe area. High-end finishes include polished concrete floors accented with leather-bound area rugs and floating Decoutics Wood-slat ceilings. The boardroom features a custom graffiti mural by a local street artist, along with frameless glass pivot doors to provide flexibility. For maximum sunlight exposure, offices and conference rooms were designed with glass walls and partitions allowing sunlight into the inner portions of the space. The design and construction of this corporate headquarters also required extensive MEP coordination as Tectum panels were integrated into the space in order to enhance acoustics throughout the office.