Today is one of the greatest periods of office design in modern history. A new wave of companies have rethought the traditional office design – with its emphasis on closed rooms and identical cubicles – and jettisoned them for wide open spaces intended to stimulate interaction between coworkers and even a bit of fun. In 2015 AirBnb raised the bar on office design when it opened a San Francisco expansion space of its original headquarters.
AirBnb is a website that has changed the game for hotel rentals. The AirBnb marketplace allows people to list their homes, discover places to stay and book accommodations on the site. All of this activity takes place beyond the purview of traditional hotels. Design firms Interior Design Fair (IDF)and WRNS Studio spearheaded the project of creating a permanent home for AirBnb that actually evokes the places where AirBnb operates.
For example, guests enter through Brooklyn, which was one of the first locations to really take off when AirBnb went online. Cafe spaces were designed after Mumbai and Cairo, simulating the energy and flavors of those exotic locales.
The 107,000 square feet space includes plenty of comfortable breakout rooms for meetings. The breakout spaces are designed to feel like cozy living rooms in Italy or Rio de Janiero. There are meeting rooms for smaller groups as well, some of which are small pitched camping tents which are perfect for employees who want privacy.
The phone rooms are separated from the rest of the working areas, keeping noise to a minimum. In this photograph you can also see the standing desks which AirBnb has positioned throughout the workspace to help its employees stay awake and alert.
The first phase of the design, which was completed in 2014, is no less impressive. For the initial phase, IDF researched the most popular homes on the site, which included a houseboat in Norway and the founders’ own San Francisco apartment. Those spaces made their way into the final design. The genius of the design is that the offices, which are “listings,” also act as physical company business cards.
The offices are housed in a 1917 industrial building renovated on the exterior by Gensler. Entering and exploring the site is like taking a mini-world tour. The building is green certified and also integrated into the general look of the neighborhood where it is located. The building also has massive central atriums that bring the outside in. There is also a green wall.
By adding rooms traditionally reserved for home rather than work – like kitchens, libraries, man/woman caves, and napping space – the company not only mimics its rental properties, but also makes its nearly 300 employees happy and comfortable. Employees can work wherever they want, whenever they want, which is the trend for millennials in the office in the 21st century.
AirBnb has over 500,000 individual listings on its site. It is expected to generate nearly one billion in sales this year, and has between 3 and 12 percent of all transactions on the guest and host site, an incredible return for AirBnb’s investors.
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Originally posted 2016-04-22 20:26:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter