California-based architecture firm Rapt Studio has designed a 300,000 square-foot office space in San Francisco to serve as Dropbox’s headquarters. The space needed deliberate visual cues to support collaboration among the company’s many teams and the firm decided on a bustling city layout based on different neighborhoods and shared community values. The LuxPad takes a look around…
The unique neighborhood concept was conceived after Rapt Studio learned that a major source of frustration in the company’s old office was that most workspaces were located in narrow hallways. The lack of space made collaboration difficult, disruptive or both, so the studio created distinctive neighborhoods flanked by portals and meeting rooms to align with each department’s needs.
From the quiet and industrious engineers of the company to the social, more vocal marketers, groups of 40 to 50 people could create their own company subcultures based on their collective personalities and the work space they required.
In addition to the various neighborhoods, there are various spaces for different modes of work.
With its round corners and plush carpeting, the Library takes inspiration from a 1970s Italian theater. The epitome of soft, when the sunlight shines through the windows the whole space is drenched in soft pink glow making it the perfect retreat to send a few emails or to catch up on some reading.
In contrast to the library, the Deep Focus Room is a darker space that brings employee’s work to the front and center. The ideal space for undertaking a 12-hour code-writing marathon, it’s conveniently flanked by Dr. Strangelove-inspired war rooms for handling crisis.
The casual Karaoke Bar, inspired by Dropbox’s startup days, is reminiscent of a basement where friends and colleagues can blow off steam after a long week and enjoy happy hour every Friday.
The lobby, which can be seen from the street, features enormous mirrors to collapse the division between inside and out. It invites passers-by to come in and explore, and in doing so reflects one of the company’s core values: infinite depth of storage and possibility.