airbnb has again collaborated with architecture firm heneghan peng to complete its new international headquarters in dublin. titled ‘the warehouse’, the project marks the first occasion that airbnb has been able to pre-determine the architectural layout of an interior space. the 4,000 square meter headquarters houses over 400 employees, while the firm’s previous dublin office, also designed by heneghan peng, will continue to operate.

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all images by donal murphy

 

 

the existing structure had fallen into disrepair before airbnb teamed up with heneghan peng architects to completely renovate the property. announced as the brand’s first ‘urban campus’ model, the headquarters features new structural elements including a dramatic central staircase. in order to enhance employee visibility, the airbnb environments team incorporated a ‘neighborhood’ concept that allows staff to gather within in a single dedicated base.

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for the first time, airbnb was able to pre-determine the architectural layout of the interior space

 

 

the warehouse consists of 29 neighborhoods where individual desks have been replaced by one large communal table. these zones also include personal storage, one or two sit stands, and one lounge spot. the central staircase forms the office’s focal point. named the ‘agora’, it connects the first floor to the basement, unifying the various floors. the versatile stairway serves multiple purposes, from a conference and community event space for up to 400 people, to a lounge style working environment.

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a central staircase forms the office’s focal point

 

 

as with previous offices, the interior design of each meeting room is inspired by existing airbnb listings from around the world. as part of airbnb’s global office design strategy, the environments team engaged with local employees to help furnish the rooms. this included a custom-built replica of a dining table from a romanian listing, and authentic decor from a dwelling in montpellier, france.

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meeting spaces are organized around the central atrium

 

 

the warehouse was a rare opportunity for our team to start from scratch and further evolve the ‘belong anywhere’ workplace philosophy that makes airbnb unique,’ says rebecca ruggles from airbnb’s environments team. ‘the combination of neighborhoods with the visual and physical connection across the atrium provides just the right balance of privacy and socialization.’

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the space has been designed to foster collaboration, interaction and a sense of community

 

 

working with airbnb to design the warehouse has been a fantastic journey,’ adds shih-fu peng, co-founder of heneghan peng architects. ‘following our collaboration on the watermarque building in dublin, it’s been an honor to continue this work to create a productive work space of sharing and interactivity with airbnb’s ‘neighborhood’ concept.’

airbnb dublin headquarters the warehouse heneghan peng-architects
the 4,000 square meter office houses over 400 employees

airbnb dublin headquarters the warehouse heneghan peng-architects
the property has been completely renovated by airbnb and architects heneghan peng

airbnb dublin headquarters the warehouse heneghan peng-architects
the scheme has been announced as the brand’s first ‘urban campus’ model

airbnb dublin headquarters the warehouse heneghan peng-architects
in order to enhance employee visibility, the airbnb team incorporated a ‘neighborhood’ concept

airbnb dublin headquarters the warehouse heneghan peng-architects
the ‘warehouse’ headquarters was completed in april, 2016

 

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