design blitz: skype headquarters in palo alto
 
design blitz: skype headquarters in palo alto design blitz: skype headquarters in palo alto
aug 11, 2013

design blitz: skype headquarters in palo alto

design blitz: skype headquarters in palo alto
all photographs by matthew millman and hoffman chrisman
all images courtesy of design blitz

 

 

 

at the hands of san francisco-based architecture firm, design blitz, a vacant warehouse with several layers of renovations is stripped down to the bare essentials to form a clearly organized work space for skype’s palo alto headquarters. the layout supports concentric spaces for collaboration, concentration and contemplation. a central corridor runs through the building, off of which the most noise-intensive program is located in pods. these structures have self-supporting ceilings with corrugated metal deck typically used in long-span applications. enclosing the space, the architects asked, ‘what else can this do?’, and added layers of acoustic attenuating material to complete the ceiling assembly. to distinguish the board room, flavoring sticks from vintage wine barrels were salvaged and used to finish the exterior with a nod to local culture of northern california’s wine country. between meeting rooms, communal work spaces and informal gathering areas are scattered with moveable furniture and ‘Skype-its’ or portable white boards for brainstorming. at the outer perimeter, individual work stations allow employees to focus in spaces awash with daylight. when the building was renovated, the ceiling was removed and stripped to its basic elements, giving the space a ware-house like feeling. the insertion of autonomous rooms, lighting accents, and fun furniture create a human scale, while the simple palette and openness provide a backdrop for collaboration and creativity.

 

 


movable furniture allows employees to arrange seating as necessary to facilitate productivity

 


skype pod

 

 


the design is characterized by a series of space for creative thinking
image © matthew millman

 

 


game room

 

 


as a company that facilitates communication, there are many different types of collaborative spaces within the office

 

 


map of the USA in lights lines the main corridor
image © matthew millman

 

 


reception lobby

 

 

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
492,172 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample