pinterest san francisco HQ by all of the above / first office + SaA pinterest san francisco HQ by all of the above / first office + SaA
nov 15, 2013

pinterest san francisco HQ by all of the above / first office + SaA

pinterest headquarters in san francisco by all of the above / first office + SaA
image © naho kubota




like the website, the recently-opened pinterest office headquarters in san francisco fosters a creative space that participates in a continuous state of creation for the growing team of designers and engineers. situated within a 45,000 square foot warehouse in palo alto, the newly renovated brick building by american project designers all of the above / first office and executive architects SaA offers an abstract framework where collaborative and social relationships could form and transform the architectural space. based off the idea of a non-habitual office environment, the new HQ incorporates certain qualities from the initial house where pinterest was born.



the domestic interior is transformed by tech loving young people into a workplace
image © naho kubota



over-sized volumes known as ‘houses’ create pockets within the internal fabric of the plan. monumental tables occupy a majority of the spatial footprint, providing employees with areas to organize meetings or to come together for a collective lunch or throwing a party at the bar.



the 45,000 square foot building was designed to house more that 300 employees
image © naho kubota



all around, white and glass surfaces are transformed into white boards, pinboards, and graffiti walls, growing thick with objects, sketches and ideas formed through social intervention. four individual houses are placed into the stripped-down warehouse, forming an expansive gathering space at its center, surrounded by a thick infrastructural corridor with service spaces scattered throughout.



the ‘war room’ offers a space for crunch-time and meeting deadlines
image © naho kubota



overview of one of the four ‘houses’ within the office space
image © naho kubota



white and glass surfaces are transformed into white boards, pinboards, and graffiti walls
image © naho kubota



the space is surrounded by a thick infrastructural corridor with service spaces scattered throughout
image © naho kubota



image © naho kubota






project info:


location: palo alto, USA
client: pinterest

completed: april 2013

area: 45,000 sqf

project designers: all of the above / first office
 – janette kim, anna neimark and andrew atwood, with charlie able, benjamin farnsworth, rachel hillery, mark acciari, austin kaa, steven moody, ewan feng, kate hajash, brian lee, darle shinsato, jane zhu, fiona booth, katie okamoto, margaret zyro
executive architects: schwartz and architecture – neal schwartz, lourdes garcia, neil o’shea, wyatt arnold, erik bloom, joshua yoches
pinterest team: everett katigbak and per johansson
project manager: gina caruso, relocations connections, inc.
contractor: NOVO construction
structural engineer: YU structural engineers
furniture designer: one workplace
lighting designer: pritchard peck
photographer: naho kubota

  • It’s an awesome space for sure, but what exactly do Pinterest do to require such an immense space. Also, how does anyone get work done with so many distractions?

    Rex says:
  • great spac, great to see the drawings accompanying the photos too

    dbkii says:
  • rex, maybe you need to think about what you comment before saying it since your comments are basically useless and ignorant toward the content.
    on the other hand, its a great space that respects its existing parameters and deals with space in a creative simplistic way, creating a better environment for such a creativity emphasized company.

    90. says:
  • its just an office in a warehouse with rooms. calling an office/room a “house” doesn’t make it interesting or Pinteresting.

    markjamesdesign says:
  • I ask the same Q Rex, what do Pinterest do (other than spend down and try to attract more investors $$$’s) in all this space? Truly creative people need an environment that allows complete privacy in a space that suits THEM – in fact telecommuting makes a lot more sense for truly creative folk to work wit the occasional need to get together for collaboration in an agreed time and venue…

    Tim Collins says:
  • Trendy, loft-like, pretentious, and unneccesary space that might have been all the rage about 15 years ago. For something as innovative and pioneering as Pinterest, I don’t see how boasting about this space on designboom is in anyway adventageous to the institution: “Hey look at this!” . . . oh, I forgot, that’s what Pinterest is all about.

    Bryan Jonson-French says:

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