Having designed my share of workplaces, it's great to see one that delivers a sense of surprise & delight without the wacky amusement park edge. O+A designed the office for Giant Pixel in San Francisco. A software developer occupying three floors. When Giant Pixel approached Studio O+A to design it's new headquarters, the software developer wanted a studio office that would also echo the look of Charles and Ray Eames’s workshop and The Jetsons, too. If you take a look, there's also a little Zaha Hadid in the reception area.
The screen reads the opening crawl from Star Wars: “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...”…in binary code.
The Star Wars-inspired screen is fun “it’s a secret little nod”, but it also ties into Studio O+A’s larger goal: designing offices that can foster company culture.
Which explains how the Giant Pixel team also got a Studio O+A-designed speakeasy cocktail bar in their office basement: "The engineers told us they like to go out to a bar to brainstorm ideas, so we built them a full commercial bar,"
The custom-fabricated concrete reception desk eschews traditional forms and substitutes a sweeping sculptural elegance offset by the wit of a desk-lamp chandelier.
In the basement a lounge and bar provide a cozy in-house retreat for Giant Pixel’s staff and visitors.
Upstairs a suspended fireplace and chimney create another focal point evolving into mid-area workstations, a conference room, private break cabanas and finally a coffee counter at the back. Each area is spatially discreet, but each informs the other through proximity, light—and in the case of the fireplace: warmth. Throughout Giant Pixel’s office one design thought prevails: that small spaces may acquire richness through an abundance of uses and careful orchestration of detail.
Images courtesy of O+A
Photographer: Jasper Sanidad