Here at 2oceansvibe, we’re Slackers.
In other words, we use Slack, a workplace communication tool, to ensure things run somewhat smoothly.
It’s especially useful when we work remotely on a Monday, which usually means from home in our underwear.
Slack was estimated to be worth in excess of $20 billion in June of last year, so they can afford to splash out on a fancy office for their San Francisco headquarters.
Studio O+A, who designed the office space, were clearly going for something different:
Most office complexes are planned to line up vertically so that the layout on Floor 5 is more or less the same as the layout on Floor 6. The continuity makes wayfinding easier and allows plumbing and electrical systems to be coordinated economically. At Slack every floor is different.
Slack’s team saw a value in having each floor reflect the variety and irregularity of nature. Wayfinding on a mountain trail, for example, is often a matter of conferring with other hikers. The unique configurations of each floor at Slack echo the mental stimulation—and need for community— that comes with taking a new path.
Lots of ‘tech bro’ speak in there, which makes sense when you realise that Slack’s CEO, Stewart Butterfield, is known to love hiking and the great outdoors.
Given that Slack’s two main offices are located in San Francisco and Vancouver, Canada, cities connected by the Pacific Crest Trail, it makes even more sense.
This video tour is pretty cool:
For those who prefer snaps, these come via Studio O+A’s website:
I guess that last photo is for when the microdose kicks in.
For more images from inside Slack’s HQ, head here.
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