A leader in cloud-based website design technology, Weebly expressed the physical requirements for its office space common to most startups – be able to accommodate rapid growth, be highly flexible, and attract tech savvy employees in a competitive market. Their choice to move into a historic building was based on the building’s fabric of brick, timber, steel, and concrete. Huntsman approached the design with a focus to leave as much of the fabric exposed. Partitions are either transparent as in the glazed conference rooms and touchdown offices or flexible in the form of draperies and screens. Near reception, concrete panels define a semi-enclosed meeting space which offers a view to the basement level. The lower level houses a communal dining table and micro-café, a gaming area with pool table, table tennis and foosball table, as well as a screening lounge for all-hands movie nights. While these gathering spaces foster a fun, collegial atmosphere, Weebly takes the work environment seriously. A flexible, open, and collaborative layout features multiple work settings and levels of privacy, including open workspaces outfitted with a benching solution to encourage team interaction.
The favorite feature of the founders and design team is a secret room that harkens back to the building’s Prohibition Era past: a number of defunct brick tunnels in the space once housed liquor reserves. Much like a speakeasy, a secret door concealed within a bookcase provides entry to the room. Once inside, flocked wallpaper, exposed-filament lighting, and period furniture create the perfect atmosphere for sharing a drink – or perhaps the next great technology idea.
Location San Francisco, CA
Scope Office Planning and Design
Size 12,000 square feet
Weebly, 460 Bryant Street
Credits Photography by Brendan Williams