A leader in consumer-based website design and hosting, Weebly creates easy-to-use and affordable tools which empower business owners to follow their passions – in short, to “start your something.” Looking to expand its footprint, Weebly was drawn to an historic warehouse originally built for liquor distribution. The design team’s master plan and phasing strategy allows Weebly to expand into additional floors over time. Important to the company’s founders, the built environment needed to reflect Weebly’s culture and brand in a tangible way: Open, approachable, and high quality. They also wanted employees to feel excited about coming to work, so workspaces needed to be augmented with just the right mix of amenities.
The building’s dramatic 60’ long entry ramp bisects the ground floor into distinct wings. The east wing houses Weebly’s public functions - reception, lobby, boardroom, and interview rooms, while the west wing contains a variety of workspaces. Throughout the facility, 14 different conference rooms vary in size to accommodate anywhere from two to 20 people. The boardroom and lobby overlook a large, light-filled floor opening and stair to the basement. Downstairs, a host of amenities include a dining area which seats 200 comfortably on long picnic benches – a tradition carried on from the company’s early days when its first dozen employees all shared meals communally.
Weebly’s open, collaborative environment features multiple work settings, levels of privacy, and a benching solution that gives each user the ability to work sitting or standing. Under a mezzanine, a number of rooms and lounges offer more quiet places to work. A favorite feature from Weebly’s prior location was recreated at 460 Bryant: a secret room, harkening back to the building’s prohibition era past, is entered through a hidden door within a library bookcase. Once inside, flocked velvet wallpaper, exposed-filament lighting, and period furniture, create a perfectly vintage atmosphere for sharing a whiskey – or perhaps the next great technology idea.
Location San Francisco, CA
Scope Office Planning and Design
Size 33,000 square feet
"Office Envy: Inside Weebly's San Francisco headquarters"
CNBC, October 2015
"How Weebly's New Headquarters Pays Homage to Its History"
Inc.com, May 2015
"The New Home Office"
San Francisco Magazine, July 2015
Weebly, 562 Pacific Street
Credits Photography by Matthew Millman