Praiseworthy architectural firm; O+A has been in the center of my attention with their latest office design projects. One of many is the Cisco’s new San Francisco headquarters completed in 2013, a project that takes my breath away.
According to O+A, Cisco recently acquired Meraki, a company that designs and produces wireless routers and takes pride on their designs elegancy. This 110,00 sq.ft (10,000 sq.m) office space has been designed to reflect both Cisco’s and Meraki’s product’s simplicity and seamless in use.From almost any angle the visual impact of Cisco’s San Francisco offices is of light, spaciousness, bright color, long sightlines. While designing this commodious space O+A was considered of not losing the brand identity of Meraki. The old headquarters of Meraki was much smaller compare to this new 110,00 sq.ft office, therefore it was a challenge for O+A to create the coziness of the old office in this very large space. To do that O+A surveyed Meraki’s employees asking them to indicate the things they enjoyed in their old headquarters, the outcome was; natural light, plenty of collaboration space and preservation of the company’s tightly-knit culture. The solution to the problem was to build variety of small gathering spaces within a large area. Sunken seating brings intimacy to horizontal common areas while preserving broad sightlines. Yurts, cabanas and phone rooms offer varying levels of enclosure.
Date: 2013Location: San FranciscoArchitect: O+APhotographs: Jasper Sanidad