Popular internet telephony application Skype’s North American Headquarters sought to set themselves apart from their opponent’s in the Bay area in Palo Alto California. When the project was initiated it was discovered that the site had more to contribute than was originally thought with the hidden high ceilings allowing for an industrial style design, thereby increasing the scope for inventiveness.
The site features various types of adaptive spaces for private meeting and break out areas. The relaxed atmosphere belies the industrious way in which the workers can use the space.
The minimalist approach contrasts the playful way in which the spaces have been finished. This clean uncluttered method provides an environment which encourages concentration and productivity while the creative and sometimes spontaneous spaces stimulates the workers.
The overall effect of the space is one in which people wish to be in thereby increasing the productivity of the workers and improving workplace satisfaction. An outstanding success.