Skype has nearly become as synonymous with video chatting and VOIP phone calls as Kleenex is to tissues, Google is to search. The once small startup is now a bona fide category defining brand, with sprawling headquarters designed with ‘Agile Thinking’ (the effect of environment has on the creative process) as the foundation of its layout...
Astroturf covered walls with old push button corded phones line a communal recreational space.
Skype hired architecture and interior design firm, Blitz, to transform 54,000 square feet of existing workspace in Palo Alto, CA to house and inspire their 250 employees with creativity, acoustic requirements, and environmental goals all in mind. The eventual result was a LEED Silver certified workspace where 16’ foot tall warehouse-style ceilings take center stage, accented by large canvases of color and texture across floors, walls, and furnishing.
The bulk of the desks are situated out in open spaces, but if employees need a quieter, more private area for a meeting, discussion, or just to get away from ambient office noises, a series of "pods" are strewn across, like gigantic modern day phone booths. Metal ceiling up above with bright carpeting below make each pod a perfect space for meetings and also for Skype calls (of course).
For additional images and details about Skype's headquarters, head over to Blitz's website here.
(Images used with permission: HoffmanChrisman and Mathew Millman for Blitz)