Airbnb collaborate with Heneghan Peng to produce an almighty office warehouse interior.
Airbnb is a company that probably know a thing or two about interior design and space. After all, their service is dedicated to helping others find great places to “live” around the world. You can only assume that after seeing countless beautiful listings, great interior ideas and influences have stuck well. My point is proven in their new ‘Warehouse’ Dublin headquarters, that was created in collaboration with Heneghan Peng.
Designed with a ‘neighbourhood’ concept in mind, the 4,000 square-meter environment has been designed with the Airbnb ethos in mind – Belong anywhere.
Featuring a ginormous grand central staircase named the ‘Agora’, which allows for work to be done on it, the design of the space has followed the rule of community space. The warehouse has been divided into 29 neighbourhoods. With free-flow spaces, meeting rooms and communal areas, workers are free to work in an environment that suits them.
According to Rebecca Rugles of Airbnb’s Environments Team, “The combination of neighbourhoods with the visual and physical connection across the atrium provides just the right balance of privacy and socialisation.”
One incredible feature that has been incorporated, is Airbnb using replica furnishings from their favourite listings that they have featured on their website. This see’s a custom-built replica of a dining table from a Romanian listing, and the décor of a listing in Montpellier, France. Not only is this a great way of showing appreciation for their users, it’s also a great personal touch for the staff who use these areas.
Not only is this a great use of space, but it’s also an incredibly inspiring interior design. Moving away from traditional office layouts seen in many company interiors, this shift to open-plan interior design cannot come fast enough. It encourages the creative mind by allowing it to not be constrained to the norm, encouraging engagement, yet still respecting privacy within the workplace. ‘Urban Campuses’ are clearly the future, but it seems like Airbnb are most definitely leading the way!
While you’re here, take a look at Instagram’s upgraded offices.