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2016 Best of Design Award for Interior > Workplace: Square, Inc. Headquarters

Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: San Francisco, CA

To tackle the challenge of making four floors of a windowless 1970s data center reflect the contemporary culture of Square, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson organized the company’s headquarters around a central collaborative space punctuated by a library, a coffee bar, and a gallery—anchored by a monumental amphitheater staircase that itself functions as a flexible venue for a variety of activities. Custom white tables further enhance the stair’s visual appeal while encouraging dynamic use. The concept’s clean lines and predominantly white interiors reflect Square’s brand at both aesthetic and functional levels, successfully transforming the space while highlighting the company’s core values to create a refined, seamless experience.

Contractor
BCCI Builders

Structural Engineer
Tipping Structural Engineers

Millworker
San Francisco Millwork

Lighting Manufacturer
Vodes

Custom Furniture Manufacturer
Ohio Design

Pinterest Headquarters. (Courtesy Bruce Damonte)

Pinterest Headquarters. (Courtesy Bruce Damonte)

Honorable Mention, Interior > Workplace: Pinterest Headquarters

Architect: IwamotoScott Architecture with Brereton Architects
Location: San Francisco, CA

Pinterest Headquarters. (Courtesy Bruce Damonte)

Pinterest Headquarters. (Courtesy Bruce Damonte)

Inspired by the clean, simple, and intuitive ethos of Pinterest’s recent web platform redesign, IwamotoScott Architecture and Brereton Architects envisioned a concept of porous concentric layers wrapping a repurposed warehouse atrium.

Squarespace Global Headquarters. (Courtesy Magda Biernat)

Squarespace Global Headquarters. (Courtesy Magda Biernat)

Honorable Mention, Interior > Workplace: Squarespace Global Headquarters

Architect: Architecture Plus Information (A+I)
Location: New York, NY

Squarespace Global Headquarters. (Courtesy Magda Biernat)

Squarespace Global Headquarters. (Courtesy Magda Biernat)

To honor its client’s aesthetic commitment to minimalism, A+I sought to bring depth, texture, and warmth to the Squarespace headquarters in New York’s historic Maltz Building through a purposeful variety of spaces and the use of natural materials: polished concrete, wood, and leather.

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