Design studio O+A crafts a vertical headquarters for the San Francisco company, with unique and vibrant gathering spaces on each floor to bring its employees together.
Yelp’s new offices might be worthy of the company’s own online recommendations. The designers at O+A, veterans at creating smartly tailored interiors for Silicon Valley behemoths – including Facebook, Evernote and AOL – based the website’s San Francisco headquarters on a multi-floor plan that encourages employees to explore every level.
To wit, the reception area is on the ninth floor. It features an old-school “general store” area, with vintage graphics that recall the days of scooping out candy from bulk bins – which guests are actually welcome to do. The coffee bar is on the eighth floor, its chandelier in woven rope adding a rough, textured feel to the otherwise elegant space, outfitted with mint-green Eames chairs. Here, baristas from local coffee brands Blue Bottle and Sightglass serve up ristrettos and more. And on the fifth floor is a break room, where the wooden banquette seating along the windows is complemented with patterned cushions and a striped acoustic wall treatment.
The workspaces, meeting rooms and open meeting areas are also a delight. Leaving the brick exposed, to serve as a unifying motif, the designers knitted in a rich tapestry of materials – especially wood in a variety of finishes. They also re-introduced doors reclaimed from offices that used to reside in this Financial District area, their fluted and frosted glass and original door knobs in tact.