Airbnb CX Hub: Phase I

Airbnb CX Hub: Phase I

Architect
Bora Architects
Location
Portland, OR, USA
Project Year
2014
Category
Workshops

AIRBNB CX HUB: PHASE I

Bora Architects as Architects

The first phase of Airbnb’s Customer Experience Hub in Portland inhabits space on two floors in the historic Blagen Block building. Working with the Airbnb environments team we redefined a traditional customer service call-center to revolutionize the way people work.


Using employee surveys and observation we learned Agents value variety in their work environment and amenities that make them comfortable. We factored that into our design, providing employees with options for active or focused settings, working at a table, lounging or standing, instead of having assigned workstations.


Custom elements like standing height “Landing Zones” create a home base for teams, accommodating the need for personal storage and providing an alternate work configuration for the agents. Interspersed throughout the space are social amenities like a kitchen, dining areas and a tap hidden behind a movable library wall.


An existing brick wall divides the office into two distinct environments. The brighter side features ambient lighting brightened by soft colors and light wood, encouraging collaboration. A more subdued side with focused light over work areas, darker tones and richer textures creates a quieter atmosphere for “heads down” activity. Interspersed throughout are meeting rooms inspired by Airbnb listings, expressing company culture. Abstracted in white washed plywood and painted strand board, they provide visual interest while reducing the scale of the open work environment.


Our design provides a range of environments that accommodate different work styles, allowing Agents to choose the setting that best supports their work at any given time. This method of design thinking is now being applied to other Airbnb office environments around the globe.

Airbnb CX Hub: Phase II


Location

Portland, OR


Client

Airbnb


Year

2014


Status

Built


Type

Workplace


Size

17,000sf


Collaborators

KPFF

Sparling, Inc.

Airbnb Environments


Recognitions

Best In Category – Corporate, Design Excellence Awards 2015, IIDA Oregon Chapter

Jury Winner – Architecture + Collaboration, Architizer A+ Awards 2015

Silver Lion – Branded Environments, Cannes Lions Awards 2015

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