Zendesk - San Francisco

Zendesk - San Francisco

Architect
Blitz

Balfour Beatty Construction
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA
Project Year
2013
Category
Offices
Bruce Damonte

Zendesk - San Francisco

Blitz as Architects

Design:        

Experiencing rapid growth, Zendesk needed to expand to an additional building in San Francisco.  Zendesk’s new office marks its second building on Market Street, creating an urban campus that assists in the revival of the long-neglected Mid-Market neighborhood.  The new building not only serves as a headquarters for the growing Zendesk team, but also as opens its doors as a communal hub for local businesses and residents.

 

The qualities of being airy, humble, charming, and uncomplicated are what make up the core of Zendesk’s brand attributes, and were used as guiding principles for design.  Zendesk wanted the space to feel light and open, but also varied and textured.  By including secluded and darker spaces, Blitz created a contrasting atmosphere that emphasizes the airiness of the open office.  Organic materials were selected throughout to harmonize with the building’s existing finishes and emphasize Zendesk’s humble qualities.  The company’s charming attributes are also evident throughout, from the ground floor devoted entirely to reception, to pops of green cheekily inserted into the calm and neutral palette.  Finally, Blitz took a reductionist approach, looking for opportunities to reduce rather than add.  The result is an uncomplicated yet thoughtful space that combines minimalism with warmth.

 

Another key design influence was the Danish concept of “hygge,” which roughly translates to “coziness.”  Blitz created spaces with lowered ceilings and muted lighting, finished with soft, acoustic wall coverings and natural materials to create an inviting contrast to the bright and large open office area.  Custom-designed booths create cozy refuges for meetings and focused work.  Wood canopies extend from the kitchens, providing additional nooks and shelters.  The new office blurs the line between home, hospitality, and workplace, merging all the comforts and qualities of each.

 

Size: 75,000 square feet

 

Affiliates: 

General Contractor: Balfour Beatty

Photography: Bruce Damonte

Project Credits
Architects
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
ManufacturersSteelcase
ManufacturersKnoll
ManufacturersFinelite, Inc.
ManufacturersHightower
Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
Manufacturers
by Knoll
Manufacturers
Manufacturers
BESTSELLER OFFICE COMPLEX
next project

BESTSELLER OFFICE COMPLEX

Offices
Skånegade 4, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark - Build completed in 2015
View Project