Slack’s CEO Stewart Butterfeld is … Slack Headquarters. © 2020 Office Snapshots, LLC | All images are © their listed firm/photographer. Slack is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has 16 office locations across 9 countries. The idea was to suggest not just a variety of topographical and botanical contexts, but to capture, as well, the experiential links between hiking a wilderness trail—and work. At different times of year and as the years progress, it changes, offering new pleasures and new challenges every time. Turn a Corner and… Oh! Cracked Earth to Walls of Moss To replicate indoors the distinctly outdoor experience of the Pacific Crest Trail O+A chose a succession of finishes and palettes that subtly suggest changing landscapes. When Slack asked O+A to create its new multi-floor headquarters in San Francisco one design story presented itself immediately. The core team is largely drawn from the founders of Ludicorp, the company that created Flickr. When Slack asked O+A to create its new multi-floor headquarters in San Francisco one design story presented itself immediately. Slack is the collaboration hub that brings the right people, information, and tools together to get work done. Slack’s CEO Stewart Butterfield is an outdoorsman, a hiker who goes off grid every year and recharges in the various types of wilderness—desert, mountains, forest—that make up the Pacific Crest Trail. Inspired by their CEO's love for hiking and nature, Slack has adopted the adaptability and adventure mindset of the great outdoors for its new San Francisco headquarters. Because that trail forms a bridge between two of Slack’s offices in Vancouver and San Francisco it seemed a thematic link too rich to pass up. Studio O+A has implemented a nature-inspired design concept for Slack‘s new headquarters located in San Francisco, California.. At Slack those moments come as “scenic surprises”—like an unexpected good idea. Just as wayfinding on a mountain trail, is often a matter of conferring with other hikers, every work day is an experience of collaborating with others to find your way to the next level. Every floor is equipped to adapt to the changing needs of a single work session or a months-long project. You turn a corner and there is a wall installation that replicates the topography of Lake Tahoe in a way that seems to float in space. Each floor draws its look and feel from the characteristics of its natural inspiration. You take your laptop to a lounge area and the light changes in a rhythm attuned to the time of day. The Trail Never Ends Hikers and campers know that a favorite trail or campsite is never the same place twice. Central to O+A’s design concept was the idea that every work project, like every hike in the wilderness, is a process of discovery. Just as wayfinding on a mountain trail, is often a matter of conferring with other hikers, every work day is an experience of collaborating with others to find your way to the next level. When Slack asked O+A to create its new multi-floor headquarters in San Francisco one design story presented itself immediately. Slack’s CEO Stewart Butterfield is an outdoorsman, a hiker who goes off grid every year and recharges in the various types of wilderness—desert, mountains, forest—that make up the Pacific Crest Trail. When Slack asked O+A to create its new multi-floor headquarters in San Francisco one design story presented itself immediately. When Slack asked O+A to create its new multi-floor headquarters in San Francisco one design story presented itself immediately. Central to O+A’s design concept was the idea that every work project, like every hike in the wilderness, is a process of discovery. Design: Studio O+A Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Dan Kretchmer, Dani Canepa, Millie Kwong, Brianna Bernstein, Amy Kwok, Nikki Hall, Marbel Padilla, Amy Young, Chase Lunt, Elizabeth Vereker, George Craigmyle, Emily Cano, Samantha Calabrese, Alex Bautista Contractor: SC Builders Photography: Garrett Rowland, Amy Young, A weekly digest of the latest office designs delivered every Monday (view sample). This motif is sustained across 10 floors with wilderness cues as varied as old growth forests, mountain streams, volcanoes and glaciers. O+A’s concept was to create a floor-byfloor evocation of those landscapes—in effect to turn a trip up the elevator into a virtual trip from Baja to the Pacific Northwest. Floor 2’s baked earth colors and ubiquitous cacti, for example, evoke the Baja desert while Floor 5’s “quiet please” library captures the stillness of a mountain lake. Like a natural setting, this setting inspired by nature welcomes what the day brings and reaches out to meet it. Every Day at Work Is a New Path Taken Slack’s team saw a value in having each floor reflect the variety and irregularity of nature. Like a natural setting, this setting inspired by nature welcomes what the day brings and reaches out to meet it. Office Snapshots is the world's largest and most popular office design destination. Dan Kretchmer, Primo Orpilla, Dani Canepa, Brianna Bernstein, Amy Young, Nikki Hall, Marbel Calderon, George Craigmyle, Amy Kwok, Emily Cano, Sammy Calabrese, Chase Lunt, Elizabeth Vereker, ESD, CMI, Decker, Salter, Holmes Structure, AVDG, CRI Furniture, Two Furnish, Two Décor, Niteo Lighting Design, superfab, Kyle Minor Design, Commercial Casework, Alexis Moran, Julie Stonehouse, Concreteworks, Adam Torres, Level 5 Design. Slack’s team saw a value in having each floor reflect the variety and irregularity of nature. To replicate indoors the distinctly outdoor experience of the Pacific Crest Trail O+A chose a succession of finishes and palettes that subtly suggest changing landscapes. Their firm took the narrative concept for the San Francisco headquarters of Slack, the office-messaging innovator, to a new high. Classic interior design frames large architectural moments to attract the most eyes at once. This motif is sustained across 10 floors with wilderness cues as varied as old growth forests, mountain streams, volcanoes and glaciers. Slack’s CEO Stewart Butterfield is an outdoorsman, a hiker who goes off grid every year and recharges in the various types of wilderness—desert, mountains, forest—that make up the Pacific Crest Trail. In every instance the beauty is a reward for effort, a reinforcement of the idea that she who ventures away from her desk makes the most of her workday. We are a design studio based in San Francisco. Studio O+A has implemented a nature-inspired design concept for Slack‘s new headquarters located in San Francisco, California. Slack’s CEO Stewart Butterfeld is an outdoorsman, a hiker who goes off grid every year and recharges in the various types of wilderness—desert, mountains, forest—that make up the Pacifc Crest Trail. When Slack asked O+A to create its new multi-floor headquarters in San Francisco one design story presented itself immediately. When Slack asked O+A to create a new multi-floor headquarters in San Francisco one design story presented itself immediately. In every instance the beauty is a reward for effort, a reinforcement of the idea that she who ventures away from her desk makes the most of her workday.