AirBNB is a company that lets you rent your house or apartment to visitors when you're away. It connects people from over 34,000 cities in 192 countries and has helped more than 9 million travellers. To do that, AirBNB employs about two hundred employees. They station at the company's new headquarters in San Francisco, a 72,000-square-foot large building that stands out in terms of approach to design and space.
Almost every inch and every workspace is different. The idea behind varying interior was to emphasise the young spirit of the company. After all, AirBNB was founded in 2008 and most of its workers are in their 20s or 30s. There are different rooms for different activities and they often are designed with a historical or cultural theme in mind. Workspaces are supposed to make employees happy as well as inspire to be creative and improve their collaboration skills. AirBNB workers have the freedom to work wherever they want. There are no cubicles - the whole building is one giant office where fixed workplaces are a rare sight. People are allowed to do their job in a comfy cafeteria or one of many leisure rooms. A giant 1,226-square-foot green wall centrepiece is a surprising add-on that definitely attracts attention and has a calming effect on employees.
As far as aesthetics go, AirBNB's new headquarters are well-lit, spacious and accessible. Architects went for a palette of light colours, so it's easy to spot a completely white room stimulating concentration and an orange painted lounge which brings a burst of colour. Due to interior's visual inconsistency, it's hard to unequivocally identify the design style, but that certainly adds to its charm. AirBNB's new building is a meeting place for work, inspiration and rest.