Airbnb

CompanyGensler
ClientDominique Price
DesignerDominique Price
Entry Description

The project team was given a challenge from the founders to create a home for Airbnb that would express the unique culture, values and brand that belong to Airbnb alone. Important considerations were connections to the local site and its history over time, connections to the local San Francisco community, sustainability in the design and construction of the space, the importance of the kitchen and food as a means of providing a “hearth” gathering experience, and the opportunity to create choices for workers in their work day by providing collaborative spaces that captured the look and feel of favorite Airbnb listings around the world. These literal translations were done by a partnering design firm to bring the listings to life in the new space. Other collaboration spaces include more functional project rooms, but the nod to the culture and values of the founders is expressed by the inclusion of elements such as floors, wall panels and even furniture that were donated to the project by RISD from actual rooms on the their campus. The entire space has been planned to be open and “authentic,” with open ceilings and exposed ductwork. A series of existing skylights have been left in place to provide access to daylight throughout the space. Finally, special function rooms are distributed throughout the space, including a production room for building items of any sort, a theater, a circular board room, a library room, and a game room. The top of the building houses the “All Hands Room,” which is actually a complex of rooms, including a full service kitchen that provides breakfast and lunch for all Airbnb employees, storage rooms for the kitchen services, and a large dining area that has a spectacular view of the San Francisco skyline.