Recently I had the chance to take a tour at Airbnb’s San Francisco Headquarters. Thanks to our friends at Airbnb we had a great time at the office and saw some really cool stuff. It’s hard to deliver the experience in writing but below are the main highlights of the tour.
888 Brannan St. is a great campus hosting several tech companies including Airbnb, Concur, Pinterest and more. We started our tour with the kitchen and it was amazing. I’ve seen a bunch of tech offices but these guys have it all figured out. If you’re in tech and into gourmet stuff Airbnb is the right place for you.
The foyer looks like a huge playground with lots of cool details; artworks, whiteboards, work desks, and more. Very spacious, very inspiring.
All meeting rooms and sitting areas are designed based on listings available on Airbnb. One of them even decorated to simulate the founder’s original living room.
Office culture is pretty much wide open. People can work and meet everywhere; on balconies, hallways, kitchens, mushroom shaped cabins or igloos.
From what we observed, the company culture, teams, interior design pretty much everything is built around sharing and collaboration.
When you walk in a tech campus in Silicon Valley you get a similar look and feel that almost yells “employees first”. This integrated culture allows workers to enjoy an open collaborative environment where everyone works to make everyone else’s life easier.