Surveying Today's Tech Landscape

Insight, 15. September 2014
By: John Hill

Image: World-Architects

In recent years a number of popular tech companies – Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, and Twitter – have opened new headquarters in San Francisco's South of Market area. We take a look inside them for a side-by-side comparison of their workplace designs.

Last year we did a similar side-by-side comparison of three tech companies – Amazon, Apple, Facebook – that are in the process of building major headquarters from the ground up. Here we take a similar approach in looking at headquarters that are smaller, are interior renovations rather than new buildings, and are designed by names without the familiarity of Gehry and Foster. Each of the four companies featured here is growing rapidly, meaning they will probably expand beyond the footprints of their new headquarters in the near future. Perhaps they will even go the route of the biggies and create new buildings – like the interior renovations in SoMa – aimed at fostering creativity and productivity in their employees.

Click on images for larger views and slideshow – the feature is best viewed as a slideshow.

The number of employees is total for each company, not necessarily the number of people at their respective headquarters only.

Each company's headquarters is located in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood). Map: © 2014 Google

All aerials to the same scale. Aerial photographs: © 2014 Google

Each company's headquarters occupies all or part of existing structures. Photos: Google Street View

General photos of the respective headquarters

Work spaces

Meeting spaces

Dining spaces