Building a space like the company builds its products. This is the inspiration for the design by Studio O+A which, starting from a surface area as big as a hangar (the offices cover more than 10,200 square metres, and the staff get around by bike or skateboard), created the new headquarters for Cisco, leader in the supply of network solutions, and the recently bought-out Meraki, supplier of cloud management solutions.
Located in the rapidly developing district of Mission Bay, the offices are literally invaded by the natural light of San Francisco Bay. The internal division of the building has created a wide variety of spaces, for formal and informal meetings, both indoors and outdoors, fully complying with the needs of the Meraki staff, used to tighter and more intimate spaces.
Along with the rich variety of colours, the furnishings were selected to define different spaces, for working on the phone, passageways, work areas equipped with panels for organising the work, boards and large surfaces for notes and drawings, lots of small meeting places partitioned off by wooden structures, areas to relax in, isolated areas for listening to music, and a large equipped terrace looking out over the park, baseball fields and Bay Bridge. Veterans of design works for big names in hi-tech – having also designed the offices of Facebook and AOL in Palo Alto – Studio O+A is well aware of the importance of the working environment as a fundamental element underlying corporate identity.