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.

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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.

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Sabrina Sciama

Sabrina Sciama

After graduating in architecture, she worked in publishing for over twenty years. Contents manager for corporate blogs, architecture- and design portals, collaborating with professional magazines and handling the drafting of monographs. She has worked with: Domus, Abitare, Case da Abitare, Auto&Design, Case&Stili. Actively involved in the design-italia.it portal between 2001 and 2007, working mainly on the daily news section and the daily newsletter, as well as playing a proactive role in the management of additional website content. Editor of Box magazine from 2004 to 2009, also coordinating the drafting of two volumes focusing on young designers entitled “Box circa 40 – progettisti italiani e stranieri attorno ai 40 anni”. Coordinated the drafting of corporate catalogues and monographs for the series entitled “I Protagonisti del Design” for Hachette Fascicoli (Giulio Iacchetti and James Irvine, 2012).