Inkling, a rapidly growing iPad application developer, expanded into an early 20th century building in downtown San Francisco and sought Sasaki for architecture and interior design services. Sasaki began by engaging a group of employees in an "ideation" session to discuss planning and design priorities with the company's CEO. Executed under an aggressive schedule and with a limited budget, Sasaki's design solutions incorporate inkling's collaborative and transparent work modality, create fluid meeting and informal gathering areas, and reflect the energy of this forward-thinking company.
The primary work environment is an open space that highlights the building's architectural era by exposing the building structure and exterior brick walls. The reception area features a custom-designed staggered slat wall that opens up to the main work area, which features uninterrupted daylight from the wall of windows. A series of glazed front conference rooms—each painted and carpeted in a different signature inkling logo color—anchor the other side of the office.
A portal links the workspace to a large kitchen and break room, providing access to back-of-house support spaces. This community zone is where employees gather, eat, mingle, and play games. The space also serves as a pre-function area for the large conference and board room with full height folding doors.
A custom, striped carpet pattern in the open work area infuses the space with structure and energy. The shades of grey used in the work environment and circulation area flooring set off the crisp white work surfaces and bright inkling colors. The cork wall-coverings and plywood counters bring warmth to niches housing large monitors that provide real-time project scheduling information to all staff.
The inkling office is seeking LEED® EB Certification.
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