The Airbnb Environments team designs (or oversees the design) of all Airbnb's office spaces worldwide. We believe communicating who we are comes not from the application of our logo, but rather something much more experiential. We believe that an environment should not tell you *where* you work, it should tell you *why* you work.
To this end, these concepts found manifestation in 999: 1. Our hosts and their spaces: Our conference rooms take inspiration from actual Airbnb listings, allowing staff to travel the world throughout the day, and understand the care with which our hosts curate their spaces. At 999, one enters through a gallery-like tunnel of these recreations, affectionately nicknamed Listing Row. This physicalizes the experience of scrolling through the Airbnb app: your body becomes your thumb, scrolling through the homes on Airbnb.
2. Seriously Fun: We believe that while the office should feel fun, it should primarily further the business purpose. In 999, we designed a boat that houses duck-ins, or nooks for individual work. While visually clever, it also reflects the theme of the floor (Amsterdam), and acts as a visual lure, inviting one up to investigate the form crashing through the wall.
3. Belong Anywhere: In order to humanize the modern office condition (imagine an endless sea of desks), 999 takes an urbanistic approach to organize a population of almost 1,000 into intimate, community-driven neighborhoods. These allow tighter team cohesion, and a sense of place within the larger organization. Each neighborhood is composed of a kit of parts and is supported by a variety of alternative spaces, facilitating employees to work in a variety of settings. Airbnb removed the expectation that work happens at a desk; as such employees feel a real sense of freedom that makes atypical office space primary instead of extraneous.
NOVO Construction, Urbanworks, WRNS Studio
Credits: - Urbanworks - Project Management, External - NOVO Construction - General Contractor - WRNS Studio - Architect of Record