Adjusting to a growing workforce in San Francisco, Adobe was in need of more culinary space to provide employees with an exceptional dining experience. Because Adobe's offices are housed within the historic Baker & Hamilton building, expansion and structural changes were strictly prohibited by the city. The process to solve this problem began with a close collaboration between the newly hired Chef, Mirit Cohen, and our design team. Together, they explored new ways to optimize existing space and create a new and diverse culinary experience for Adobe employees.
Adobe's existing spaces are rearranged, and timber structure is exposed, to create an open plan with a central seating space. This flexible space allows for company gatherings, conferences and dining. The space greets visitors with soft seating that accentuates the building's wood and brick and a large, existing skylight.
The design of the cafes embraces the building's history as a tool factory by incorporating the design concept of "Tools of the Trade" throughout the architecture, branding, and culinary experience. In order to streamline the guests' dining experience, a new interactive menu system was developed for the culinary team. Our design team worked with cafe management, chefs, developers, and architects to translate the cafe's brand and support its functional needs. The overwhelming acclaim for this menu system and culinary experience, has led to its expansion at Adobe cafes across the globe.