UBER, SAN FRANCISCO
Studio O+A masterminded the slick design of the car-service app Uber’s headquarters in the Mid-Market neighborhood. The materials used are a reflection of the company’s different service tiers, with concrete and raw steel representing its standard UberX offering and copper, oxidized maple, and onyx glass (a nod to tinted limousine windows) embodying its more upscale Uber Black option. A quarter-mile track curves through the 90,000-square-foot space for Sorkin-esque walk-and-talks, and a “war room” features glass walls that turn opaque with the touch of a button.
In 2014 the crowd-funding site moved its headquarters from a Lower East Side tenement building to a converted pencil factory in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Architect Ole Sondresen transformed the abandoned building using reclaimed materials, among them recycled-denim insulation. The light-filled 29,000-square-foot space is situated around a central courtyard and includes a gallery, a 74-seat theater, a library (shown), a cafeteria, and a green roof boasting a staff-tended garden that provides the office with healthy snacks.