We began with the concept of making the process of construction part of the aesthetic. In a clean and modern context, construction materials may acquire the design impact of richer finishes. Evernote’s coffee bar and break areas are clad with Douglas fir plywood, the texture and grain of which provides its own graphic patterns. Forgoing expensive interior branding, Evernote instead hired chalk artist Dana Tanamachi to draft a wall-sized representation of the company’s identity, complete with its tagline, “Remember everything,” and elephant logo. Low-maintenance, water-conserving plants on an adjoining wall contribute to the reception area’s look of unforced spaciousness.
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As befits a work environment attuned to informal collaboration, the finish palette for Evernote is light. White walls and pastel accents mix with blonde wood and lighting that augment the natural brightness of the windows to subliminally communicate the spirit of the company—and turn a tight-budget, tight-schedule build-out into something memorable.
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1 | Evernote’s office is open and airy with natural lighting and casual meeting and relaxation areas. Although there are a lot of unique spaces within the building, the design itself is simple and clean.
White walls, tall windows, and lighter woods are a good representation of the lightheartedness of the company. Nothing in the design is too dark or too formal. Studio O+A captured the company’s spirit and reflected it throughout the entire building.
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3 | The large reception area is full of creativity with chalk artistry of the company’s identity and a coffee and break bar built in Douglas fir.
At Evernote in Redwood City, California, the strict budget and swift pace of construction helped determine the direction of the design. Evernote is an online data storage company that allows its users to save (and retrieve) everything from Post-It notes to photographs to formal documents in the Cloud. With the company moving into a much larger building than it had previously occupied, and with business booming, Evernote needed to be up and running in its new space with a minimum of downtime. Our challenge was to design an office commensurate with Evernote’s soaring profile—on what was essentially a start-up budget and schedule.
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Adding to the informality is the placement of a coffee bar—with fully functioning donut and pastry counter—at the reception station. An echo of Evernote’s mission of turning impulses into lasting archives of information, our design transforms the spontaneous habits of its staff (grabbing a donut on arrival, for example) into a lasting element.
6 | The company wanted to encourage spontaneity in its employees and the design is a testament to that. The main staircase isn’t just that; it’s a relaxing spot complete with cushioned benches for employees to take a minute to chat during the day.
With so many break spots and snack counters, it shows how employee-focused Evernote is and how the design took that methodology into perspective when creating this office space. Impulsive interactions bring about creativity and this office is the ideal place for these interactions to occur.
This encouragement of spontaneity is reprised in the white ash stairway that connects the second and third floors. The wide staircase is fitted with cushioned step seating to make it a natural gathering place and area for relaxation. There are other spaces for breaks and informal meetings throughout the office—a large communal dining room; a ping-pong table; a designated fitness center equipped with treadmills, stationary bikes, and other exercise devices; and a series of small, strategically placed snack and coffee counters. The cumulative result of all these break options is an environment that promotes those casual interactions from which so many creative impulses spring.
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13 | Employees can enjoy a multitude of lounges, coffee bars, dining areas, and even a fitness center.
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When it comes to designing an office space for an up and coming company, designers have to think outside of the box and within a budget. As we have seen so many times, for tech companies taking the business world by storm, the concept of a stuffy office filled with gray cubicles is a thing of the past. Out with the old and in with the modern, informal space that promotes collaboration and constant interaction between employees. The design that Studio O+A created for growing online note taking company Evernote in Redwood City, California is a prime example of this contemporary office concept. The designers had a few challenges such as a time and budget crunch, but they rose to the challenge creating a space with an industrial feel, yet a clean and modern finish.