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When Slack asked O+A to create its new multi-floor headquarters in San Francisco one design story presented itself immediately. Slack’s CEO Stewart Butterfeld is an outdoorsman, a hiker who goes off grid every year and recharges in the various types of wilderness—desert, mountains, forest—that make up the Pacifc Crest Trail.

Because that trail forms a bridge between two of Slack’s offices in Vancouver and San Francisco it seemed a thematic link too rich to pass up. O+A’s concept was to create a floor-by-floor evocation of those landscapes—in effect to turn a trip up the elevator into a virtual trip from Baja to the Pacific Northwest.

The idea was to suggest not just a variety of topographical and botanical contexts, but to capture, as well, the experiential links between hiking a wilderness trail—and work.

Architects: Studio O+A
Design Team: Dan Kretchmer, Primo Orpilla, Dani Canepa, Brianna Bernstein, Amy Young, Nikki Hall, Marbel Calderon, George Craigmyle, Amy Kwok, Emily Cano, Sammy Calabrese, Chase Lunt, Elizabeth Vereker
Photographs: Garrett Rowland and Amy Young


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