In 1995, Adobe built the first of three 20 story towers in San Jose as their headquarters. Every staff member had their own private office. For the next ten years Adobe remained a company dominated by engineers and code writers. The emphasis was on intense concentration and individual work.
Over time this profile changed, the company was developing the software that designers used to first create, and then communicate with fellow designers and eventually the wider world that itself was changing. Change brought a heightened appreciation for collaboration and design.
The building at 410 Townsend has become Adobe’s San Francisco Headquarters. The objective was simple. For every “seat” devoted to solitary activities, there should be one “seat” devoted to collaborative work. Adobe and their highly creative staff wanted to achieve equal parts of concentration and collaboration.
Through stakeholder interviews and workplace utilization studies, the extended design team including key Adobe staff studied how people collaborate in the Adobe workplace and then designed spaces support these activities. This lead to the Adobe Toolkit, which is being rolled out world-wide as a model for the future workplace.
The world of Adobe products is 2D, while the output is part of a transformation to 3D, while the workplace at 410 is 3D. The interior is intentionally ambiguous moving from 2D to 3D and back.
Photography © David Wakely