Terry.Terry Architecture‘s creative office design in San Francisco came to be through a serious architectural upgrade. Besides creating its colorful facade the architects have seismically retrofitted the historic 1906 building in the Jackson Square of San Francisco and added a second floor with a roof terrace for the growing graphic/product design firm.
With some careful planning the office was divided into the main hall with clean shared desks, a few glazed offices and a glass-encased conference room. There a colorfully decorated bay window allows some natural light to seep into the room but provides a visual barrier between the office and the street.
The office entrance, guarded by a peculiar colorful statue that goes in line with the facade, faces a metal staircase that provides access to the second floor with another conference area and a kitchen. Exposed brick walls contrast with the otherwise clean white neutral space and the metallic accents.
On the second floor the atmosphere is more warm and informal though. Wood-clad floors and ceiling offer a more relaxed feel to the conference table that could probably double as a dining area adjoined by the modern kitchen with a stove and everything. A roof terrace just outside the glazed walls surrounded with tree canopies promotes that sense of repose created by the interior atmosphere.
Glass inclusions aren’t incidental too, they bring more natural light to the ground floor where the bulk of working space is located. Even the second floor addition features a narrow glass strip to enhance lighting in the conference area.
Creative office design often mixes the working areas with the places for relaxation and entertainment. Here it is more or less conservative. The working areas are clearly divided from a more relaxing atmosphere of the second floor. Clean and professional they are only a little bit enhanced with various artworks and creative wall hangings. Even ‘up there’ the work is ongoing but there is at least a place to recalibrate and relax. (Photography by Bruce Damonte)
Creative Office Design in Jackson Square, San Francisco