Like other young tech companies, Stack Exchange wanted a space which represented their dynamic and fresh approach and wanted their brand and heritage to stand out through the new office design. Interaction, communication and a having a social atmosphere is key to Stack Exchange, so they needed a design that would promote this.
Peldon Rose were called upon to help expand their office from one floor within Bentima House, Old Street, onto two floors to support company growth, while making sure all elements of their brief were addressed. All works were complete while Stack Exchange were in occupation, so care and diligence was taken to minimise any disruption to their staff and visitors.
To enable natural communication throughout the office interior, we created a bright, contemporary open plan front of house reception and waiting area with coffee bar. This area also serves as an informal meeting area for staff looking to work away from their desks. Our in-house furniture team enhanced the large tea point by adding in cafeteria-style seating, folding tables and an AV booth, allowing for multiple usages and configurations. Not only could staff use this at lunchtime or working away from their desk, they could also hold seminars and informal events here too. To encourage further staff interactions, we created a games room within the office so staff can take a break, for a fresh state of mind.
With global offices in New York, Denver and London, we payed homage to these spaces and used them as inspiration within the office design. This too would help bring the company together. We incorporated these into the design through their photo booth meeting rooms.
The first photo booth meeting room celebrated New York, with a 1980’s subway themed room, complete with digital vinyl wallpaper sourced from the original photographer. The second featured Denver, creating a ski chalet, mountain top wall graphics, wooden wall cladding and lounge furniture. The London meeting room was tribute to their heritage and previous office in Southwark (a warehouse-style building). And finally, their unofficial mascot is a unicorn, so we decided to fill one with the creature all over the walls!
Throughout the office design, we chose colours to say, “We are Stack Exchange” as a subtle representation of their branding, without literally putting their logo on the walls.
We were overall happy with the Peldon Rose team and the quality of work delivered in the design and construction of the space
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