LinkedIn is known for creating connections between professionals, so it only makes sense that its offices reflect that interactive and innovative vibe as well. The networking site brought in IA Interior Architects to design the expansion of their 33,005-square-foot workplace on the 28th floor of the Empire State Building into an urban social club that fosters business relationships inside and outside of the company. Read on to see some of the new space's bold pops of color and playful touches like a room lined with old yellow and grey rotary phones that leads to a secret speakeasy lounge.
LinkedIn‘s NYC office space focuses on employee wellness and active design, and employs shifted desk alignments that are adjustable for optimal work comfort. The design also recognizes the need for interaction away from a personal desk, and boasts several playful and collaborative areas and formal meeting spaces. Employees can unwind in a café, a screening room with video games, a fitness room, or a billiards lounge.
Instead of ornamenting the place with multi-colored Googlesque touches, LinkedIn NYC decided to take a more monotone approach with naturally-lit walkways (decorated with black-and-white photos of employee pets!), bold LinkedIn-blue accents, and a ‘speakeasy’ lounge hidden behind a wall of vintage telephones and 1920s-style bowler hats. How do you access this secret lounge? Pick up and hang up one of the phones to unlatch the hidden door to a vibrant private retreat.
The classy social club office adds a touch of lively humor to a professional setting. The design encourages spontaneous meetings and creative dialogue: the key ingredients for effective networking.
All photos by Eric Laignel.