Vancouver tech company HootSuite has a new nest. The social media management firm unveiled their fun, conceptual Mount Pleasant headquarters this past April and it's quickly joining the ranks of other state-of-the-art offices that are changing the way we do 9-5.
The 33,000-square foot space provides multiple communal workspaces for more than 300 employees, plus a yoga room, nap room and beer and wine on tap — not to mention a cool West Coast aesthetic. CEO Ryan Holmes worked with SSDG Interiors to create a Canadian, cabin-in-the-woods look. This idea translated into organic elements like log cabin walls, tree stump stools and even tent meeting rooms.
Let's take a peek inside!
Graphic murals are found throughout the entire space, like this West Coast-style piece at the front entrance. Tree stump side tables and log walls set the tone for the rest of the office.
Communal workstations make up the perimeter of the open-concept space, which was inspired by the open, exposed elements found in industrial spaces. "The space is designed to inspire spontaneous exchange and to truly support varied forms of collaboration," says SSDG interior designer Stephanie Gust. It's also dog-friendly, naturally.
Log-cabin style walls frame a cluster of meeting rooms found in the centre of the office.
Each meeting room has an original mural by a Hootsuite staffer, lending a gallery-like feel.
One side of a large, multipurpose room features small meeting tables and a tiered wood stage with a pull-down projector for lunch-and-learns and events. "Whether work is done in the middle of a corridor, on the floor of a stage, or on the edge of someone's desk, HootSuite's process becomes transparent and celebrated throughout their office. I think that's the best part of the project," says Gust.
Opposite the stage is the main kitchen and lunch area. Yes, this is where employees can pour themselves a pint after a hard day's work. Metal pendant lights, sleek cabinetry and picnic-style tables echo the industrial-meets-rustic look of the rest of the office.
A coffee bar and lounge lends itself to downtime. Tents act as meeting rooms, giving a bit of privacy but still keeping with the open feel of the space (there's only one private office with an actual door).
Long day? Take a siesta in the nap room. Camp-style cots, string lights and a painted sunset façade provide an escape for employees.
How could you not feel inspired in a space like this? My prediction is that more offices will begin to see the importance of an open, interactive workspace that spurs creativity. Interior design affects us on a mental, emotional level, at work and in the home — something HootSuite seems to understand well.