Back in early June I photographed the offices of Automattic.com, which among other things is the parent company of WordPress, Gravatar, PollDaddy, and Akismet (this is a WordPress blog, in case that matters to you).
I’ve worked with architect Matt Baran (Baran Studio) on many residential projects but this was the first commercial space I’d worked on with him. Matt’s task here was to create a space in this former industrial building located in San Francisco’s SoMA district that could accommodate the usual contingent of maybe 15 or 20 people, but also (at a moment’s notice) swallow, say, a few hundred coders that might be called in for a special project, or an event. There are less than 200 employees overall, scattered across the globe, but they never know when they’re going to have a short-term blitz of activity.
Matt took cues from the wood trusses of the building’s bow ceilings, added some ironwork and lighting, and then softened the whole space with wood-slat panels that partition off areas, add warmth and color, and function acoustically as well.
The result is a space that feels cavernous, but not cold, and doesn’t echo. Automattic, like many tech companies, has it’s quirks, and ping-pong is certainly one of them. The exact function of the weather balloons was a bit more mysterious, but we sure had a good time moving them around and positioning them where we wanted for each shot!
We shot until just after midnight and came away with a pretty good set of photos of a very cool project — enjoy!