Spotlight on how Space Matrix transformed a warehouse into a quirky but functional workplace for Airbnb.
Airbnb is an American company that operates an online service for people to lease or rent short-term lodging. The company wanted its new office space in the city of Gurgaon to be quirky yet functional, a unique environment in line with its international design standards and brand identity.
The site for the office was a large warehouse. The challenge for Space Matrix’s design team was how best to utilise this space while providing flexibility and a sense of community. The new office incorporates a wide variety of spaces supporting different styles of working, from collaborative meetings to focused work.
Different finishes and materials are used to help define spaces. Multiple elements, such as tiles, timber, paint, graphics and patterns reflecting the local culture, create unusual, inviting spaces that encourage employees to move around. A standout feature is the Chai Bar, an ideal meeting point for planned or ad hoc collaboration.