As if we weren't already big enough fans of Airbnb, the company's gorgeous new Tokyo offices have just put us over the edge. A sophisticated blend of form and function, the new design accomplishes its goal of uniting "both local and global cultures," according to Designboom. Sitting at almost 2000 square feet, the office draws inspiration from various Airbnb listings around the world—specifically those in Prague, Tijuana, and Barcelona.
Per employee feedback, the theme of nature is heavily incorporated throughout the new design, with the end result serving as a breath of fresh air from the city's chaotic Shinjuku district outside. Staff members can dine in the light-filled café and reception area, follow wooden paths to the various meeting rooms, and remove their shoes and relax on the tatami mats peppered throughout the office.
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The double-height atrium allows for an abundance of natural light in the café.
Employees can prepare their own food in the communal kitchen area.
Elevated platforms with tatami mats are inspired by traditional Japanese engawa.
Communal-style tables encourage open communication and collaboration.
Ceilings were painted black in an effort to make the space feel larger and less constricting.
The color scheme was also influenced by employee feedback.
Semi-private phone areas are provided throughout the office.
The designers focused on cultivating a social environment through an abundance of communal workspaces.