Open DNS, a rapidly growing tech company, already occupied 15,000 sf in a SoMa warehouse when they acquired an additional 15,000 sf and engaged Min Day to design the expansion. The charge was to connect new and existing workspaces with minimal disturbance to operations. The design overcomes the egress and infrastructure requirements of new occupant loads in the 1915 building while maintaining the raw industrial character of the existing building. By minimizing painted gypsum board surfaces, consolidating them to core areas, and maintaining exposed concrete columns with mushroom capitals, concrete ceilings, and exposed ventilation and conduit, the project dramatically mixes raw and cooked qualities of architectural finish. The newly designed elements incorporate company branding through use of color and graphics while blending formal and informal work areas.
A custom 16-foot steel reception desk with integrated iPad for guest sign-in and record keeping.
“The Portal” is a transition zone linking the all-hands event space to an open work space.