With more than 300 million users and over 300 thousand apps built on its platform, Dropbox is a game changer in the tech and business industry. The company provides a secure file sharing and storage solution that is known for its performance, clean design, and seamless user experience. To continue its global growth, the company has expanded to the heart of Austin, TX into three levels of a Class A building on Congress Avenue.
lauckgroup collaborated with the client to cultivate a design and spirit that captures the company’s young creative energy and high standard of design. This new workplace blurs boundaries of work and play and makes the new office landscape an extension of daily life. The design is purposeful in its gestures; the modern architectural language is consistent across the three levels within its detailing, finish palette, and lighting. Hot-rolled steel was used as a high contrast material in the space and can be first seen in the elevator lobby steel slats which create pattern and contrast to the warmth of the Walnut wood reception desk. In the adjacent space, the breakroom has a continuation of these slatted forms which are reinterpreted in wood as horizontal elements creating a bench and bar height seating for a warm, rustic-lodge feel. These materials and architectural forms are reinterpreted throughout key areas in the space.
The team was challenged to develop a unique solution for the workspace that allowed for maximum flexibility. As a result, lauckgroup worked closely with the client to develop a custom steel and walnut trellis system to deliver power and data at the workstations. This offers each person the flexibility and freedom to re-configure their desk to best suit their work style. In the open office, screens and openings allow for a sense of transparency, while maintaining spaces for a creative getaway. The fifth floor features barista, catering, and terrace amenities with a variety of seating options and a platform for an all-hands gathering or event space. The design team aimed to ensure that each design detail fit well with Dropbox’s company culture.
Design Team: Project Designer: Manuel Navarro | Supporting Designer: Jenny Chang | Senior Project Architect & Project Manager: Matt Taylor | Supporting Project Architect: Bethany Fey | Director of Furniture Services: Ashley Engle | Lead Furniture Services Designer: Megan Funni
Photography: Casey Dunn