At the beginning of this year, Slack which is a software developer for workplace moved to their ne w office which is located in the Lower Manhattan. The office embodies that very core of the business which is to provide communication between offices that has no obstacle and is flowing freely. They contracted the designer based in New York, Snohetta, to create the interior of the headquarters spanning 12,000 square feet. The concept of the design is to promote spontaneous and unobstructed communication with the help of sound proof glass partitions.
They decided not to use opaque dividers or walls during the office organization. With this solution, they were able to create a plan that follows a grid arranging the rooms for breakout as well as for meetings. This is in line with a central corridor that is open and encourages accessibility among coworkers. This is perfect as the company is striving to provide messaging software that promotes exchanges of thoughts and ideas inside the workplace.
The transparent partitions are installed in order to create a division from the six conference rooms as well as an executive boardroom that is larger compared to the other rooms. There are also nine booths inside the office that are created using tempered glass from Muraflex. The sound transmission level of the glass is only 37 to make sure that there is privacy between rooms but workers can still see one another in separate rooms. Architects also added a fun side to the design by using colored film that is cut into various shapes and has different colors that follows the logo of Slack.
The glass walls are chosen b y the architects not just to represent the culture of the company but to incorporate modern vibe into the building since it was built in the 1880s. The firm’s senior architect, Anne-Rachel Schiffmann, said that they have to create something out of the current footprint. They added sound proof glass walls but they have to retain the original windows. The skylights, measuring 20 by 5 feet, remains untouched as well.