Weebly Offices

Weebly Offices

Matthew Millman

When you work, isn’t it nice to have a change of scenery once in a while? That’s the driving idea behind Huntsman Architectural Group’s design for website builder Weebly’s new headquarters at 460 Bryant in San Francisco’s South of Market. It is a workplace that has surpassed the open office concept in favor of the “office as miniature city.”

The space replaces facilities that the quickly growing company moved into just two years ago. It’s located in a large 1907 former liquor distribution warehouse and boasts masonry walls, timber structure, concrete floors, and industrial windows.

Entered via a 60-foot-long entry ramp, the office has two very distinct personalities: the tall, open public spaces—lobby, board room, conference rooms, and guest meeting rooms—that focus around large skylights and a mezzanine; and a series of peripheral “neighborhoods,” which are more intimate destinations for both work and play.

“The idea is to offer a variety of settings where people can gravitate,” Huntsman CEO Sascha Wagner said of the differing scales and design approaches. “It’s about offering different levels of interaction, privacy, work modes, and settings so you can choose how you want to work.”


The open spaces are punctuated not only by exposed brick, sleek white walls, glass dividers, large open stairs, and exposed trusses and mechanical systems, but also by large-scale centerpieces, such as a custom 650-pound chandelier by artist Matt Devine made up of elliptical steel fins. An employee dining area seats 200 on long, communal picnic benches; an in-house gym and fitness room keep employees healthy, while a full bar keeps them happy.


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Employees use all of these sites equally for working and relaxing. “Work and life is really a blended thing these days, especially for tech companies,” said Wagner.

“It’s easy to say it’s frivolous,” said Wagner. “But the reality is employees spend a tremendous amount of hours working in the space, and these designs are little release valves that keep people happy at work and keep them together.” Not to mention tech companies are in serious competition to lure talent, and can use all the resources they can get.

As for the amazing variety: “It has come a long way from the private office, open office, conference room,” said Wagner. “I think we’ve learned that behaviorally we’re not inclined to be static. It’s not ideal to have a single physical environment when your tasks and work modes are changing throughout the day.”