Snapshot: Studio O+A, the creative folks who have designed headquarters for AOL, Dreamhost and Ebay, have recently completed a 220,000 sq. ft. workspace for Uber in San Francisco’s Mid-Market — their 7th office in the city’s 7×7 square miles since forming 4 years ago.
Designed to house 560 employees, Uber’s new office has been developed to reflect our company’s culture and includes open plan seating, collaborative meeting spaces, and a ¼ mile track around the floor for “walk and talks”. The space also celebrates the 118 cities around the world that Uber call home, with city grids etched on art installations, conference rooms named after Uber cities and maps on screens throughout the office. In the new office, the creatives at O+A worked to minimize their environmental footprint with state of the art energy management systems and cutting edge energy efficient features.
As part of this move, Uber has opened up a dedicated driver center. The team heard a lot from their Uber SF partners about wanting easier ways to reach the team including parking and streamlined access to the office. With a new dedicated driver center in Potrero Hill, they are aiming to better connect with our partners and help make getting started with Uber, attending office hours and safety education processes more seamless.
The story of the new HQ office in San Francisco is also the story of how Uber develops office space in Uber cities around the world. From Chicago and New York City to Singapore and Paris, they build out spaces within the urban centers, supporting local revitalization efforts whenever possible, while creating space for our quickly growing local teams.
The taxi company has come a long way from their first space in San Francisco—a small cube for four people in the Financial District, subleased from another local start-up called Zozi. San Francisco is where it all started and this city has played a tremendous role in this company’s life.
Photography by Jasper Sanidad