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Slack unveils its HQ in New York City

Michael Grimm

The fastest-growing workplace software in the world, Slack aims to seamlessly (and productively) connect people who work together. Of course you’d expect the design of Slack's new headquarters in Lower Manhattan to live up to the startup’s own principles of adding simplicity and efficiency to the workplace – and so it does. The innovative yet unfussy office is by design firm Snøhetta, which creates architecture, landscapes, interiors and brand designs for clients around the world. Inspired by New York City’s distinctive urban courtyards, the versatile space is filled with natural light from expansive skylights and features a wide variety of work areas. The latter include breakout rooms and one- and two-person telephone booths that provide privacy for calls, or when a more isolated work environment is required. Carefully managed acoustics and ‘pockets’ suited to informal gatherings allow for a variety of work styles to flourish here. And the social heart of the office is a generous, multifunctional ‘all hands’ space, where stepped, wooden tiered seating allows people to gather for large meetings and presentations. The calm, restrained palette includes hints of colour – not least of which are welcome touches of green, some of those created by interior bamboo plantings – and plenty of warm, tactile natural wood finishes have been used. Situated in a landmark 1880s building in the NoHo/East Village area, the space reflects a maturing tech-office style of design: rather than including every possible amenity within the office, employees are encouraged to venture outside for coffee and lunch breaks, and integrate themselves into the bustling surrounding neighbourhood.