Zillow 8 Author: Julia Benton
When Zillow moved into the old-school Standard Oil Building in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, its first step was to open up the entire space and give it a much more modern feel. Parallel to the online real estate company’s “get things done fast” style, the move itself was lightning-quick, giving design team Blitz only six weeks to completely transform the space. The end result? A brand-oriented space with a fresh design aesthetic.
The company's trademark blue and green paired with a bright orange provide pops of color against an otherwise neutral background.
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The office is meant to be comfortable and rela in addition to providing a stellar work environment. Many of the stylish rugs and comfy couches are from West Elm.
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The team made a conscious choice to locate all of their US offices in busy downtown areas. The office is close to public transportation, is bike friendly, and is close to a million places to go out to lunch.
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Breakout areas for impromptu meetings can be found throughout the office. They're all a little different with unique furniture but still flow together with a similar color scheme.
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The kitchen area can be transformed into a group meeting room, perfect for "Z Talks" conference calls with Zillow's Seattle office. The bird shaped keg on the right side of the room was created by the engineering team - happy hours happen every Friday.
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The team wanted to create a space that was inspired by its San Francisco location while also bringing in its recognizable Zillow brand presence. A map grid of San Francisco makes the perfect wallpaper, for each of the conference rooms are named after the city's diverse neighborhoods.
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With no formal offices, even for the bosses, Zillow's wide-open office layout helps all employees stay on the same page. Whenever someone wants to reach a colleague, they can just call out across the room (yet again a perfect example of their "get things done fast" style at play).
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The San Francisco skyline seen out of the 11th floor windows is the main design focus in certain sections of the office, so the team kept indoor improvements to a minimum. The pull-out meeting rooms are private but still maintain an open feel.
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San Francisco-based Zillow, an online home and real estate marketplace founded by the creators of Expedia, started with the mission to empower consumers with information and tools to make smarter decisions when purchasing homes. The Zillow team invited us to access their newly-renovated, ultra-cool offices in San Francisco, where the tech world is seamlessly integrated with design.
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