Workspace of the Week - Lyft Headquarters San Francisco

STUDIOS Architecture designed the Lyft headquarters with fun colours, unique patterns, and thoughtful spaces for their headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Lyft took space within two parallel, ¼-mile-long buildings and the STUDIOS team embarked on a multi-phased effort to knit together a string of disparate spaces to create a unified experience and celebrate the company’s culture of fun and discovery. They took inspiration from Lyft’s core values—Be Yourself, Uplift Others, and Make It Happen—to reinforce their brand with custom graphics, a curated furniture package, light, and colour.

They developed the space plans to create urban neighbourhoods highlighted by a series of internal gardens modelled on San Francisco’s popular mini-parks or “parklets”. Just as the city’s parklets provide respite from the busy urban streets, Lyft’s parklets offer welcoming spaces away from desks to meet, to socialize, or to relax.

In a building the length of nearly four football fields, clear and graphic wayfinding was crucial. The design team used gradations of pinks, purple, blues, and greens on columns and walls to help identify locations within the buildings and to mark break areas, elevator lobbies, and other circulation elements.

Then they transformed the dark, uninviting building core into a series of secret rooms that create a sense of surprise and delight, such as a speakeasy that can be accessed through a portrait of Willy Wonka, a hidden library, and a game room, among others.