Slack Opens European HQ In Dublin

The new Dublin office was designed by ODOS ARCHITECTS …

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Slack, the workplace app that offers a chronological flow of team conversation akin to a group chat, or a Facebook news feed, opened its European HQ in Dublin recently. The boss of the hottest new app to enter office life, CEO Stewart Butterfield engaged ODOS Architects to provide distinct office zones for diverse functions within Slack, social areas, break-out spaces and an all-hands event space. The fit-out expresses the company’s desired aesthetic rather than an explicit use of corporate colours and logos, with materials and style chosen to steer away from the garish primary schemes now so often associated with tech company offices.

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ODOS’s concept originated from the urban grain of Dublin city. Not a city with a planned grid system (unlike for instance New York), the streets of Dublin have a unique fluidity to their routes – in essence the inspiration for the layout for Slack with its main circulation route envisaged as a typical Dublin street. Along this “street” is a lively, active space with common break-out areas for idea-sharing. Signposts along this route point to various meeting rooms and workspaces, all named after actual streets in Dublin’s city centre. An oiled white oak timber floor lined with a planted wall system separates the street from the various working and social spaces. Located at the heart of the plan is the “all-hands space” where all the streets meet. This space serves as the main meeting point for the staff and can host live events with other offices across the world. ODOS are now working on Slack’s London base.

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