San Francisco – Making headlines last week with positive fourth-quarter results and skyrocketing stock in spite of the COVID-19 crisis, San Francisco-based SaaS company LiveRamp provides data connectivity platforms for businesses. Its headquarters – in the California city’s central 1922 Standard Oil Building – have been revamped by local practice Studio O+A. Previously responsible for designing two floors at LiveRamp, the architects and designers were asked to tackle a third for the growing company.
Tech behemoths in the neighbourhood – Facebook, Twitter and Google to name a few – are giving their employees the option to continue working remotely even as pandemic restrictions loosen. Office design will have to change dramatically to safeguard the health of workers (a survey conducted by Eden with 1,000 Bay Area office managers revealed that over 70 per cent are planning a return to some form of physical workplace by July). Even still, projects completed pre-pandemic – like LiveRamp’s headquarters – are valuable reference points for designers currently rethinking communal and individual workspaces.