When the Sonos team reached out to us to help combine two different locations into one collaborative space that could better facilitate their growth and increase cross company communication, we knew we could help replicate the home-like experience in their workplace to echo the experience they provide to their customers.
We started with a strategy exercise to understand the needs of their teams and optimize a mix of space types to match their workstyles. As a result, we more than quadrupled the amount of meeting areas and made them more intuitive to fit their tech needs. The workplace has a tailored zone for each disciple, customized to their daily duties and acquired music taste. For example, a raised floor is incorporated in the space, allowing engineers to rearrange furniture configurations quickly.
Acoustics and sound were at the center of the office’s design, and we implemented and tested acoustics throughout every square foot of the space to ensure sound quality is premium whether a local band is making a live appearance or if music is playing over speakers. There are also home-like listening rooms where the product development team can test out new products in isolation.
Their brand was another key factor of the design; the look and feel incorporates high contrast, clean lines, brand colors, natural elements, and furniture and finishes that emulate the look of their speakers. A focal point of the workplace is ‘The Hub’ which serves as a flexible multipurpose atrium for the team to come together at lunch hour, host product launch events or have local bands perform.
Our delivery team seamlessly built out the space for occupancy in time with Sonos’ schedule. Compared to their previous locations, staff are now more productive, can collaborate more effectively, and enjoy coming into an office where they can truly feel part of the Sonos brand.