Index Ventures 2, San Francisco
For a major expansion to a highly creative venture capital firm's existing San Francisco office, Garcia Tamjidi focused on the capture of natural light through the introduction of a series of skylights. Public spaces like the entryway, cafe, and boardroom are arranged around these light wells, while elements and materials from the existing space have been seamlessly integrated, creating brand continuity as well as illumination-fueled intervention. In the vaulted hallway, a sculpture commissioned from Reuben Margolin produces a kinetic visual anchor.
Campus Theater, San Francisco
For a high-profile tech company that needed a place for presentations, webcasts, broadcasts, and frequent all-hands meetings, Garcia Tamjidi created a three-hundred-seat theater, complete with overlapping fabric walls and a complex series of ceiling panels concealing an enormous matrix of speaker systems, microphones, and cameras. Major technology meets the human scale in the introduction of fully wired yet luxuriously tactile sycamore wood and rich leather seats, while a custom-built steel catwalk and light grid offer a theatrical element to the inspiring space.
Elastic, Mountain View
For an open source, search, and analytics firm based in Mountain View, Garcia Tamjidi designed engineering, sales, support, and presentation offices as part of a major rebranding. Organized around a series of meeting rooms, this fully transparent work environment uses pops of vibrant color to illuminate various styles of space - from formal meeting area to informal brainstorming den. A wall of glazing draws natural light into the open office, creative a sense of expansive brightness, while suspended sound baffles delineate more private spaces, creating pockets of quieter areas for quiet reflection and head-down work.
Private Residence 1, San Francisco
For a fast-paced couple whose favorite hobby is racing motorcycles (and setting world land speed records), Garcia Tamjidi designed a respite-providing private retreat. Working with what had been an uninspired two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath condominium, the designers stripped the floor plan of all but the most essential necessities. Concrete walls, pale wood floors, and white details throughout create a reflective and contemplative environment complete with retracting fabric scrims that offer the ultimate privacy.
Elasticsearch, Los Altos
For the engineering, sales, and support teams working on Elasticsearch, one of open source, real-time search, and analytics engine company Elastic's three products, Garcia Tamjidi created a combination of fully transparent and fully private spaces, all in an open plan that maximizes the existing high ceilings and natural lighting. A centrally located and visible boardroom provides spatial and acoustic separation between the focused engineering teams and the active sales and support teams, while perimeter meeting rooms and casual breakout areas offer easy collaboration and moments of peaceful respite.
Private Residence 2, San Francisco
For a 2500-square-foot apartment located in San Francisco's prestigious Nob Hill and featuring spectacular views of the Pacific-Union Club, Grace Cathedral, and the Masonic Center, Garcia Tamjidi created a soft and minimalist counterpoint to the apartment's traditional backdrop. Using subtle forms, warm materials, and understated finishes and colors, the designers produced an open and art gallery-like environment that draws in natural light, providing generous space for a significant and perfectly-placed art collection.
Index Ventures 1, San Francisco
For a highly creative and extremely collaborative venture capital team, Garcia Tamjidi designed their San Francisco location--the global firm also has offices in London and Geneva--with a blend of adaptive reuse, daylight maximization, and state-of-the-art technology like smart lighting, low voltage, and real-time room-by-room tracking. By outfitting the office with a cafe and showers, Garcia Tamjidi created a space where international team members could land, zip to the office, refresh, and be ready to hit the ground running.
Techshed, Foster City
For the San Francisco headquarters of a home improvement-focused online marketplace, Garcia Tamjidi created an open and collaborative work enviornment balanced with private spaces for team meetings, private calls, meditation, and play. A punch of brand color appears on a massive wall and in orange bicycles and furnishings, while plywood sheds--a play on the company's name--house the quieter and more reflective spaces. A gated area with lockers encourages bicycle commuting and connects the office's interiors with the Bay Trail outside.
For a new private capital consulting division of US Bank, Garcia Tamjidi designed a highly flexible and supremely transparent environment built to support multiple forms of adviser-client and internal team collaboration. By combining front-of-house staging areas with back-of-house storage spaces, Garcia Tamjidi created an instantly mutable environment that can transform from presentation rooms to large private dining spaces to even larger event areas. The offices are sleek, crisply detailed, and fully wired for the state-of-the-art global connectivity.
Private Residence 3, San Francisco
For one of San Francisco's first warehouse loft conversions, Garcia Tamjidi created a living gallery space, capitalizing on the existing space's light-filled openness and sweeping expanse of display surfaces. An interior stair connecting the ground floor to the loft operates as an artistic focal point, and demarcates a transition from public art space to private residence.
Method, San Francisco
For the North American headquarters of an eco-friendly and design-conscious retail pioneer, Garcia Tamjidi combined brand-specific color blocks with an open office approach, punctuated with moments of adaptive reuse and sleekly contemporary furniture. The blend of casual meeting spaces, more formal boardrooms, and puzzle-configured desks enhances communication and cross-departmental teamwork across multiple scales.
Broadcast Theater, San Francisco
For a high-profile technology company's theater space, which required a broad array of broadcasting and recording capabilities, Garcia Tamjidi created a 155-seat space detailed with fabric-wrapped panels canted towards a central axis, balancing both visuals and acoustics. Covering the seats, a tri-colored pattern speaks of enlarged pixels, while a highly flexible "work bench"--housing audio-visual hardware, integrated electrical management, flip-up monitor and reading lamp, and retracting mouse and keyboard trays--offers a new spin on the traditional speaker's podium.