The Batch Offices – Connecting Comfort and Function
One of the things that stresses me out is going to work in an office that feels like a factory. And while working from home is great, especially for the commute, sometimes I feel too comfortable. Today’s space, the offices of app company Batch, combine the comfort of home with the functionality of a work environment. All in a small space.
Designed by Blitz, the process began by looking for ways to organize the use of space.
“Observing a lack of organization generally through-out the space Blitz identified areas for meeting, comfort, and games. This brought a layer of order to the office with areas specifically purposed for tasks, and created distinct but connected zones including an intimate Meeting Room, Conference Room and Chill-Out Lounge. The kitchen boundary was redefined by removing a half height wall and shabby countertop, and replacing it with larger furniture items under a custom countertop.”
For a growing company, office design can be a challenge, especially when it comes to costs. If you’re going to be moving to a larger space in 6-12 months, sinking a ton of money into improving the space can be problematic. Especially permanent structural changes.
To combat this, the company’s design budget focused mainly on improvements to their moveable assets like desks, couches, and seating.
One of the best things about the office in my opinion is how comfortable and home-like it is. The great wooden floors are dampened with area rugs, though not totally covered. There is also a nice coloring to the space, whether that be through furniture or art of the walls.
And lastly, the sails in the chill-out area are a genius solution to bringing brightness through the entire area instead of what can be blinding direct sun rays.
The office is located in San Francisco and was completed in a little over 5 weeks – from initial drawings to build out.