Dreamhost offices by Studio O+A


Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A

Having designed offices for Facebook and AOL, San Francisco designers Studio O+A have completed the headquarters of another internet company in California - this time web hosts Dreamhost.

Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A

Meetings at the open-plan offices can be held either inside a black-painted conference hut or over a game of ping-pong.

Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A

Brightly coloured furniture fills the offices, whilst walls are decorated with patterned graphics.

Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A

Workplaces are arranged in clusters and are surrounded by informal rest areas.

Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A

See also: our stories about Google's offices in London and Skype's offices in Stockholm.

Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A

Photography is by Jasper Sanidad.

Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A

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Here's some more information provided by the architects:

Brea, California

Like other tech companies with a young and dynamic workforce, the web-hosting company Dreamhost wanted a work environment that would be easily adaptable to nonwork functions. In the modern business culture, a new profit initiative is as likely to be hatched over a cup of green tea or a game of ping-pong as in a formal meeting room. At the company’s new headquarters in Brea, California, the footprint of the existing building offered attractive potential for creating vistas of space and light.

Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A

Studio O+A’s interior design recognizes the lateral hierarchies favored by web companies, both in its placement of management and staff workstations and in the horizontal aesthetic that is a feature of classic Southern California architecture. O+A introduced broad, unbroken circulation paths and banks of windows and applied color and contrast to suggest both the boldness of technological innovation and the easy culture of web-based commerce.

Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A

The walls, the exposed ceiling, and portions of the floor tile are white. Against this blank canvas, sharp graphics are designed to arrest the eye. Red patterns inspired by the server room’s looping wire configurations give forward momentum to a series of long, low walls. Casual seating with red cushions provides additional graphic impact.

Dreamhost Offices by Studio O+A


A free-standing black conference room and lounge area serve as additional dramatic visual elements. Throughout the complex—in meeting areas, workstation clusters, and recreation spaces—the color palette communicates informality and creativity.

Architect: Studio O+A
Location:  Brea, California
Client: Dreamhost
Date of occupancy : July 2010
Gross square footage: 13,242
Contractor: KPRS
Photographer credit: Jasper Sanidad
Collaborators: POD Office, Shlemmer Algaze & Associates, MPG Office
Software used: AutoCAD, Studio Max, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office
Awards: Shaw “Design Is” Award Finalist,
Project Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Kroeun Dav, Alex Ng

  • Cynthia

    holy crap I want to work there

  • Wow, the place looks like so much FUN, it's amazing how they actually manage to get any WORK done.

  • nitchy14

    Wow, fantastic! Really good place to work. The finish is so beautiful. Nice job

  • zee

    it’s cheerful.

    I find it very hard to comment on, as the main value of office design is probably how fluidly it accomodates people’s work habits; would love to hear user feedback on that one.

    I also wonder how fast this type of space layout will age – there is an obvious attempt at creating diversity/playfulness within a standard floor plate, but in a way that is more graphic than spatial – therefore, one might get tired of it real quick?

    • J D

      I agree with Zee, a wonderful space but what about next year when it is “yesterday’s art”? A great way to encourage creative and playful minds to work there, I suspect more a marketing ploy by the owners to attract the “right” person to the job. In reality, how much time will any employ want their staff to spend more than their allocated break time in a playground being distracted from their core function?

  • Tom Ford

    Dieter Rams' nightmare.

  • Paulindr

    The first and second functions of any work-space have to be, in order of highest priority, "attractive" (i.e. attracting people to want to work there) and "comfort" (i.e. once there, you can be comfortable). Function 2 obviously impacts Function 1 massively and therein lies the problem, however much the office may at first look "attractive"! I see lots of discomfort – hard chairs, rigid chairs, chairs with no back support(!), great big long open spaces to walk in (why?), traps (every designer knows that if you create steps, less than 3 causes people to not see them and increases tripping – so why create a trap as exists outside the box (the chess board is on the trip-trap!)!!!. I do not see comfort anywhere. Even the two women sitting in the ultra-modern open box actually look uncomfortable! To me, i get the strong impression that the design was created to look clever – but it doesn't look at all comfortable. The table-tennis table is a tired cliche – how many times have I now seen this in offices "designed" to be "different"? Too many times! I'd love (or probably not) to see their Reception area (or perhaps there isn't one?) Reception is so revealing of designers and the company that owns the space!!! Of course, designers meet the client's brief so perhaps this was the fault of a client trying too hard to be clever!!!

  • As others have said, I wonder how long these 'playful' offices will last until the fashion stops and the excitement wears off. Saying that, I would absolutely love to work in these offices!

  • kris

    I've worked in this office several times…It's my company's headquarters. I think it works very well for the workflow of the employees here…

  • kris

    I also have to say in regards to the table tennis comment: We have had ping-pong tables in both of our offices for probably 10+ years prior to hiring O+A. The ping pong table, along with our foosball table get plenty of use…it's part of being in the tech industry and having a large number of employees under 30. We want the employees to have fun, stay motivated and be able to blow off steam on breaks. Also, we don't have a reception area…we don't have a need for one.