Skype’s beautifully designed Offices
Skype, the well known software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet, was founded in Luxembourg in 2003 by Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström and Dane Janus Friis. The company’s headquarters are in Luxembourg, with offices in London, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tartu, Prague, and Palo Alto. In May 2011, Skype was acquired by software-giant Microsoft.
Skype have now also made a name for themselves in the design world, collaborating with design house Blitz to create their office in Palo Alto, California. They have also teamed up with Swedish firm PS Arkitectur to design their new Stockholm office.
Below are some images of the beautifully designed spaces in both Offices and how each design team interpreted the idea of creating beautiful yet functional workspaces.
Skype Office, Palo Alto. Designed by Blitz, San Francisco.
The interior is modern, comfortable and striking with its use of bold bright accent colours of pink, green and orange juxtaposed harmoniously with the traditional bright blue Skype screen pictures and infamous cloud bubble text of the skype logo. The Interior spaces combine warehouse ceilings, glass offices and free-standing pods, that in Blitz’s words, “provide a high level of acoustic privacy for Skype calls”. The spaces look inviting and fun whilst retaining the functionality of working spaces.
Design features include open spaces, stylish conference rooms and cafe area, faux patches of grass known as the ‘green glade’ and natural lighting to highlight the naturalistic environment and a series of mobile white boards that can be hung almost anywhere in case inspiration strikes.
Skype Office, Stockholm, Sweden. Designed by Swedish firm PS Arkitectur
In April 2011 Skype moved into a brand new office in the former Munchen Brewery, Stockholm, Sweden. The design concept evolved from their interpretation of the spirit of Skype and its role as a useful and playful tool that connects the world. The Interior scheme features white walls and wooden floors accented with bright, bold, colourful, rounded furniture, with custom-made wallpaper featuring Skype’s logo and symbols. The office comprises audio and video studios, offices and large, open social areas. The spaces look stimulating, inviting, comfortable and fun whilst remaining practical and functional. This is what the designer had to say:
“The in-between shapes of interconnected nodes has given us romboid and triangular shapes that is visible in the flooring and in the design of some of the hard furniture. The playful happy theme in colours and soft furniture comes from the Skype graphics and the Skype cloud logo is reinterpreted as cloud-shaped lighting throughout the office space. The Stockholm office predominately works with audio and video development and this is manifested in the special made wallpapers with cables, earphones and other devices linked to audio-video technique”.