Etsy has transformed an old industrial building into its new headquarters in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. The e-commerce platform’s new office consists of personal workstations, communal lounges, conference rooms, as well as craft studios where some 600 employees work as a team. To highlight the company’s “responsible citizen” philosophy, solar panels are employed to cover the office’s roof, locally-made furniture and handmade goods are used to furnish the conference rooms, and DIY-goods are displayed in its lobby for public viewing.
Designed by international architecture firm Gensler, Etsy’s new office aims to meet the green building certification program called Living Building Challenge. In order to be qualified for the certificate, construction has to follow several sustainability requirements involving energy use, materials, water, and more. “We had furniture meetings every single week, which is not normal,” explains Amanda Carroll, Gensler’s head of the project. For instance, plants are nicely arranged throughout the office so employees can enjoy greenery even when they are working indoors.
In addition, there are designated areas in the office for employees to relax during breaks. Not only are there board games, a grand piano, and a ping-pong table, but the office also has a wellness studio where employees can do yoga or take a quick nap on bean-bag chairs. A roof deck and two terraces are also present to allow employees to take in some fresh air. Browse the gallery above to see it for yourself.
- Garrett Rowland