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Slack’s European headquarters eschews bright colours of tech start-up offices

The “urban grain” of Dublin influenced ODOS Architects’ design for the European offices of Slack, the company known for its inter-office messaging app.

The San Francisco-based company opened a Dublin office to serve as its European headquarters in 2015 but soon outgrew its original space.

For Slack’s new offices, which span 2,700 square metres of the One Park Place building on Hatch Street in the city centre, ODOS Architects chose a dark colour palette and a winding layout inspired by the office’s locality.

“The concept of the design originated from the urban grain of Dublin City,” said the architects. “Unlike the planned American streets with a regular street grid system, the streets of Dublin have a unique fluidity to their routes which in essence became the core of the concept.”

In keeping with this idea, the main path through the office is designed to be a “lively, active” space with common areas for break-out sessions.

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