The new Uber offices in Perth equally integrate the global ridesharing company’s white-and-black-contrast identity and the local Western Australian landscape and materials to create a mature, yet playful work environment fit for productivity and collaboration.
The design played on the black-and-white contrast of Uber’s branding. Front-of-house adopted a darkened palette and the kitchen and work zone a brighter, white theme.
Swings and daybeds provide an appealing landscape for informal meetings, rest and relaxation. All furniture and island benches are moveable to enable the space to be cleared for large gatherings. Custom slatted timber screens slide in front of the kitchen bench to conceal mess from public view.
The design team used the workplace as an opportunity to differentiate Uber’s identity in the market; striking a balance between a refined, ‘mature’ image and the playfulness of the tech company. The linearity of the acoustic feature ceiling and timber floor enhance the volume of the space, presenting an impressive vista on arrival, while playful quirks and gestures, such as the leather swing seats, Persian rug, hanging plants and beanbags give a modest, approachable sensibility to the space.