Adobe 410

San Francisco, California / United States of America

In 1995, Adobe built the first of three-20 story towers in San Jose as their global headquarters. For the next ten years Adobe remained a company dominated by engineers and code writers. Every employee had their own private office, the emphasis was on intense concentration and individual work. Over time this profile changed to a highly creative staff which brought a heightened appreciation for collaboration and design.

After acquiring Macromedia, the building at 410 Townsend has become Adobe's San Francisco Headquarters. The objective for this new headquarters was simple – for every "seat" devoted to solitary activities, there should be one "seat" devoted to collaborative work. Through stakeholder interviews and workplace utilization studies the extended design team studied how people collaborate in the workplace and then designed varied spaces to support these activities. This new workplace design led to the Adobe Toolkit, which is being rolled out worldwide as a model for the future workplace.

The world of Adobe products is 2D, while the output is part of a transformation to 3D, while the workplace at 410 is 3D. The interior is intentionally ambiguous moving from 2D to 3D and back.

Architect of record

William Turner
Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
500 North Dearborn, Floor 9
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Phone: 312.260.7300

General contractor

Ryan Smith
NOVO Construction
608 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Phone: 415-932-5919

Consultant 1

Paul Slattery
Structural Engineers Incorporated
4970 El Camino Real, Suite 100
Los Altos, CA 94022, USA
Phone: 650-938-2200

Consultant 2

Mario Valasco
ACCO Engineered Systems
1133 Aladdin Avenue
San Leandro, VA 94577, USA
Phone: 510-346-4300

Consultant 3

Dan Boas
Decker Electric
1282 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Phone: 415-252-4763


David Wakely
David Wakely Photography
544 Vermont Street
San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Phone: 415-861-7503