A Tour of Etsy’s Super Cool Brooklyn Headquarters
Etsy, a popular e-commerce company that allows people to buy and sell handmade and vintage items, recently moved into a new headquarters in Brooklyn, New York City, designed by architecture and design firm Gensler.
“When entering the second-floor reception, you climb a cable-wire staircase made out of wood from the original rooftop water tower; artwork from outside artists and makers is weaved throughout the cable wire. Moving up the interconnecting stair to the third, fourth and fifth floors, you’ll pass through workspace that is dotted with living greenscape, making the space feel more like a treehouse than office. This is what Etsy fondly refers to as the “Green Embrace,” the idea of bringing the outside in, of nature permeating and reclaiming the building. The sixth floor is dedicated entirely to amenities and features everything from wet and dry labs to a wood shop to sound rooms, recording studios and public gathering space. As a constant steward to the community, Etsy opens this floor at night so its neighbors can reap the benefits of the space through speaking events, maker demonstrations, and workshops where the community can learn directly from Etsy’s makers. Navigating your way up through the seventh and eighth floors, you’ll find a green-embraced workspace. While there are standard workstations, there are also standing-height spaces that become alternative work settings. Meeting spaces are abundant and mixed throughout the workplace. Varying from individual phone rooms to two-person meeting rooms to open lounges, every floor offers access to some place for either private conversation or a casual, impromptu meeting. The ninth floor features half terrace and half amenity space. It’s where Etsy employees go to find solace and refocus. The wellness suite features a mother’s room, yoga studio, quiet room, garden library, and showers. Additionally, there are gender-neutral bathrooms, further contributing to Etsy’s mission to be a game-changing, trend-setting workplace,” says Gensler
- Location: Dumbo – Brooklyn – New York City, New York
- Date completed: 2016
- Size: 225,000 square feet
- Design: Gensler
- Photos: Garrett Rowland, courtesy of Gensler