A Tour of Gusto’s Cool New San Francisco Office

Gusto, a San Francisco-based technology startup that operates a cloud-based platform that helps companies with payroll, benefits, and HR, have just moved into a new office, located in San Francisco’s historic waterfront at Pier 70. The whole space was designed by architecture and interior design company Gensler.

“Gusto employees were involved in nearly every aspect of the new office — they participated in design charrettes, crowdsourced desired amenities such as heated floors (Gusto is a shoeless office) and home-style furniture, experienced their proposals in virtual reality, and in some cases, built and painted the space. A recurring theme among employees was a desire to honor its small business customers. Local Gusto customers contributed interior landscaping, and many small businesses are showcased in the 40-foot-long mural dozens of employees painted by hand in their “all-hands space,” where company-wide events and meetings are held. No detail was overlooked. In-office signage and conference room names, such as “The Gelateria” and “Bait and Tackle Shop,” pay homage to the small businesses the company serves. And because the office is in a historic building, Gusto maintained the former machine shop’s cranes and lifts that were once used to move ship-parts as early as the 19th century.”

  • Location: Potrero Point – San Francisco, California
  • Date completed: April 2018
  • Size: 55,000 square feet
  • Design: Gensler
  • Photos: Jenna Carando
Living wall
Pier 70
Collaboration space
Collaboration space
Conference room
Room names
Shoe cubbies