YouTube Office 1

Workspace in Motion

With thoughtful design, even a relic of 1980’s office design can move with the times.

Breaking Through

The 1980’s office building seemed an unlikely fit for the fast-growing digital media pioneer. Working together, JENSEN and YouTube developed strategic interventions and carefully considered program organization to overcome the three-story building’s closed-off design and establish a dynamic hub for the company’s expanding campus. Illuminated panels of subtly shifting color and varied work spaces reinforce the energy and creativity of the company’s culture.

A Crossroads

The existing atrium, once a lifeless portal, is now an animated crossroads. New stairs and a bridge inserted into the three-story-high volume draw people through the building. Gone are the walls and doors that once sequestered the office floors. Instead, the circulation opens to social areas where people can grab a snack, run into colleagues, or hold impromptu meetings. Enclosed meeting room spaces act as an acoustic buffer for the open work spaces beyond, allowing for focused heads-down work.

Come One, Come All

The building’s main gathering places – a 9,500-square-foot cafe, lounge areas, meeting rooms and other amenities – flow through the ground level, drawing people together from around the campus. Lounge areas allow views through the building, connecting the indoors with the surrounding grounds. JENSEN studied many seating typologies, from quiet nooks to collaborative project rooms, before composing a variety of work settings to best serve user needs.

In Moving Color

Design elements and materials inspired by the company’s culture establish a dynamism throughout the space. Moving color is achieved with dichroic film on glass, as well as strategic use of colored materials. In collaboration with Office of Things,  animated digital LED installations add color and movement to the space. The play of abstracted moving images with color-shifting glass is made more active or ethereal to suit the surrounding mood. Murals and other color interventions imbue each floor with a subtly unique character.

San Bruno


2020 Society of American Registered Architects, Merit Award


Architectural Record, “A Delicate Balance: Tech Company Office,” May 2019


Project Leads
Mark Jensen
Dean Orr
Keri Goodlad
Project Team
Nicole Germano
Lauren Takeda


Degenkolb Engineers
Mech, Elec, Plumbing BOD
BKF Engineers
HLB Lighting
Brightview Design Group
Marx / Okubo
Kitchen Design
Ricca Design Studio
Digital Design
Office of Things
One Workplace
Project Manager
Electrical D/B
Randall Lamb / Decker Electric
Mechanical & Plumbing Design/Build
Silicon Valley Mechanical
Mural Artist
Heather Day


GCI General Contractors


Cesar Rubio
Mariko Reed
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