Patreon is an app-based platform designed to connect creators—artists, musicians, podcasters, and many others—with their fans and supporters, creating a strong community of artistic thought and a network of income streams. Founded in 2013, the company has grown rapidly and has worked its way through multiple workspaces. Five years later, they were ready to build out a more permanent home, and secured more than 42,000 square feet in San Francisco’s Design District, a neighborhood that is increasingly popular with both the tech and design industries.
Patreon asked the design team to give them a space that maintained the living room vibe of their earlier offices while signaling to the world that they are an increasingly mature, successful company. The new headquarters would double the size of their previous workplace, and more importantly, it offered the chance to build out proper creative spaces, including recording facilities, art studios, and creator-in-residence suites. It addition to accommodating the creative talents of many of their staff, the spaces and surfaces also showcase the work of many of their creators.
The creative spaces figure into a larger ecosystem of work areas that offer Patreon’s employees the environments they need to focus, collaborate, and connect with each other. The entire space reflects Patreon’s focus on community, with distinct “neighborhood” aesthetics to provide a variety of moods, lighting, and levels of energy. The design team, fully engaging with Patreon’s passion and mission, created an environment that fits the company’s needs, supports their community, and demonstrates their new status as a mature organization.
Photography: Emily Hagopian