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The analog spaces in digital companies

Primo Orpilla, the co-founder of the architecture and design firm Studio O+A, has been designing offices for digital-technology companies for more than thirty years, basically since the start of the PC era. His clients have included Cisco and Microsoft, PayPal and Facebook, Uber and Yelp. I met with Orpilla a year and a half ago, at Yelp, which occupies a dozen floors of a historic office tower in downtown San Francisco and where he walked me through his theory of tech-office design. That theory, in short, is this: the more digital the company, the more analog the space should feel. Although they differ in size and location, O+A-designed offices do not tend to have an abundance of high-tech gadgets. ….[READ]