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Pinterest is a website that enables people to share their love of design:Everyone can be a tastemaker or style guru of their particular passion. Given the diversity of visions represented on the website, it is fitting that Pinterest’s own San Francisco headquarters would begin with a backdrop created by three separate architects from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco—and then be quickly transformed by employee “hacks,” i.e. DIY customizations and modifications. The final result is a joyous jumble of ideas that matches the site’s identity as a freewheeling place to explore whatever catches one’s eye.
Evan Sharp, co-founder of Pinterest, was studying architecture at Columbia when he began collaborating with two friends to build a tool for curating photo collections. After this side project took off, Sharp asked his former studio professor Janette Kim, who also has her own practice named All of the Above, to design Pinterest’s first office, a 7,000-square-foot space in Palo Alto, California. Kim asked another former student, Anna Neimark, who teaches at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and also has her own practice, First Office, to collaborate with her. They came up with initial ideas, but the design brief changed dramatically after Pinterest leased a 42,000-square-foot warehouse in San Francisco to hold an anticipated staff of 300.