Rapt Studio has designed a new office space for transportation company Lyft in San Francisco.
The idea behind Lyft is to ‘design happiness into the whole experience’ of ride sharing. It is more than a taxi ride, it’s a fist bump away from riding with a friend. The founding partners wanted a headquarters that reflected the children in them, a nostalgic Wonka experience.
A major challenge was the extremely tight budget, $30/SF for construction, 10 week construction schedule. The design team maximized the existing construction and finishes where possible, finding inexpensive alternative building materials, and partnering with a local concept, design, and fabrication house to help create an experience outside of conventional building means and methods.
Inspired by Lyft’s pink mustache they to stimulate entering the headquarters through a mustache. Working with the local fabricators, we were able to simulate this experience by covering pool noodles with pink fabric and hanging them from an existing metal structure. The designers also created a secret library where you enter through a large painting of Willy Wonka.