What is the workplace of the future? For Dropbox, the answer lies in their innovative “Virtual First” approach—where remote work is the primary experience, and “Dropbox Studios” are the central gathering spots for collaboration. With that vision in mind, Dropbox worked with IA Architects and Structure Tone Dublin to create a space for their international headquarters at One Park Place, across from one of Dublin’s oldest parks.
Translating that vision into a functional workplace meant creating a flexible space suitable for small groups and large gatherings of up to 200 people. The client wanted a variety of settings that would support discovery, movement, and team-based activities. They are also committed to achieving sustainability goals, investing in social-good initiatives, and being a force for positive change.
Dynamic design features include touchdown and collaboration areas, alcoves, and meeting rooms. Rooms can be sized using portable partitions and acoustic ceiling treatments and drapes. Movable furniture in each room can be configured to accommodate the requirements of groups. A cafe, a barista area, and a mothers’ room provide warmth and welcome to all team members.
The overall tone is one of calm and casual sophistication. Soft whites, ash wood veneer, reflective surfaces, and textured plaster walls provide a relaxed and engaging atmosphere. Impeccable craftsmanship is evident throughout the space.
In the “Virtual First” model, Dropbox employees come to the studio to connect in-person around a shared purpose. There are no individual workstations for solo work—it is designed and built to support personal connections, flexibility, and work-life harmony.
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"We also hope this Virtual First approach will give us the best of remote and in-person work, balancing flexibility with human connection, and creating a more level playing field for everyone."