The right kind of building and work space can do great things for a company’s culture. As Steve Jobs said, “Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say “Wow,” and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas.” Because your digs can have such a profound impact, we’ll be trying to regularly expose you to new company’s space for inspiration (we’ve coined this effort “Workplace Wednesdays”). If you’d like to submit your company to be featured, feel free to drop us a line at And now onto the good stuff…..

This week’s featured workspace is 37signals.

The Company:
37signals is a privately held web application company based in Chicago co-founded in 1999 by Jason Fried, Carlos Segura, and Ernest Kim. Its first commercial application was Basecamp; this was followed by Backpack, Campfire, and Highrise. And Ruby on Rails was initially created for internal use at 37signals, before being publicly released in 2004.

The Philosophy:

For their work space they wanted to be sure to follow their general principles: Open in general, quiet when needed, and easy group collaboration without interrupting other people. They also wanted to set up dedicated spaces for private phone calls, recording audio/video/screencasts, and room for expansion.

The Space:

For more pictures head on over to 37signals here.

The Features:

  • 12 desks lined up against a North facing wall of windows
  • 5 team rooms designs to keep sound inside
  • 3 small private rooms (built in phone booths)
  • A large room for expansion on the south side
  • 37 seat theater to hold workshops and master classes (37, get it?!)
  • A large kitchen and lounge area

What We Love:

  • Beautiful job of incorporating the overall company philosophy into their space
  • The open feel, perfect for accidental collaboration
  • The streamlined, organized look as it will save time when things are in the right place and reduce stress
  • Mixed array of mediums like wood, glass, cloth and lots of sunlight makes for a creative inspired feel
  • Great to see a large comfortable kitchen as it will save employees time and make entertaining guests easier

What’s your favorite part of their space?