Visa One Market

Project Location

San Francisco, CA

Architect

Gensler

Visa Innovation Center

In high-rent markets, every square foot of space must deliver maximum functionality. Flexible rooms can be re-configured on demand—by opening or closing opening glass walls—to provide multiple functionalities within the same square footage, effectively multiplying the space. Visa, the global credit card payment company, maximized the utility of a new office in one of the hottest real estate markets, downtown San Francisco, by adding a cero® by NanaWall opening glass wall.

Visa is headquartered in Foster City, about 20 miles south of San Francisco, but recently, the company has been increasing its corporate presence within San Francisco. In the process, Visa is visually branding itself to look like a cutting-edge technology company as exemplified by their newest office expansion at One Market Street. Visa occupies several floors of this high-profile address, located just feet from San Francisco Bay. Recently, Visa took over the 8th floor, which has impressive views of the bay, and engaged the design services of global architecture firm Gensler.

The new floor, which has a relatively small floorplate, is split in halves. One side is additional office space. The side facing the bay is a suite of executive conference rooms that take advantage of the sweeping views, including a large boardroom and two smaller conference rooms. 

The area between the conference rooms is intended as social event space that can be used for breakout space during boardroom meetings. To maximize utility, one of the conference rooms can be joined onto the social area by opening a NanaWall cero opening glass wall. 

The NanaWall opening glass wall allows for more events, dining functions, and social functions to take place.

Knowing that we needed to provide a space that would function every day of the week for different groups drove the design,” explains Gensler Design Director Melissa O’Rear. The expanded space can also be used for large-group meetings, speaker events, and presentations.

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