Describe your office space to us.
The Go Overseas office is located on the penthouse floor in downtown Berkeley, CA. With windows on all sides of the building to showcase amazing views of the East Bay, we couldn’t be happier. The office is comprised of several teams of startup companies as a part of UC Berkeley’s Entrepreneurial program. Go Overseas is the biggest company in the office.
Where did the inspiration for your office space design come from?
Berkeley and the Bay Area itself has an unrivaled sense of community that informs the feel of our office. The arrangement of windows in the office keeps our staff connected to the outdoor world even when at work. Whether staring at Oakland, the Bay Bridge, the San Francisco city line, the Golden Gate Bridge, or at the people below in downtown Berkeley, we can end the work day with a sunset with the rest of the Bay Area community.
What is your favorite part/design of your office space and why?
The large windows that line the walls of our office flood our workspace with sunlight and give us the best views of the Bay Area. Whether we are surrounded by fog or watching the sunset behind the Golden Gate Bridge, the views never cease to amaze.
Do you feel that having a well-designed and inspiring office has changed the way you and your employees work?
We are an anti-cubical office instead opting for a large, open office space with various conference rooms and large group tables, amongst a mixture of individual desks. This variety of spaces allows us to spread out or collaborate in groups when necessary. We are able to use the space with all of our different interns and clients who come in. It makes it easy to break up the work day with a change of scenery whenever we’re in the mood.
If you could use one word to describe the feel of the office space, what would it be?
Open [free, flowing]
Tell us about your company and what it means to you to have a well-designed office space.
Go Overseas is the Yelp/TripAdvisor of programs abroad – offering program listings and reviews of every teach, intern, volunteer, and study abroad program! We feel so lucky to have this amazing office space. It helps drive our creativity and makes us even more excited about coming in every day, which is extremely important as a growing company.
Sayeh, The Office Stylist