Why Twitter Bought Two Log Cabins From the 1800s

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Twitter is bringing yet another taste of the great outdoors to its wood-enveloped San Francisco headquarters.

The company is currently in the process of transplanting a pair of 19th century log cabins from Montana to its office space on Market Street -- a sprawling former furniture mart -- where they are to be repurposed as dining room facilities.

Olle Lundberg, the San Francisco designer responsible for Twitter’s rustic scheme, stumbled upon the ancient structures on Craigslist. Subsequently, they had to be deconstructed, shipped from Montana and then reassembled in California.

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The cabins are right at home among the reclaimed bowling alley planks that were used to forge Twitter’s reception desk in the main lobby, Lundberg told the Marin Independent Journal. Walls throughout its headquarters are also adorned with the company’s famed # and @ symbols fashioned from slabs of raw wood.

"We've used the notion of the forest as a nice tie-in with Twitter and its bird logo," Lundberg explained.

Once installed, the 20-by-20-foot cabins will be outfitted with booths, coffee stations and four televisions affixed to a concrete pillar in the center of each space.

In addition to a worn, salvaged atmosphere that humanizes its mission, Twitter’s offices also feature open-plan work spaces and rolling file cabinets that are intended to encourage an “aesthetic of disruption” and “a sense that nothing is permanent,” reports The New York Times.

Related: Investors Unnerved: Is Twitter Too Difficult to Use?

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