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A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
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This story originally appeared on Business Insider

Twitter's corporate headquarters are in San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin district.

It's one of the city's most depressed areas. The hope is that the influx of tech workers there will spur a mini-renaissance of a long-neglected neighborhood.

We visited Twitter in March and were given a tour.

A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

San Francisco's Tenderloin district remained one of the city's most economically depressed areas for generations.

San Francisco's Tenderloin district remained one of the city's most economically depressed areas for generations.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

This building stood vacant for 50 years before Twitter moved its headquarters here.

This building stood vacant for 50 years before Twitter moved its headquarters here.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

With a market capitalization of $27 billion, Twitter is altering the Tenderloin from inside this 1937 Art Deco building. Here's the soaring lobby.

With a market capitalization of $27 billion, Twitter is altering the Tenderloin from inside this 1937 Art Deco building. Here's the soaring lobby.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

In a building this old, home to one of the largest tech companies in the world, classic design and modern technology go side by side.

In a building this old, home to one of the largest tech companies in the world, classic design and modern technology go side by side.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Stepping off the elevator, you get a nature theme. You feel like you're stepping into a huge bird house.

Stepping off the elevator, you get a nature theme. You feel like you're stepping into a huge bird house.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

The feeling continues into Twitter's reception area ...

The feeling continues into Twitter's reception area ...
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

... from the coffee table ...

... from the coffee table ...
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

... to the guest login ...

... to the guest login ...
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

... to the conference room walls ...

... to the conference room walls ...
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

The nature theme is part of Twitter's core identity. These deer have moved with the office from its first location.

The nature theme is part of Twitter's core identity. These deer have moved with the office from its first location.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Visitors are offered a wide selection of refreshments.

Visitors are offered a wide selection of refreshments.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

The employee selection is far more vast. In the main cafeteria and lounge, it's about letting the outside in with a wall of windows overlooking a meticulously maintained outdoor space.

The employee selection is far more vast. In the main cafeteria and lounge, it's about letting the outside in with a wall of windows overlooking a meticulously maintained outdoor space.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Through glass doors from the cafeteria, this outdoor area is a big selling point of Twitter employment.

Through glass doors from the cafeteria, this outdoor area is a big selling point of Twitter employment.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

There are BBQs and parties.

There are BBQs and parties.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

While workers often bring blankets and laptops to the massive lawn space to work outside.

While workers often bring blankets and laptops to the massive lawn space to work outside.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Here is where you get lunch.

Here is where you get lunch.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Employees have many options here. Each area has a different theme for the food.

Employees have many options here. Each area has a different theme for the food.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

And a second dining area with a daily menu.

And a second dining area with a daily menu.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Employees get a wide array of options for their three-portion bowls.

Employees get a wide array of options for their three-portion bowls.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Many people here brag about the company's selection of Kombucha tea.

Many people here brag about the company's selection of Kombucha tea.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Though there is plenty to brag about when it comes to eating, too.

Though there is plenty to brag about when it comes to eating, too.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

The options swing toward healthy food.

The options swing toward healthy food.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

And lots and lots ...

And lots and lots ...
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

... of coffee.

... of coffee.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Twitter does a nice job combining its urban setting with a relaxing natural feeling within its walls.

Twitter does a nice job combining its urban setting with a relaxing natural feeling within its walls.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Even simple bar tables are beautiful.

Even simple bar tables are beautiful.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

The only thing better than working from home is working from someplace nicer than home.

The only thing better than working from home is working from someplace nicer than home.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

There is only one logo here. From the drink machines ...

There is only one logo here. From the drink machines ...
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

... to the company time capsule ...

... to the company time capsule ...
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

... to the laptop skins.

... to the laptop skins.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

There is little chance anyone here forgets the reach of their work.

There is little chance anyone here forgets the reach of their work.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

These screens are found throughout the office and show bursts of Twitter activity across the globe.

These screens are found throughout the office and show bursts of Twitter activity across the globe.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

As comfortable as the space is, the focus here is definitely on work. There is not much socializing going on.

As comfortable as the space is, the focus here is definitely on work. There is not much socializing going on.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Different types of work spaces are available for every imaginable style.

Different types of work spaces are available for every imaginable style.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

Twitter had 241 million active users at the end of 2013.

Twitter had 241 million active users at the end of 2013.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

The company's reach is immense.

The company's reach is immense.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters

And now that it's settled into its new location, Twitter's reach is changing the world right outside its door.

And now that it's settled into its new location, Twitter's reach is changing the world right outside its door.
Image credit: Robert Johnson for Business Insider
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  • A Tour Inside Twitter's Stylish New San Francisco Headquarters
  • 1. San Francisco's Tenderloin district remained one of the city's most economically depressed areas for generations.
  • 2. This building stood vacant for 50 years before Twitter moved its headquarters here.
  • 3. With a market capitalization of $27 billion, Twitter is altering the Tenderloin from inside this 1937 Art Deco building. Here's the soaring lobby.
  • 4. In a building this old, home to one of the largest tech companies in the world, classic design and modern technology go side by side.
  • 5. Stepping off the elevator, you get a nature theme. You feel like you're stepping into a huge bird house.
  • 6. The feeling continues into Twitter's reception area ...
  • 7. ... from the coffee table ...
  • 8. ... to the guest login ...
  • 9. ... to the conference room walls ...
  • 10. The nature theme is part of Twitter's core identity. These deer have moved with the office from its first location.
  • 11. Visitors are offered a wide selection of refreshments.
  • 12. The employee selection is far more vast. In the main cafeteria and lounge, it's about letting the outside in with a wall of windows overlooking a meticulously maintained outdoor space.
  • 13. Through glass doors from the cafeteria, this outdoor area is a big selling point of Twitter employment.
  • 14. There are BBQs and parties.
  • 15. While workers often bring blankets and laptops to the massive lawn space to work outside.
  • 16. Here is where you get lunch.
  • 17. Employees have many options here. Each area has a different theme for the food.
  • 18. And a second dining area with a daily menu.
  • 19. Employees get a wide array of options for their three-portion bowls.
  • 20. Many people here brag about the company's selection of Kombucha tea.
  • 21. Though there is plenty to brag about when it comes to eating, too.
  • 22. The options swing toward healthy food.
  • 23. And lots and lots ...
  • 24. ... of coffee.
  • 25. Twitter does a nice job combining its urban setting with a relaxing natural feeling within its walls.
  • 26. Even simple bar tables are beautiful.
  • 27. The only thing better than working from home is working from someplace nicer than home.
  • 28. There is only one logo here. From the drink machines ...
  • 29. ... to the company time capsule ...
  • 30. ... to the laptop skins.
  • 31. There is little chance anyone here forgets the reach of their work.
  • 32. These screens are found throughout the office and show bursts of Twitter activity across the globe.
  • 33. As comfortable as the space is, the focus here is definitely on work. There is not much socializing going on.
  • 34. Different types of work spaces are available for every imaginable style.
  • 35. Twitter had 241 million active users at the end of 2013.
  • 36. The company's reach is immense.
  • 37. And now that it's settled into its new location, Twitter's reach is changing the world right outside its door.
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