Founded in 2003, Shutterstock is a technology company, operating in more than 150 countries that brings photos, vectors, illustrations, and video to creative professionals from thousands of contributors around the world. Shutterstock hired STUDIOS to assist with their relocation to the 20th and 21st floor of the Empire State Building. The new location houses 300 staff in a loft-like atmosphere that integrates technology, productivity and a sense of community.
Shutterstock’s reception on the 21st floor greets workers and guests with a large video wall that showcases content from Shutterstock.com. A dramatic 10 foot wide staircase leads to the pantry and café. The custom two-story, aluminum screen plays backdrop to the stair and was inspired by the Empire State Building’s original Art Deco heater grills. The pantry and cafe are designed to provide the daily, catered staff lunches with lots of flexible seating and a long series of islands for serving. This bright, airy space also has its own AV system, making it ideal for all-hands meetings and industry tech events. Artwork and photos from Shutterstock Offset line the walls to create an art gallery. Additional spaces include a research lab for product testing and studio spaces for creating audio, video, and photographic content. A steampunk-inspired library for reading is tucked away behind a hidden door. Additional amenities include three massage rooms, a yoga studio, and two game rooms with ping-pong table and arcade games.
STUDIOS worked to understand not just Shutterstock’s business, but also how their employees work day-to-day. Shutterstock’s “product” – compelling, breathtaking imagery – speaks for itself and STUDIOS created a variety of opportunities to showcase it. Seating in various nooks and crannies – such as under the connecting stair – encourages casual interactions between staff, while plenty of small, enclosed meeting rooms provide privacy for groups to work. Integrated technology, such as the 4K TVs and large, mounted monitors in the workspace, allow workers to easily access data and imagery from any place in the office.