Mountain View, CA

Square Footage

33,500 SF

Design Start

November 2017

Completion Date

October 2018

Building Type

Warm Shell






Dropbox’s new Mountain View office brought a Silicon Valley presence to their real estate portfolio with a location meant to attract and retain engineers. The location is optimal for commuters since it is steps away from the Castro Street train station. The challenge of the project was working within the building’s narrow footprint to find a way to mitigate sounds from trains passing by. Dropbox also wanted their workplace to reflect their unique way of seeing the world: approachable, human-centered and a little bit unconventional.


To resolve for the project challenges, AP+I created small neighborhoods specifically designed for engineering teams. These neighborhoods were located along the quiet side of the building; while shared program such as micro-kitchens, large conference rooms and team spaces were located along the train side of the building, creating a noise buffer. This placement isolated noise and created recognizable groups within the open office footprint. The color scheme was chosen based off of a recent Dropbox brand refresh. Complimentary colors, sometimes in unusual combinations, were used throughout. Soft lines and curves, meant to convey a sense of humanness, became a design element that punctuated the narrow building.

Photography by Jasper Sanidad