AKQA’s São Paulo Outpost Is a Quirky Space With Nice Neighbors

AKQA is known for its tech-driven, highly creative work for clients like Nike and Google, so it’s no surprise that its offices reflect this creative spirit as well. In São Paulo, Brazil, AKQA Casa oozes that quirky vibrancy baked into the agency’s core. Located in a residential neighborhood, the South American team took over the space from its previous owners—an older couple that found themselves with too much room after their children grew up—in 2014 and called in architectural firm Estúdio Penha to give the space an ecologically friendly face-lift that brought in the outdoors. “The main task was let’s make a house that does not feel like an office, but a hub that attracts the best innovative minds to come together to encourage a collaborative approach to creating the future,” said AKQA co-creative director Diego Machado. “A place with astonishing architecture that welcomes visitors and clients to work really close to AKQA employees.” But the best perk came with the location: The lady who lives next door often stops by with cakes.