Twitter's New Office Has Log Cabins from the 1800s for Lunchrooms

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March 4 2014 11:06 AM

Twitter's New Office Has Log Cabins from the 1800s for Lunchrooms

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One of Twitter's current lunchrooms, which lacks any type of rustic, pioneer feel.

Photo by Kevin Krejci.

There's a big westward expansion component to corporate lunch, don't you think? You pack provisions, pull together some money to get help, or scrounge in the wilds of the kitchen for any yogurt or packet of pretzels that you can steal without raising suspicion. And Twitter apparently agrees that eating a made-to-order chopped kale salad is a fitting tribute to the pioneers of the 1800s, because the company is using relocated Montana pioneer cabins as lunchrooms in its new San Francisco headquarters.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that Lundberg Design, the San Francisco-based architectural firm that's working on the special elements of the headquarters, found the cabins on Craigslist (though the firm won't disclose how much they cost). The Craigslist ad was from contractor Karl Beckmann, who had personally salvaged the cabins in Montana.

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Architect Olle Lundberg told the Marin Independent, "We've used the notion of the forest as a nice tie-in with Twitter and its bird logo. To me, the log cabins fit into that since, obviously, they're made from logs that come from the forest." Obviously.

The 20-by-20-foot cabins will have booths installed in them so Twitter employees can enjoy a meal or a break with colleagues. Beckmann told the Marin Independent, "When you think about it, buying a 100-year-old log cabin that has been exposed to the elements is not a very practical idea unless you're doing something exactly like what is being done here." Well maybe it's not the least practical, but it's also not the most practical. Should be cool looking, though.

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