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Twitter Adds Ancient Log Cabins to Its Office Space

Two 19th Century Log Cabins from Montana help break up an awkward space at Twitter's San Francisco headquarters.

Two 19th Century Log Cabins from Montana help break up an awkward space at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.

An expansion of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters led to some interesting choices in interior design, including adding two 100-year-old log cabins from Montana.

The tech giant needed to add a dining room but the only available space for a second cafeteria was a long, claustrophobic interior room that stretched across almost 7,000 square feet, stunted by 10-foot-tall ceilings.

“No matter how you decorated it, the square is just long. The ceiling’s too low,” Architect Olle Lundberg told Fast Company. “It’s always going to feel like something’s not quite right.”

Lundberg’s solution was to add the 18th Century Cabins to either side of a stair case. He found the log cabins on Craigslist. The logs in the 400-square foot cabins were numbered in Montana, then dismantled for transport.

But actually installing the structures ended up being a pretty complicated process. The cabins were shipped to a shop in Vallejo, CA, about 30 miles outside of San Francisco. There, workers from Beckmann Engineering and Lundberg’s shop rebuilt the cabins to the dimensions appropriate for Twitter’s office.

There was no way to crane the logs in to an existing structure with enclosed walls, so they had to be brought up in the freight elevator–three at a time. After stacking the ancient logs, all courses were bolted to floor and ceiling, to enable the structures to meet earthquake resistant building codes.

The log cabins function as a sort of room within a room, making the space more comfortable. The idea of using reclaimed materials fit in nicely with the designers’ theme of revitalization. “The cabins tied in with the aesthetic,” Lundberg told Business Insider. “Sustainable, natural materials — that kind of warm, coffeehouse aesthetic.”

“The interesting thing about a log cabin is they’re put together as these modules,” Lundberg told Business Insider. “They’re quite easy to take apart—you just reverse the process. They’re just held together by their own weight.”

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