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The logs on the left, placed prominently inside Twitter’s new Seattle office, are an ode to the logging industry here in Seattle.

Google and Facebook have already opened up a permanent office in Seattle. Now, Twitter can say the same.

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It’s not hard to tell which city this Twitter office is in.

On the 20th floor of the Century Square building in the heart of downtown, Twitter has opened up an office for its 50 employees based in the area. It’s the first organically grown engineering office for Twitter — the company’s Boston and New York City outposts came out of acquisition deals.

The social media giant has had employees in the Emerald City for nearly four years now, but it finally has its own home base here in Seattle. The team is strictly engineering-focused for now and works on tasks like managing Twitter’s databases and data centers.

Chris Fry, Twitter’s senior VP of engineering, and Raffi Krikorian, VP of platform engineering, flew up to Seattle this week to check out the new digs. Krikorian said that Twitter has always hired people from the Seattle area, so it was only natural to open up a permanent office here.

“A lot of people come from the major technology companies here, and we also love University of Washington grads,” he said. “We saw this as an opportunity to embrace more of them by having a presence, as opposed to getting them to move to the San Francisco area.”

IMG_5887 copyFry also noted the similarities between the Bay Area and Seattle.

“Seattle has all the right ingredients: Major tech companies, great universities and a startup scene that does a ton of innovation,” he said. “Seattle is a great place to have an engineering office. We definitely came here with a purpose.”

Both Fry and Krikorian said the Seattle office reminds them a lot of Twitter’s headquarters, but with a few differences.

[Related: How Twitter's engineering teams maintain great company culture]

“There definitely wouldn’t be a big “12,” up on the wall in San Francisco,” Fry said, referring to the Seahawks’ “12th Man,” flag (Seattle beat San Francisco this past Sunday, 23-17, to advance to the Super Bowl).

The kitchen wallpaper inside Twitter's new Seattle office pays homage to the famous gum wall at Pike Place Market.
The kitchen wallpaper inside Twitter’s new Seattle office pays homage to the famous gum wall at Pike Place Market.

Jeff Currier and Lisa Phillips, who have been with Twitter in Seattle for two and four years, respectively, helped design the new office. They certainly added a Northwest touch to a space that pays homage to the everything from the region’s rich logging history, Capitol Hill’s eccentric feel, to the famous gum wall at Pike Place Market.

Currier said that Century Square’s central location was attractive, and having options to expand to other floors in the building helped convince Twitter to move in. The company, which has tripled its employee count in Seattle in the last year, is currently hiring for five positions at the Seattle office.

Fry said he wouldn’t be surprised if Twitter’s Seattle cohort continues to grow and grow over the next few years.

“I have a feeling it’ll become one of our larger non-San Francisco based offices if it follows the same pattern as my last two companies,” said Fry, who previously was a SVP at Salesforce for seven years before joining Twitter two years ago.

We’ll have more from Fry and Krikorian, as they shared their vision for Twitter’s future — stay tuned for that and more later. In the meantime, here are more pictures of the new space below:

Editor’s note: This story previously noted that Jeff Currier had worked at Twitter for four years, but has been corrected to two years. 

Comments

  • Rich Unger

    More photos (from move-in day) on my twitter feed: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23newoffice%20%40rich_unger&src=typd

    • Guest

      It would be more helpful if the images showed inline with the text post instead of as a link. Just an idea.

  • Guest

    Congratulations and welcome to the neighborhood, Twister! I’m glad to see such a quickly-growing presence in our city.

    • Ryan Burt

      twister?

      • GuestAgain

        I’m guessing they used a mobile device to post that and got automagically changed by spell check.

  • http://www.masonbrowne.com/ Mase

    That open layout, though. Ew.

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