A group of people in a room. People sitting at tables in a courtyard. A building with a large tower. A person giving a presentation. A person standing in a room with tables and chairs. A woman sitting in a chair. A person sitting on a bench with a laptop. A group of people in a restaurant. A person sitting in a chair with a laptop in front of a chandelier. People sitting at tables in a building.
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Palo Alto, California

HanaHaus introduces a new space typology to downtown Palo Alto, repurposing one of the city’s beloved landmarks as a hybrid café, co-working and public space. While preserving the historic Varsity Theater’s Mission-style architecture, the Gensler team designed a distinctly modern space resonant with the local tech community. Inspired by the Bauhaus movement, HanaHaus’ iconic visual identity celebrates bold thinking and creates a sense of place that feels both one-of-a-kind and responsive to its surroundings. HanaHaus is a commons of purpose, comprising an array of gathering and co-working areas and events where creative individuals and entrepreneurs can meet, socialize, share ideas, connect with experts — and see their startups come to fruition.