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eBay Main Street


Competition: Spark:Experience
Designer: ESI Design
Design Type: EXPERIENCE: Corporate Campus
Company / Organization / School: eBay Inc.
Team Members: Principal Designer: Edwin Schlossberg Design Lead: Ed Purver (media) and Joseph Karadin (physical) Art Direction: Jonathan Grimm Account Director: Mayura Deshpande Project Manager: Richard Mullen Project Coordinator: Lisa Barrette Production Manager: Trip Kyle (physical) and Caroline Bevan Rojek (media) Physical Designer: Joe Karadin and Matt Weisgerber Systems Designer: Emily Webster Technology/Media Designer: Lauren Gibbons Visual Designer: Jonathan Grimm Content Designer: Clay Gish Animation: Jay Sienkwicz Environmental and Wayfinding Graphics: Laura Gunther Partners and Consultants: Building Architect: Gensler (of San Jose, CA) Structural Engineers: AKF (of San Jose, CA) Fabricator: Blach Construction (of San Jose, CA) Systems Integration: Diversified Systems (of Santa Clara, CA) Systems Designer: DMG/Diversified (of Kenilworth NJ) Sound Designer: Diversified Systems (of Santa Clara, CA)

ESI Design created a centrally-located building on the eBay HQ campus, called Main Street, that serves as eBay’s new “front door”. Main Street is a hub and welcome center, providing much-needed flexible, mixed-use spaces to host meetings, conferences, and events of all sizes. Working closely with diverse departments within eBay, ESI also created series of data-driven media experiences that visualize the velocity, scale, and global reach of eBay in a compelling way. The interactive media installations at Main Street integrate realtime data from eBay product transactions to highlight their community of employees, buyers, and sellers – to demonstrate their impact on the marketplace and in charitable giving. Light-filled and airy, the building feels welcoming for employees and visiting VIPs alike. The architecture takes inspiration from simply-framed, open structures, such as greenhouses and airplane hangars, and the two-story structure features glass walls for open views. As expressed by eBay’s SVP Global Operations, Wendy Jones: “Our primary goal was to capture the pulse and vibrancy of eBay. We are pleased with the outcome of the space, from the design, to the interactive installations and displays, and we believe it brings to life the breadth and depth of the global scale of eBay.”