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Why do I care about a server room?

Have you ever had one of those work days where you've been using your brain non-stop and you need a few minutes to decompress and step back from your tasks to reboot? That's what The Server Room is for. As the first of Citrix's secret spaces, The Server Room is really a front for a chill-out zone on the Citrix Santa Clara campus.

To visitors and new employees, the space looks like many other computer closets. A bay of computers and blinking lights behind glass, swathed in drab white paint with a terminal at one end of a narrow room. You might walk by it a hundred times without even knowing the secret.

But if you know the code (or the right people), you can gain access to one of the coolest places at Citrix. A small space that serves as a decompression chamber for creative minds. No computers, no phones, no meetings. Come in and sketch, read or even grab a beer with co-workers.

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"Man is born free, but everywhere else he is in cubicles."

Nikil Saval Quoted in The New York Times

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"On any given day, our notion of distraction can change. Sometimes we might find background music soothing; other times it might be annoying. However we define them, we all need ways to manage distractions."

Christine Congdon, Donna Flynn and Melanie Redman
Harvard Business Review

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"Studies show that removing yourself from a staid environment can enhance creativity, and that’s the point of the server room: to be a place that inspires creativity rather than conformity."

Robert Nieminen, Interiors & Sources

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THE SERVER ROOM

The Server Room was created and conceived by Citrix Creative Director Brian Moose in 2012. It was designed and produced by Suna Lock for Stripe Design Group with woodworking by Jake Lewis.

This web experiment was created by Steve Silvas at Citrix in Santa Clara. Photographs by Steve Silvas & Kelly Huang. It uses the typefaces Open Sans and Oswald, provided by Google Web Fonts.

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