“The set was so big it needed fire sprinklers and an HVAC system”

When it came to recreating the offices of WeWork, the company that has won and lost billions of dollars, production designer Amy Williams was told she could go as far as she could.

The world of communal office space is represented in the Apple TV+ series “WeCrashed,” which ends Friday. The show traces the rise and fall of founders Adam Neumann, played by Jared Leto, and his wife Rebekah Paltrow Neumann, played by Anne Hathaway.

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Williams was thrilled as a designer to delve into the big, extravagant and lush world. Creators Drew Crevello and Lee Eisenberg mentioned that she should build the main headquarters. “I had this idea that I wanted it to be this confusing MC Escher type staircase [place] it was three floors and confusing, “says Williams. When she presented the showrunners, they loved it. The set ended up being so great that he was treated like a real building that needed sprinklers and HVAC system.

Production designer Amy Williams has modeled her designs on WeWork offices around the world.  - Credit: Apple TV Plus/Amy Williams

Production designer Amy Williams has modeled her designs on WeWork offices around the world. – Credit: Apple TV Plus/Amy Williams

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When designing the workspaces, Williams credits WeWork architect Miguel McKelvey. “We cast the net around the world,” she says for inspiration. “They have a very good scheme on the Parisian site. The New York location has multiple levels, but with stairs,” she explains.

The stairs were important because she wanted to give Adam de Leto a pulpit from which he could preach. At the top was his office. “It was that place from up high, so when he had the Monday meetings, he could look down on his kingdom and his followers,” Williams said as he leaned into the grand notion of the stairs.

Amy Williams was inspired by MC Escher staircase, at the top was Adam & # x002019, office where he could x00201c & #;  Preach & # x00201d.  - Credit: Apple TV / Amy Williams

Amy Williams was inspired by MC Escher staircase, at the top was the office of Adam where he could “preach.” – Credit: Apple TV / Amy Williams

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Color was equally important to its design. Williams worked closely with the show’s costume designers. “We wanted to stay true to who these people were and who they were in life. My graphics team worked closely with the costumes, because swag and branding were a big part of what WeWork was,” says Williams. Very early on, the two departments worked closely together, each building their own palette. Williams pulled bright primary colors such as hot pinks. “Once we had that model, we had something to work from.”

Pinks and yellows were the basis for Amy Williams’  color pallet.  - Credit: Apple TV/Amy Williams

Pinks and yellows served as the basis for Amy Williams’ color palette. – Credit: Apple TV/Amy Williams

Apple TV/Amy Williams

In addition, it has a built WeWork timeline that was color-coded, beginning with earthy, organic, gritty and urban for the first steps. “It was at this time that Edison bulbs were popular and the wood was recovered. Gradually, as the story intensifies and they get more and more success, it becomes brighter, more colorful and chaotic. However, as the world begins to collapse around them, Williams deliberately stopped the party. “This is where the palette becomes serious. It’s blue, green and silver.

The preferred problem solving Williams was the appearance of having a space that is converted to office space in the script. She did not have months to build, just a matter of days. “We found this great building in Brooklyn. We used a floor for the raw space, and we salissions we added scenic painting and trash everywhere, and we barricaded the windows. Then we would take a different floor and rénoverions completely WeWork space with colorful furniture, offices and polished concrete.

In the end, the offices and decor spaces were as long as a city block, says Williams: “There was a backyard that was supposed to be a rooftop terrace, and there was a waterfall two floors, they let us put that in there.”

The set was so great that he was treated like a real building with a sprinkler system installed on each floor. “They encoded as an actual building, not a decoration. We also need an HVAC system.

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The “WeCrashed” set was so big, it needed sprinklers and an HVAC system installed. – Credit: Apple TV/Amy Williams

Apple TV/Amy Williams

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