“The team did an outstanding job. They met a difficult, inflexible schedule, they designed to a downsized budget, and they exceeded our expectations.”
In addition to creating offices that Gunderson Dettmer’s Silicon Valley clients would be able to relate to, one of the design team’s challenges was to create a specific building in a suburban office park at the epicenter of the high-tech world.
Tightly wrapped by a continuous glass skin, the interior offices and workrooms form a building within a building. Nearly half the interior walls are glass, breaking down the boundary between inside and out. This interior “building” aligns with the structure, and is free from the undulating perimeter that shifts from floor-to-floor. The glass, reflections and visible light source create the feeling that even the deepest interior space is being illuminated by daylight.
The offices are the same size for all employees. Open offices along the perimeter and adjacent to roof decks are reserved as ongoing collaboration spaces.
The irregularly shaped perimeter is topped by five two-story spaces surrounded by clerestory windows. The design fills in part of those spaces with a mezzanine level that creates a loft getaway above two new offices. The remainder of the space becomes a “living room” surrounded by glass-fronted offices.
100,000 sq. ft. / 9,300 sq. m.
IIDA Northern California – Merit Award