1,600 people in 24 cities living 4 values for 1 goal:
To use design to help our clients succeed.

We create exceptional environments that meet our clients' most complex design challenges.

We inspire people through our work by expressing timeless cultural, organizational and personal values.

We connect people and place with ideas that come from many minds and imaginations.

We care about serving our clients, enriching lives, improving communities and protecting our natural environment through design.

We are a global architecture, design, engineering and planning firm.

60+ Years of Design + Innovation

Place Matters for a
Silicon Valley Law Office

Gunderson Dettmer Headquarters
Menlo Park, California, USA

“The team did an outstanding job. They met a difficult, inflexible schedule, they designed to a downsized budget, and they exceeded our expectations.”

Jennifer L. Goshorn
Chief Administrative Officer, Gunderson Dettmer

The interior design for leading Silicon Valley law firm Gunderson Dettmer’s headquarters creates an environment that could not exist anywhere else in the world.

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.


Interior Design


IIDA Northern California – Merit Award


19 February 2013
“The Law Offices of Gunderson Dettmer”
Office Snapshots

September 2010
“Created Equal”