The Sunnyvale campus, leased by Apple, Inc., is recognized as one of the top American buildings and projects of the year.
Selected by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the American Architecture Awards are the nation’s highest design honor, recognizing the best projects in the United States and abroad created by American architects, landscape architects, and urban planners.
Inspired by the local Northern California ecosystem, the Central + Wolfe campus presents a new kind of office park that differs from the typical, tilt-up “boxes” found throughout Silicon Valley. HOK designed the 18-acre campus to spark innovation while promoting wellness with its biophilic features. The core of the campus consists of three petal-shaped, curvilinear main buildings that form a unified, clover-shaped structure. The office buildings appear to float above the third-floor entry bridge porte-cochères that resemble large porches.
Occupants are never more than 40 feet from a large window. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow natural light to filter in and provide outdoor views of the landscaping and Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance. Concrete floor slabs extend as protruding fins to act as built-in sunshades and prevent direct solar heat gain and glare, while a multilayered light shelf on the facade delivers natural light deep within the building.
An amenities building, a parking structure, open plazas, sports courts, trails and native landscaping that encourage workers to connect with nature complete the campus. Stormwater gardens with native wildflowers and perennials collect and treat rainwater runoff.
The campus has achieved LEED Platinum certification, and the buildings are designed to be net-zero energy ready.