Architectural firm NBBJ is off to a busy start in 2013, particularly in California’s Silicon Valley. In addition to recently revealing its design of new offices for Google, the company has announced plans for the new Samsung headquarters. At 1.1 million square feet, the Samsung project calls for two 10-story buildings, where two-story office structures are stacked on top of each other and create “green floors” in between. Clad in white metal and clear glass, the towers are designed to reduce solar heat gain while taking advantage of natural light.
Research facilities, a clean room, and data center will occupy the headquarters, along with “team collaboration zones” that promote a shared, creative work environment. Outdoor areas also play an important role in the design, where nature intersects with the built environment. Outside amenities will include gardens, interconnecting office atriums, an open-air basketball/sports court, and coffee shops and cafes in a park-like setting. Landscaped roofs and living walls further contribute to the campus’s green vibe.
The new headquarters are expected to break ground in July; completion is targeted for mid-2015.