Nature is a commanding presence in Northern California. The architecture of the VMware campus hinges upon this realization and two chief resolutions set the tone: a decision to reverse the typical proportional relationship between buildings and landscape, the human-made is purposefully enmeshed in the natural world. The second critical choice was to clearly separate the vehicular and pedestrian circulation. This embrace of Nature is all encompassing and calibrated to offer an array of experiences to the users.
VMware CSG is a 100,000 square-foot, LEED Platinum Certified building with 90,000 square feet of office space and a 10,000 square-foot athletic facility with PVs on the roof was much needed to expand the capacity of the VMware campus.
VMware HTG, an 85,700 square-foot LEED Platinum office building with PVs on the roof, is at the heart of the campus and home to VMware’s 15,000 square-foot Discovery Center.
In both buildings, the workplace’s interior and exterior boundaries remain purposefully ambiguous, certainly a California theme. Such soft delineation of its physical contours is consistently found in the numerous civic episodes where the workforce can find opportunities for chance encounters in a leisurely dimension, bucolic and metropolitan at the same time.
The hardscape make the outside a fully occupiable space to perform vital functions for the company to thrive, shaping a welcoming ensemble in the working week.
This is the workplace of the 21st century.
Location Palo Alto, CA
Size VMware CSG 100,000 SF VMware HTG 85,700 SF
Image Credit John Sutton Photography
2020 Green GOOD DESIGN Awards, The European Centre and The Chicago Athenaeum
2019 Structures Award-Best Green Building, Silicon Valley Business Journal
2017 Nominated, German Design Council
2017 Green GOOD DESIGN Awards, The European Centre and The Chicago Athenaeum
2017 Best Green Building, Structures Award, Silicon Valley Business Journal
2015 First Place, Office Built, Re-thinking the Future Awards
2016 Award of Merit, Commercial Project over 20k SF, Gold Nuggets
2016 Best Energy Efficient Commercial Project, BUILD
2016 Winner, Architecture > Corporate, Iconic Awards, German Design Council