Nvidia, Apple, Google, Others Build Futuristic High-Tech Campuses
With this week's news that Nvidia is tapping noted architecture firm Gensler to design its futuristic new campus headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., high-tech design is back in focus, following the coverage Apple received two years ago when it unveiled plans for a ring-shaped corporate headquarters resembling a giant spaceship. Commissioning cutting-edge architects to design corporate headquarters or university buildings is nothing new, but modern technology allows architects to bend rooflines and bulge windows in ways never before possible. Among the architects found on this list are Frank Gehry and Norman Foster, and while the buildings are designed to provide a functional workspace, artistic flourishes abound. But it's not just corporate headquarters and science centers that are breaking the mold when it comes to modern architecture—Google's globe-spanning collection of data centers can be breathtaking in their stark industrial way, and engage the environment to promote a more sustainable method of doing business. However you feel about the architectural merits of each design, these buildings cannot easily be mistaken for the banal, concrete block office parks of yesteryear. Take a look at some of the nation's most exotic and engaging tech campuses—and a few that are quickly moving into reality.