Nvidia, Apple, Google, Others Build Futuristic High-Tech Campuses
The Gensler design harmonizes smart functionality and a shape designed to connect with and inspire employees—a triangle, the fundamental building block of computer graphics.
The nature of building Nvidia products requires experts from multiple disciplines to come together, and the building is designed above all for collaboration.
Designed by noted British architect Norman Foster, the environmentally friendly, four-story structure will feature underground parking, making the overall property about 80 percent landscape.
In the pursuit of perfection, the building's planned completion date has been bumped to mid-2016, with revisions including an additional building that will house utility equipment.
A view from above the floor in Council Bluffs, Iowa, shows how the scale of the data center takes shape. Huge steel beams both support the structure and help distribute power.
Steam rises above the cooling towers in The Dalles data center in Oregon. The location was chosen for its mild climate and access to hydroelectric power, and the staff has continued thinking green by starting a community garden on one corner of the site.
Announced last year, Facebook's 3,400-employee engineering office, connected to its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters by an underground tunnel, is designed by iconic architect Frank Gehry.
Software maker Adobe currently boasts three buildings—including the headquarters shown here—that meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership and Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) Platinum status certification.
One of the world's leading biotech companies, Genzyme's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., feature extensive indoor gardens, natural light enhancement systems and a cafeteria with sweeping views of the Charles River and the Boston cityscape.
Ray and Maria Stata Center, MIT
Also designed by Gehry and finished nearly a decade ago, this building in Cambridge, Mass., houses the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems.