Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus
Mountain View, CA
525,000 sf | 6 acres
The Silicon Valley Campus for Microsoft was its largest facility outside of Redmond and wanted to make a bold statement in Silicon Valley, home to many of its biggest competitors. The 5 building campus was designed around a central commons building and each building had a multi-story circulation spine articulated by open stairs, canted colored glass panels, and exposed steel superstructure.
Microsoft’s objective in creating a half million square foot “Model Campus” in Silicon Valley and establish its presence in the Bay Area was accomplished by a team compiled under the prime contract of Quezada Architecture. QA’s project team found opportunities to use what was learned from Microsoft’s existing culture while it responds to the requests from the local high-tech community with whom Microsoft collaborated to create an exemplary campus environment. The architecture of the five building campus responds to Microsoft’s objective to embody a “timeless dignity.” This understated design vernacular is well suited to technology master planning and architecture. The buildings’ shells are constructed utilizing concrete tilt-up technology that allowed them to be constructed to meet an aggressive schedule. The innovative use of quality materials in the buildings and throughout the site are both economical and sustainably “green.” The environmentally sensitive solutions Quezada found did not negatively impact the economics of the project.