WRNS + Clive Wilkinson Team up to Design an Innovative Workspace in Silicon Valley
The planning and geometry of the MWB — phase one, featured herein –, with 185,400 sq. ft. on four floors, can be understood as low, wide, connected, and flexible. This strategy addresses the specific programmatic and collaborative needs of Intuit’s employees, reinforces campus patterns and cohesion, and creates interest along the street. The large floor plates, which accommodate a variety of places for people to collaborate, concentrate, socialize, and reflect, are organized into human-scaled neighborhoods and connected by clear circulation. a café, living rooms, bike facilities, showers, and terraces spin off of a highly visible atrium that welcomes up to 500 people at a time and opens out onto the campus’s main internal street.
The four-story main atrium space draws activity from the east and west sides of the campus and serves as the center of the MWB and the greater intuit community. Each landing and bleacher stair along the atrium connects directly to a large ‘living room’ with pantry functions and generous inter-team collaborative workspace. In addition to more intimate breakout spaces like balconies and casual soft-furniture settings, which offer a range of work opportunities to encourage users to take advantage of the whole building, full workspace neighborhoods are located at the edge of the atrium. This variety of programmatic functions along the perimeter of the atrium helps generate a consistent buzz of activity throughout the workday.
Targeting LEED platinum, design strategies enhance resource efficiency, expand the natural habitat, ensure good indoor environmental quality, reduce water consumption and waste, and enable the expanded use of transit options. The terraces and green roofs are part of a comprehensive landscape plan that includes naturalized wetland bio-filtration areas and natural planted areas to help sustain local salt marsh and grassland biome species while reducing the burden on the current infrastructure. Reflecting Intuit’s mission to empower small businesses and individuals, much of the furniture was purchased from small businesses, and local artists created the art and wind sculptures. in a region that must become more efficient and sustainable to support the flexibility and work/life integration that knowledge workers seek, intuit models workplace design that brings delight in the present, while anticipating a denser, more networked future for the valley.