Google at 1212 bordeaux
Location: sunnyvale, california
Year Completed: 2017
Steeped in nature and punctuated by moments of sublimity in the everyday, 1212 Bordeaux is a building that works for people.
1212 Bordeaux exemplifies how a highly-collaborative project team and an integrated design-build process can deliver an inspiring project that exceeds client expectations.
Embodying Google's design principles of beauty and simplicity, 1212 Bordeaux is designed to inspire and empower Googlers, while supporting the long-term health and vitality of the community and environment.
The result is Google's first completed ground-up building: an adaptable high-performance "living lab" workplace, delivered on-time and on-budget.
The building's exterior walls and cornice are composed of board-formed precast concrete panels.
An established native olive grove inspired a vision of a workplace in a tree canopy. Willow bioswales filter runoff and create a new habitat for a variety of species.
The poplar bark cladding a lobby wall is the first Cradle to Cradle Platinum-certified material.
The building achieved LEED Platinum certification upon construction completion. The plaque is rendered in recycled Palladium leaf onto an exposed structural steel column for posterity.
People arrive into the south facing cafe “buzz” zone. Adjacent to the courtyard garden and bathed in natural light, this zone is buffered visually and acoustically from the workspace.
White oak panels and book ledges in the work spaces provide acoustical and visual privacy, while a soundmasking system mitigates conversational distraction.
Light wells bring daylight to first-floor meeting rooms and draw the eye skyward.
Simple in plan, the building comes to life in three-dimensional experience, as diverse spatial volumes create a pleasing interplay between the intimate and the grand.
The perimeter of the building features double-height open plan workspace. Enclosed workspaces for smaller teams are below the mezzanine.
Northern sunlight—diffused and cooler toned than its southern counterpart—provides optimal light conditions for productivity and creativity.
The mezzanine above the second floor provides further experiential diversity as well as cultural connectivity.
The open-plan team workspace connects to support spaces and private meeting rooms in the core and lower level through a series of portals and light wells.
Program elements form a gradient of “buzz, buffer, and focus” zones, supporting a variety of pleasant sensory experiences suitable to different purposes in the workday.
Lines of sight were calibrated to optimize sky views from the work spaces.
A second-story lounge in the south-facing "buzz" zone offers an alternative working environment.
Integrated design provides multiple benefits and increased value. Structural elements and ductwork were coordinated to enhance privacy on the mezzanine while maintaining sight lines to the outdoors.
The building’s infrastructure is a significant design feature, setting the tone for the interiors. The exposed raw steel structure retains the markings from fabrication, without layers of potentially toxic fireproofing.
Entering the enclosed native garden creates and immediate transition from city to nature.
A series of small outdoor garden rooms immerse Googlers in a native habitat while they meet, dine or recharge.
The board-formed garden wall surrounds a grove of native oaks and plantings. The weathering steel terrace and trellis on the south elevation provide seasonally-tuned shading.
Project: 1212 Bordeaux
Location: Sunnyvale, California
Owner Name: Google
Project Lead Designer: Parabola
Architect of Record: Devcon Architecture
Design Builder: Devcon Construction
Interior Architect: Parabola
Landscape Design: OWSW O’Shea Wilson Siteworks / Parabola
Ecological / Habitat: H. T. Harvey & Associates
Civil Engineering: Kier & Wright
Structural Design: Nishkian Menninger
Daylighting / Integrated Design: Integral Group
M.E.P.: Design Point Energy Innovations
Interior Design & Furnishings: Rapt Studio
Conceptual Lighting: Design Point Energy Innovations / Clanton Associates
Acoustical: Charles M. Salter Assoc. Inc
Code / Fire: The Fire Consultants
Waterproofing: Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
LEED: Point Energy Innovations / Kath Williams + Assoc.
Commissioning: Enovity Inc.
Custom Metal Leaf Design and Fabrication: Gentleman Scholar Signs
Design-Build and Design-Assist Subcontractors:
Structural Steel: Gayle Manufacturing
Buckling Restrained Bracing: CoreBrace
Precast Concrete: Willis Construction Inc
Glass & Glazing: Walters & Wolf
Stairs / Rails / Misc Metals: Glazier Steel
Electrical / Lighting: Redwood Electric Group
HVAC / Plumbing: ACCO Engineered Systems
Grading / Paving / Site Concrete: Joseph J. Albanese, Inc
Architectural Woodwork: Complete Millwork Services
Exterior Blinds: Peninsulators / Draper Inc
Food Service Equipment: Trimark Raygal Inc
Elevators: Kone Inc.
Sound Masking: Archoustics West
Photography and Video:
© Google / Prakash Patel Photography