Redwood City, CA
A sweeping landscape composed of wetlands, hillsides, and salt ponds skirt a cluster of 11 mid-rise buildings, situated adjacent to the Port of Redwood City. The Pacific Shores Center—once an industrial hub for timber milling and ship construction, is now a business center that’s home to a range of tech companies.
The structure’s long floor plates tend toward darker interiors, which meant that connecting employees to the surrounding landscape and capitalizing on natural daylight was paramount in their office design. To achieve this, 90% of meeting rooms and workspaces were relocated to provide direct visual access to natural daylighting and views. The circulation is configured into a fluid wooden ribbon that meanders through the center of the office over to its outer edges, expanding and contracting to adhere to various spatial functions all the while maintaining breathtaking views of the exterior. Indirect electric lighting was used secondarily to supplement the natural daylight and regulate it with circadian rhythms.
With polished concrete floors and warm finishes, several species of sustainable wood veneer are used to accentuate meeting rooms and circulation areas. This natural material is complemented with soft textures in the furniture and carpeting, and various types of lamps that help transmit warmth and comfort in the workplace. Over 1000 colorful pieces of art commissioned by local bay area artists amplify the space.
By embracing the building’s existing structure and celebrating its unique location, Pacific Shores aims at fostering a vibrant and creative atmosphere, all the while conveying a sense of comfort to enhance employee wellness and productivity.