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/ INTERIOR DESIGN GIANTS : NOKIA SILICON VALLEY OFFICES BY GENSLER

In 2012, Nokia moved into new offices building which consolidates their Silicon Valley presence from four buildings to one. The project, completed by Gensler, was meant to bring a bit of youthfulness and modernity back to the Finnish phone megacompany.

About Gensler:

“As architects, designers, planners and consultants, we partner with our clients on some 3,000 projects every year. These projects can be as small as a wine label or as large as a new urban district. With more than 3,500 professionals networked across 43 locations, we serve our clients as trusted advisors, combining localized expertise with global perspective wherever new opportunities arise.

Our work reflects an enduring commitment to sustainability and the belief that design is one of the most powerful strategic tools for securing lasting competitive advantage.”

360826 For the lobby at Nokia in Sunnyvale California Gensler designed a lounge style work area with custom tables topped in knotty Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler

The Project:

Gensler designed [the building] for the on-the-go, all-hours workday, providing such amenities as wellness suites with daybeds and showers and ad hoc brainstorming pods scattered with beanbags. Available when employees need to use a computer too big to fit in their pocket, even the workstations are multitaskers, boasting storage units that convert into chairs for impromptu powwows.”

“Each floor contains print centres, centralized communal spaces called Hubs, and two Douglas Fir–wrapped structures dubbed the “saunas.” At the peripheries, more than 150 custom Steelcase desks are arranged into “neighbourhoods,” each associated with a different research group, and each assigned a dedicated conference space and a private phone room, which provide a quiet respite. Nearly every vertical surface is designed to be inter­active.

However, it was clear on a recent visit, just after the offices opened in December, that employees were still figuring out how to use these features; on pin-up walls, they’d tacked up maps of the building, while wall-mounted monitors shouted, “Touch Me!” and whiteboard walls begged, “Draw on Me.”

360827 Obscura Digital consulted on the motion graphics projected on laminated glass panels in reception Photograph by Nic Lehoux  Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360828 Rising from the lobby s polished concrete floor a construction in painted gypsum board references the tree of life Photograph Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360829 A beach themed level features eight private phone rooms this one furnished with a chair by Charles and Ray Eames Photography by Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360830 A David Weeks pendant fixture hangs over Scot Laughton arm chairs and a Brent Comber table in the lobby Photograph by Nic Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360831 Scattered throughout the lobby seating groups pair Hans Wegner wishbone chairs with Toshiyuki Kita lounge seating Photograph by Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360832 Chairs by Simon Pengelly dotting a corridor Photograph by Nic Lehoux  Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360833 A lounge with seating by Eoos Photograph by Nic Lehoux  Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360834 Pete Sans pendant fixtures in a corridor Photograph by Nic Lehoux  Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360835 The lobby s custom LED pendant fixtures Photograph by Nic Lehoux  Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360836 Billiard games take place in a break out area near a meeting room lined outside and in with knotty pine Photograph by Nic Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360838 Wellness suites complete with ceramic tiled showers welcome visiting colleagues Photograph by Nic Lehoux  Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360839 In the arcade employees rack up points beneath ceiling fixtures by 5 1AA Photograph by Nic Lehoux  Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
360840 Custom polyester banners hang between ductwork Photograph by Nic Lehoux  Check Out Nokias Silicon Valley R&D Offices by Gensler
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