WRNS Studio and Clive Wilkinson Architects worked together to build a space for Intuit employees that encourages collaboration and fosters innovation. The 185,000-square-foot Marine Way Building is organized into “neighborhoods” that are flexible enough to accommodate teamwork without compromising focus. Communal spaces on each of its four floors function as living rooms, creating opportunities for spontaneous interaction and allowing for moments of relaxation.
Completed in 2016, The Marine Way Building is LEED Platinum–certified and closely connected with the surrounding landscape. Natural light filters in through rows of high windows. Electrochromic glass regulates the intensity of the light by automatically adjusting its opacity, providing consistent ambient light throughout the day. Sunlight sensitive LED lights dim or shut off when not needed.
Employees can customize temperature in any part of the room by adjusting the underfloor air distribution (UFAD) system with spinners on the floor. Radiant ceiling panels along the edge of the building keep temperature control efficient and low energy.
Terraces and green roofs make use of Mountain View’s temperate climate, serving as outdoor workspaces with views of the bay. They are part of the natural landscape strategy designed to preserve native ecology. Naturalized wetland bio-filtration areas and native plant gardens help preserve the local saltmarsh and grassland ecosystem.
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Underfloor air distribution systems utilize space between the building’s core structure and a raised floor to condition air and distribute it through floor diffusers throughout the building.
A windowed wall that sits higher than the surrounding roofs to light a space.
Glass that uses electricity to change between a transparent and a tinted state in response to the light hitting it, regulating how much light and heat passes through.