While some architects are taking the trees inside the office spaces, others are adding them to rooftops and terraces. Intuit’s new Marine Way Building (MWB) in California has been designed to break the monotony of glass and concrete campuses that dot the Silicon Valley landscape. The Intuit campus was a suburban office park in the 1980s, which has been extended with two new office buildings. While doing this, the architects have designed a human-centered, urban-minded workplace that connects to both nature and the public realm.
Besides connecting the old and new structures with large open social zones and lounges that have ample natural light coming in, the building has green roofs and terraces that are part of a comprehensive landscape plan. The landscape includes naturalized wetland bio-filtration areas and natural planted areas to help sustain local salt marsh and grassland biome species.
Project Lead: WRNS Studio, Clive Wilkinson Architects