FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), the interiors of Samsung Research America’s new campus in Mountain View, California, was awarded LEED® Gold certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence that provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
Encompassing two buildings totaling 380,000 square feet, the design of the interiors emphasized openness by creating communal spaces that foster informal collaboration and respite, bringing natural light into the labs, and providing all employees with views of the Diablo Range and Santa Cruz Mountains. With a program that included a variety of office spaces, meeting rooms, a cafeteria, a fitness center, and other shared amenities, a planning module was developed to embed adaptability into the fabric of the building. This “super grid” allows flexibility of working styles and easy reorganization to support future growth. The design team worked closely with 20 separate departments to express their individuality through design, color, and sustainable material choices. LED lighting and under floor air distribution were used throughout the project. This certification complements existing successes for this campus including the MVgo shuttle service provided by the developer TMG.