To Achieve A Seamless Transition From The Outside-In, Only Wood will Do
When a venture capital firm that specializes in clean-technology start-ups retained Paul Murdoch Architects to design their corporate headquarters, they came to the project with some very specific—and somewhat unusual—requirements.
“This is a very hi-end and high-pressure corporate culture,” says Paul Murdoch, president of the firm. “We knew we needed to create a warm environment. We also needed to provide flexibility regarding the interior spaces. The building has to function as temporary office space for the start-ups being incubated within. And finally, we needed to accomplish this on a very tight piece of property with zoning restrictions.”
Located in Menlo Park, CA, the infill site is nestled among redwoods in a mostly residential neighborhood of primarily wood construction. The key question became, how does one create a space that meets these needs, seems spacious and projects the client’s culture and values?
TO ACHIEVE A SEAMLESS TRANSITION FROM THE OUTSIDE-IN, ONLY WOOD WILL DO