Xilinx Headquarters Building 3 High Performance Renovation
Design Firm: Noll and Tam
Xilinx, an international chip supplier, wanted to renovate one of their headquarters buildings in San Jose. Their existing campus at Logic Drive consists of five buildings, all of which are tilt-up construction from the early 1990s, with drab workspaces, no connection to the outdoors, and poor energy efficiency.
The architect’s initial scope was to generate options for improving the energy efficiency of Building 3 and updating the office environment to create a better workplace. During the initial meetings and investigations, it became clear that there were a range possibilities and improvements to transform this building. With the support of Xilinx management, our team developed a flagship design for a high performance, modern office building which would set a precedent for future campus renovations and attract and retain Silicon Valley talent.
The interior remodel was a complete transformation of the building, and included renovation of approximately 24,000 sf on the 1st floor and the entire 57,000 sf 2nd floor. Large roof monitors were added to bring daylight deep into the building core, and two large cuts into the 2nd floor slab allow daylight and a visual connection to reach the 1st floor. A new feature stair was added at one of the lightwells, with adjacent open break areas to create a central hub for the facility.
A variety of spaces were designed to provide flexibility and dynamic workplace interactions. Open areas with lounge seating offer less formal zones for collaboration and impromptu meetings, while small focus rooms allow for privacy and heads-down work when needed. Acoustics were a priority in making interior finish selections, which can be seen in felt wallcovering and ceiling baffles, cushion-backed carpet tiles, and fabric-wrapped wall panels.
The interior design welcomes natural daylight and exhibits bold colors that, combined with the new double-height lightwells, help people navigate through the building. The art and graphics are united through a California theme, with two-story graphic panels in the lightwells depicting the state’s iconic natural scenes. Overall, the interior design creates an exciting and stimulating office building that improves employee comfort, productivity, and well-being.
The remodel involved reorienting the entrance so that it faced the other buildings to create the feel of a unified campus. With new shading and canopies, and an elegant pattered screen to mark the rebuilt entrance while providing sun protection, the design improved natural daylighting and heat retention. Solar panels on the roof and at the window awnings provide enough energy to power 100% of the office spaces, and new roofing and insulation and a new building skin vastly improved energy efficiencies. Today, no one would recognize this sustainable, elegant design with a fun workplace interior as a building that dates back to the ‘90s.VOTE HERE