Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) requested that STUDIOS create a building with an architectural presence. They chose a highly visible site in the heart of Silicon Valley which is seen by thousands of travelers every day.
SGI wanted a building that articulated openness and accessibility to the community at large. The project accomplishes this goal on several levels. The multi-faceted ground level facade addresses the passerby and captures their interest in a way larger, more generic structures do not. The freeway driver also catches a high-speed glimpse of the building’s interior via a glazed “bay window” with shading that is operable from within. At the north end of the building, the main entry is a clear glass vitrine that allow the activity within to project outside on a macro scale.
This building currently houses the Computer History Museum.