Adobe unveils a glassy workplace tower for its San Jose headquarters

New renderings have been released for Adobe’s latest addition to its San Jose, California headquarters, an 18-story office tower designed by multinational architecture firm Gensler. The tech company submitted final plans to the city of San Jose last Thursday, according to The Mercury News, and the new building could accommodate up to 3,000 employees when completed.

The building would be an addition to Adobe’s existing complex. It was called the “North Tower” and will sit on the north side of the campus. Adobe is considering converting the tower into a mixed-use building and plans to build 650,000 square feet of retail and office space, as well as above and below ground parking.

View of the retail podium (Courtesy Gensler)

The building itself is connected to the other offices by a sky bridge and is located east of the adjacent State Route 87. As shown in the renderings, Gensler approached the bulk of the building in a playful way, cutting a massive triangular gap into the top of the tower to evoke that stylized A logo from Adobe. Diagonally inclined air slots envelop the building and run parallel to the cutout. Adobe uses the open space created by the cutout to place a spot on the retail pedestal. For the building’s other setbacks, a number of smaller meeting rooms are planned on the roof.

Rendering of the view from the ground outside Adobe's San Jose headquartersView from the ground (courtesy of Gensler)

The Sky Bridge will feature concrete paving and wooden seating areas, as well as native grasses that create a high-line feel. According to Adobe, construction should start sometime in 2019.

Adobe is far from the only tech company to have new headquarters this year: Gensler’s NVIDIA building opened, Google and BIG unveiled a new campus in Sunnyvale, Microsoft announced it had its Redmond complex in Washington and the Search Will update after an Amazon HQ2 host city has shifted into high gear.


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