KPF breaks new floor in an progressive workplace advanced in San Jose, California

KPF breaks new ground in an innovative office complex in San Jose, California

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) just announced the groundbreaking ceremony for Platform 16, an office campus in downtown San Jose, California. The 1,200,000 square meter project consists of three buildings and is an innovative complex that favors indoor and outdoor connections.

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Platform 16 attaches great importance to comfort, flexibility, connection with nature and the adjacent transport networks and offers its residents a variety of experiences. The project, developed by Boston Properties, is right next to Google’s planned eight million square meter transit village and includes “multiple outdoor terraces, active pedestrian zones, expansive floor slabs and 15-foot floor height.” The first construction phase of platform 16, the attractive and environmentally friendly workplace, is expected to be completed in 2023.

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Our goal for Platform 16 is to create a responsive, spacious, and healthy building that will stand the test of time thanks to its inherent flexibility. […] We have prioritized the well-being and comfort of the residents by creating significant outdoor space at every level of the building and cutting away the shape at key moments that, together with a dynamic facade, create visual diversity along the street. – Trent Tesch, KPF Design Principal.

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The main facade uses three modules with three different orientations to create a feeling of depth and texture. In order to create large terraces on each level, the project steps back from the street. In addition, the terraces are “positioned and oriented so that daylight penetrates deep into the interiors of platform 16”, which promotes well-being and is accessible at every level.

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In terms of its energy efficient strategy, platform 16 includes a high performance facade, passive cooling systems and high efficiency lighting systems. In addition, a solar PV roof covering 20% ​​of the building helps reduce the building’s energy needs.

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Our design for Platform 16 takes advantage of the warm, dry climate of San Jose to create a state-of-the-art and sustainable workspace and campus both indoors and outdoors. […] The project’s large inner floor slabs extend onto spacious outdoor terraces and provide plenty of daylight thanks to an innovative and environmentally friendly facade system. – Lloyd Sigal, Managing Director of KPF.

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