As LinkedIn grew stronger with more than 300 million users in over 200 countries, the business felt the need to consolidate the company’s headquarters into one location in order to encourage a culture of collaboration.
With that in mind, they moved the research and development team to 950 and 1000 Maude where they purchased an adjacent site in Sunnyvale, California.
To design their new office, LinkedIn appointed RMW Architectural & Interiors to design the new walkable campus. Each ground floor features the majority of the common spaces accessed by 1200 employees that work in the company.
In addition, there’s also a 500-seat café with 7 different food stations and a 255 seat auditorium set on the ground floor of the 950 building. Meanwhile, the ground floor of 1000 Maude features the main visitor entry, a fitness facility, a juice bar, and a center for training and meeting. Office space mainly occupies floor 2 to 4.
Situated in the center of the building, there’s an interconnecting grand stair adjacent to the elevator. The grand staircase promotes communication and interaction among between floors. The stair is a major orientation landmark for the floor and topped by a large skylight.
A floor directory, an open break area, and adjacent lounge are considered as the ‘hub’ zone and a primary landing area where staff mingles and see each other.
Meanwhile, the site location and context is connected to Encinal Park by which the design team was inspired. Thanks to the park, the design team was able to design the buildings with a nature-inspired theme and signature color. Since Encinal Park played a big role in the design, they used the concept of an ‘Urban Park’ as a metaphor for the project.