Volkswagen Cloud, located in Redmond, WA, re-imagines what an office can be. The project transformed 36,000 square feet of a retail-warehouse into a transparent workplace that combines contemporary amenities with the natural character of the Pacific Northwest.
The remodeled space was converted to a 300-person office and set up in a neighborhood-design with collaboration areas, conference rooms, two pantries, one coffee bar, two open timber mezzanines, and an outdoor patio and dining area. The space utilizes the natural light from the full two-story atriums, while increasing the natural light with the addition of six new exterior windows carefully cut out of the existing precast concrete façade.
Perhaps the most unique elements of the space are the two new timber mezzanines structures on the first floor. The design team and owner saw an opportunity in the tall floor-to-floor height of the first floor of the building and wanted to create some unique spaces using mezzanine structures with collaboration space above and conference rooms below. Timber was selected as the material to tie into the existing Northwest aesthetic of the space and create a visual focus on the VW Cloud’s commitment to LEED and building with environmentally friendly materials.