Ahead of its time, Yahoo!’s Sunnyvale campus continues to offer lessons, with amenity-rich spaces that have kept high-tech workers happy since the early dot-com days.
When RMW master-planned and designed Yahoo!’s 806,000-square-foot Sunnyvale campus in 2001, it was a watershed moment for the firm and for high-tech campuses in general. This is one legacy project that we keep returning to, both for the lessons it continues to offer and as a benchmark for today’s high-tech campus design trends.
Yahoo! was ahead of the game in thinking about the campus as a self-contained community. We worked closely with the company’s senior management to make sure the campus design provided amenities that would support a balanced work/lifestyle and flexible work schedules. As a result, the campus offers several small cafés, a cafeteria, a fitness center, game rooms, and training rooms. The four buildings are angled around a central green space that features volleyball, bocce ball, and basketball courts.
The buildings are precast concrete, glass, and metal, with bright yellow and purple accents. More than a decade later, the campus continues to serve new generations of Yahoo!s.