Award of Excellence
Menlo Park, CA
Principal Architect: Chris Guillard
An expansive rooftop park simultaneously integrates and contrasts landscape and architecture. The building houses 2,800 employees on one level, with parking below the building on grade and topped by a 9-acre rooftop park. The architecture is reimagined as landscape, where mature trees above determine the structure below. The rooftop is designed as an immersive and naturalistic environment – a place where, despite the scale, one can feel enclosed. Organized around a half-mile loop, a network of paths weave through and around planting areas, providing a sense of discovery. Designed to accommodate walking meetings and casual conversations, the landscape provides a place of respite with gathering spaces, cafes, and meeting nooks interspersed throughout.