Meta & Gehry is providing the design for the Z Building in Redmond

Meta & Gehry is providing the design for the Z Building in Redmond

As reported in DJC, Meta and Gehry Partners have submitted their design for a new building on Willows Road in Redmond, called “Building Z.” The new building will be connected to an under-construction building called “Building X” by a 108-foot-long elevated pedestrian bridge. The complex will house Meta’s Reality Lab.


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According to a Design Review submission, “When Frank Gehry first met Mark Zuckerberg, Mark told him he didn’t want flashy, iconic buildings. He wanted buildings that worked well, but were anonymous. He wanted architecture that expressed his company’s values: modest, forward-looking, and understated.” , a work in progress, highly flexible, and most of all buildings that can fly under the radar.


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The design features blue and green metal panels on the exterior to blend in with the surrounding sky and trees. The pedestrian suspension bridge connector was inspired by the Wilburton train trestle in Bellevue, which is being converted into a bike path. The building is centered around an atrium to facilitate chance meetings between the architects. There is a cafeteria and a green roof on the top floor. Exterior stairs provide modification. The top three floors will contain 336,701 square feet of office space.


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The building is located on an 8.5-acre site, which currently includes a 35,000-square-foot office building that will be demolished. Meta (formerly Facebook) acquired the property, as well as an adjacent 6.5-acre parcel where Building X is being built, in 2017 for $20 million.


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The new building was designed to fit into the existing trees, set back from the road, and rise along the existing level. The inspiration was Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, designed by Eero Saarinen, and the new design matches buildings Gehry designed for Meta in California. In addition, the Z-building is based on traditional industrial forms, with a serrated roofline. The surrounding landscaping will include groves of cedar trees. Gustafson Guthrie Nicol is a landscape architect.


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The site is located in a suburb, so the plans feature four levels of parking, with 811 stalls. It is planned to establish approximately 200 bicycle kiosks. According to the submission, “The development team is targeting a series of sustainability certifications and goals that include: Salmon Safe Certification, LEED Platinum, Intense Green Roof Terrace, Rooftop Photovoltaics, All Electrical Systems (No Natural Gas), A DOAS Mechanical System with Cooled Beams, and an Ambitious Program For transportation management, electric vehicle charging, recycling program, and more.


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