Developed by Kilroy Realty Corporation & Management, 350 Mission will be solely occupied by the cloud computing company Salesforce. The building’s most striking feature will be its 50-foot-high transparent lobby, dubbed the “urban living room,” that blurs the lines between the public and private realms. Designed as a privately owned public space, the innovative lobby is designed to draw and encourage non-occupants to “use the urban living room like tenants: for socialization, reflective and collaborative work, and relaxation.”
The glazed space is marked by a large digital artwork displayed on a 70-by-40-foot LED screen and also houses a cafe and signature restaurant, amphitheater seating, and configurable space for pop-up events. “The urban living room is an experiment in the serendipitous and meaningful interactions that occur in great cities,” write the architects. “Success or failure also will influence a growing body of research concerning the contemporary mobile workplace – validating the popularity of casual work environments, as well as the productivity of creative collision, at an unprecedented scale.”
Sustainability is also a major focus of the 350 Mission design. The LEED Platinum-certified building boasts tall ceilings and a high-performance glazed skin that maximizes access to natural daylight and minimizes dependence on artificial lighting. The project also includes zoned under-floor HVAC distribution, insulated cladding to reduce solar heat gain, recycled construction materials, stormwater harvesting for non-potable uses, bicycle storage, and charging stations for electric vehicles.
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