Location: Glendale, California
Client: Nestle USA
This corporate headquarters of 530,000 square feet occupies a prominent site at the northern end of Brand Boulevard near the 134 Freeway. The 21-story tower includes office space, private dining, cafeteria, auditorium, and test kitchens with private and public garden spaces. A large portion of the site is devoted to open public space, including a 37,000 square foot plaza in front of the building. The plaza is designed in the tradition of European parterres – ornamental garden areas with flowering beds and paths formed in geometric patterns. The building program prescribed general open office areas and private executive floors, each designed to showcase a prominent contemporary art collection of California artists. A consistency of warm finishes, natural palettes and focused exhibition lighting characterize the space. Assembly areas are also designed to provide multi-functional theatre, food and beverage testing, cooking, private conference dining and public and private dining in the gardens. The adjoining parking structure is designed to complement the headquarters building, and accommodates 1,600 cars in seven parking levels.