Mr. Huang was the one who established Nvidia in the year 1993, transforming it into a company with an annual revenue of $5 Billion. It was his vision that thousands of employees work together under the awning of a tree touching the skies, and the light filtering through it in the workplace of the employees.
In the pursue of making his dream come true, a building stands under construction which looks like a large white frame with a surging roof that is reminiscent of a circus tent as well as an airplane wing. Slip on a virtual reality headset and it will seem like you are flying through a photo-realistic three-dimensional building. This new corporate home of the chip maker company Nvidia is due to open by the end in the year 2017. The $380 million project is going to accommodate 2,500 employees. While this is under construction, another building is already being designed.
Culture of Nvidia as an Open, Flexible and Collaborative Company
Nvidia with the intention of complementing their graphical processors offered a highly collaborative version software technology known as Iray. With the help of this software, the entire architectural design inspiration could be altered, right from the size, location, and transparency of the triangle-shaped skylight, colors, and material surfaces. The design firm Gensler was hired by Mr. Huang, to work on his dream of portraying the culture of Nvidia as an open, flexible and collaborative company, through the building’s design.
To make the real feel of light filtering from above, they choose a triangle shaped skylight with scattered array. Triangle shape was chosen as it is the symbol of the basic graphic constituent of modern software, which allows the systems to create the graphical images through the hardware generated by Nvidia. The architect working on the project is HaoKo.
Believe it or not, a few decades from now visual designs are likely to become the standard tool of architects.