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Valley Highs

Slideshow by Matt Chaban

New Silicon Valley projects plug into innovative design

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Facebook

Facebook's new headquarters by Studio O + A made improvements to an existing 1960s building in Palo Alto, such as brightly colored walls.

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Facebook

Some industry grit was kept, including exposed steel beams, though it was all lightened and made more playful.

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Facebook

Unlike the rather clean Facebook site, the HQ is full of color and pizazz.

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Ebay

eBay's new north San Jose campus by Valerio Dewalt Train is the company's first ground-up structure, and it strives for savvy office-park contextualism.

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EBay

The large water feature on the building's glassed-in front facade is a departure from its more staid surroundings.

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The Fairways

Just down Highway 101 is an affordable housing complex designed by Jerome King, the Fairways at San Antonio Court.

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The Fairways

The project had to grapple with noise from the adjacent highway, and King's solution was a metal-clad sound wall with open-air hallways on the inside. "You could hear a pin drop," the designer said.

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The Taube Koret Campus

The Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life by Steinberg Architects, is a town-within-a-town.

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Steinberg

The campus includes 193 apartments for seniors, a gym, community facilities, and a performance hall, all centered around lush open space.

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