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New Silicon Valley projects plug into innovative design
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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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Some industry grit was kept, including exposed steel beams, though it was all lightened and made more playful.
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Unlike the rather clean Facebook site, the HQ is full of color and pizazz.
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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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The large water feature on the building's glassed-in front facade is a departure from its more staid surroundings.
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Just down Highway 101 is an affordable housing complex designed by Jerome King, the Fairways at San Antonio Court.
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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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The campus includes 193 apartments for seniors, a gym, community facilities, and a performance hall, all centered around lush open space.