BMW Headquarters in Munich, Germany, has served as world headquarters for the Bavarian automaker for over 40 years, since its inauguration in 1972 for the Olympic Games. The site also hosts BMW Welt, a multi-functional customer experience and exhibition facility designed by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU and inaugurated in 2007.
Located at the old Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park, Facebooks new 92903 m2 headquarters was designed by Gensler, a well known service design company. While its overall shape hasn’t changed much under its new owner, the interior design and functional areas of the campus mimic Facebooks former headquarters, which was spread throughout Downtown Palo Alto. The urban design inspiration of the new campus can be seen in the richness of social gathering places with numerous themed food courts and its diverse working environments.
FedEx just moved into a custom-built corporate campus covering 25000 m2 of space in the Legacy Business Park in Plano, Texas. The new FedEx Office building consolidates multiple locations and approximately 1,200 FedEx team members into the new Plano location. Team member wellness is a central part of the building design, which features a walking trail, sports court, fitness center fully equipped with weights, cardio and TRX equipment, and a virtual group fitness room. A mock store, which is a full storefront mirroring the design of FedEx Office retail locations, with state-of-the-art equipment, allows for onsite testing of new equipment and machines, and packing and shipping products prior to entering the field.
McDonald's headquarters complex, McDonald's Plaza, is located in Oak Brook, Illinois, were it moved in 1971. It sits on the site of the former headquarters and stabling area of Paul Butler, the founder of Oak Brook. The huge campus includes office buildings, a Hyatt hotel, and the Hamburger University, company’s global center of excellence for McDonald’s operations training and leadership development.
Nike’s 220.000 m2 head office in Beaverton Oregan looks like any other corporate estate projects but it gathers around many sport research facilities, making good use of its large open green areas. The campus includes a playing field which is mostly reserved for product testing exercises and elite athlete training sessions and hidden in the woods is a five-lane all-weather running track. For its employees, it offers two fitness centers and a bike sharing system located around campus and used for daily commutes between buildings for meetings. Another important part of the estate is the Nike Sports Research Lab, a state-of-the-art research and development lab where many of Nike’s proprietary running technologies and footwear designs have originated since 1980.
Apple Campus is located at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, United States. Its design resembles that of a university, with the buildings arranged around green spaces, similar to a suburban business park. Its expansion, Apple Campus 2, which will open in 2017, is planned to house up to 13,000 employees in one central four-storied circular building of approximately 260,000 m2, which will include a café for 3,000 sitting people, be surrounded by extensive landscaping, and offer parking both underground and in a parking structure. Other facilities include a 1,000 seat auditorium, 28,000 m2 of R&D facilities, a fitness center, an orchard, and a dedicated generating plant as the primary source of electricity.
Glaxo Smith Klines global HQ is situated on a prominent 13-acre site along the M4 roadway, which leads from Heathrow Airport to Central London and was designed to accommodate 2500 employees. Four buildings are linked together by an internal “pedestrian street,” which was designed as a zone for impromptu employee interaction. The 465-foot interior “street” stimulates creativity, facilitates interaction, and provides amenities, such as restaurants, banking centers, and shops. It mimics the scale of London’s lively streets and features facades and pavements in Cumbrian slate and York stone. Interior spaces respond to variable work patterns and allow reconfiguration of office layouts as desired. Large, expansive floor areas provide for future change, and office spaces throughout the headquarters benefit from natural light and openness. The contiguous design of the buildings makes the GSK headquarters the largest building of its kind in the U.K.
Constructed in 1990 as a home for the headquarters staff of Merck, the building is most recognizable for its hexagon shape and its nature setting. The main building was constructed with a 180 m wide clearing at its center, filled with old-growth trees saved during the construction phase. Further, Merck placed the parking structure underground and created a temporary nursery on-site for the trees removed during construction, in order to make the facility a "corporate cottage in the woods". The building was originally set on 190 ha of property and has since been expanded to a 4.0 km2 campus with auxiliary buildings.
Microsoft’s Headquarters are located at One Microsoft Way in Redmond, Washington since 1986, when the company was first registered. Since then the campus has grown to its current 740.000 m2 and 40.000 employees. The Commons, its newest addition is a 130000 m2 shopping mall opened in 2009. “The Mixer” has a two-story cafeteria, a post office, a bank, a bike shop, several mobile shops and conference rooms for Microsoft employees. The campus also includes a library for employees and the Studio User Research Lab, an important source of consumer-focused entertainment research for the company.
Since 1989, Oracle's headquarters has dominated the town of Redwood City. The campus hosts 139355 m2 of office space and is surrounded by water. Oracle has 12 buildings at the Redwood City HQ serving 12,000 employees. The campus is even equipped with a yacht which won the America’s Cup back in 2010 in Spain.
In 1970, as the first shots were being fired in the cola wars, PepsiCo joined this corporate diaspora, relocating from their modest 13-story building in Manhattan to a 42.000 m2 complex on a 168-acre former polo field in Purchase, New York. The complex, which is still the home of PepsiCo, consists of seven nearly identical inverted white ziggurat-like structures linked at their corners and organized around a cruciform central garden. The landscaping of the PepsiCo estate, has been widely lauded for its luxurious sculpture garden filled with work by the likes of Brancusi, Alexander Calder, and Claes Oldenburg.
Located on a 346 acre site in Herzogenaurach, the main adidas Group headquarters, the World of Sports is often compared to a university campus. Besides offices, this is home to playing fields, the adidas Brand Centre, an award-winning cafeteria “Stripes” facing an artificial lake and an entirely new state-of-the art “Laces” building. The complex is host to 3800 employees but it also functions as a tourist center.
Nestles Headquarters in Vevey was completed in 1960 and is considered to be one of the major works of architect Jean Tschumi. The building was extended in 1975 and has been the object of diverse transformations or additions.