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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Serena Williams Building

Updated: May 18, 2022

Baller green


The world’s most valuable apparel brand 7th year running, Nike now flex their architectural muscle. As the business focuses on durability and circularity – this is green innovation to scale.


📍Location

Beaverton, Oregon, USA


🏢Building Details

  • 1 million sq. ft. – equivalent of 140 tennis courts = largest Nike HQ office

  • Workplace uniting 1,000+ Nike designers for first time in nearly 3 decades

  • Comprised of main 10-storey tower + 3 wings – connected by series of sky bridges

  • Continues tradition of Nike namesake buildings (inc. Sebastian Coe, LeBron James)


👷🏾‍♀️Contractor


✍️Architects & Engineers


🌱Sustainability

  • LEED Platinum-certified + Dark-Sky compliant (protecting night environment)

  • 20% of materials used are recycled – including flooring made from recycled Nike shoe outsoles

  • Each wing is progressively taller (3 to 6 storeys) facilitating the flow + collection of rainwater: uses 69% less water than baseline buildings

  • 648 roof solar panels = 41% energy cost saving

  • Salmon-safe verified: environmental protections on water quality, surrounding habitats + beaver-inhabited wetlands


🥦 Wellbeing

  • Tennis court + running trail meandering through surrounding wetlands – encouraging employees to stay active in nature

  • “Immersion rooms”: 180-degree wraparound visual projection + theatre-quality sound for creatives to vividly conceptualise new products

  • Forest floor rooftop garden – complete with nurse logs to support biodiversity and fungi culture, inspired by Oregon rain forest

  • Gardens filled with plants grown for dyes: encouraging bio-inspired designers to contemplate “soil to garment” journey


🎈Bonus feature

Serena Williams revealed in an Instagram post that she visited the Nike campus as a child: "After that visit, I knew I wanted two things: to be a Nike athlete and to have a building". In the titan athlete’s own words: “I have a BUILDING Y’ALL!!! This is CRAZY!!!” – kudos to setting goals.


🔗 Check it out https://skylabarchitecture.com/work/nikewhq/


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