Design David Brenner
Installation Habitat Horticulture
Landscape Architect Hood Design Studio
General Contractor Devcon
Location Santa Clara, CA
While studying electrical engineering at Oregon State University, Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang often admired the Pacific Northwest’s lush, mountainous terrain. Thirty-five years later, that ecosystem became the design inspiration for a series of immense vertical living walls in Voyager, the second phase of the technology company’s corporate campus. Habitat Horticulture designed and constructed greenery within ‘the mountain’ with the help of Gensler Architects, Hood Design Studio and Devcon Construction. The goal was to infuse the three story space with vertical and horizontal greenery around the metaphorical central “mountain”. This not only helps give every employee a glimpse of greenery to enjoy, but also helps with sound attenuation.
Each wall features 11 species of plants specifically chosen to thrive in the space and will provide natural warmth and biophilic health benefits for more than 2,500 employees as well as reduce the ambient noise levels throughout the structure. David Brenner's design was inspired by both the snowmelt from the Cascade mountains and the silhouette of trees from the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.